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I was playing a random obscure Japanese freeware game, and this just popped into my head: Wouldn't it be just awesome, if there was a Metroid Vania Net Hack game? Using a recent version like Slash'em might be a bit complex, but how about the original?
Any thoughts? Can it be done? Is this a fantasy never to be realized?
Or will someone with experience start a website and make it so?!
UPDATE: Now has a project page: Side Hack
edited 23rd Jul '10 9:18:39 PM by TheMightyAnonym
I'd like something a little more playable than Spelunky, so i'm with you on this.
Randomly generating the map and the rooms themselves, yes?
Of, course. Ideally, it would incorporate everything from Net Hack.
That's a lot of stuff.
I did say ideally.
How do you do Sokoban?
Minigame maybe? We could just leave it out.
Alright, after a good night's sleep and some fantasizing, I have decided. I'm gonna go for it. Now do so hear my pleas.
Can anyone out there help me on this?
I would recommend writing a design document before you start doing much of anything. If you don't make your goals explicit, you probably won't reach them.
^Could you elaborate? This is going to be new for me...
edited 22nd Jul '10 2:08:58 PM by TheMightyAnonym
This sounds interesting.
You may want to take a look at this thread on TIGSource, as it is somewhat similar to your idea. Not completely, as it's much simpler than Nethack, but it still might be worth checking out.
A good way to make a free website is Weebly.
^^Thanks for the link; that's definitely in the same vein, and proves inspiring.
^That could serve me well, I'll gather some time and go for it.
I'm thinking about starting a page here on Tv Tropes to gain some speed; Net Hack meets Castlevania sounds much to awesome to me to just pass up. Given enough attention, my experience lacking self should gain adequate momentum to make this a reality.
Now, what should I call it? Sidehack? Flathack? Castlehack? Gaidenhack? Side Hack!
edited 23rd Jul '10 9:17:27 PM by TheMightyAnonym
Unless you're planning on making it Nintendo Hard, I'd stay away from calling it Gaidenhack. Sidehack sounds good, though.
I'd rather see an isometric platformer version of Nethack, but in realtime rather than turn-based.
^^Sidehack seems logical, although this is Net Hack. We could make a Spin-Off plotline, and then call it gaidenhack.
^Isometric and Zelda style top down Would certainly be easier, but such games are far more common, whilst side scrolling would be unique and have style.
edited 23rd Jul '10 3:34:21 PM by TheMightyAnonym
Mmk, so here we go.
edited 23rd Jul '10 9:31:36 PM by TheMightyAnonym
I don't think that Sourceforge is a good idea, at least not in the beginning. Try to get something playable before you throw it to the winds of open-source.
As for languages... I dunno, plenty of things could work. What languages do you know?
Okay, then I'll leave that out for now.
As for languages, I know only a little bit of ruby and nothing else; which is why a lot of help will be necessary for my humble self.
I'm no Marty Stu, unfortunately. My main efforts will be focusing on organizing the project and recruiting programmers.
My game creation skill is... lacking. Completely.
edited 23rd Jul '10 9:39:56 PM by TheMightyAnonym
I'd love either a Metroid Vania format, or a Top Down Zelda format.
Better yet, a Classicvania.
Anything top-down/isometric/etc realtime would inevitably feel too Diablo-like, sidescrolling sounds like more fallow ground in my opinion.
I may as well get this question out of the way. Is this game going to work on more than just Windows? Will it work on Mac OS X or Linux/Unix as well?
edited 24th Jul '10 5:09:36 AM by Wolfman2000
Do you know what kind of graphics you want to use. If so tell me then I can give you a language rec. I will not be able to help since I have other commentments sadly.
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