01 Zombie Incident : 86,67 % – WINNER ! [Game with Best Graphics/Game with Best Musics/Most Original Game]
02 Alter Ego : 82 % [Most Polished Game/Game with Best Gameplay]
03 M-Tanks : 75,33 %
04 JumpinG (The Tutorial Game) : 67,67 %
05 Mecha Eight : 62,67 %
06 ExChess : 40,67 %
07 Kill Mice : 34,67 %
08 Robots : 34 %
09 Zone TNT : 23,33 %

Those are the results set by the jury. Some judges left some non-commented categories in certain games, as they don’t think it will be relevant or they don’t want to highlight any specific point. All three reports have been computed in order to show the final results.

As in 2010 edition, the games have have been judged about 5 aspects with more importance given to the gameplay. On 100 points, there were 28 points for the gameplay, the remaining 72 points were reserved for the 4 other categories (graphics/visuals, musics/sfx, originality, polish), what means 18 points for each of these criteria.

Anyway, we have a winner again ! Zombie Incident has seduced the jury’s members with a new kind of platform fun in a surprise entry by a brand new team. Not only it’s the big winner, but it’s viewed as the game with the best graphics, the best musics and the most original game. Congratulations to nenefranz, John Hassink and Sun !

The 2nd prize goes to Alter Ego, an excellent MSX adaptation of a Spectrum puzzle game, the opportunity for the Dutch veterans of the The New Image (TNI) to show all their talents : this entry is seen as the most polished game and the game with the best gameplay !

The 3rd prize goes to M-Tanks, an action game for 1 to 4 players by Assembler, a newcomer in the MSX scene. A good sign for MSX history : still new coders appear, making astonishing things !

As the games ranked 2 to 4 have at least a score of 67,67 %, the special prize offered by hap will be shared between the coders of these games. It was initially a barrier of 70 %, but the sponsor has decided to change that, considering that it was a too strict condition. It means that 25 € will be added to the ‘normal’ prize for Alter Ego et M-Tanks and that 25 € will be given for JumpinG (The Tutorial Game) to the Dimension Z team.

The winners will be contacted soon. Now sit back and read the in-depth report for all 9 entries presented to the contest !

01 – Zombie Incident (nenefranz, John Hassink and Sun) 86,67 %

Graphics/Visuals (!!) 16,33/18

- W007.
- Impressive graphical work, including some nice effects.

Musics/SFX (!!) 15,67/18

- Good musics that improve the fun in a dangerous evil castle.

Originality (!!) 15,33/18

- These bumps are crazy and give much originality to a game somewhat inspired by Vampire Killer, at least for the atmosphere.
- Only issue is it’s Zombies. I guess I have to take points off. Zombies rule tho (:

Polish 16/18

- For sure an amazing good game but some details need to be improved.
- Compared to Alter Ego, I think this has slightly less polish.
- Finely polished both in visual and audio quality.

Gameplay 23,33/28

- A big maze to explore while making unexpected bumping jumps on the walls or the enemies. The level difficulty is high as you need also to come back to the starting point when you have found the 8 stars.
- BARELY edges out Alter Ego for best gameplay.

Final Comments

- It is still yet another platform game, of which I am starting to grow a bit tired.
- But who is the cause of all these zombies ???

02 – Alter Ego (The New Image) 82 %

Graphics/Visuals 15,33/18

- Nothing spectacular, but I like the style.
- Just plain does what it is supposed to well.
- Good graphics, all the details have their importance.

Musics/SFX 15/18

- Catchy.
- Excellent musics that improve the atmosphere and reveal the access to another difficulty level.
- Pretty good, but will get on your nerves after prolonged playing sessions.

Originality 9,67/18

- It is a port.
- Ok it’s a port, so I have to count a bit lower here.
- Nice conversion of a very original idea, where you handle at the same time two characters in opposite ways with their specific advantages or inconveniences.

Polish (!!) 17/18

- Very polished game, only a demo mode is missing.

Gameplay (!!) 25/28

- Gets very hard very quickly and it’s addictive as hell.
- You have all the time you want to find the good way, the good timing, the good reflexes ! Some stages are less difficult than it seems at first sight, that’s also part of the challenge !
- I actually had an issue of moving on to the other games.

Final Comments

- Puzzles brought to a double dimension !
- An editor expansion would rule.
- Never played the original version(s), but it’s a good thing there’s a MSX version now.

03 – M-Tanks (Assembler) 75,33 %

Graphics/Visuals 13/18

- Well done.
- Good graphical surprises to evolve in the different areas.

Musics/SFX 13,67/18

- Amazing variations in the musics and sound effects.
- I miss the “tanks” noises (but that would count against it in originality (: )
- Excellent music.

Originality 11,33/18

- Many options for many gamers !
- Ok it’s “Tanks” from the 2600. Just, it isn’t.

Polish 15/18

- The extra levels rock and the presentation is excellent.
- Up to 4 players, loads of gametype options.
- Demo mode, 2 training modes, 3 game modes, ranking, areas to unlock, hidden secrets and much fun for 1 to 4 players !

Gameplay 22,33/28

- This game needs some training to be played, but two options are provided for that !
- AI is not good; but this would rock with 4 players.
- Resident Evil style control are as they should be – slow and sluggish, but that does not really hurt the game that much.

Final Comments

- Find 2 joysticks and three friends and have some solid multiplayer fun with this gem.
- Become an expert in tanks !
- Excellent expansion of Atari 2600 classic (without being a clone).

04 – JumpinG (The Tutorial Game) (Dimension Z) 67,67 %

Graphics/Visuals 13,67/18

- Fairly decent.
- Excellent graphics, including emotional sprites.

Musics/SFX 13,67/18

- Great music.
- Decent.
- Entertaining music for an unexpected kind of platform game.

Originality 11/18

- Very original game where jumping is a required obsession.
- Pretty good jumper.

Polish 13,33/18

- The entry screen and help screens helped; attract mode good.
- Demo mode, intro and end, a maze with parts to discover and/or unlock, a great work !

Gameplay 16/28

- Simple and smooth controls.
- Not my favorite genre but actually decent.
- This game is very addictive, but some jumps are not so evident and there are so many oppportunities to die.

Final Comments

- Jump is the main key of this game !
- Good looking and sounding platform game. Unfortunately let down by the lack of a goal which makes it ultimately not interesting enough to continue playing.
- I gave some extra points as this is a tutorial for making games (or that’s how I understood and as such, it’s good without being overly good (and giving “man I’ll never be that good” vibes to anyone who would try to use the tutorial.)

05 – Mecha Eight (Óscar Toledo Gutiérrez) 62,67 %

Graphics/Visuals 10,67/18

- Hurts my eyes and not in a good way.
- Not wonderful, probably voting a bit high here, but did like it. It’s a shooter.
- Good work for the graphics in 5 different worlds.

Musics/SFX 12/18

- Good musics but a little too repetitive.
- Nice oldschool-feeling tune, good crunchy sfx.
- Decent.

Originality 10,33/18

- A vertical shooter.
- It’s a shooter. Ok, I like shooters (:
- It’s like Aleste but for MSX1.

Polish 12,33/18

- Intro bits are excellent. (Ok, a bit of 3rd person English mistake – but hey, even better this way as translation to Finnish (which has NO 3rd person gender) will work better this way!)
- It has a story, shame about the subpar English.
- Good intro and info screens between the levels.

Gameplay 17,33/28

- Ok the first boss … well I’d prefer a different method of “boss stage” with better bullets and better patterns. But again, I like shooters (:
- Good playability, it’s not evident to keep power-up for a long time, but it’s part of the fun.

Final Comments

- If you can get over the horrible choice of colour everywhere there’s a quice decent shooting game in here.
- A nice shoot’em up !

06 – ExChess (Garlic Soft) 40,67 %

Graphics/Visuals 9,33/18

- Minimal but functional.
- Nice graphical options.
- Fairly good.

Musics/SFX 3,33/18

- Not very much music, but it’s better for this kind of game.
- I don’t think music worked on my machine.
- Minimal sound effects.

Originality 5,33/18

- It is a chess game.
- Trying to make the computer act like a real human in a chess game is a real challenge !
- It’s chess.

Polish 10,67/18

- Not bad for chess.
- You see directly that the game has been conceived by a chess expert !

Gameplay 12/28

- Chess fans will like it, but the speed of the computer reactions needs to be improved.
- Only issue is it’s not good for non-chess players.

Final Comments

- A new approach for a real patience and strategy game !
- Not a bad chess game.
- Computer opponent takes forever to make a move. Watching paint dry might be more exciting.

07 – Kill Mice (Gamecast Entertainment) 34,67 %

Graphics/Visuals 6,67/18

- Good graphics and general aspect.

Musics/SFX 7/18

- Boney-M, not Turisas (:
- Good effort to include different musics in a MSX-BASIC game.

Originality 6,67/18

- Interesting concept, but why the mice don’t move ?

Polish 6,33/18

- Nice evolution in AG/GE coding to get a better result with hybride coding (BASIC + ML routines)

Gameplay 8/28

- This game is really playable in Z80 mode and you can enjoy some fun by exploring the different big mazes. Too fast in R800 mode …
- To be honest, I played mostly to hear Rah Rah Rasputin, courter of the Russian Queen.
- Could not get this game to run at all on a real machine.

Final Comments

- Static mice were not… what I expected from “Kill”.
- A revenge against the mice ???

08 – Robots (Michel d’Alger) 34 %

Graphics/Visuals 5,33/18

- Simple graphics for a powerful game.
- None really, it is textmode all the way (which completely screws over in anything other than 40 columns mode).

Musics/SFX 3,67/18

- “Boop!”
- Minimal sound effects.
- Not very much music.

Originality 6,33/18

- Never seen a game like this on MSX as far as I can remember.
- Original concept with increasing difficulty level.

Polish 8/18

- Good adaptation of a classical game.
- See comment on graphics/visuals.

Gameplay 10,67/28

- A mix of luck and strategy and you get an addictive game even when using simple things.

Final Comments

- Takes a short while to understand how it works, then it’s amusing for a few minutes.
- Well, it’s robots (: Sort of a 1979 arcade version, which is good, except it’s still Robots.
- Dodge and trap these nasty robots !!!

09 – Zone TNT (Gamecast Entertainment) 23,33 %

Graphics/Visuals 5,33/18

- Good graphics but the maze should have variations instead of repeating always the same schemes.

Musics/SFX 3,67/18

- I don’t think music worked on my machine.
- Entertaining music and good sound effects.

Originality 4,67/18

- Very limited concept, especially because only vertical shoots are generally useful.

Polish 4/18

- Not really a polished game, as errors happen ‘ramdonly’, breaking the action.

Gameplay 5,67/28

- Could not get this game to run at all on a real machine.
- This game is very boring. Besides, don’t try it in R800 mode !

Final Comments

- Attention ! This game is in self-destruction mode …
- Basically the same game as Kill Mice, just, less mice and less fun.

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