Galencia

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Galencia
Level 1 in progress
Game No. 462
Developer Jason Aldred
Company The Galencia Development Team
Publisher Protovision
Musician Pulsebot, Saul Cross
HVSC-File
Release 2017
Platform C64
Genre Arcade, Shoot'em Up
Gamemode Single player
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Language Language:english
Information Commercially available for $5.99 USD

Galencia can be described as nothing less than a love letter to the 1981 classic Galaga, a proper port of which has never really existed on the C64. The game itself is not a port of the original Zilog Z80 code and it shares no graphical or sound assets with the 1981 game to which it pays considerable homage.

The extremely impressive graphics used in Galencia are of a caliber more often associated with the C64 demo scene than C64 games. The game play itself is very familiar to anyone who has ever played a Shoot 'em up. The graphics and sound place Galencia in the same rare territory on the C64 as the likes of Elvira, Newcomer, and Donkey Kong Arcade in that it is a game that, upon casual observation, could be mistaken for a 16-bit Amiga title.

Sprites are large and colorful with extremely smooth animations. The game far exceeds to well known 8 sprite limit of the VIC-II graphics chip through clever raster timings and careful planning on the part of the developer. Static and animated graphics appear in the border area. The SID music is very up beat and engrossing, very much adding to the ambiance of the game.

Development[edit]

Galencia was developed over approximately a six month period in 2017. The bulk of the code was written in the first four months while the coder Jason Aldred had the misfortune of being unemployed. Progress slowed somewhat when the developer found full time employment.

Version History

  • Galencia 1.0 · 2017-07-22 · PAL only initial release
  • Galencia 1.1 · 2017-07-23 · bug fix.
  • Galencia 1.2 · 2017-07-30 · bug fix.
  • Galencia 1.3 · 2017-08-13 · preliminary NTSC support.
  • Galencia 1.4 · 2017-08-20 · full NTSC support.

Game Features[edit]

  • PAL and NTSC support as of v1.4.
  • 50 Levels of Game Play
  • Asteroid Fields
  • Challenging Stages
  • Boss Battles
  • Ebb and Flow difficulty curve
  • Siren enemy with Tractor beam for Double Ship Action
  • Introduction, Launch and Completion sequences
  • 6 Brand new SID tunes, unique to this project

Options[edit]

  • Load, Save and Reset High Scores
  • Extensive display options including 3 levels of Starfield Brightness
  • Three different Score Palettes
  • Tournament Mode
  • Music and Simultaneous Sound Effects or Sound Effects only

Controls[edit]

Keyboard controls:

  • F1  Settings (title screen only)
  • Q  Quit Game
  • Space  Pause game

Joystick controls:

  • Joystick left Move left
  • Joystick right Move right
  • press fire button Fire

Critics[edit]

  • "Smooth, slick and totally addictive. A surefire SIZZLER in my book." —@JasonNapalm

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