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Alpine Games

Atari Lynx cart. published 16 years ago by Duranik

Listed and emulated in MAME !

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Alpine Games © 2004 Duranik

Alpine Games is a winter sports homebrew game in the style of the classic computer game 'winter games'. It features 9 disciplines in which you can compete against 7 different other opponents. You can also practice single disciplines. The game is saving your hiscore on an eeprom. You can also compare your results against all other players worldwide with the online hiscore system.

Games included:
Snowboard Rush
Freestyle Aerials
Snowboard Halfpipe
Figure Skating


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Released on Janury 25, 2004.

Stories from the developer:
"This game only exists because we got a so called BLL-Kit from 42Bastian Schick.
He asked us if he could use those morphing green intro credits blobs from our Jaguar Native for his SIMIS Lynx card. He then sent us this excellent Devkit as a gift. We played a little around with it and found it nice enough to start developing a game we intended to finish in 3 months.
I still remember buying a Lynx around 1990, it wasn't exactly cheap but because it was from our favorite company, we needed to have it anyways.
The main problem in Alpine Games development was that it doesn´t use an engine, all disciplines are very different so that they are all done from scratch.
Sound has always been one of the problems for the homebrew Lynx stuff, the original tools were running on an Amiga and a special Lynx Board, nothing easy to use. We opted to develop a 4 voice MOD player as there are a lot of trackers available and we didn´t want to develop a sound driver and a tracker to create the music. The game uses a set of samples that is reused throughout the whole game to save cartridge memory. Biggest problem for this MOD routine wasn´t even the processor but the little available Memory, you can only use around 48 kb if you need to have a double buffered screen display (like if you want to have some moving sprites) 48kb is not a lot of space for samples. Unfortunately it's not as easy on the Lynx as using the cartridges to put the samples there and just play them without transfering them into the main memory. This may only work for single samples. This is the main difference between the Lynx and devices like the GBA or GG, on those machines you have very little main memory, but you can display stuff directly from the cartridge without having to use the system memory."

Game's ROMs.