What is it?
A classic arcade game involves simplicity, action and a lot of fun. Games like Sinistar, Asteroids, Defender and other greats from the golden age of arcades provided endless hours of fun without the complexities that modern day games have. How did they do that with such small amounts of memory and code? Simple. Great game design.
Years later technology has far advanced what was available back then. Today's technology is constantly evolving, allowing us to create more immersive content and taking away from the simple gameplay and rendering a lot of our classics obsolete. Thus was born 'Roids. A game designed to be played in an Asteroids or Asteroids Deluxe arcade cabinet. Hardware is also being developed to interface with a jamma harness.
What will the money be used for?
Kickstarter funds will be used for the production of rewards as well the completion of the game code. Additional funding allows for more time to be devoted toward the game code. This project is currently being done in spare time. It will also be used to manufacture the hardware interface for the cabinet inputs.
What is the Project Status?
'Roids was debuted at the NWPAS '17 (June 8th - June 10th) for initial play testing. It is in a state that it can be played in an arcade setting. While it is a great beginning there is more development to be done. Currently it is setup for single player game play. 2 player is still to be added to the code. Hardware requirements are defined and packages are currently being assembled. Design of a harness adapter for various types of cabinets is being created to provide an all in one solution for the platform. There is a convertor for an asteroids style, 44 pin edge connector as well as a convertor for a standard Jamma harness for Jamma cabinets.
Throughout the Kickstarter campaign additional work will continue and progress will be shared here. We have a Trello page for tracking work which will also be made public.
Will This Ruin My Current Cabinet?
Not at all. The full kit replaces all critical parts without damaging your cabinet. Boardset, Harness Adapter, Monitor Mount (supports up to a 22" widescreen flat panel monitor or a 4:3 19" flat panel with VESA mounting). Simply remove your current monitor and boards, slide in the new monitor and mount into the existing location and put the new boards and power supply into the cabinet in a convenient location.
Who is This For?
Collectors looking for a change in their lineup, arcade and route operators looking to breathe new life (and earnings!) into their current cabinets and anyone that enjoys some classic gaming.
Is this Only for Arcades?
Nope! 'Roids also can run on desktop and mobile platforms. iOS, Windows, Android, MacOS. There are pledge levels for everyone.
Is this just one Game?
'Roids is the initial offering from Replay Games. The boards will support future games as well as allow for software developers to use the Unity Game Development Engine to create their own games.
What is Planned for the future?
'Roids is essentially ready for initial release. There are a number of tweaks being made from our initial play testing at the Northwest Pinball and Arcade Show and there are a number of additional challenges and enemies being added to the game right now.
Replay Games is working on a couple of other titles for the platform, including a high intensity, double joystick shooter in the genre of Robotron, Smash TV and Geometry Wars. As well a cartoon style platformer that will support up to four player multiplayer. These titles are still in early stages of development.
Risks and challenges
The biggest challenges in creating the game are not the development of the game itself but providing a hardware platform for easy conversion of older cabinets.
The majority of funding will be used to manufacture adapter boards based on the ATMEGA32U4 processor. This board will interface with current wiring int he arcade cabinet and process inputs from the buttons and coin switches.
What is the risk? Mainly the risk is lack of funding to support manufacturing. Initial hardware prototypes will be made in house on a PCB CNC machine. Production boards will manufactured in the USA.
As a software engineering professional with experience working for Xbox, Microsoft and a number of other companies I have shipped countless software projects. Essentially the game is in a state that it could ship right now if it were to be funded.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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