Hi, As a few people know i'm working on a couple of software game rewrites. This thread is to share the progress of my Whirlwind software rewrite. I am using the p-roc board, procgame framework as before with Indiana Jones, but this time i am interfacing to the system 11 design and alphanumeric display. I wanted to do one of each (that being 1 DMD game and 1 alphanumeric)
When i started this project (about 18 months ago) Mark (snux) was working on the driver board support for system 11 games, but there wasn't really anyway for the p-roc board to drive an exsiting alphanumeric display, so i took it upon myself to build and interface board.
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I later worked with Mark to add a type of daughter card connection to his driver board so my board could be attached and save space /hassle trying to mount it separately. Mark also amended pinmame so that with the interface board you could keep the original alphanumeric display whilst runing the emulation via p-roc board. Pretty neat.
So the software rewrite has been going pretty well and i have almost gotten the full set of original rules working. I have also added some new things to it. The project is being done in the same way as my other, as in recreate then add on to. I have spent quite abit of time trying to match exactly the flasher effects etc. With this type of game more time is spent here and less time on the display control. The alphanumeric display makes life much easier than with the dmd option.
I have written an open source score display module that can be added to p-roc games
This helps make the display even easier as it controls all the transitions etc.
The list of additions on top of the original rules so far is:
- Upper and Lower Super Jets. Independently progressed
- Expanded compass target sequences for lighting lock
- Re-light main mulitball jackpot via skyway ramp option
- Expanded Combos shots, 2 way and 3 way
- Cellar Hurry Up
- Ball Save
- Auto launcher option
- Black Knight WAR Multiball secret homage
- Moonlight Madness Mode
I have some more videos over on my blog. Check out the moonlight madness mode!
I also have a child board over on the p-roc controller here:
The source code is here: