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Author:
    NeutralReiddHotel
Rating:
    7.5 (4 votes)
Type:
    Game
Genre:
    Fan-Game
Language:
    GM 8
Reviews:
    None
Submitted:
    June 29, 2015
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Dev - Also, on form submission, use GD to resize the image as a new thumbnail file
Dev - In the submission form, you can now upload a banner image
Pokémon Cursed Black Release 1.0
LATEST UPDATE August 21, 2015

Main feature: Play a "hacked" version of Pokemon Red with a Pokemon "Ghost" that allows you to kill your opponent pokemon and opponent trainers as well. A lot of the features of the original game are remade in Game Maker 8, but not all.

RELEASE NOTES (v 1.0) http://files.64digits.com/NeutralReiddHotel/Release%20Notes.txt

GAMEPLAY VIDEO


SCREENSHOTS


Pokemon: Cursed Black is a project that I've had for many years already. Even though the official development started in November 2010, and I've gone through several rewrites, the original source code started back in 2007. Eight years later, I finally muster up a demo I am proud of. All my possible free time to work on game development I've poured in hours of effort into it, and even though it has been many more hours than I ever expected, to say that I'm not proud of the game I made, would be a lie. I am presenting this game as a symbol of appreciation for what the Pokemon games have done for me in my life. I learned English through it, I had a colorful, friendly world I could escape in and save from trouble caused by the meddling Team Rocket. I had a goal and the tools to reach that goal, and goddamnit DID I reach that goal. I became the Pokemon Master when I beat the Elite Four and the Champion, and I got to enjoy that glory. There was NO ONE else that made me feel as good as the Pokemon games did at the time. I mean, I would play Pokemon Crystal in the backseat of my parents' hot car in the summer trying to squeeze more life from my very low charge pair of AA batteries, WHILE being so carsick I could pass out. But I kept playing, and damn it would I not ever take that back.

I grew up with Generation II. That's where my love lies, and even the original idea of my game engine was to make a Generation II style game. That's how Lost Silver was so easy to make, I HAD a ready-to-go Generation II game engine that I could morph into whatever I want, if I had enough time to do it. Lost Silver is a very short game, so making it was not hard at all, just time consuming. Compared to my original ambition though, making Lost Silver was very easy. Having the goal of recreating a Generation II game from the ground up is a very different goal than making a short 20 minute game. I had the engine to build a Generation II game, but not the time to add in all the Pokemon content goodness. Adding Pokemon, attacks, animations, stats, pokedex entries, maps, NPC's, custom scripts for overworld events, trainers, doors & exits.. all these things take time. Making one map, one NPC, one animation, one attack, one Pokemon.. easy. That's the only reason I have the claim that I could MAKE a Pokemon game, because theoretically I could. But going from one Pokemon to 251, from one attack animation to 255, one map to hundreds, one trainer vs. hundreds... very different story. My original game, “Pokemon: Last Crystal (Hidden),” has now hit the dust, like many other fangames behind it.

Pokemon Cursed Black is based off a story about a guy that found a haunted game cartridge. Being a story, and without any solid proof, this game was only an idea. Bloatware to never be played or experienced by anyone else. What could have been a startling nostalgia trip to the generation I games of the 90's was nothing more than a piece of text to make anyone that reads it wonder... are ghosts real? I bet most of you that read the story can be 100% that it was bullshit. The guy in the story conveniently lost his extremely rare cartridge and never found a picture of it? I think it's grade A bullshit, and only stated in the story to get gullible people to believe it really happened. Is it possible?

Yes.

Even though I am convinced that the guy that wrote the story simply WROTE A STORY as opposed to reporting about a game found, to say that hacking the original game to play like he describes is not beyond reach. Yes, it would take the work of an extremely talented and patient hacker, but it's very possible. My game took the approach of building the entire engine from the ground up, but hacking away at the ROM was another possibility. However, me being simply a hobbyist programmer and not a hacker by any means, meant that the easiest way for me to make this game IS from the ground up, NOT by learning how to hack and spend hours and hours trying to learn something that I honestly don't care for. I am no a professional programmer, nor will I ever be. Programming is fun, and it's a leisure activity. Making it a full-time job will turn it into something I don't want to do.
I cannot stress enough how time consuming making an RPG like this can be on one person. There are so many variables to work with, so many resources to place properly, and so many ways of figuring out how the original game played and how I can translate that into my own custom engine. I've written very inefficient lines of code. And I've had to rewrite them, and do them over, and over, until they worked right. Not every line of code in this game is perfect, in fact, a lot of it is still very much inefficient. If you got a more experienced programmer to work on this game, I would be told that a lot of the things I do I spent more effort on than I should have. So talking about how stressful making this game was, it was not only stressful, but also was a lot like playing like a Legend of Zelda game. In those games, there are just some puzzles that I could NOT figure out no matter what I did. A lot of the times the best solution was to leave the game and come back later. That didn't always do the trick. I had to keep coming back until I solved the puzzle. Making Cursed Black WAS my real life Legend of Zelda puzzle. That's one reason that even though I've been spending years on this game, I can say that total amount of time i've worked on it is not as much as you might think it is.


Target platforms:



Yesyesyesyesyes
I'm downloading this and editing this post later I need to try this haha

EDIT: Okay I'm going to add to this post while I'm playing
- Characters seem to blur every now and then while moving, not sure if this is my computer or if it's a Game Maker issue. Just making sure you know;
- When giving Oak the Parcel, you can see Green on top of one of the bookshelves before he jumps to the bottom of the screen and walks to Oak, probably because you forgot to make him invisible there?
- I'm not 100% sure but is it possible the text in the textbox should be moved slightly up? It feels a bit too much to the bottom
- All Pokémon in the Pokédex are registered as caught, is this supposed to be like that?
I was expecting slightly more content, so I was a bit let down when I couldn't find any Trainers in Viridian Forest because killing them essentially is what Cursed Black is about, but the content I've seen so far is nice! The game mostly plays like an actual RBY game on an emulator, with there being just the right amount of custom content to not feel as bland as the original games (in my opinion at least; I've played the originals too often to still enjoy playing them). You've got a pretty solid engine so far, looking forward to the next release!
Posted by Iasper June 30, 2015 6:06 - 2 years ago
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Characters seem to blur every now and then while moving, not sure if this is my computer or if it's a Game Maker issue. Just making sure you know;


I actually don't... they seem fine on my end. are you sure this isn't an issue with your computer? first i hear of it.

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When giving Oak the Parcel, you can see Green on top of one of the bookshelves before he jumps to the bottom of the screen and walks to Oak, probably because you forgot to make him invisible there?


yup, just an error

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- I'm not 100% sure but is it possible the text in the textbox should be moved slightly up? It feels a bit too much to the bottom


nope, it's pixel perfect to the game. trust me, 18 year old me spent hours making sure.

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- All Pokémon in the Pokédex are registered as caught, is this supposed to be like that?


Nope, the pokedex was done days before the demo release as a last minute addon. it doesn't even work properly, as the numbers in the pokedex represent testing variables.

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I was expecting slightly more content, so I was a bit let down when I couldn't find any Trainers in Viridian Forest because killing them essentially is what Cursed Black is about, but the content I've seen so far is nice! The game mostly plays like an actual RBY game on an emulator, with there being just the right amount of custom content to not feel as bland as the original games (in my opinion at least; I've played the originals too often to still enjoy playing them). You've got a pretty solid engine so far, looking forward to the next release!


this demo and the demo i released years ago had completely different code. from that point, i've redone, i'd say about 70% of the code so it's easier on the player, as the older code was more resource hogging. because of this, i couldn't just translate the trainers from viridian right away to this demo, because technically they never existed with the file i have now. but now they are back in!

and thanks iasper, i'm glad you enjoyed it!
Posted by NeutralReiddHotel July 27, 2015 3:27 - 1.9 years ago
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Interesting mega project you got going here.

Got this in first battle against green after winning.
I used the tail whip and then tackle? the rest of the time.

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Are you going to use these sounds in the final release? They're kind of annoying.
Posted by SpectreNectar August 09, 2015 13:05 - 1.9 years ago
| [#03]

Very cool! It's interesting to play pokemon at 60fps, feels so smooth. I had to abort after an error when I hit items while battling Gary. I don't think you did this on purpose but the map in Green's house has no collision so you kind of walk into oblivion. Very interesting, would like to see more from this!
Posted by Ferret August 09, 2015 14:50 - 1.9 years ago
| [#04]

Next demo release! Version 1.0. Bunch of content added & glitches fixed!
Posted by NeutralReiddHotel August 22, 2015 0:46 - 1.8 years ago
| [#05]

This is impressive as to how you managed to copy a lot of the original feel of the game. I say this as writer of the RBY sections over at Serebii. Kudos!
Posted by jtstarrproductions June 20, 2016 16:32 - 1 year ago
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This is impressive as to how you managed to copy a lot of the original feel of the game. I say this as writer of the RBY sections over at Serebii. Kudos!


Thanks man. Authenticity is the thing I'm focusing on the most. Which also explains why this is taking forever lol but I appreciate your words.
Posted by NeutralReiddHotel July 30, 2016 0:34 - 11 months ago
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Have you done Strangled Red? After reading the pasta I REEEEEEEALY wanna play it.
Posted by PokeMonfan4ever August 20, 2016 17:51 - 10.3 months ago
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WOW. THAT was krud. The end does not match the story at ALL. Plus some of the pokemon I saw in there aren't even in generation 1. 0/10.
Posted by PokeMonfan4ever August 20, 2016 20:11 - 10.3 months ago
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Have you done Strangled Red? After reading the pasta I REEEEEEEALY wanna play it.
Posted by PokeMonfan4ever August 20, 2016 20:21 - 10.3 months ago
| [#10]

won't do strangled red. and this demo won't reflect the ending of the story yet as it's not complete
Posted by NeutralReiddHotel August 20, 2016 23:57 - 10.3 months ago
| [#11]

Cease and desist by Nintendo when?
Posted by Aistarin August 21, 2016 13:14 - 10.3 months ago
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^don't scare me like that
Posted by NeutralReiddHotel August 21, 2016 22:21 - 10.2 months ago
| [#13]

Quote: won't do strangled red.

SAY WHAT?! Why???? You'd do an excellent job of it judging by Lost Silver!!! :-O
(I'm three months late getting back bc I forgot to save the site to my favs plus had to reset password my bad)
Posted by PokeMonfan4ever November 12, 2016 13:49 - 7.5 months ago
| [#14]

are you gonna pay me? cuz I aint doing that shit for free and I got bills fam.
Posted by NeutralReiddHotel November 19, 2016 16:17 - 7.3 months ago
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