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Program Announcements / Episode V: Battle for Hoth (Completed Retro Game)

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Andy Igoe
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Posted: 30th Mar 2003 13:56 Edited at: 30th Mar 2003 13:57
BANSHEE STUDIOS

EPISODE V: Battle for Hoth


Retro entry no. 3 for Banshee Studios! This is a remake of the Atari 2600 Empire Strikes Back game.






You can download the game from the Banshee webpage at http://www.banshee.ukhq.co.uk

This game includes a Netscore service for universal high score charts

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Andy Igoe
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Posted: 30th Mar 2003 15:28
Released version 1.01 which should resolve infinite lives bug. 1.01 announces it's version during installation and in the top left corner of the main screen.

Thankfully the infinite nature of this rare bug which affected mostly padawane level players does not affect the Netscore, on account of the game never finishing.

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Posted: 30th Mar 2003 16:11
Pneumatic...gotta tip my hat to you, great job!

Blessings on the retro entries, hope all goes well.

Sincerely,
Jordan "Element" Parsons
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Posted: 30th Mar 2003 18:55
PneumaticDryll, i downloaded the game from your site, it said it was 5.78Mb but when it got to around 394Kb it stopped and said the download was complete.

I found the file on my computer and went to open it, however it said it was a .zip file, yet the download link says it's a .exe
I tried to open the file and it said it was not a "valid Win32 application".

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Posted: 30th Mar 2003 19:19 Edited at: 30th Mar 2003 19:21
I tried downloading it again and it stopped at 3.33Mb and i got the same problem again "not a valid Win32 applications"

Ralph, Jesus didn't have wheels.
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Posted: 30th Mar 2003 19:53 Edited at: 30th Mar 2003 19:53
I recommend using a download accelerator/resumer. It is not un-common to have these sorts of problems upon first releasing a game because of ISP bandwidth limitations. In the last 4 hours i've had nearly 400mb streamed off my site and i'm only using a free ISP :/ Sorry.

However the problem will clear as the initial rush dies down.

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Posted: 30th Mar 2003 22:18
Looks sweet from the screens

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Posted: 31st Mar 2003 04:24
Pneumatic, send it over to support@gpinteractive.com and ill add it up on my server and put a page up for it.

Might act a little better on my server.

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Posted: 31st Mar 2003 09:37 Edited at: 31st Mar 2003 09:38
Thanks Ele

I'll try to send the file (not sure if it will go as it's just over 5mb) and then re-route my download page when I get home from The Monastery tonight (not literally, that's just what I call my work).

I am desperately seeking to find a new host, but to get the features and size of sight I want/need costs money I just don't have at the minute. Sorry.

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Posted: 31st Mar 2003 15:22
that`s really nice. The sprites and animations are great. Bit tough though, and hard to see what`s coming. Also the flat buldings let it down- wouldn`t bee too hard to make some 3d ones- would it?

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Posted: 31st Mar 2003 16:28
Is the first screen a part of the game ?? was that made by you or Lucas Arts ?? .... if by you, then very nice.... if by Lucas Arts, and it's in your game... the copyright springs to mind [b])

Think it was Lucas Arts who makes the Star Wars stuff ?? not too sure

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Posted: 31st Mar 2003 19:29
The first screen was made by us tho we did download most of the models from a starwars fan site, We did want to make the buildings 3d but ran out of time and we wanted to get the game out as we still have one more entry to complete which shall be ready Friday crossed fingers. Anyway hope you are enjoying the game 220 downloads in two days means theres a few people out there playing it.

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Posted: 31st Mar 2003 19:51
Andy here on Nik's PC

I contacted Lucas Arts regarding copyright and they did not object to the project. It does appear looking around the net that Lucas do not mind fanware products provided they are free, as there are many other free Star Wars games around and countless 3D models.

Pneu.

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Yeah, I'm not sure if you can send it or not..but if you can send the file over the email, I'll put it up when I get it and release the page link.

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I think anybody who redoes a game that was written for the atari 2600 should get extra retro points on the retrometer. Nice job!

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Posted: 1st Apr 2003 21:11
Is there no challenger to the highest Netscore!? I didn't think i'd done that great when I set it and though it'd drop within the first day.... Guess not, highest non-team member is Woody in 13th Good job Woody, but who's going to be first into the top 10 !?

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Posted: 1st Apr 2003 21:46
Sweet game!

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Posted: 2nd Apr 2003 00:44
i'd challange but i can't download the blasted thing

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Posted: 2nd Apr 2003 03:21
Keep trying mate, just over 50 downloads today so already running at 1/4 of the bandwidth of launch day - when it gets low enough file resuming will come back on the server and then it'll be a piece of cake to download.

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Posted: 2nd Apr 2003 05:13
I successfully downloaded the game and played it....loved the game too. I'll put up the page with the download on my server just a bit later. Gotta finish up some work here, then ill put it up.

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Posted: 2nd Apr 2003 11:47 Edited at: 2nd Apr 2003 11:53
I put up the page on my company server now.

The URL to your page with all sides of information is:

http://www.gpinteractive.com/Banshee_Studios/index.html

I created the logo on the page from your pic you put on this post and edited it a bit to give it a little zing

The layout I made should be good enough.

Hope this helps you out, Pneunamtic.

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Posted: 2nd Apr 2003 13:33
cheers

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no problem

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Almost 500 hits so far!


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Looks good...I can't believe I've seen some people actually posting 8 screenshots for one little grass texture update and you hid this from us all that time...Or was I looking elsewhere

That was one of my first games and it was a good one,remember how when you were bored of playing you just kamikazed your way through...I know I did.

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We have also released Hyperbowl today as well, along with Jetpac and an entry that was written in one night, Splat! Sorry we kept it hidden but we found out that other people were doing Jetpac and Hyperboel so we kept this one quite till the end.

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Posted: 10th Apr 2003 02:43 Edited at: 10th Apr 2003 02:44
BARRY B has set the new high score at 14,862pts!

I've also updated the web page for this game as the start of a site revamp process.

Episode V: Battle for Hoth http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~thane/banshee/games/Hoth/hoth.htm
Banshee Studios http://www.banshee.ukhq.co.uk

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hehee! Finally got to play this, was my favourite game on the '2600, and even more desirable 'cos I didn't have a copy myself, always had to go over to a friends place who had the cart

Nice interperetation! When I get time I may just challenge that high score...

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Sweet game. Hey, what's the link for instructions on bringing down an AT-AT again?

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The documentation is in the game installation directory and is in .html format.

Reading the instructions is the difference between a score of about 1000 and a score of about 8000...

By comparing the Netscore results with the game downloads I can now give a figure for the number of people who actually read instructions.

1 Person in 600!


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-Sweet game. Hey, what's the link for instructions on bringing down an AT-AT again?

Haven't played yet but the old game had random weak point to shoot at....Or kamikaze about 2-3 times on it

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Yes the At-Ats do have a weak point

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Posted: 21st Apr 2003 14:02
Id love 2 download but i was dragged to my grans who has a computer
WITH NO GRAPHICS CARD Rich said it was really good.

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I hope you enjoy it when you get to download it

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