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Decided to code my first ever arcade game during lockdown.. Presenting -- XX Blast!

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Hey Guys!

Hope you are all keeping well during the zombie apocalypse!   I'm over in the UK and was placed on furlough in December.  This has meant I've had a lot of free time on my hands.  Obviously I've been gaming a lot on my bartop.  Being a child of the 70s I love playing the old shooters like 1942, Galaga, Star Force, Twin Cobra etc... Especially with Launchbox supporting shared high-scores.  It's definitely helped keep me sane.


Having a very casual interest in coding I thought it would be fun to try and make my own game but in the style of the 80s games.  So thats what I did...  At first my intention was to only have it on my own machine so that I would have something truly unique but after letting a few people see it I've been persuaded to share it. 

The games called XX Blast and its a vertical shooter!  It's written using Godot and took me about a month to make.  It runs on Windows and shouldn't need too powerful a computer (although I haven't got the machines to test this).  It's certainly not taxing my i5-6600.  Below are some screen shots...  

Features include...

  • Free Windows game.
  • Can easily be added to LaunchBox/Big Box
  • Classic 80s vertical top-down view in 3:4 format..
  • Built for modern widescreen displays and includes a built in bezel.
  • Looks great on arcade machines.
  • Configurable inputs to map to arcade sticks/buttons.
  • Locally saved high scores (If you make a donation, I have a version that shares with my own online server)
  • 400 levels.
  • Proper arcade credits system
  • Intense nostalgia feels!


It is my first game so don't expect it to be perfect but I have worked hard to make it feel polished and nice to play.  On my system it runs fast and smooth.  I would love it if you guys checked it out.


Constructive feedback always welcome...


You can find it on itch.io at https://sparkysoft.itch.io/xx-blast


Thanks for reading!

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2 minutes ago, Mr.Laor said:

Way to go!  Looks great!  I wish I was as motivated during lockdown

Thanks! Yeah it’s super hard to be motivated when there’s literally nothing to do. Must admit I’ve lost a bit of the motivation now I’ve finished. Need to think up a new project but probably left it too late as I’ll be back in work in a few weeks!  But I can cross one off the bucket list!

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