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Title: M*A*S*H: Point n' Click adventure game
Post by: viktor on 12 Dec 2020, 11:45
So during the lockdown I had too much time on my hands and decided to do something productive. AGS came to mind after a couple of years not making anything with it. I was also binge watching M*A*S*H and decided to combine the two concepts after realising there was really just one game ever made about the franchise. It's also a tool to get more pixel art practice in.

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Story outline:
There isn't much of a story really since this is just a simple fangame. You take on the role of everybody's fave army clerk, Radar. Something very important to him has gone missing and he needs to find it. But as usual in the 4077th it's anything but easy. He'll need to fenagle some things in order to get his item back. For the people that are not familiar with MASH, it's a story of army doctors during the Korean war, that worked in a mobile army surgical hospital (MASH) unit. It was a dark comedy first a novel, then it was a movie and later on a very successful series. The characters are pretty much fleshed out and have defined character growth. This specific game takes place somewhere in the timeline of the 5th season. After Trapper leaves but before Frank leaves (better character conflicts :P).

Progress:
graphics: 15/15 backgrounds done, all inventory items done. Most character designs finished but not yet fully animated.
puzzles: 100%
scripting: 99% (only bug testing left)
music/sound 50% (still debating if I should use other music for background while game is running)

DOWNLOAD THE DEMO (1.53Mb)

(https://i.ibb.co/KXfYrTq/demo-sign.png) (https://mashthegame.viki.si)

The demo has a couple of elements from the actual game but it was specifically made to be a demo. It doesn't spoil or reveal anything. Characters will be moved and puzzles will be different :).
Title: Re: M*A*S*H: Radar's Quest
Post by: sthomannch on 12 Dec 2020, 12:57
Looks good! All the Best with your project
Title: Re: M*A*S*H: Radar's Quest
Post by: Cassiebsg on 12 Dec 2020, 13:46
Looks amazing and I love M*A*S*H  :-D

Good luck with it.  (nod)
Title: Re: M*A*S*H: Radar's Quest
Post by: viktor on 13 Dec 2020, 11:05
EDIT: Made a new background today and yesterday. Added a video of me doing it. I tweaked it a bit after recording the video (I'm still not satisfied with the shadows of the shower tent posts), but all in all that's another background done. Just 6 more to go according to plan.
Title: Re: M*A*S*H: Radar's Quest
Post by: CaptainD on 13 Dec 2020, 22:34
Ooh I love this idea!!  ;D
Title: Re: M*A*S*H: Radar's Quest
Post by: viktor on 15 Dec 2020, 16:47
EDIT: I added a little demo to the original post. Nothing much, just a bit of fun.
Title: Re: M*A*S*H: Radar's Quest
Post by: viktor on 23 Dec 2020, 13:56
I've had a thought yesterday. Would anyone be interested in making more games in this "series" if I made the assets public? It would probably be kind of fun if we had more episodes of the franchise like the show itself. Every episode could have some other character on a quest to accomplish something. Some new assets here and there and soon enough we could have a small repository of assets that anyone can use.
Title: Re: M*A*S*H: Radar's Quest
Post by: Ponch on 23 Dec 2020, 16:59
I used to watch MASH all the time back in the day. Downloading the demo now.

If you make these assets public, are you prepared for the deluge of AfterMASH games?  :=
Title: Re: M*A*S*H: Radar's Quest
Post by: viktor on 23 Dec 2020, 20:14
I used to watch MASH all the time back in the day. Downloading the demo now.

If you make these assets public, are you prepared for the deluge of AfterMASH games?  :=

Sure why not. But Aftermash was set stateside. These assets won't be of much use then :P
Title: Re: M*A*S*H: Radar's Quest
Post by: Mandle on 24 Dec 2020, 08:05
M*A*S*H is my number one rated best TV show of all time!!!

It was just so consistently GOOD!!!

There was no such thing as a bad episode and when it was good it was GREAT!!!

And when it was great is was MIND-BLOWINGLY great!!!
Title: Re: M*A*S*H: Radar's Quest
Post by: viktor on 24 Dec 2020, 15:50
I agree, although I will admit that binge watching it isn't a hot idea. There is so much episodes you kinda get fatigued after a while  (laugh)
Title: Re: M*A*S*H: Radar's Quest
Post by: Mandle on 24 Dec 2020, 23:38
"There is so much episodes you kinda get fatigued after a while"

I see what you did there, whether you meant to or not.
Title: Re: M*A*S*H: Radar's Quest
Post by: viktor on 26 Dec 2020, 09:55
UPDATE:

Made another background (the outside of the supply hut), and a simple website for the game and it's possible sequels. So that's 12 out of 15 backgrounds done. I'm still missing Hotlips' tent, the inside of the supply hut and the inside of the nurse's tent. Some locations will not be featured in the game, such as col. Potter's tent or the officers club, but that just leaves more room for any future games :).

(https://i.ibb.co/B3xpJTK/Screenshot-1.png) (https://ibb.co/B3xpJTK)
Title: Re: M*A*S*H: Radar's Quest
Post by: HanaIndiana on 28 Dec 2020, 01:36
Your pixel art looks great!
Title: Re: M*A*S*H: Radar's Quest
Post by: kconan on 28 Dec 2020, 03:26
  This looks really cool, and great job on the beautiful pixel art.
Title: Re: M*A*S*H: Radar's Quest
Post by: viktor on 29 Dec 2020, 08:44
Can you identify the characters? ;)

(https://mashthegame.viki.si/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/assets.png)
Title: Re: M*A*S*H: Radar's Quest
Post by: Reiter on 29 Dec 2020, 15:34
Now, this looks magnificent! It is a splendid recreation of the sets and characters. There is a lot of possibilities, too. A surgery mini-game, perhaps? Spot-the-shrapnel!

M*A*S*H was a splendid show, which I am quite fond of. Why, I can hear the titles tune now.
Title: Re: M*A*S*H: Radar's Quest
Post by: viktor on 31 Dec 2020, 15:40
Happy to say, I just finished the last background. Now I'll start coding the game using placeholders :).
Title: Re: M*A*S*H: Radar's Quest
Post by: viktor on 09 Jan 2021, 13:22
I could confidently say that this is in very early alpha phase. All the puzzles are connected and work. There's still some world building left (hotspot interactions), proofreading and adding music. I'm still debating if I should make the game intro more substantial. Since the plan is to make this a series of freeware games I really don't think it's all that important to add a lot of flare to the intro. Or is it? The intro to the story for now is just a blank screen with narration and a short dialogue between some characters. It feels a bit empty. What do you guys think?

Anyone up for playtesting the alpha? It's a short game so...

Here's the sprite for Hotlips ;)

(https://i.ibb.co/jM39wgx/6.png) (https://imgbb.com/)
Title: Re: M*A*S*H: Radar's Quest
Post by: javixblack on 13 Jan 2021, 19:25
Man, this looks really good! The only thing I wanna say is about the pale color palette, it's a bit depressive but nothing serious. All the luck in your project, dude!
Title: Re: M*A*S*H: Radar's Quest
Post by: viktor on 14 Jan 2021, 08:12
It's kind of inline with the show. War you know... ;).

Anyone else up for testing the game for me? I'm planning on changing up radars sprite a bit still but I got a bit side-tracked with my business and it's gonna take a while. So in the meantime would be the perfect time to fix any bugs in the code.
Title: Re: M*A*S*H: Radar's Quest
Post by: Mandle on 14 Jan 2021, 10:05
I'm still debating if I should make the game intro more substantial. Since the plan is to make this a series of freeware games I really don't think it's all that important to add a lot of flare to the intro. Or is it? The intro to the story for now is just a blank screen with narration and a short dialogue between some characters. It feels a bit empty. What do you guys think?

My personal opinion is that any fan of the show going into a MASH game that didn't open with a version of the opening title credits with a version of Suicide Is Painless playing is maybe not gonna be feelin' the vibe you are working hard to create.
Title: Re: M*A*S*H: Radar's Quest
Post by: heltenjon on 14 Jan 2021, 10:25
My personal opinion is that any fan of the show going into a MASH game that didn't open with a version of the opening title credits with a version of Suicide Is Painless playing is maybe not gonna be feelin' the vibe you are working hard to create.

Rest assured, Mandle. The opening screen has a picture of the crew and the song running in retro-style like it would be if orchestrated on, say, a Commodore 64.  :)
Title: Re: M*A*S*H: Radar's Quest
Post by: viktor on 14 Jan 2021, 12:10
Yeah, there were a couple of versions of the title screen to be honest. I went with the photo of the cast that appears in the game. The one from the actual opening shot was terrible so I scraped it quickly. As for the intro song... It's a midi rendition of the movie opening. I couldn't find anything better. But if there is someone that is willing to program or record an alternate version of suicide is painless then I'm all for it ;). I also looked far and wide for the "my blue heaven" version from the show and movie but couldn't find it anywhere. Just clips from the show and I can't use those.

(https://i.ibb.co/f9Wn2Wz/group-photo-2.png) (https://ibb.co/f9Wn2Wz) (https://i.ibb.co/4fY2QJy/new-title-screen.png) (https://ibb.co/4fY2QJy) (https://i.ibb.co/M9TgcyC/title-screen.png) (https://ibb.co/M9TgcyC)

BTW: I was stupid enough to make a proofreading/translation file and I set it to default without backing up the files. Now the dialogs are all screwed up. I managed to correct most of them before I sent the alpha to heltenjon but I noticed some later on that are already fixed now. So, heltenjon if you need the updated version of the alpha just give me a holler. Some of the dialogs will make more sense now  (laugh)
Title: Re: M*A*S*H: Radar's Quest
Post by: Mandle on 14 Jan 2021, 22:14
Maybe ask around if there is anyone who would volunteer to make you an animated or comic-book style version of the opening credits scenes in the art style of the game?
That would put the fans in the proper mood for the game!
Title: Re: M*A*S*H: Radar's Quest
Post by: Creamy on 14 Jan 2021, 22:30
These characters look cool. Why do they all have blue eyes?
Title: Re: M*A*S*H: Radar's Quest
Post by: viktor on 15 Jan 2021, 05:12
These characters look cool. Why do they all have blue eyes?

Because the actors that play them actually have blue eyes  ;)

Maybe ask around if there is anyone who would volunteer to make you an animated or comic-book style version of the opening credits scenes in the art style of the game?
That would put the fans in the proper mood for the game!

Drawing a comic book style intro shouldn't be a problem for me. I'm an illustrator by profession (side work to my regular job) but I'm just lacking the time. I just got a big order in for some work and even the main aspects of the game are getting a bit postponed. I want to make a new Radar sprite, since this one looks too "manly" for instance. Little things like that.
Title: Re: M*A*S*H: Radar's Quest
Post by: viktor on 19 Jan 2021, 05:59
I redesigned Radar's sprite a bit. I think it looks better :). The new sprite is on the right.

(https://i.ibb.co/BNdpBdQ/sprite.png) (https://imgbb.com/)
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Title: Re: M*A*S*H: Point n' Click adventure game
Post by: viktor on 24 Jan 2021, 17:59
I'm still looking for a Beta tester or two. Heltenjon is helping me out but another set of eyes can't hurt :).
Title: Re: M*A*S*H: Point n' Click adventure game
Post by: viktor on 31 Jan 2021, 10:44
A quick update.

The game has 3 testers and it's progressing amazingly.

It's really polished, more so than I was ever planning it to be. I'm getting even more excited about the game myself now :).