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Gateway Remake (playable demo)
« on: 17 Jul 2014, 20:01 »
The gamble is the same for every Gateway prospector. You strap yourself into an alien starship whose destination was programmed 500,000 years ago by a race called the Heechee. You may return with a motherlode of technology that will make you rich. More likely, you will die.

Frederik Pohl's Gateway by Legend is already a pretty good game so there isn't much that I can do to upgrade it. That's why this has been sitting on my hard drive for a few years, but every now and then I load it up to just walk around Gateway.
In the original you have to type or select verbs from a long list which is something that not everyone finds comfortable, including me, so...

Anyone like to check this demo? It's the start of the game up until you are allowed your first mission. In the original game you can reach that stage in just a few clicks but to make the demo more playable I made it a bit more linear so you will have to explore the whole station before the day is over. I might loosen up that part.

Not sure if this is allowed here but I would like to hear if this setup, modelled after later Legend games as some of you might notice, is actually more inviting to play. Or is the original still attractive enough?

Try the demo here

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« Last Edit: 27 Jul 2014, 19:44 by HandsFree »

Re: Gateway Remake (playable demo)
« Reply #1 on: 18 Jul 2014, 21:02 »
Just saw that. I'm a fan oft the old legend games. And Gateway is really a great game. I like your updates version. Its a nice idea to make the game more user friendly
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Re: Gateway Remake (playable demo)
« Reply #2 on: 25 Jul 2014, 17:05 »
My 2 cents:  I really hated the later high resolution interface.  It always felt like I was playing a business application, not a game.

I think this later interface came about during an awkward transitional time where the availability of higher-resolution GUI interfaces were making the older, low-resolution games seem antiquated. But something was lost in the translation when the developer caved into the pressure to modernize.  They were just... they weren't immersive. 

Re: Gateway Remake (playable demo)
« Reply #3 on: 26 Jul 2014, 12:54 »
Really? I always liked that interface, much more than the old one anyway. What got lost in your opinion? Apart from the opportunity to kiss every character?

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Re: Gateway Remake (playable demo)
« Reply #4 on: 26 Jul 2014, 14:35 »
Let's take the off-topic discussions into PMs please.

Re: Gateway Remake (playable demo)
« Reply #5 on: 26 Jul 2014, 14:43 »
Hehe Darth strikes back :-D

Played through the demo, and I must say as before, I like it.
BUT... I could need a ingame map. The station is as complicated as in the original^^

Will you remake the whole game?
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Re: Gateway Remake (playable demo)
« Reply #6 on: 26 Jul 2014, 22:26 »
Will you remake the whole game?
That's the plan at this point. I'm a bit further than what the demo shows (done the Dayan 7 part).
A map will be difficult cause the original doesn't have one either.

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Re: Gateway Remake (playable demo)
« Reply #7 on: 27 Jul 2014, 03:18 »
Lovely demo. I remember playing the original back then- never beat it though :-[ Your remake feels faithful, and the touch-ups are all justified, so well played!

Re: Gateway Remake (playable demo)
« Reply #8 on: 27 Jul 2014, 04:19 »
Maybe include a map in the docs? While working on the game you should hopefully get a feel for how the station and other areas are laid out which would be helpful in creating any maps. Plus the maps could not only be helpful to the player, but may also prove helpful when designing the game as well.

Re: Gateway Remake (playable demo)
« Reply #9 on: 27 Jul 2014, 20:07 »
Thanks Ghost. And that coming from someone who doesn't like remakes. ;)
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Re: Gateway Remake (playable demo)
« Reply #10 on: 09 Jan 2015, 13:01 »
Dear HandsFree,
I just stumbled upon your demo and I love how this feels like a later Legend product like Xanth. The earlier once gave me a headache and were as fun as using SAP... are you still working on this?

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Re: Gateway Remake (playable demo)
« Reply #11 on: 09 Jan 2015, 13:44 »
WesY2K - please read the forum rules before digging up any more threads.

HandsFree - if you're still working on this and want to post an update, let me know (PM) and I'll unlock this.