Once again I've been playing a game people will know, the very original super
marrio brothers game, (actually the version released on the Snes with super
mario all stars which has improved graphics, sfx and music, but the mechanics
and game are stil just the same as the Nes).
One factor which (having not played marrio for a while), I am having to get
used to again, is Marrio's less than precise jumps. not only are his jumps
analogue, eg, you get more distance with a run up, and more distance depending
upon how long you hold the button, but also, Mario is not the most reliable at
stopping or controlling his moves in the air.
When bouncing off enemies, or jumping a gap with a run, I'm having to re-learn
the way you need to hit the opposite direction to stop marrio skidding along.
While playing marrio, I found myself trying to considder which elements could
be shown in an audio game.
Pits of varying distance? ---- no problem. ledges of variable hight, ---
-possibly slightly more complex but doable. Enemy position walking at you,
falling on you etc? ---- for most enemies no trouble (though the clockwise or
anticlockwise swinging fire chains in bowser's castles may be problematic).
however, one element is stil not doable, namely the fact that Mario needs to
take just as much account of things vertically above or below, and that his
chief method of killing enemies, ---- jumping up above them and stomping on
their heads, would not really be easy to do in audio.
However, one element which seems completely missing from any and all audio
games, is this business of stopping distance.
Whether it's sarah, Angela carter or the agent in shades of doom, everyone
seems to be able to stop on an instant, whether their running along or jumping.
This doesn't just count 2D games either, as in many 3D or first person games,
moves like sliding sideways to avoid attacks or ducking and rolling are very
Then, there is the question of surface. Ice climbers, Mega man, Marrio 2, and
about a hundred other platform games (including original dokey kong if I
remember correctly), employ various factors to change your characters stopping
distance or walking speed.
These could be conveyer belts moving in one direction or another (even some
walk along beat em ups like double dragon and streets of rage had these), ice
to make you slip further when jumping or not stop so quickly when walking,
winds or fans blowing you about and making you do longer jumps, quick sand or
mud to slow you down, turning cog wheels to walk or jump on (some of the most
evil ledge jumping puzles I know in turrican or castle vania involved these).
The same goes for 3D games too, indeed in tenchu stealth assassin, you had
gravel which you had to walk tthrough softly to avoid making a noise, while you
could walk at normal speed on grass.
I find it quite strange that racing games like topspeed have done a lot for
stopping distance and different surface, but none of the audio 2D or 3d games
as yet have.
it just strikes me this is a very easy factor to play with in audio, --- simply
by altering the sound of your characters' steps, and I find it a litle
perplexing as to why nobody has yet, which is why I'm bringing it up here.
Obviously, if mota's mechanics and traps are already designed so this sort of
thing won't fit in fair enough, but maybe anyone who is working on a 2D or 3D
action game could considder this.
Beware the Grue!
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