Since I am aware of the limitations of playing Gruntz on my Windows 10 computer (in Vista compatibility mode) with dgVoodoo's assistance, I am limiting my new efforts to maps exactly 32 tiles wide by 24 tiles tall; 1 Red Warp;1 Question Mark Switch;an average of 1 Coin per problem-solving area;and just 1 Warp Letter.
And I am selecting my topic/name by researching indices where a certain graphics area or first letter of the Quest name has no entry. Thus, my last two efforts were XKE (no letter X for The Miniature Masterz) and now Vesuvius (no letter V for Trouble In The Tropicz). There are several such candidates for the less frequently used letters of the alphabet (I have my eye on 'Q' for the next one) such as 5,7,9 ... N, Q, X, etc.
I expect that anyone interested in joining me in my quest for every graphics area represented for every letter of the alphabet is likely to avoid the High Rollerz graphics set, because of the difficulty of designing good maps, when there are so many right angles, and the tilez are not well designed to properly meet at the corners. So I will probably make my Q as a High Rollerz map.
This would be a good place to post your intentions for an upcoming Custom Level Quest.
Post by swietymiki on May 23, 2018 12:53:08 GMT -8
What about that "X-Ray" type of level we discussed during XKE's Beta-Testing? I'd be willing to make this as a collaboration if you have some good concepts. And because of your technical difficulties with bigger maps, I could handle most of playtesting (as long as the puzzles would be thoroughly-thought before sending them ) because this kind of idea definitely could use more space than just 32x24.
Maybe creating a different level on the side would help me to replenish ideas. I need more inspiration for my current remake, Locked Away (which is 75% done by the way), especially a sponge gun battle part.
"X-Ray Vision Would Be Nice" still remains as a 'draft' (or solicitation) title for an upcoming Quest.
It probably would involve lots of (brown-appearing) Brickz (without the advantage of Spy Gear) and somewhat enclosed places with CoveredPowerUpz containing Time Bombz. Entering such an area via Wormhole, surrounded by eight potentially deadly things surrounding it, and somewhere containing a prize (Coin/Tool/Toy/etc.) needed to progress and/or achieve a "PERFECT!" score. The challenge being to remove a benign or beneficial part of the enclosure first, to provide a "Safe House" in case the next removal would otherwise be fatal. Nasty!
Even a popular letter such as 'R' has no Quest in the "Honey, I Shrunk The Gruntz" graphics set! So why not a Quest with a theme and name such as "Red Hot Chili Pepperz"? Green Pyramidz for green pepper, and Red Pyramidz for red peppers is an obvious starting point.
"Quadrangle" easily describes a map in most graphics sets, but especially for areas 5, 6, 7 and even 8. And don't forget "Quay" (an artificial structure into water) for area 1, for instance.
Why hasn't there been a puzzle I... for "High On Sweetz" and "Gruntz In Space"? I'm pretty sure that there is a Battle "In The Cloudz" ... seems it would have been an obvious name for a Quest.