SHMUP! Kai by Imanok released

SHMUP! Kai by Imanok released

by Pac on 21-10-2020, 18:02
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Today Imanok is pleased to announce the release of a new game called SHMUP! Kai, an enhanced and extended version of his earlier production SHMUP! which ranked 3rd in the MSXdev'13 competition. This means that we will enjoy an improved version for both MSX1 and MSX2 computers with a catchy PSG soundtrack! Can you destroy the enemy forces before they launch their attack?

SHMUP! Kai requieres an MSX1 or higher computer with a minimum of 16kB RAM. The game is already available at the MSX Cartridge Shop in two different formats:

  • Physical Cartridge edition: 29 €
  • Digital ROM edition: 14 €

Relevant link: official announcement
Relevant link: Imanok's Twitter

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By Chadwick

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21-10-2020, 18:56

Thumbs up for digital availability

By valkyre

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21-10-2020, 18:59

Always quality from imanok, can't wait to receive mine.

By M-A-D-M-A-X

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21-10-2020, 19:26

Ordered Cool

By Imanok

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23-10-2020, 08:34

I'll describe the improvements to the MSXDev version a bit, so that you can you can get the idea about how much the original game has been changed:

-New title screen and animation.
-Added a cool intro sequence.
-Implemented a dual graphic engine, so the core running the game is the same in both MSX1 and MSX2 modes, but the graphic engine gets addapted to the machine. The MSX1 mode uses screen 1 and single sprites, while the MSX2 mode uses screen 4 and double sprites.
-Added a new smooth scrolling layer, so there are currently 5 of them.
-Added 3 extra stages to the game, so there are 3 new bosses (the final one is huge) and some new enemies (20 different enemies in total).
-All stage graphics have been redesigned, so every stage has it's own graphical environment.
-Many new musics. Every stage has it's own theme. Fantastic OST by John Hassink, by the way! Wink
-New ending sequence.
-Added a hidden boss mode.

And all this crafted into a 64Kb rom (the size growed x4).

If you liked the original SHMUP!, you'll love SHMUP!Kai Wink

Some gameplay, in case you didn't watch it:

Stage1 - MSX2 mode gameplay

Stage2 - MSX1 mode gameplay

By Sebbeug

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23-10-2020, 08:47

Very nice work as usual with you.
Thank you for your productions Wink
Ordered !

By Imanok

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23-10-2020, 11:36

Thanks guys, I hope you enjoy the game! Wink

By PingPong

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23-10-2020, 22:13

it is nice to see sometimes a game that does not claim to be an msx2 game when it only redefine the palette.
(it is not much effort to claim msx 2 game only doing a bunch of out in the 0x9a port)
great work

By max_iwamoto

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24-10-2020, 03:25

Imanok wrote:

I'll describe the improvements to the MSXDev version a bit, so that you can you can get the idea about how much the original game has been changed:

-New title screen and animation.
-Added a cool intro sequence.
-Implemented a dual graphic engine, so the core running the game is the same in both MSX1 and MSX2 modes, but the graphic engine gets addapted to the machine. The MSX1 mode uses screen 1 and single sprites, while the MSX2 mode uses screen 4 and double sprites.
-Added a new smooth scrolling layer, so there are currently 5 of them.
-Added 3 extra stages to the game, so there are 3 new bosses (the final one is huge) and some new enemies (20 different enemies in total).
-All stage graphics have been redesigned, so every stage has it's own graphical environment.
-Many new musics. Every stage has it's own theme. Fantastic OST by John Hassink, by the way! Wink
-New ending sequence.
-Added a hidden boss mode.

And all this crafted into a 64Kb rom (the size growed x4).

If you liked the original SHMUP!, you'll love SHMUP!Kai Wink

Some gameplay, in case you didn't watch it:

Stage1 - MSX2 mode gameplay

Stage2 - MSX1 mode gameplay

Really great improvement to the original. And even more polished. Now I have to order it!

By Pablibiris

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24-10-2020, 13:14

Playing at this momment....is AWESOME!!
Congratulations Imanok!
A MUST HAVE

By Imanok

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24-10-2020, 16:15

max_iwamoto wrote:

Really great improvement to the original. And even more polished. Now I have to order it!

Do it, you won't regret Wink

Pablibiris wrote:

Playing at this momment....is AWESOME!!
Congratulations Imanok!
A MUST HAVE

Glad you are enjoying it! Big smile

By bsittler

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26-10-2020, 21:52

Cartridge arrived today in a lovely box with insert card/mini-manual, it's a great production! Also confirmed that the digital purchases and cartridge purchases both get you identical software, so openmsx players using the digital-only purchase aren't missing out on any game content

By [WYZ]

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01-11-2020, 14:26

My purchase from msxcartridgeshop came earlier this week. Congratulations to Imanok and John Hassink for the product and for the quality achieved.

By max_iwamoto

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01-11-2020, 16:17

Imanok wrote:
max_iwamoto wrote:

Really great improvement to the original. And even more polished. Now I have to order it!

Do it, you won't regret Wink

Got the cartridge few days ago. Really nice feel to play on real MSX2.

By Imanok

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03-11-2020, 10:33

Thanks guys! I hope you play it a lot! Wink

By Gloriou

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04-11-2020, 16:45

I really don't know how I missed this game!
Gonna order it and of course it deserves a live stream..... Running Naked in a Field of Flowers

By Gig71

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05-11-2020, 13:50

Purchased !
Very nice game!
I'm glad it's available in digital rom version, not all msx lovers have a real msx.
Thanks, great game.

By Imanok

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05-11-2020, 16:00

@Gloriou: Willing to watch your video Wink

@Gig71: Thanks! I thought many MSX lovers who don't have a real MSX would purchase the digital version, but I guess I was wrong Question

By Gig71

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05-11-2020, 21:19

Maybe is better to to say when a digital version is available too.
When i saw Available on msx cartridge shop I thought "damn another game only on cartridge that I can't enjoy !"
But i was curious to see and with my surprise was available in digital version too.
So I bought it.
I think it would be better to provide both, digital and physical copy, and make it clear this option is available.
thanks again for providing this option !

By Imanok

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06-11-2020, 08:59

@Gig71: I think it's clearly stated in this newspost and the twitter announcement

By Gig71

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06-11-2020, 10:45

Sorry!
missed that! :-)