Loonies 8192A Mini Retro Puzzle for DOS, the PSP and 3DS (Homebrew)
A simple puzzle game. Initially it fit into just 8 KiB, then grew to 16 KiB and then 23 KiB, now it's a 25 KiB file for DOS, the 3DS version is 242 KiB and the PSP version is 640 KiB (due to homebrew packing in lots of standard library files; the size could be optimized, but I decided not to).
How to play: There are 2x2-blocks falling down the top, with two different colors. Use LEFT/RIGHT/DOWN to move the block and use UP to rotate it. Use SPACE to drop the block (it will fall fast until it lands).
- DOS: Just start LOON8R50.EXE from anywhere
- 3DS: Copy the file to "3ds/Loonies8192/Loonies8192.3dsx" on the SD card, creating folders as necessary (optionally also copy Loonies8192.smdh)
- PSP: Copy "EBOOT.PBP" and "PARAM.SFO" to PSP/GAME/Loonies8192 on your memory stick, creating folders as necessary (both files are needed)
For the 3DS, you need to be running the Homebrew Launcher, for the PSP you need to install Custom Firmware (CFW). For DOS, you just need a Retro PC or DOSBox, PCem or similar emulators that emulate a DOS VGA machine.
DOS PSP 3DS --- --- --- Left/Right/Up/Down ARROWS D-PAD D-PAD Accept/Drop SPACE X (CROSS) A Exit/Abort ESCAPE START START
By default, Loonies 8192 has synthesized sound built in, but it's possible to also use CD-quality audio files. Download the "Loonies 8192 Sound Pack", and put the WAV files on an Audio CD (for DOS) or in the game folders for PSP and 3DS to upgrade your sound experience to fully sampled 16-bit audio!
There's in-game help now on how to play the game. You can configure the language, soundtrack and difficulty level in the options menu. For DOS, the options menu also allows to choose between PC Speaker, OPL-2, MIDI and CDDA.
Vogons User Photos
Here are some pictures from Vogons forum users that ran the game on their hardware, thanks to: Eleanor1967, amadeus777999 and Jo22. Also to the following people for testing: root42, K1n9_Duk3, Kamerat and blurks.
The last one is a Roland MT-32 attached via SBMIDI, as the latest version of Loonies 8192 has support for General MIDI via both MPU-401 (UART mode) and SBMIDI interfaces.
Of course, the point of this exercise is experiencing it on real hardware, but failing that, you can listen to two different renditions of the songs in this game here, one with OPL-2 music being played back by a Yamaha OPL-3 chip on a Sound Blaster 16 and the other with General MIDI music being played back by a Roland SCB-7 WaveBlaster daughterboard on the same SB16.
- Reddit (dosgaming)
- Reddit (vitahacks)
- Reddit (3dshacks)
- r17: 12 MHz 80286 with Tseng ET4000. DOS 5.0 and AdLib card (OPL2)
- r19: 12 MHz 80286 with Tseng ET4000. DOS 5.0 and AdLib card (OPL2)
- r14 on a Schneider Tower AT; Specs: 286-10, OAK VGA, CT1350B, EMU386
- r15: Loonies for 8086
- r26 on a 286-10, OAK VGA, CT1350B, EMU386
- r27 with SB-MIDI/MT-32 (no channel mapping)
- r28 with SB-MIDI/CM-64 with General MIDI setting
- r27 with SB-MIDI/Casio CT-460 (just a test)
- r32 on a 80286@12MHz, AdLib OPL2
- r32 - Different modes on 286-10
- r33 on a Pentium 133 with MPU-401/DreamBlaster S1 (GM)
- r41 on a 16 MHz 286 PC
- r42 on a 286@12MHz with OPL2
- r44 review by Montie Mongoose
- Loonies 8192 Soundtrack on SoundCloud