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Heyo! Thanks so much, really glad you enjoyed it!

Yeah, those blank cutscenes are a bug that appears specifically on the Evercade version. You're more likely to run into it if you use savestates instead of in-game saves. Apparently some Evercade players ended up forced to use savestates which is kind of unfortunate given this.

There should soon be an Evercade firmware update which updates the game to V1.2 where the issue is fixed. Any in-game save will carry over (but savestates won't, so be careful!)

Tip: one cassettedisk is given to you for delivering all oranges!

Hi! Yep, My Boy! has known issues, I'd recommend to use another emulator on Android such as Pizza Boy GBA, or RetroArch with any of the available GBA cores.

It's a music player GBA ROM with 3 tracks and some cool visuals :)

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Apparently this issue only affects some Analogue Pockets and only the latest OpenFPGA core. (info here) - could you try downgrading your core to 1.0 and let us know if it fixes the issue?

Hey! This happens because many emulators use the game's ID to decide whether to activate rumble. There is a patch available to make it work, you can find out more here: https://goodboygalaxy.com/wiki/doku.php?id=rumble

Hmm, I'm not sure what the issue could be in that case, please send the video to hello@goodboygalaxy.com and we'll take a look

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[edit]: we discovered this is a problem with the openFPGA core on certain batches of Analogue Pocket. (more info here) Downgrading the core to 1.0 will fix it.

Original response below:

You may have a faulty SD card - we experienced a similar problem during development, but it wasn't the game's fault.

If you want to verify the ROM, you can try holding A+B+Down+Left while booting the game. If it doesn't show 'A4A932B1' then that means the ROM is corrupted.

Also if you're using a flashcart, please make sure all add-ons/patches are disabled (use 'clean boot' on the menu)

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afaik it's there just for this purpose (big games like Mother 3) or games you want to launch frequently. Unlike PSRAM, the contents of NOR remain even after power-off, so you don't have to wait for the game to load every time. (it's just a loooong wait the first time, as you've seen) x)

You can write the game to NOR memory on the EZ-Flash IV to make it work - it's been a while since I've used mine but there should be an option for it somewhere!

Thanks so much! Yeah you're right, the game won't run in GBARunner2 unfortunately. This is out of our control but I believe GBARunner3 is in the works which should fix it. :)

Hey, I believe GValiente had some questions about the licenses of the assets for this game? Please reply to him on Discord else we won't be able to accept the submission.

Thanks so much! We absolutely will be including a map, don't worry :)

All i wanna do is *cash register* *sip* *sip* *sip* 'n buy a kitty

Finally got around to playing this and woww! It's brimming with detail and that really amplifies the cosiness. Every time I glance at the screen I spot something I hadn't noticed before.

Thank you! Yes, I actually had to sacrifice a few dots because I ran out of sprites (my method of rendering text is pretty sprite hungry too).

This is based on an old freeware PC game called Knytt Stories (a chill ambient platformer where anyone can make their own levels), which is why the buttons and stuff look like they do.  The font is just a default Tonc one but I kept it because it looked "close enough" and I didn't have time to find anything better ^^

But... hmm, making a game inspired by the title visuals themselves is an interesting concept... maybe I should've done that all along!

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I'm not on Windows but you can try this:

1. Install Python.

2. Create a new folder for your project.
2a. Download the Win64 Tilengine release from itch, and copy Tilengine.dll into your project folder
2b. Download the PyTilengine repo as a zip file from github.com/megamarc/PyTilengine and copy src/tilengine.py to your project folder, as well as the assets folder from the examples.

3. Use a text editor to create mygame.py which contains the following code:

from tilengine import Engine, Window, Tilemap
engine = Engine.create(400, 240, 1, 0, 20)
engine.set_load_path("assets/sonic")
foreground = Tilemap.fromfile("sonic_md_fg1.tmx")
engine.layers[0].setup(foreground) 
window = Window.create()
while window.process():
    window.draw_frame()

Your folder structure should look like this:

MyProject
├── assets
│  └── sonic
│      ├── Base.png
│      ├── Base.tmx
│      ├── Base.tsx
│      ├── Sonic_md_bg1.png
│      ├── Sonic_md_bg1.tmx
│      ├── Sonic_md_bg1.tsx
│      ├── Sonic_md_fg1.png
│      ├── Sonic_md_fg1.tmx
│      ├── Sonic_md_fg1.tsx
│      └── Sonic_md_seq.sqx
├── mygame.py
├── tilengine.py
└── Tilengine.dll

4. Open a cmd.exe or powershell window in your project folder.  (here's some ways to do that in Windows, it changes all the time) and type  python3 mygame.py  and hit enter to run your game.

it's not an engine in the sense of "comes with a full editing environment" like Unity, Godot, etc. It's more like a rendering engine. You have to bring your own text editor, pixel art software, map editor, and programming language (there's Python bindings which are probably the easiest way to get started).

You can use it to faithfully make games in the style of the 16-bit era, using sprites, tilemaps with animated tiles, palette tricks and per-scanline effects (including parallax, & mode 7 like you said).

You don't have to use it with another engine, because Tilengine is also capable of spawning its own window and handling user input. (But of course you could use it with another engine if you wanted to, as long as you were able to get it rendering to a texture.)

The GBA Jam 2022 results are now live! You can see them at: gbadev.net/gbajam22

Thank you for waiting, and huge congrats to everyone who entered!

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It sounds like you're on the right track, taking advantage of the GBA's wrapping BGs to avoid having to shift the whole tilemap. The bigmap example from tonc-code.zip (edit: updated repo at libtonc-examples) has a working implementation of large scrolling tilemaps which you may find useful. There's also an annotated version of the same code which is much more readable.

I think you may just have an oversight with your vertical scrolling (it needs to start from the X offset of the horizontal scroll, after horizontal scrolling has been done?), because I'm doing similar in my game and it works fine, can scroll diagonally with no problem. Here's my code in case that's helpful, but it's not C. This is a bit of a tangent but it's based on the approach described in the GBA Resource Management article, which uses reference counting to dynamically unload tile gfx that are not in use (may be overkill for smaller games?), but other than that the basic approach of looping over rows & columns to copy in new sections of map data is the same.

Anyways, hope some of this helps, please shout if you're still running into issues!

Hello! We have made an update to the Q&A to clarify the rules around asset reuse.

It should hopefully now be more clear that:

  • you are allowed to use assets you previously made.
  • if you're remaking an existing game, you can use its assets as long as you have permission from the creator.

Keep in mind that games using new & original assets are likely to score higher in the "Originality" category, so we would still encourage you to use new assets! But if your heart is telling you to make a faithful port or revive a dead project from another platform, it is now possible to do so.

Hi everyone,

We're pleased to announce that GBA Jam 2022 is now underway!

This thread will be used to post updates and announcements.


invitro by Jono, pmprog, GValiente, exelotl, avivace

Remember the jam is 3 months long to account for people's differing schedules & availability. So don't stress, pick a couple of free weekends and see how far you get. (But don't leave it to the last minute!)

I'm not sure I'll find time to enter this year myself, but I'll certainly be judging and I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with :)

Good luck and (most importantly) have fun!

For anyone who may be subscribed to this topic - the GBA Jam 2022 is starting soon over at itch.io/jam/gbajam22, running from the 1st August to 1st November. gl;hf! :D

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Hi everyone!

The next instalment of the GBA Jam is starting very soon over at itch.io/jam/gbajam22.

I'm super excited to see what this year brings, and hope to see you there! :D

This is perfection! I have a feeling it'll be my go-to whenever I want to throw down some blocks from now on.

This is quite satisfying to play around with :D

Nice presentation and very cool spheres :D

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I just got around to giving this a try, it's a fun little racer! The opponent AI is really solid and you've packed in a good number of features already. I think there's some small changes that could go a long way to improve the car physics, e.g. angular velocity and partial cancelling of lateral velocity, to let the cars turn naturally and skid when doing so.

Best of luck if you're planning to keep working on it! :D

Nice one! It feels pretty robust already. I made it onto the block so I'll take that as a victory :P

Oh my word this is brilliant! Tons of potential here, great presentation, would love to play a story campaign with these mechanics.

This is amazing! I love rush hour, and this is such a charming and clever way to theme it. Tempest hit it out of the park with the music too.

I only wish there was a control scheme where holding A grabs the luggage, releasing A releases the luggage, and you can slide by holding a direction rather than repeatedly pressing the direction. To me this would be more natural and easier on my thumbs x)

Do you mean hiding specific games or hiding entire tags?  I'd personally like the latter a lot, as I hate when I click "browse" and see dozens of creepy horror thumbnails.

Thanks so much! We'll look into adding support for this, though it might be impossible without an update to the EZ Flash firmware itself (as I believe the patch is intended for games that used the official SDK from back in the day). I'll have to investigate some more. :)

Thanks! Map is definitely something we're planning for the full game :)

The save data allows up to 2321 shards, but the count will display incorrectly if you have more than 65,535, due to the optimised number-to-string conversion library that we're using.

it's a real GBA ROM, made with Nim (a language that can compile into C, C++ and others). See gbadev.net for resources!

Thanks for playing, I admire your persistence! It looks like there's still a few things in the demo that are definitely too punishing. Especially the hitboxes of the rhino enemies - they shouldn't be able to kill you when they're dazed!

And yes, you're on the right track! If you decide to come back to it, try talking to the purple robot near the end of each route (he's not reachable on the gunless route though).