SkillGrid - A wicked AGA Shoot 'em up for the Commodore Amiga gets a BIG update with a new soundtrack!

Some very late Indie Retro News for you all and one I think you'll agree is rather cool if you have a Commodore Amiga, as we've recently been informed via Andy Hayes, that you can now download the newest version 1.2 of SkillGrid; an endless score-attack vertical shoot 'em up featuring frenetic, tactical gameplay and comprising of a variety of different sub-games, boss battles and sophisticated scoring mechanics.

This AGA based game available as a digital download, features not just original gameplay based on shooting at enemies and catching/dodging of cells. But also an impressive amount of parallax layers (2 of which generated procedurally) scrolling at variable speed, real transparency algorithm for AGA, 1 fixed layer for the HUD, real time palette changes, tiny sprites, pixel-perfect collision detection, an awesome high quality prog-rock music and much much more all available at the link below the v1.2 changelog

SkillGrid v1.2 is out! This version improves the game further and, above all, brings also the PRESS PLAY ON TAPE edition, a special version whose soundtrack is the rockin' tongue-in-cheek song "Man with the Gun" by the Commodore 64 revival band PRESS PLAY ON TAPE!

v1.2 (11.04.2022)

  • 1. Added the PRESS PLAY ON TAPE edition.
  • 2. Made the BOOST cell increase the scrolling speed by just 50% (instead of 100%).
  • 3. Fixed the chasing of the spaceship (due to a bhi in place of a bhs, downwards missiles would chase the spaceship as a consequence of catching the CHASE cell).
  • 4. Improved the "escapes critical" speech warning.
  • 5. Replaced the title screen writings.
  • 6. Worked on the manual:
  • · improved/fixed/extended the setup/launch instructions;
  • · added information relative to the PRESS PLAY ON TAPE edition.
  • 7. Moved history to separate file.
  • 8. Updated/improved installer.
  • 9. Moved 'S' and 'G' one pixel down and inverted pixels at the bottom of 'r' in the small logo in the bonus directory icon for perfect baseline alignment. 10. Added drawer icon where applicable (the real reason is to ensure that the drawers are shown as intended when browsing the CD from Workbench; however, it can be used also as the icon of the drawer the game is installed in - the installer now even asks if the user wants it; this icon had been omitted until now because it is impossible to provide an icon that suits the styles of all the iconsets available for AmigaOS).
  • 11. Improved the icons layout on the CD.

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