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By Frank Buss
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About

Hi, I am Frank, you may know me from my successful C64 Kerberos cartridge crowdfunding campaign. This time I plan to port the game Bloxorz to the Vectrex, the first three levels are already working. It is a puzzle game, originally written by Damien Clarke as a browser game, and he gave me the permission to port it. You can play it here: http://www.coolmath-games.com/0-bloxorz

The goal of the game is to get the block to fall into the square hole at the end of each stage. There are 33 stages to complete. You can move the block up, down, left and right, see the video. Be careful not to fall off the edges. The level will be restarted if this happens. In later levels there are bridges, switches to activate and deactivate the bridges, teleport tiles and more. You can select any of the 33 stages with a 6 digit passcode, which you see after finishing a level.

Software rewards

I will port all 33 levels of the game to the Vectrex video game console. As a bonus, I will implement the game with Unity 3D in the same vector graphics look as on the original console. You can play this then on your PC, Mac or phone.

The Vectrex binary version can be used to flash it on a flash cartridge. It might fit within 32 kB, but I might need a 64 kB version, so your flash cartridge has to support bank switching with PB6, like the VecMulti with SD card.

Hardware rewards

If you want a real cartridge, you can choose one of the higher rewards. I will build a cartridge and flash the game on it. The cartridge will be in a new case from Sean Kelly. You can choose the color: 

Black Case
Black Case

 

Orange Case
Orange Case

 

Teal Case
Teal Case

 

Translucent Case
Translucent Case

Currently already three levels of the game are ported to the Vectrex, see the homepage: http://www.frank-buss.de/vectrex/

A first prototype of the cartridge is already working, with a simple EPROM:

Prototype
Prototype

The PCB is from https://oshpark.com. For the final version I might change this to a flash chip for easier manufacturing. The final version will also be professionally manufactured in Germany, with high quality hard plated gold fingers for the edge connector (the prototype used only a thin ENIG layer, which isn't very durable for an edge connector), as known from my C64 Kerberos Cartridge, which was another successfully funded and delivered crowdfunding campaign:

Kerberos Cartridge
Kerberos Cartridge

Preview of the cartridge with the sticker and the insert for the protective box for the collector reward, designed by Tony Holcomb. This was printed on my desktop printer, the final sticker and insert will be produced professionally as known from my Kerberos cartridge.

Cartridge with Sticker
Cartridge with Sticker

 

Box for Collectors
Box for Collectors

Note: the Supporter, Level Sponsor and Game Sponsor rewards all includes the collector's box and you get the serial number in the order of the backers. This means if e.g. all 100 level sponsor rewards are backed first, then the next collector reward serial number will be higher than 100.

Music

I will implement all the game logic and graphics for the game, but I'm not a good musician. Fortunately "Der Luchs" agreed to compose the title music for the game. An example of his awesome work (which you can also hear in the Kickstarter video above) :

Extra reward

Not related to the Bloxorz game: If you want your game, or any other Vectrex binary, as a cartridge (only up to 32 kB is possible, and no special features like RAM), then chose the 24 EUR reward and I will flash it and you get it in a professional new cartridge case, with the same color options as described above. You can combine this, e.g. if you want a Bloxorz cartridge, and another cartridge with your program, just chose the Bloxorz reward, but add 24 EUR to the pledge. Same for the other rewards: e.g. if you want two Bloxorz cartridges, just back one, but pledge twice the money (not possible for the limited rewards).

Stretch Goals

5,000 EUR

50 levels instead of 33. I will design the extra levels, or you can contribute the levels. I will release a preview version of the game on Mac/PC to edit and test the levels.

10,000 EUR

When this stretch goal is reached, I can spend even more time or money for hiring good level designers, or for a contest, and the game will come with 100 levels!

Risks and challenges

The first three levels are already working and I'm very confident that I can implement the rest. I also have experience with Unity 3D, which I will use for the PC, Mac and phone versions and there are no big challenges to implement this game on such these platforms. The music and sound effects will be just samples from an original Vectrex for 100% authentic gameplay feeling.

The hardware for the cartridge is already working and I know how to mass produce such hardware from my Kerberos project. Only problem could be a limited supply for the translucent case, because Sean produces them only in batches. But I already asked for injection molding prices, and if there are a lot of orders, I can produce my own cartridges, in case Sean can't deliver it.

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