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Great! It works!

Tested to load of the old levels I had converted extracted and converted to png and it worked straight away. :-)

Thanks for the nogore option as well!

How hard would it be to add support for levels that fit modern screens? Like 16:9 ratio levels. Could be good to have some extra space for 8 player matches.

Nice! Will try again when the magic script has pushed the next build to itch. :-)

Tested now to modify the png files in the custom folder but no matter what I do it still uses the original images. Changing the collision text file works though.

Am I missing something or doing it wrong?


I know, I know... it's out of scope for now but... would it be easier to use "gobpack.exe -u" (included in the zip I sent via mail) to unpack the gobs to pcx and text files and then convert the pcx to png and in the end use png + text files as input instead of the gob files?


I must be a master of digging out old stuff from the void ;-)
"GOB file documentation:


Do YOU want to make your own GOB-files?
Then you have to know the GOB format!
Here you can find a brief desciption of it.
(this is all about how the file is saved)
Note: Everything is saved in Intel byteorder,
ie the least significant byte first.

                  THE HEADER

Offset   Size   Description
 0        2      Number of images in the file

For I=1 to Number of images

   Offset   Size   Description
    2+I*4    4      Offset in file to image data

End repeat

The above offsets are offsets from the beginning of
the file. Each image has it's own image data.
The image data is like this:

                THE IMAGE DATA

Offset   Size   Description
 0        2      Image width in pixels (W)
 2        2      Image height in pixels (H)
 4        2      Hotspot x
 6        2      Hotspot y
 8        W*H    Bitmap data

The offsets above are offsets in the image data (for each image).

The Hotspot x/y of a specific image works like this:
Whenever a sprite is drawn at (x, y) with that image,
the image is drawn at (x - hotspot x, y - hotspot y),
where hotspot x/y are the hotspots for that image.

The bitmap data is just a block of colordata for each pixel.
It scans the image horisontally left/down. This means that
the first byte represents the upper left pixel, the second
represents the pixel to the right of that and so on.
If the width is 10  pixels then the 10th byte of bitmap data
will represent the pixel (0, 1)."

Found it in a text file in this zip:

I understand that it's probably out of scope, just found it very amusing that I actually found it :-)

Anyhow, when I find the time I'll see if I can get an old level working and then see if I can automate the process to get all old levels working.

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The original files inside the .dat files seem to be in another format and other file names.

Level images are .PCX
Sprites are .GOB
Sound effects are .SMP
And music is .MOD

See here for description of the files:

If I want to get the levels working I guess I need to convert the level images and rename those files to match the filenames currently in the custom folder. Does the game currently support the custom sound effects, sprites and music?

OK. I’m considering making a solution where double clicking on a level file will automatically place it in the custom folder and start the game. Should work.

Neat that the nogore option is in. :-)

Custom level loading would be really great even if it was just a command line option.

I’m happy to be a supporter of this project even though I understand that the donations don’t cover a lot of dev time.

Good luck with them de-makes!

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It’s an issue with XBox controllers. I have XBox360 controllers but it should be the same for all XInput controllers that don’t have a magic switch on the controller to force them to use Direct Input. What kind of controllers were the 4 usb controllers? 

A lot of frameworks allow at least 8 Direct Input controllers and a maximum of 4 XInput controllers. If they do this they use the XInput API for the XInput controllers and Direct Input API for the rest. When doing so they filter out all XInput gamepads on the Direct Input side so they don’t get duplicates. There is no easy way to know which 4xinput controllers are accessed via XInput so they filter out all of them from the direct input enumeration. Some frameworks have a way of disabling XInput altogether in order to access all controllers via Direct Input to get past the 4 controller cap for XInput controllers. As I understand this is only a Windows issue.

Good to hear that it’s at least been considered. Would’ve been a cool feature if it had worked out.

Might actually be what happened :-O

I found  it via the archive of:

The link was  “Level Mirror #1”.


It could be. I downloaded them many years ago. I was pretty thorough so I wouldn't be surprised if they are all there.

I found this archived site too:

The all levels zip still works.

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Levels are now sent via the contact form. Let me know if there are any issues accessing them via the link.
If you want to preview the levels I dug out an archived version of brainchild designs website:

Donated :-)

Sounds like a good spawn strategy. Guessing some of the levels don’t have 8 spawn points so they’ll need to be tested and maybe categorized depending on how many players they support.

I don’t have access to the levels from where I’m at so I’ll send them some time on Sunday or Monday. 


Sure, I’ll send the levels. Going away for the weekend but I’ll get them to you after the weekend if I don’t manage to do it before. I’ve even fixed the spawn points on several of them so they work with 4 players. If I recall correctly Jump n bump had spawn points on every other tile is it the same for remastered?

Tested the game with a fifth Xbox360 controller but it doesn’t work. Looks like the game accessed XInput controllers via the XInput API which has max 4 controllers. More info about this issue can be found here:

I don’t have any experience with the Godot engine though so I don’t know how easily this can be fixed.

Which is better for you, donate button or purchase on

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Awesome! I love Jump 'n' bump! Used to play it a lot with friends back in the days. Now I can finally enjoy it in full fullscreen again instead of fullscreen with a small viewport since I couldn't get scaleup to work on my graphics card. :-)

Really cool that you support 8 players! I have 8 controllers, do you know if Godot supports more than 4 XInput controllers via DirectInput?

I have over 250 levels for the original jump 'n' bump on my drive, would be really cool if they could be used with the remastered version.

Also the old cheats were quite interesting to spice up the gameplay:
jetpack, bunniesinspace, bloodisthickerthanwater, pogostick, (lordoftheflies... well actually I don't miss the flies.)

Also the -nogore switch was handy for times when you play with kids.

Are there any plans for supporting the custom jump 'n' bump levels and cheats?

Great work in keeping this old gem alive!

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Neat game!

The horse costumes are cute and the platforming works well.

Very impressed with the result as it's a 48 hour jam game.

Just some brainstormed ideas:

Since the players are joined together it could be fitting to go with a shared controller scheme.  Left thumbstick +  left bumper for 1st player and right thumbstick + right bumper for 2nd player would make it easy for a shared one hand grip and also make it easier to experience it as a single player. Another side effect would be  the ability to double the number of players with the given hardware.

Not sure about this one but another thing to explore could be to use a tether mechanic so the players are strung together by a force like a spring or rope that doesn't break. This could be used to add  an other interesting puzzle mechanic for the levels. The elastic or rope force could be used to swing or carry the other player to another platform below.

Another interesting idea would be that depending on the level design, all of the players were strung together to form a long horse and for another level design they were split up into groups of 2 (or 3). Could also be implemented as a modifier in a settings screen.

Have you played Piko Parc? I think that style of puzzle arenas would fit the game perfectly.  In Piko Parc the levels  fit in one screen and you need to figure out what to do as a team to get to get the key and get everyone to the exit.  In order to keep everyone involved Piko Park has levels that adapts to the number of players so if there is a gap that needs to be bridged by building a stair of players to bridge the gap the gap is wider if there are more players. Could be overkill but it's a nice feature.

One advantage of same screen levels is that you wouldn't need split the screen to add more players and all of the players could cooperate more easily.

To test the game's limits I tried starting the game with 10 players using 4 XBox360, 4 virtual  DirectInput gamepads (vjoy) and 2 keyboard players. 5 horses were formed but "only" 4  viewports were displayed. Also tried with more than 4 XBox360 controllers but only 4 of them were detected by the game so it's the same scenario as for Defend the Night.

Really neat game jam game. Thanks for posting it here for us to try out :-)

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Yes that’s exactly right. XInput controllers are enumerated both by direct input and XInput so if there wasn’t some kind of filtering out on the direct input side you would control 2 players in the game. Hopefully your attempt to “not listen to XInput” will disable the filtering as well.

The first version of Defend the night worked with 8 XInput controllers but the controllers were a bit too sensitive so some additional dead zone needed to be added. Hope this is a clue to get it working again.

Thanx! I'll check it out. :-)

BTW is it easy to  make an XInput disabled build of Defend the night update 2?

Interesting concept!

I’ve seen games use split controllers to get 8 players with 4 controllers. Is this something you’ve already considered?

Cool! When I get around to it I’ll add it to this list:

Interesting. How many players does it support?

Looks like a cool game :-)

“The early access release is sold as, there be no returns for this booty, but this chest be full of endless fun. We will provide early access updates via this store page. The final version may or may not be available via

This is a bit vague to me. 

• If I were to purchase EA would I get a final copy?  

• If released on Steam would I get a key?

Cool game!

Love the graphics style and that it supports as many players as the keyboard can handle. I could see myself hook this up to a makey makey ( ) for a game night. Would need to have some kind of win condition though...

Here are some suggestions for future development:

Win conditions:
Option 1: When a timer runs out the player with the highest current score wins.

Option 2: Configurable number of respawns. Last player standing wins.

For more control of the steering, the direction could switch everytime the key is pressed.

Additional keys:
Would be nice to have the numeric keys work as well. If I hook up makey makeys it'd be good to use 1,2,3,4,5 for players 1-5.

Keep up the good work!

Cool game!

(Umm... Is it just me... or does the “island” actually look very much like the back side of a naked body???)

I can confirm that it works on Windows 10 (64 bit). 

I like the multiplayer mechanic where players are eliminated if they can't keep up. 

Great that it supports so many local players :-)

If you ever find the time to get back to this game it would be interesting to see how it would play with a "Scorch went bonkers" one button control scheme. (

Good work! And good luck with the next 28 games for this year :-)

I love jump n bump and i have 8 gamepads. Would be cool if 8 gamepads could be used in the game. Noticed that you use ReWired for input. According to documentation it's possible to switch off accessing the gamepads via XInput so you could access 8 XInput gamepads via DirectInput instead of only 4.

I think the most crucial thing for the platformer to feel more fluent is to so players don't stutter and get stuck when colliding with walls of objects.

Also couldn't get 8 players to work since gamepads and keyboard players control the same 4 players.

Keep up the good work!

Cool game. Love that it supports 8 players.

If you make a desktop version it would be awesome if it would support 8 gamepads via DirectInput.  :-)

The thing with these controllers is that all 8 controllers are accessible via DirectInput and 4 of them are also accessible via XInput at the same time. So it is technically possible for 4 of them to be accessed via XInput and the rest via DirectInput. The problem is that it is not easy to know which 4 controllers to skip via DirectInput since the enumeration order can differ and I don't think XInput exposes a unique ID of the controller so all frameworks I have dug into that support both DirectInput and XInput at the same time skip all of the XInput controllers on the DirectInput side when XInput is "activated". I've seen these approaches to dealing with supporting more than 4 XInput controllers in games:

  • Only use DirectInput
  • Have an option to disable XInput to allow for more than 4 XInput devices.
  • Automatically switch to DirectInput if more than 4 XInput controllers are connected. (not so common)

The reason some games have XInput as the default and an option to disable it is that some weird controller issues reported by a smaller set of users "disappear" when accessed via XInput. Also XBox360 controllers via DirectInput don't have rumble effect and triggers are on the same axis so holding both triggers is detected as none of them being pressed. This is due to the XBox360 driver being poorly implemented.

Great that you've added these things. :-)

I discovered something just now. The Jam version detects  8 XBox360 controllers but since Update 1, only 4 controllers and a keyboard player can play.

Did you by chance switch to XInput for controller handling?

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Verified that deadzone is fixed and fullscreen works with the latest update :-)


Guess me and my kids will have to practice some more then ;-)

Glad to hear that you plan to fix these glitches :-)

(Posted about Defend The Night in a Steam discussion thread about games for more than 4 local players: )

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Tested now with 8 wired XBox360 controllers (just by myself octopus style) and it works!
Another detail: On my computer going fullscreen with Alt+Enter gives me a black screen.

By the way what's the current known record for 4 players? My kids and I haven't made it passed the U-shaped aliens at 123 seconds. Wondering if the increase in difficulty is a bit steep or if it's just that my kids are 4, 7 and 8 years old and can't give me the backup I need. ;-)

Really cool game!
Loving the coop mechanics. Tested with 4 players.
Great tutorial without it I would've been a bit lost.

If you continue working on the game please:
* Increase the deadzone for the gamepads
* Give each player a different color or some kind of player indicator to more easily locate your player.

Tested some more. I got an XBox360 controller to work if it was assigned to Control #4.

Haven't tested extensively though but it seems that they don't work if they are assigned to Control #0-Control#3.

The issue with only being able to use 4 XBox360 controllers remains.

Thanks for responding.

Tested now with: Version 0.8dev vom 02.02.2017

It is easier to assign thumbsticks now but I still can't assign more than 4 XBox360 controllers, this is probably because Rewired is set to use XInput instead of DirectInput for these devices.

Also in the test version I am unable to add a player using an XBox360 controller. When I add the user with the keyboard I am unable to control the character with the game pad..

I am however able to add and control a player with a non-XInput controller.

Tried to get 8 XBox360 controllers to work.
The first 4 could be mapped to controls correctly with DPads and buttons (thumbsticks were a bit too sensitive to map).
The 5th controller wasn't detected except for the buttons.
Would be great if more than 4 controllers would work with the game. :-)

Keep up the good work!