Tag Archives: Visual Basic 6.0

TLSA Engine

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Project: TLSA Engine
Genre: 2D Game Engine +SDK
Platform: Windows
Job description: Programmer
Technologies: Visual Basic 6.0, dx_lib32 (own game framework), XInput
Languages supported: Visual Basic 6.0

Description

A 2D Game Engine based on dx_lib32 Project, with the purpose of develop a 2D platform game like Flashback or Another World.

  • Entity object oriented engine, trying to simulate the XNA architecture.
  • 2D graphic engine multilayer sprite based, implement a control point map to manage easily multiple textures and transformations in a group object (to create complex animations, based in multiple pieces, with independent sprite animations), simple camera (with support to define multiple scene cameras, to switch between them easily).
  • 2D audio engine, with support for basic effects and spatial system to simulate distances and position listenings.
  • Simple game input engine, bases on actions, which can define multiple input (keyboard, mouse and joysticks or gamepads), with Force Feedback support and XInput support for XBox 360 Gamepad.
  • Basic collision engine, with multiple layer collision, spacial partition, raytracer and force emitters (to simulate explosions or black holes).
  • WYSIWYG level editor with flow controls (play, pause and restart scene during the debug), scene physics designer, an audio areas designer (for applying effects and emitters) that uses the physics defined in the scene, and visual debugger.
  • Input editor to create profiles input files, with define actions and her input controls, to import in the game engine easily.

The first versions of the engine development are from 2005 and 2006. The last version, reprogrammed from zero, started development during the summer of 2009, and during until the last built, in summer of 2010.

This game engine is not finished, because the complexity to develop a project as this in Visual Basic 6.0. The game engine was used in few projects, mostly a prototypes.

dx_lib32 Project

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Project: dx_lib32
Genre: Game Framework
Platform: Windows
Job description: Programmer
Technologies: Visual Basic 6.0, Win32 API, DirectX 8.1, OGG Vorbis
Languages supported: Visual Basic 6.0, Visual Basic .NET, C#, C++ (in theory, any language which can support ActiveX technology)
Download: This binaries are 2.2.0 version. Last version, 2.2.1, is only available as source code:
    - Development Kit (for development. Contains Compiled HTML documentation reference, Visual Basic 6.0 and VB .NET code samples and runtime dlls)
    - User Redistributable (only runtime dlls for running any program or game developed with dx_lib32 2.2.0)
Source code:
 https://github.com/VisualStudioEX3/dx_lib32

Description

Game framework or API (or also wrapper) that enable to access the power of DirectX APIs to Visual Basic 6.0 developers. A simple framework composed of 5 specialised classes: a graphics class, an audio playback class, a game input device manager class, a video playback class and a helper class with a set of functions to cover multiple needs.

It's compiled as an ActiveX DLL, with a minimum dependency libraries (the Visual  Basic 6.0 runtime, the ActiveX library to connect with the DirectX 8.1 API, and the OGG Vorbis libraries), included in the setup, and it's compatible with any version of Windows, from Windows 98 to the current Windows 10 (desktop version only) and future Windows with Win32 and DirectX 8.1 support (today, it's working properly on Windows 10).

The project started development in early 2001, under DirectX 7 API (changed to DirectX 8.1 in 2002). The first functional version was released in 2004, with only a set of program samples as documentation reference and a forum to consult doubts. The second version was released in early 2006, with a full set of program samples, in Visual Basic 6.0 and .NET formats, and with a full API reference documentation in Windows Helper format. The final version, after several bugs fixed and new functionalities, was released as open source project in GitHub in middle of 2012.

Some user projects made with dx_lib32

T.L.S.A.: Argos Operation

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Project: T.L.S.A.: Argos Operation
Genre: 2D Point & Click - Graphic Adventure
Platform: Windows
Job description: Game Designer, Game Programmer, Graphic Desisgner
Technologies: Visual Basic 6.0

Description

Point & click graphic adventure game. Attempt to improve the concept implemented in the previous game, TLSA: The Light Star Adventure. This time, the game had the ability to display larger scenaries, the player could move with the mouse, making a side-scrolling movement, like a 180 º view.

This time, the elements of the game, like the characters, already had basic animations and sound effects. The game development is unfinished, due to the complexity of developing in Visual Basic 6.0 Windows Forms and User Controls system. The result is an advanced prototype of the concept designed, a little achievement.

The graphics are own made ​​freehand with mouse in Microsoft Paint. The sounds are a mixed of samples from other comercial games.

T.L.S.A.: The Light Star Adventure

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Project: T.L.S.A.: The Light Star Adventure
Genre: 2D Point & Click - Graphic Adventure
Platform: Windows
Job description: Game Designer, Game Programmer, Graphic Designer
Technologies: Visual Basic 6.0

Description

Point & click graphic adventure, in first person, set inside a spaceship, being attacked and boarded by enemy soldiers. The player taking the role of a prisoner who manages to escape from his captors and aims to try to escape alive from the ship.

The player can navigate the corridors of the ship, interact with various elements of the enviroment (look in wall panels, input controls, access to computer terminals, investigate corpses...), talks with characters (the conversations could have various lines of dialogue with different ways and results), inventary, which could be used with scenarios, and even was available ability to shoot enemies in specific scenes.

The game had only one level, the corridors of the ship and some rooms, giving a total of 15 different locations. The game had several situations, either by death or specific situations (terminate arrested by soldiers, for example). Were available automatic checkpoints to avoid losing the game progress from certain points. The graphics are own made ​​freehand with mouse in Microsoft Paint, and static, without animations. The game hadn't sound or music.

Pong

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Project: Pong
Genre: 2D Arcade
Platform: Windows
Job description: Game Programmer
Technologies: Visual Basic 6.0

Description

Mi first game, an own version of classic Atari Pong, for one player, with rudimentary IA, two players support, and scoring system, with bonus extra live to reach the high score.