I'm Matt.C, and I made the ridiculous Flash game you see above. Enjoy!
If you've got any questions about the game, feel free to ask 'em down here in the comments. (In image form, of course.)
If any of you are (un)lucky to have seen the original Magenta Kong arcade cabinet back in the early eighties, you'll probably remember the hideously garish banner art on the front and sides, and if you were especially lucky, you'll have been around when the screen used to smoke (and the smell) after it had been on for more than a few hours.
The Magenta Kong cabinet came with a pretty useless manual, if you got it at all (and they didn't give you the Chinese one by accident). Here's the 'SCENARIO' pages from the English MK manual, if they're any help to you. (Along with some complimentary scrawls from my (much) younger self.)
Addendum (2008-09-02 22:55):
Watch out, dialup users! The manual photograph is quite large: ~900k.
I can't get the game to start, pressing 1 has no effect even when the applet window is focused. Pressing P makes the "Pause" message come up but that's pretty much just an insult when the game hasn't even started yet. Tried regular 1 and numeric keypad 1, but no joy. Starting to think it's just a title screen mock...!
No hammer! Sick of it, I am, sir!
I think Magenta doesn't need no hammers. If he so chose, he could use his phenomenal upper body strength to crush those bins into dust. He'd more likely try to get somebody else to it (and they'd get badly hurt).
Still can't get this to work although if I press 3 on the title screen I get 9999 points and asked to enter a name. I win!
Yeeaack! Yes, well, er... *shuffles papers about* that would not be what I intended to happen. Welcome to the highscore test screen! :(
Awesome! But is there a kill screen at the end?
Not exactly. I was going to make it that if you got 1ST place and typed in your name as FRIST, a gigantic blocky Cobol Bill fill the screen and laugh at you with a speech synthesized 'HA HA HA HA HA', but I thought that might be a bit too creepy.
WASD is extremely annoying for non QWERTY users . Why not use the arrow keys ?
Indeed, this is what I meant by 'cursor keys'. :)
- There's a pounding sound when Cobol Bill jumps at the top of the screen at the beginning of the game
- There's a sound that Magenta makes whenever he jumps that is missing
- If you jump over two bins at once, you get 300 points -- not two separate 100 point things. I think 3 bins was 500.
You're absolutely right. Those sounds didn't appear on my version of MAME, along with the squeaky noise when Jumpman moves along a platform. I do not know the reason for this, and I suppose I really ought to have done my research a tad more thoroughly. I apologise.
The bin scoring is intentionally different in MK than DK and they're both very strange (DK sometimes doesn't give you any points at all, and in MK you can jump along with a barrel and it'll give you lots of points for staying above it, same if the barrel is going down a ladder beneath you.)
TRWTF is that it doesn't work in Firefox :(
Really? What operating system are you using?
I've tested it in a couple of different Firefox 2s and 3s (all under Windows, however) and it works fine.
It does work in IE, amazingly. It doesn't work in Firefox 2, 3 or Chrome on my computer. Or, more accurately, every control seems to work (pause, mute, unmute, high score tester thing) EXCEPT pressing 1 to start a new game (the most important one.)
The non-working browsers all have the Flash 9.0 r45 plugin installed. I'm not sure what version of Flash is in IE, but I wager it's the same.
Doesn't work here either. Though I've got some hilariously messed up results from button-mashing; from flashing 'paused' at me over the top of a credits screen, to a garbage highscore-table (I think) over a garbled intro screen... this game's fun.
Having played the original, back in the day, I was quite impressed by the accuracy (and preserved fun) of this remake! Playing it just now, I made it to 125 m before I was frustrated by the dreaded triple-barrel.
...does anyone remember the Atari version? In the '2nd' stages, you had to walk over the junctions instead of jumping. ... well, that, and it looked like crap in comparison to the arcade game, but you could play it at home!
How in the world did you manage to create a browser-specific Flash applet? I tried this in IE, Safari, Opera, and a couple of Gecko-based browsers, and it consistently fails to work in anything other than Internet Explorer.
In the other browsers, it ignores any keypresses other than P (Pause) and 3 (see below).
Even when running under IE, it seems to have some issues; in particular, pressing 3 during gameplay causes a "Name Registration" screen to come up superimposed over the game, with there being no obvious way to get rid of it.
Another weirdness: I notice that the cursor keys work in addition to the WASD keys, but they also scroll the browser page at the same time.