Download BadCode4 (New Metal) Demo
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| There are quite a few
changes with BadCode4n (New Metal) because in the process of developing
BadCoder5, I found some bugs in BadCoder4m, and I did not like to leave them
there untamed. Of course some plug-in routines had been updated so BadCode4m
with bug-fixes has inherited some code from it's children, bizarre as that
is, creating BadCode4n. The easy way to see the difference is 2 planets on
tht title screen, more sounds, new messages flash on-screen, and the Jaguar
player chases the white ball. The rest of this page has not really been updated
due to lack of time, if anbody else would like to maintain some information
on my BadCode releases then I would be very happy to link to them, as maintaining
even the most basic pages here is taking up lots of time. The pages would
need to be on your server though, but I would provide advance information
and exclusives to such a person.
After pressing *+#, the Easter Egg reminder message is displayed, and holding
a joypad button down here triggers one of the hidden easter eggs, new to
| The title screen is different
to previous versions, featuring a traditional full- screen image, the sort
of graphical change which this binary was intended to show makes a big difference
to the "perception" of the program. The title screen is shown repeatedly
during attract mode, and also reveals planned future graphical direction.
| The chrome style graphics
promised for BadCode4 (Metal) require a new palette to previous style text,
but the basic engine of this menu is the same. The graphics are all compressed
using the same lossless routines, and expanded into graphics buffers in RAM.
Each item on screen is an object processor data item.
If you do not make a choice then the attract mode starts automatically with
the Jaguar playing itself for a short time, then see credits and title pages.
| The options screen supports
the same options as before, and is unchanged from BadCode4 and BadCode4c.
The graphics are compressed, and decompressed into the buffers, graphics
are decompressed on-the-fly as you change each of the options.
If you are a real Llamasoft fan you should stumble onto the "Sheep Egg" with
little trouble here, if not then you will probably not discover it at all.
| Once playing the game,
which starts-off very slowly as before, you will find that pressing Pause
now supports the standard options, plus an extra feature sadly not present
in all games. Pressing A or B allows you to adjust the volume of the music
(only a beat at present, but played on the music channel) and sound effects,
although in this release this is not shown graphically. Pressing C will in
future allow you to adjust the controller configuration.
The extra "egg" here is #, which allows you to move the screen around to
find the optimum position for your television, no matter what I as developer
thought. In future this setting should be saved to a cartridge NV-RAM if
you have one.
| If you do not make a
choice from the menus, the attract mode includes this demo game, where the
Jaguar plays itself for a short time. A mini-egg here is that if you hold
down Pause, the Jaguar will continue to play itself so you can see how fast
the game gets and bet on the outcome of which player will win. Seeing the
Jaguar playing 4 balls at speed can be mesmerising.
| Finally, the new credits
screen is my way of passing on my support to the Jaguar community, just like
these binaries. So many people have done so much to keep the Jaguar as a
fun console to own, play, and develop for, and I take this opportunity to
say that I hope such interest continues, and that future developments open
up game development to many more fans.
Read about BadCode Easter Eggs
BadCoder has included a number of Easter Eggs in his code, and this page
gives details of them, along with some background information on how Easter
Click on the picture to find out more.
| Download this binary for Atari Jaguar
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