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Author Topic: Castle Shikigami 1 [Shikigami no Shiro] : Released!  (Read 36740 times)

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Mad progress. Pending touch-up work and clarifications, the script is now 72% done. (All we have left are Gennojo Hyuga and Tagami, the silent Elemental Gearbolt cameo character.)

Shit, I somehow forgot about Tagami. I guess the fact that she doesn't actually say anything had me deluded into thinking she didn't matter...?

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Mad progress. Pending touch-up work and clarifications, the script is now 72% done. (All we have left are Gennojo Hyuga and Tagami, the silent Elemental Gearbolt cameo character.)

Shit, I somehow forgot about Tagami. I guess the fact that she doesn't actually say anything had me deluded into thinking she didn't matter...?

Well, I'm pretty sure she's not in the script, so it's understandable. But she is in the PC version, so it does matter.

The bosses still talk to her, she just never responds.

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New screens, new script, new font.










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Looks good. It's the pc version??
Probably if u can make the font smaller, it would be better looking.
I would go as far to put 3 lines in that space.

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Yes.

And the original game uses two lines, so... just keeping with tradition.

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Hacking is making progress, we've almost cracked into the graphics, I think.

That's really our only holdup, script is pretty much done. I could always cook up new screens, if anyone cares for samples of that.


Also, since all the cool kids are doing it, I made a facebook community page thing.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Iwakuraproductions/148431895243762?sk=wall
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Is it resurrection day or what???
Almost all the project i take part somehow, are getting somewhere just today heheh

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You have two choices.

A. See the pictures, then get caught.
Or B. Caught, and then see the pictures.
(Play Shikigami 2 for reference points.)

Just the first couple stages, so we can have some surprises.
















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Looks really good! I wish is was the Xbox version though! Speaking of the Xbox versions (of which there are three), I think you HG101 article is a bit incorrect. Here's what you have:

"The Xbox version, published by Media Quest, is dubbed Shikigami no Shiro Evolution and was released in two separate versions. The Red version included an art gallery while the Blue version contained developer interviews. There's also a new Evolution mode which revises some of the game elements."

What you should have said:

"The Xbox version was published by Media Quest and released on March 14th, 2002. A few months later, on December 19th, they released an updated version, dubbed Shikigami no Shiro Evolution. This game added some new bonus features, a new Evolution mode which revises some of the game elements, and a second disc, a PC CD-Rom. Publisher MediaQuest pulled off a variant cover gimmick for Shikigami no Shiro Evolution where the girls in the game are featured on the cover of a "Red" version and the boys appear on the front of the "Blue" Edition. The Blue version's PC disc is called 'Confidential' and the Red version's is called, 'Complete', presumably both with different content. The Xbox discs, however, other than the color and artwork on the disc, are identical.

First, here are box shots of the three versions:

Shikigami no Shiro (Xbox):
http://www.play-asia.com/paOS-01-49-en-70-2ped.html

Shikigami no Shiro Evolution (Ai/ Blue) (Xbox):
http://www.play-asia.com/paOS-01-49-en-70-1ux.html

Shikigami no Shiro Evolution (Beni/ Red) (Xbox) (called 'Rainbow' in the link below for some reason?):
http://www.play-asia.com/paOS-01-49-en-70-1uw.html

I have come to this conclusion due to the following. This quote from http://www.shopncsx.com/shikigaminoshiroblue.aspx :


"NCSX: Publisher MediaQuest pulls off a variant cover gimmick where the girls in the game are featured on the cover of a 'Red' version and the boys appear on the front of the 'Blue' Edition."

In addition, the Japanese text on the back of the red and blue versions are identical, other than concerning the CD-ROM.

I own the non-Evolution version for Xbox, as well as the blue covered Evolution version. Here are the options on both:

Original:

NORMAL 
PRACTICE MODE
OPTION
 (In option mode)
   SCREEN (two options, in Japanese)
   DIFFICULTY (5 variations)
   WAIT (on or off)
   BGM VOLUME
   SE VOLUME
   BGM TEST (12 tracks)
   GALLERY (10 pics)
   EXIT

Evolution (Blue at least, probably Red):

Evo. MODE
NORMAL 
PRACTICE MODE
OPTION
 (In option mode)

   EXIT   
   SCREEN (NORMAL, ARCADE, ROTATE) (in English)
   DIFFICULTY (5 variations)
   WAIT (on or off)
   BGM VOLUME
   SE VOLUME
   BGM TEST (13 tracks)
   MOVIE TEST (plays the intro)   
   GALLERY (same 10 pics)
   BUTTON ASSIGN
   SIDE STORY (nothing more than 14 pages of text in Japanese)

Now, I haven't unlocked anything, so I'm not sure if more stuff opens up. But everything points to both Evo versions having the same content. I'm not sure where the "making of" stuff is located.

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Would if I could, but hacking a Xbox game... wouldn't even know where to begin. (Not to mention that I don't have a hacked Xbox.)

Still, thanks for the info. And I love the original Xbox cover.


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Small update, but we've successfully cracked the text code! More to come!
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The hacking tool is finally done. Now the real work begins. The game has been genuinely cracked.

All we have to do is implement(and finalize) the text.


In case you're curious, the reason the game has been hell to hack is because the text is not script based, it's graphic based.

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Bam.
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Script 100%. Once we finish ripping the graphics, we kick into overdrive.

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Open call for beta testers is go. Message me or email me if you're interested. Familiarity with bullet hell shmups is nice, but not required. Familiarity with Japanese and/or the original script(which we have for reference) would be better, but also not required.

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Kuga's campaign is 95% complete, entirely playable. Beta testers still needed, so PM or email me if you're interested.

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Lots of updates!


Sayo Yuuki, Fumiko O.V., Kohtaro Kuga: Complete.
The remaining: the credits, gallery, Gennojo Hyuga, Kim De John, and Tagami.

Puts us at 50% or so.


More screens!







As my girl Lemina would say,

Mega cool!

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Re: Castle Shikigami 1 [Shikigami no Shiro] : Update 1/26, 50% Completion!
« Reply #74 on: January 27, 2012, 08:32:04 am »
I have no idea about anything about this game, so I'm not much help, really, but I have to say... It looks like someone stuck a really bad blur filter on all your recent text. It makes it rather headachy to read.

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Re: Castle Shikigami 1 [Shikigami no Shiro] : Update 1/26, 50% Completion!
« Reply #75 on: January 27, 2012, 08:43:47 am »
the blur is due to the game itself.  These screenshots don't help due their own compression and what not but it does look better in game.  I thought the skinny one was harder to read.  Course I could be odd and I'm the minority so hopefully if its a problem others will chime in although I'm not sure iif cj iwakura wouldlike that after doing all these graphics :)

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Re: Castle Shikigami 1 [Shikigami no Shiro] : Update 1/26, 50% Completion!
« Reply #76 on: January 27, 2012, 07:18:40 pm »
If it's any consolation, our testers say it looks fine in action. I welcome your feedback if you care to try it out.

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Re: Castle Shikigami 1 [Shikigami no Shiro] : Update 1/26, 50% Completion!
« Reply #77 on: February 04, 2012, 01:36:12 am »
So what's your guys thoughts on the title screen? Edit it, or leave it be?



I'm thinking if I were to edit it, I'd stretch out the white boxes and put something to the effect of
'The Castle of Shikigami'. Just as an idea.

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Re: Castle Shikigami 1 [Shikigami no Shiro] : Update 1/26, 50% Completion!
« Reply #78 on: February 04, 2012, 02:39:06 am »
“Castle Shikigami” is less awkward-sounding, methinks.

I don’t know what exactly you mean by stretching out the boxes, but I get the feeling that would kind of kill the “traditional Japanese design” look it has going (I’m like 50% sure there’s someone out there who could identify it by name). You’d be better off mimicking the Evolution logo, which is not only itself evocative of a Japanese style of lacquerware, but also gives you a reliable guide to work from, look-wise.
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Re: Castle Shikigami 1 [Shikigami no Shiro] : Update 1/26, 50% Completion!
« Reply #79 on: February 04, 2012, 11:05:23 am »
Funny you should mention, because I was considering that too.

(The EX logo appears when you start the game, the one above when you start Normal mode.)



Uses the same motif.


And what I mean is basically making those squares into rectangles, and replacing them with English text.

At very least, I'll probably do a mock-up of what I have in mind.

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Got a video of it in action now.

http://www.twitch.tv/cj_iwakura/b/307584042

Major work in progress, but I think it's time to start getting this baby noticed.


I personally can't wait to see people's reactions to the plot twists in Kim and Tagami's stories.

Majorly twisted stuff.
« Last Edit: February 05, 2012, 09:41:57 am by cj iwakura »

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