RayType Alpha

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In 1981, Konami introduced the worlds first side scrolling shooter video game, called Scramble. This game took many quarters from me as it was a regular stop walking home from school to play. It had forced scrolling from right to left with a fighter jet infiltrating harsh terrain and enemy bases. In 1987, the company Irem produced R-Type - a side scroller with heavy graphics that was like Scramble on Steroids. The fighter crafts had different weapon capabilities that could be upgraded. Originally, the "R" series of spacecrafts stood for "Ray," like ray gun. RayType Alpha represents a time in between Scramble and R-Type, with RayType Alpha representing the first alpha version of the series. In my game, each letter becomes a chamber in the enemy's giant spacecraft environment. The spaceship must fly through each chamber, shooting down turrets and projectiles, while collecting powerups dispersed on specific locations of only certain letters. Like StepWyze, This is also an actual game (proof of concept only) that is unfinished, but I will post a link as soon as I have enough playable elements coded in. This font is heavily packed, maximizing the GameComp-required 48 grid spaces. 12.02.14 Game Uploaded!

Info: Created on 12th November 2014 . Last edited on 22nd November 2014.
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Comment by geneus1 22nd November 2014
This is a screenshot from actual gameplay.
Comment by geneus1 22nd November 2014
This is my favorite. Actually, I expected to see more of this sort of works on GameComp, with sprites, tile sets, and animated GIFs. Nice demo pics. 10/10
Comment by Frodo7 22nd November 2014
This Is So High Above Everything... Geneus is more than a pseudonym, it's a reality...
Comment by cirque traumaccord 24th November 2014
This is my favorite of all your entries for Gamescomp. Want to see the game in action. :)
Comment by naveenchandru 24th November 2014
An exciting challenge to navigate inside glyphs. I also admire the sci-fi bevelled feel that the white lines create. And great samples again.
Comment by four 26th November 2014
@Frodo: I also expected to see more game sprites. Just like Fontstruct's own Redux and Goatmeal, there's also a movement to restore 8 bit video game sprites.

@Cirque: Thanks. If only I can finish putting it all together.

@naveen: Thank you. So many problems just making something simple to play. I'll have something soon, but please ... lower your expectations. ;-)

@four: Thanks. I think it looks even cooler in motion!
Comment by geneus1 27th November 2014
Good luck! I like it a lot! The essence of all these old pretty games is in the font.
Comment by elmoyenique 1st December 2014
Cool font! Ugh, the nerve of somebody to rate it a 1... :/

Perhaps the rating system should only allow a given user to rate below 5 once a week... that would certainly squash a bit of the trolling...
Comment by Structifier 2nd December 2014
@elmoyenique: Thanks for your continuous vote of confidence.

@Structifier: I'm somewhat unaffected by low votes. I think it would be more detrimental to disallow people to make decisions freely. Voting is only feedback, which can be valuable only through your own interpretation. A 1 vote tells me a lot about the person voting.
Comment by geneus1 3rd December 2014
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Comment by geneus1 3rd December 2014
RayType Alpha is Online! Play Here! After a long and arduous journey, the RayType Alpha web game is finally available. Originally, I wanted it to be simple, like the Stepwyze game. But I totally geeked out over this. So in the end, the game included a scoring system, 2 power ups, a fuel gauge, a final boss level, and a soundtrack. The backgrounds, sprites for the player and enemies, and environments were all developed in the Fontstructor. For me, this is by far the coolest thing I've ever made in FontStruct. =)
Comment by geneus1 3rd December 2014
I don't know how to express my admiration and gobsmacked-ness. Cleverly executed idea, quite decorative (it reminded me of honeycombs before I also saw electronic circuits) and very legible. The game is the icing on the cake -heum, on the font- ...
Comment by Aeolien 3rd December 2014
Congratulations! FontStruct Staff have deemed your FontStruction worthy of special mention. “RayType Alpha” is now a Top Pick.
Comment by Rob Meek (meek) 8th December 2014
Amazing !
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