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By SjaaQ

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24-09-2022, 17:09

After more than two years developing, writing and testing we are proud to release our point & click adventure Sales Discontinued. The game engine is written from scratch in 100% assembly code and uses a custom designed tokenized scripting language. It contains more than 30,000 scripting lines and 5,000 lines of dialog, resulting in what – we think – must be the most storage space hogging MSX™ game ever.

The sound engine uses all 24 channels of your OLP4™ sound cartridge together with environment-modeled samples. Using state of the art synthesizers, electric guitars and kitchen utensils we have tried to create as many original sounds as possible. Interactive stereo effects will result in an audio experience never heard on an MSX™ before.

The game makes use of all the glorious 256 colors that MSX™ screen mode 8 offers. Special effects include RLE direct draw and real time graphics scaling technology, interactive dialogs and a three slot save game system to store your progress for later. Keyboard not needed.

You play as Karl Dandleton, an unsuccessful door-to-door salesman who gets himself into the most difficult situations just by chance. One day, when he closes a sale, he gets involved a nasty situation. Can you figure out what to do to save the day?

Minimum system requirements:

  • 8-bit home computer carrying the MSX2™ logo.
  • 128kB Video RAM.
  • 512kB RAM single slot memory mapper.
  • DOS2 operating system with FAT16 support.
  • Storage device with the FAT16 filesystem (memory card or hard disk), with at least 36MB free space.
  • Yamaha® OPL4™ sound cartridge with a minimum of 512kB RAM wavetable memory.
  • Amplified stereo headphones or speakers connected directly to OPL4™ audio output.

Recommended system requirements:

  • Faster MSX2™ Z80 CPU or R800 CPU with 512kB fast memory mapper. A one-chip MSX in turbo mode is also supported.
  • Yamaha® OPL4™ compatible sound cartridge with a minimum of 512kB RAM wavetable memory.
  • Nextor DOS2.
  • MSX mouse or USB mouse hardware emulator.
  • Color RGB CRT monitor.
  • Good quality amplified stereo headphones or speakers connected directly to OPL4™ output.

Download at https://nopmsx.nl/sales-discontinued/
MSXDEV22 page: https://www.msxdev.org/2022/09/24/msxdev22-19-sales-disconti...
Play at file-hunter: https://www.file-hunter.com/MSXdev/index.php?id=salesdiscont...

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By sdsnatcher73

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24-09-2022, 19:04

Too bad we can’t buy it…

By MarkNOP

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24-09-2022, 19:30

Well, you can donate, because I heard that, despite this achievement, there will be no bonus for NOP's upper management this year :-(

Cheers,
Mark

By sdsnatcher73

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24-09-2022, 19:35

Good idea, done!

By MarkNOP

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24-09-2022, 19:36

Thank you very much! Big smile

By Hydragon

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24-09-2022, 19:49

A live stream for this game was scheduled and I'll go live on Twitch in about 15 minutes.
Even undusted the good ol' Philips MSX Mouse for this Smile
Feel free to join in during the stream, you don't need an account to watch, just for joining in on the chat.
See you soon at https://www.twitch.tv/mrhydragon

By Ivan

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24-09-2022, 23:52

I am impressed! I have just tried it and it looks and feels like a VGA PC point-and-click adventure game from the 90s! Can the loading times be reduced using large external memory mappers (1024kB, 2048kB, etc.)?

By Ivan

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25-09-2022, 00:32

Three guys have killed me! Sad Sad Sad

By santiontanon

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25-09-2022, 01:03

Wow! Very cool!!! That is a large game indeed, haha!

I am very interested in the custom engine with the scripting language! Are you planning on posting any additional info on that in the future? I have been working on a point-and-click engine myself (which works for MSX and Amstrad CPC, we have a small demo for CPC here: https://www.paketesoft.com/es/paket-engine-demo ). Yours is of course a much more ambitious, and from what I see, it has many more features, but I would still be very curious to see which decisions were made, etc. :)

If I can critique one detail is that the font is all antialiased, which doesn't look very polished, and after all the work that clearly is behind the game, it might be good to sort out that detail hehe :)

I know what I will be playing tomorrow :)

By Wlcracks

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25-09-2022, 09:07

More memory won't help speeding up the loading times. OpenMSX running R800 and "fast mode" as described in 'manual.com' on the disk will help.
Almost every scene uses it's own sample set about 512kb OPL4 memory, due to the fact they all processed with their own Convolution Reverb model. More MSX user memory will not help, even if it was supported.

By SjaaQ

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25-09-2022, 09:24

Ask away. If needed contact me at my email address. I can talk about the engine and its scripting language for hours.

As for the font, what I did not want is to look like you need to put in 8x8 pixels non proportional. Out came this and here we are.

I like your art style. I takes me back to the first Manic Mansion / Leisure Suit Larry games.

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