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Significant Updates:



-The custom arcade cabinet is built and we are working on finishing it!  See a tour of the cabinet here:  https://youtu.be/2xhRKlLAX4E

-We posted an intro to the "Squid" ship type so check that out:  https://youtu.be/XzIgvpFsLnU

-Charge shots/abilities have been added

-A team type of mode has been added

-We took down our "concept demo" as we have learned what we needed to from it.  We expect to have another demo out in spring that has some of the new updates (ex:  ship types, charge shots, team mode)

Our BIG goal is to have the arcade cabinet with Cosmotrons running in at at the Midwest Gaming Classic in Brookfield, WI in early April!












Hi Everyone,

I have “lurked” on the forum before and now finally am posting.  It is so great to see the creativity in people’s builds.  So much high quality stuff here and so many great ideas, well executed/documented too.  I am excited to share with all of you a project my friend and I have taken on and am interested in hearing your feedback.

My friend and I are developing a multiplayer retro space battle video game and have designed a custom arcade cabinet for the game to go into.  This started out with me wanting to create a specific type of game I wanted to play but could not find to purchase as it did not seem to exist.  I have a collection of classic machines (ex:  Food Fight, Discs of Tron, Donkey Kong, Tapper, etc.) so in addition to just wanting to play that “new” game, I wanted to create a custom unique arcade cabinet for the game to be played in that which would look great lined up with the other machines. 

The game is called:  Cosmotrons.  We expect to have a downloadable demo released very soon.  The demo is available for download now!  A downloadable demo will be posted at some point in spring.  Posted below in the second post is a more detailed description of the game and its features and at the bottom of this post some screenshots and gameplay.  One of our goals was to create a game that when playing local multiplayer, would get players yelling at each other, celebrating, felt heavily involving, challenging, and exciting.  With our multiplayer tests so far the game has been well received.  We still have plenty of work to do on it.  The prospect of having our own video game we developed in our own cabinet we designed is quite exciting!

I had many ideas for the cabinet and really struggled.  My original thought was to just do a wider version of a classic cabinet.  That and other ideas proved difficult with the constraints of using a monitor that is 36” wide and 21” tall (40” 4k LCD monitor), having a control panel wide enough for four players, for it to not look ugly, AND for it to actually fit through my front door! 

After some more idea generating I headed down a path I was happier with.  Being a big Star Wars and Aliens fan I tried to create something that might be found in some of those 70’s-80’s retro futuristic sci-fi movies.  This cabinet look and feel like a control station for players’ ships (according to our story right now the ships are actually drones and the player controls the drones).  See below…. THE ARC CABINET!



It’s about 75” tall, 50” wide, and 24” deep.  The monitor would sit further back in the cabinet covered by tinted glass which would sit flush with the front of the cabinet.  A 3” radiused edge goes all around the cabinet, arced at the top.  The control panel is about 40” up and would flip forward.  I have nice Klipsch speakers/subwoofer to go in the cabinet.  For controls, I will most likely be using Ultimarc gold leaf push buttons:  two on the left for rotating the ship and two on the right for shoot and thrust.  The buttons will coincide with the color of the ship it controls (blue, red, yellow, white).  The arced panel under the control panel will most likely be straight but angled instead of curved.  My father is a retired automotive painter (we’ve restored a few cars together) and we would plan to primer the cab, sand it smooth, and spray it with a metallic/pearlescent white covered with clearcoat.

My original intention was to build this cab with the assistance of some friends/family but I am finding the development of our Cosmotrons game is more of a priority and taking up any time that I would have to build a cabinet.  Not to mention, I do not have the skills to make that arced top.  So, I have met with a couple different potential builders that I would have build the cabinet but then my father and I would do the paint work to finish it off.  We will see what happens!  ***Update:  D&D Milwork of Ixonia, WI have taken on the challenge of building the arcade cabinet for us! 

The video game we intend to try to get released on Steam and then hopefully other platforms as well. As stated, the demo should be available soon.  The concept demo is available now!  We are looking forward to more people getting to play the game, enjoy it, and also give us feedback on how to make it even better.

Stay tuned for more updates about our Cosmotrons game and arcade cabinet.  I will post some updates here.  Check out our facebook page for more frequent updates and info:  https://www.facebook.com/CosmotronsGame/

Regards,
Shane

Gameplay video:
-New ship type, the "Trainer" added and Dave and I try it out for the first time: https://youtu.be/JYQTSLqCpRQ
-2 player battle on "Volcano" map: https://youtu.be/4XjB0_av0yk
-2 player battle on the "Mole Tunnels" map: https://youtu.be/9i7LPZSe4Yc
-Single player mode with commentary on "8Track" map: https://youtu.be/D3wEzWYnYNY
-Four player battle on "Tower" map: https://youtu.be/HSyCedOh4X8
-Reverse gravity four player battle: https://youtu.be/ckMCj9gQo_o
-Bonus rounds added.  Four players on Cave Race:  https://youtu.be/StfZl3h5V2c







« Last Edit: March 03, 2017, 08:35:35 pm by OldSkoolFool »
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Re: Cosmotrons: Making Our Own Video Game and Custom Arcade Cabinet
« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2017, 03:54:55 pm »
Here is a written description of the video game, some of its features, and goals:

"In this multiplayer and single player retro arcade style space shooter, one to four players yell and celebrate as they skillfully pilot a fragile spaceship in battle against gravity and each other throughout dangerous terrains. In multiplayer mode space pilots participate in intense aerial dogfighting with the goal of having the last surviving spaceship. In single player mode space pilots can explore territories, practice flight and shooting skills, and participate in timed speed runs.

There are 20+ dangerous territories for you to explore and battle in including lunar surfaces, underground alien structures, active volcanic hot spots, caverns with falling stalactites, black holes, and more. Gravity is just as dangerous as your enemies as it always tries to pull you towards impending doom, on some terrains not always in the same direction. Skillful piloting is necessary to survive.

Piloting of your spaceship requires fuel. Either defeat all your enemies in a territory before your fuel depletes or choose to find and collect fuel resources throughout the territories during battle. But be careful, collecting fuel resources is dangerous and often leaves you vulnerable!

In Cosmotrons, the piloting of your spaceship itself is fun and very rewarding. Control is tight, allowing for trick aerial maneuvers and pixel perfect ship placement in dangerous areas. Planning ahead of where you want your spaceship to go is necessary as you account for gravity and inertia. Up to four players can battle on screen at the same time. Precise aiming of the cosmotron blasters is needed as shots are low in quantity. One hit from a spaceship’s blaster will destroy the ship into tiny fragments and feels oh so satisfying.

Cosmotrons is currently in development. A demo for PC is expected to be released in early 2017. We have the goal of getting the game released on Steam later in 2017 and will consider other options after."
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Re: Cosmotrons: Making Our Own Video Game and Custom Arcade Cabinet
« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2017, 03:56:45 pm »
Oh... and I forgot to mention about the cabinet:  Instead of doing a traditional marquee I am more leaning towards something like a topper on a pinball machine.  I expect it to mount on the back of the cab, maybe be plasma cut steel back lit with glowing plexi.
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« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2017, 04:01:19 pm »
This is going to be cool.   :applaud:

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Re: Cosmotrons: Making Our Own Video Game and Custom Arcade Cabinet
« Reply #4 on: January 22, 2017, 08:58:47 am »
We are still on track for having an early "concept demo" released for you all to try VERY soon!

We just added bonus rounds to the multiplayer progression.  Check out a four player bonus round battle on the Cave Race map:  https://youtu.be/StfZl3h5V2c
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Re: Cosmotrons: Making Our Own Video Game and Custom Arcade Cabinet
« Reply #5 on: January 22, 2017, 03:02:17 pm »
Multiplayer Gravitar, eh?

Looks fun.

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« Reply #6 on: January 22, 2017, 05:13:34 pm »
I'm very interested in how this proceeds.  I also have an idea for a matched cabinet and video game.  This is the next step in the evolution of the hobby, creating NEW games with dedicated cabinets.  Great stuff!

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Re: Cosmotrons: Making Our Own Video Game and Custom Arcade Cabinet
« Reply #7 on: January 24, 2017, 09:08:46 pm »


Exciting news  ;D  We expect to have the concept demo available for everyone to download and play this Friday 1/27/2017.  Right now it is sitting in this flash drive ready to be uploaded.  Make an excuse to get some friends together, try it out, enjoy it, and let us know what you think/how to improve.

Multiplayer Gravitar, eh?

Looks fun.

Hey Laythe.  Thanks for checking Cosmotrons out.  Dave, I, and many others definitely think it is fun!  I hope you try out the demo and feel the same.

I'm very interested in how this proceeds.  I also have an idea for a matched cabinet and video game.  This is the next step in the evolution of the hobby, creating NEW games with dedicated cabinets.  Great stuff!

Ond, thanks for checking out the game.  I agree.  This is an exciting time in the hobby where making one's own game for one's own cabinet is more of a possibility and I am excited to see what others brew up.
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Hey everyone.  We have some significant updates.  I edited a bit on our first post and here below is some of that info:

-The concept demo is available to be downloaded right now!  Download it directly with this link:  https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B_dBgrKIjDWET19lU3dFX3NvNmM

-We have produced and posted our first gameplay trailer titled "The Dangers of Space":  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qjc7Bpyn3M4&t=2s

-D&D Milwork in Ixonia, WI is in charge of building our custom arcade cabinet!  Below is a photo of Dean, the man in charge, and I (being a big dork).  We finalized some design details.[/li][/list]


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Have some fun completing some challenges.  More difficult ones will be posted as time goes on.  Many challenges will result in a free copy of the final version of the game when it releases.  I have created a spreadsheet to record those that have completed challenges and that we need to send copies of the game to.

Challenge #1: The next person on here to download and install the demo AND either post here or PM me that they did so gets two free full final release versions of Cosmotrons   :)

Challenge #2: Actually play Cosmotrons for at least 15 minutes.  First person to do so and post about it will get two full final versions of the game when it releases. ***WP34 receives this challenge

Challenge #3: Snap a picture and show successful completion of ANY single player map. That means all targets destroyed and all beacons collected. A screenshot, selfie by the screen, cellphone picture of the computer screen, whatever will do. Try to show "You Win" in the background. Post the pic on the forum, message us, or email us. First person to do so also gets two full final versions of the game when it releases.  ***Completed by JDFan

Challenge #4: Play the "Lunar Surface" map in single player and have the fastest completion time.  Cut off time to post is extended to Sunday 2/5/2017 at 11:59!    Snap a picture of successful completion which shows your time and that "you won".  That means all targets destroyed and all beacons collected. A screenshot, selfie by the screen, cellphone picture of the computer screen, whatever will do.  Post the pic on the forum, message us, or email us. Person with the fastest time by Monday at 11:59 gets a free copy of Cosmotrons when it releases.  Persons that have completed other challenges prior can still receive this one. ***Right now best time is JDFan at 1:46!

Challenge #5: Snap a picture and somehow show that two players were playing.  A double selfie by the screen, cellphone picture of the computer screen with four arms in it, whatever will do.  Post the pic on the forum, message us, or email us. First person to do so also gets two full final versions of the game when it releases.

Challenge #6: Post your best times for completing "8 Track" in single player mode (destroying all targets and collecting all beacons).  Just for fun.  Just type the numbers or post a screen shot.
  ***JDFan in the lead at 1:26!











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Interesting and pretty challenging game !

Barely finished the level - hit the last target just as it hit the ground as fuel ran out !


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Interesting and pretty challenging game !

Barely finished the level - hit the last target just as it hit the ground as fuel ran out !



Thank you so much for trying out the game JDFan.  Congrats on completing the "Lunar Surface" level in single player.  Were you able to do that on your first try?  If so, that would be quite impressive.  Thanks a bunch for posting the pic.  Challenge #3 completed.  We will send you two free copies of the game when the final version releases!

A couple more challenges were just added.  1 & 2 are still available.  How about a little competition for times on single player on Lunar Surface and 8 Track?  Right now JDFan is in the lead at 1:46!
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Was the second time through -- first try was spent trying to figure out the controls a bit. and like I said I just barely pulled off the finish as I was out of fuel shot for the last target and hit the surface just as the last target got hit - wasn't sure at first if the ship or the target blew up first ! Will give it some more practice over the next couple days.

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This is pretty fun.  Like Lunar Lander meets Asteroids.

01:42.60 on 8-Track


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01:42.60 on 8-Track

You can do better than that !!

01:26.77 !


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This is pretty fun.  Like Lunar Lander meets Asteroids.

01:42.60 on 8-Track

Woah.... only 95 fuel points left!  Just in the nick of time.  Thanks a bunch for trying out Cosmotrons WP34!

JDFan is in the lead right now on Lunar Surface (challenge for receiving two game copies extended to Sunday 2/5) and 8Track!  A tip on 8Track is to warp through the side and top pending your strategy.  And.... if you really want to go fast both ships do fit through those vertical slots in the circles but it is tough to get through there!

Keep the fast times coming folks   :cheers:

Anyone try multiplayer yet? 
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« Reply #17 on: February 01, 2017, 06:19:21 pm »
JDFan is still in the lead for single player for 8Track and Lunar Surface.  Will any surpass his times?

Dave and I are making some progress.  We have created two more ship types and are currently play testing them.  I am not ready yet to reveal details about them though but they are fun ones.
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« Reply #18 on: February 01, 2017, 08:59:59 pm »
Couple quick notes for you :
 - the intro screen for the levels is not aligning correctly on my 4:3 monitor @ 1600x1200 resolution
( see pic attached ) the target and beacon symbols are center screen and not lined up with the text and the large text for the level is pulled right and goes off screen (not sure if you know this already or not but figured I'd mention it just in case )

- The level selection is not always consistent (pressing 1, 2, 3, 4 selects a level but it is not always the same level seems to cycle through them but not sure how it decides which is which so makes it hard to try and play a certain level  (again knowing this is Beta it might be something you know about already)

Other than that the games seem to work well and it is quite fun trying to get faster without losing control  :cheers:

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« Reply #19 on: February 03, 2017, 11:46:38 pm »
Hey JDFan!  Thanks a bunch for the info.  That is helpful.  We did not know about the issue with 4:3 monitors and alignment of the target/info on the transition screen.  That is good to know and something we will look into.  In terms of the level progression for single player and multiplayer, the maps are on a list and the game chooses randomly from that list.  For single player, it is any map.  For multiplayer there are two "easier" maps (Lunar Surface and 8Track) which it starts out with for two rounds, then bonus, then there are two "more difficult maps" (Upside down gravity Lunar Surface and Cosmotron Cave).  The progression ends when someone wins two rounds total.  We will plan on having a level select for single player so players can choose which map to play.  Is that something you would want to see?

Thanks a bunch again for continuing to play.  The feedback and issue finding is helpful.  Let us know more thoughts if you have em.

In terms of updates... we have a few more ship types made that we are currently playtesting and balancing   ;D 
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« Reply #20 on: February 03, 2017, 11:48:36 pm »
Also.... to anyone that plays the demo.... we could use some feedback/ideas on how to make the menu system throughout the game more user friendly.  And... we are wondering if we should have some sort of tutorial to introduce players to some of the basics of how to play/control the ships.  Thoughts?  Feedback?
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« Reply #21 on: February 13, 2017, 08:36:25 pm »


Our four player arcade cabinet design for Cosmotrons is coming to life! Our builders D & D Millwork have made some great progress. I am stopping out there tomorrow with the coin doors, the Klipsch speakers/sub-woofer, and control panel mock-up. In the mail from the UK is our interface and gold leaf buttons for that old school feel.

We have continued development of the software and right now have 6 ships functioning. They are pretty balanced but we are doing more development on them. A few other big and fun changes in the works as well! More info to come soon.

The Ultimarc interface will allow 96 LEDs.  Any thoughts (besides general illumination) on how we could use LEDs to make the user experience with the cabinet even more fun?  We have a couple ideas but I would be interested in hearing what you all have for ideas.
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« Reply #22 on: February 13, 2017, 09:32:14 pm »
Hope you got a fork lift. That sumbitch looks heavy.

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« Reply #23 on: February 13, 2017, 09:53:49 pm »
Haha.  Yea... we'll see just how heavy.  Hopefully not ridiculously heavy. The plan will be to use furniture dolly/carts for moving it around and it will definitely be at the very least a two person moving/lifting ordeal.  More weight to be added with monitor, speakers, glass (which will be huge!), computer, etc.  It size wise will fit through my front door... but I might have to make a ramp to make for easy entrance/removal.
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Hey Everyone.  Dave and I have been continuing to make progress on Cosmotrons. In exciting news we have received the build of the custom arcade cabinet we designed. Check out a tour of the cabinet here:

https://youtu.be/2xhRKlLAX4E

The game now has six unique ship types, each with their own characteristics. Check out an explanation of the "Squid":

https://youtu.be/XzIgvpFsLnU

Some other updates I will mention but won't go into depth yet include:
-Charge shots/abilities
-Team mode

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