STUPID BALLOON 24 HOUR GAME by Eddiecat.
Released at the Reservoir Gods '98 Cwmvention. Only works on
STE/FALCON. Supports Powerpad or Joystick control. Based on a
very old and very obscure arcade game called "Crazy Balloon"
which is emulated in MAME if you're that interested. Created
in under 24 hours with a few pre-written components (i.e.
Sprite and Collision routines). Seconds timer is calibrated
for 50hz screen display only, USA and VGA users get faster
seconds. Try not to get too bored.
"It seems life has started to resemble a bad '80s thriller.
Like the retired hitman/master criminal/spy in these films
who has given up his former profession, I was contacted for
"one last job". Stupid Balloon Game IS that job. With this, I
say goodbye to the ST scene and hello to Lucasarts."
Now for some filler material:
I've recently heard that the Not Alive Hackers Club have
complained about the time it's taken to release all the R.G.
98 24 hour games. The story behind this is somewhat
complicated. Owing to a number of factors, not many 24 hour
games were finished, below I give the full truth (that's
"truth" in the Clinton sense of the word).
THE FAILED 24 HOUR GAMES LIST
GAME: THE RICHARD AND JUDY SHOPLIFTING GAME.
DESCRIPTION: Guide Richard around a supermarket pinching
bottles of wine whilst avoiding the gaze of the security
guards. The game concludes with an exciting chase around the
REASON FOR FAILURE: Problems with libel lawyers. Difficulty
securing the offical license for the game. "Can't do it using
AUTHOR: OLD FART/SENIOR DADS
GAME: ACE OF BASE MUST DIE.
DESCRIPTION: In the future, Ace of Base have taken over the
world. You must run around shooting them until they die. But
beware! They could start singing at any moment...
REASON FOR FAILURE: Could not cope with the huge expected
demand for copies from Sweden.
AUTHOR: SPAREHEAD 3
GAME: DUCKS PLAY CRICKET AND GOTO AN OLD SKOOL.
DESCRIPTION: It's an all-action cricket game, but with ducks
playing instead of humans. The ducks may wear baseball caps
if they feel like it.
REASON FOR FAILURE: Abandoned due to design fault- the ducks
could just fly up and catch the ball in their beaks, making
it very easy to win.
AUTHOR: MR. PINK
GAME: SIM AMSTERDAM.
DESCRIPTION: As the mayor of Amsterdam, you must make
Amsterdam the drugs/pornography/prostitution/crime capital of
Europe. Manage resources such as Coffee Houses, Porno shops
and Muggers whilst battling Floods, Bicycle Rot and The
Opinions Of The Rest Of The Population Of The Netherlands.
Features a language selection feature- 1)English 2)Paul
Verhoeven Trying To Speak English.
REASON FOR FAILURE: Ripley refused to draw 300 screens of
GAME: ODE TO A FOREST
DESCRIPTION: Forest, you are full of trees/ These are things
unlike seas/ From them grows no cheese/ Forest, a place with
REASON FOR FAILURE: As Ripley is not a programmer, she did
not realise that Devpac cannot assemble poetry.
AUTHOR: QUACKERS & A LA ORANGE/THE RESERVOIR DUCKS
GAME: ESCAPE FROM TIN FEATURING MR. TUNA FISH
DESCRIPTION: Quack, quack, quack, quack, quack, quack, quack,
quack, quack, quack, quack, quack, quack, quack, quack,
REASON FOR FAILURE: Ducks refused to start programming and
instead ate some ham sandwiches made by Leon's mum.
OriginsBased on 1980 Taito coin-op Crazy Balloon
SoundFeatures digitized sound fx at 12.5KHz
HardwareSupports BlitterSupports STe DMA sound