The Shmup / Retro / Arcade Game High Score Challenge Thread

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  • rice_sandwich 4 Jul 2019 20:28:22 5,546 posts
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    A thread for anyone who fancies a bit of friendly competition on their shmup, retro or arcade game high scores.

    I figure we'll select a few games and see who can post the highest score for each game each month. Some games have online leaderboards and some don't but you can post your scores here anyway.

    Any shmup, retro, arcade or other score attack based game is eligible for inclusion. Any platform is fine although games should be comparable versions (e.g. the NES version of Donkey Kong has different levels compared to the arcade version so isn't comparable score wise).

    I'll suggest a game for starters:

    Strikers 1945 (available on ps4, xb1 and Switch)

    More suggestions...Dog Faced Knight Retro Arcade Romp or whatever. I figure we'll make up the rest as we go along.
  • Samildanach 4 Jul 2019 22:05:45 88 posts
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    @rice_sandwich
    Good idea, though I can't find Strikers 1945 on the ps4 UK store. I had it on the ps3 as a twin pack ps2 classics game, but sold the ps3 last year, so it's a no go for me.
    It would likely ruin my tenuous grip on the Play What You Buy challenge anyway!
  • DangerousDave_87 4 Jul 2019 22:41:00 6,087 posts
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    Would definitely be up for this. Will have to dip in and out on a game by game basis.
  • rice_sandwich 5 Jul 2019 05:58:32 5,546 posts
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    @DangerousDave_87

    Yeah, I don't see everyone bring able to play every game, which is why a reasonable selection is needed across various platforms.

    Alternately, I suppose you can play whatever game you own and post your score for others to beat. Whatever works for the majority.
  • rice_sandwich 5 Jul 2019 06:08:03 5,546 posts
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    @Samildanach

    Luckily, you only need to play at arcade and retro games about 30 times to mark them as completed in the pigwip challenge. Treat them like spending an afternoon in an arcade.
  • DangerousDave_87 5 Jul 2019 08:44:57 6,087 posts
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    @rice_sandwich I like that seconds idea. Rankings me of the old 3DS High Score thread, although management of records might be tough over multiple platforms! It would make finding competition a lot easier, however.
  • rice_sandwich 5 Jul 2019 08:58:50 5,546 posts
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    @DangerousDave_87

    I can update the first post with a list of games and high scores. Count your high scores as of today and not one that you made years ago. I might even make a spreadsheet for tracking.
  • DangerousDave_87 5 Jul 2019 16:29:27 6,087 posts
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    Well, count me in with Virtua Racing on Switch. I'm away this weekend, but will be taking the Switch with me and practicing whenever I get time to myself. Hopefully I can start posting some reasonable tiles early next week.

    If anyone has any records they want to submit any time soon, it'll give me something to aim for!
  • Malek86 5 Jul 2019 20:32:32 8,482 posts
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    Since every list must contain an outlier game that nobody would actually consider playing, how about trying to beat my 88.939 score in Forbidden Forest for the C64? It's by no means a great score, I'm sure, but it's all I can do right now.

    Daredevil difficulty, no score looping allowed - score must be taken either as you lose the last life, or right after you kill the final boss for the first time.

    (I'll be amazed if someone actually takes me on the challenge)

    Edited by Malek86 at 20:36:43 05-07-2019
  • rice_sandwich 5 Jul 2019 20:53:28 5,546 posts
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    @Malek86

    I played loads of c64 games but I haven't heard of Forbidden Forest.
  • rice_sandwich 6 Jul 2019 11:08:07 5,546 posts
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    Ok, so games up for bragging rights at the moment are:

    Virtua Racing

    - awaiting lap times / scores

    Judgement Silversword Resurrection

    rice_sandwich: 1,135,920
    BeebleB: 1,085,010

    This is a retro style shooter on pc. £3.19 on steam right now.

    Edited by rice_sandwich at 16:05:29 06-07-2019
  • BeebleB 6 Jul 2019 15:35:26 1,305 posts
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    Have scored 1085010 on silversword ressurection
  • rice_sandwich 6 Jul 2019 16:04:25 5,546 posts
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    @BeebleB

    1135920 for me on normal difficulty.
  • BeebleB 6 Jul 2019 16:18:46 1,305 posts
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    3798660 on normal difficulty @rice_sandwich

    Is fun, like a cross of super star soldier and galaga.
  • rice_sandwich 6 Jul 2019 16:21:25 5,546 posts
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    @BeebleB

    Ouch, looks like I've got some work to do! So far I've made it just slightly beyond the first boss. I like how it's a focused and fairly simple shooter.
  • DangerousDave_87 7 Jul 2019 11:44:01 6,087 posts
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    I've not had much time to play Virtua Racing, but my lap time on the first track are beginning to dip under 39 seconds. I'm still getting used to to the handlingand figuring out where I can drive flat out. The handling is generally quite satisfying and easy to get a feel for.

    It has exposed the drift in my left joy con, though. I'm going to have to replace the analog stick as the car occasionally steers itself. :/
  • rice_sandwich 7 Jul 2019 12:00:24 5,546 posts
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    @DangerousDave_87

    I can't even complete the 5 laps on the beginner track before I run out of time. Same issue with the left joycon for me too.
  • Phattso 7 Jul 2019 13:28:12 24,738 posts
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    @rice_sandwich you’ll get there soon enough. You do need to have a pretty much clean race though: good start, no spins, no colliding with scenery. :)
  • DangerousDave_87 7 Jul 2019 14:33:33 6,087 posts
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    Is it normal not having to use the brakes? I'm not even sure what the brake button is. I haven't been a able to read the manual as it requires an online connection and I'm still away until tomorrow evening.

    Edited by DangerousDave_87 at 14:33:53 07-07-2019
  • rice_sandwich 7 Jul 2019 19:26:23 5,546 posts
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    3m 24s on the beginner course in Virtua Racing, which is probably the slowest time you can get without failing. I just sneaked over the line as the clock ticked to zero. It feels easier docked than in handheld mode.
  • DangerousDave_87 7 Jul 2019 23:09:49 6,087 posts
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    I will hopefully have a competitive time for you on Tuesday. It's a very nice looking and feeling game, considering it's age.
  • DangerousDave_87 9 Jul 2019 17:41:16 6,087 posts
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    Right! My first officially uploaded ranking for Virtua Racing.

    Big Forest (Normal) - 00:03:17.59
    Fastest Lap - 38.87

    I still haven't figured out how to change modes and the manual just flat out doesn't work. I'm going to have to look online to figure anything out.

    Also, the car seemingly moves on its own at times. I thought it was Joy Con drifting, but it does it with my pro controller as well. Not sure what that's about.
  • DangerousDave_87 9 Jul 2019 17:43:32 6,087 posts
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    I've also got helper turned off, whatever that does. Oh, and I can post proof of this unspectacular record to Twitter if need be.
  • rice_sandwich 9 Jul 2019 17:45:29 5,546 posts
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    @DangerousDave_87

    Right, I'm well off the pace. I need to drive 5 clean laps to have any chance of making a dent on your time. I like to play in the most zoomed out view (press x to change) which probably makes it a little more difficult.
  • DangerousDave_87 9 Jul 2019 18:54:58 6,087 posts
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    I'm using the default mode, but I'm not seeing any disadvantages to any of the view points. I am struggling a bit with the steering, though. Having seen replays of faster times some players are able to make quite sharp turns without the car skidding out on them. They're also taking a lot of corners flat out without really being on a typical racing line.

    I seem to be on the right path though. Nobody brakes on that first track. It's just feathering the throttle through the sharper corners. It's all practice, I suppose.
  • rice_sandwich 9 Jul 2019 19:32:37 5,546 posts
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    3:19:06 on Big Forest. I need to get a better start to drop less than 2 seconds on the 1st lap.
  • DangerousDave_87 9 Jul 2019 19:50:52 6,087 posts
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    I'm back into the 3:18's now. Most of my lap times are 39.5's, regardless of traffic. It's consistent, but very occasionally I can get a sub 39 second lap and not understand how.
  • voden 9 Jul 2019 20:31:19 740 posts
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    Done 3:13.59 on that first track, no idea how they're getting 3:08.
  • rice_sandwich 9 Jul 2019 20:39:42 5,546 posts
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    @voden

    I have no idea how you're getting 3:13 on the first track!
  • Steifybobbins 9 Jul 2019 20:53:56 557 posts
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    @DangerousDave_87 I've set just over 3.11 on forest I'll get the exact number later. Virtua racing gets my vote, its great

    I was 43rd about a week ago switch name Jeweysoss

    Edited by Steifybobbins at 20:55:07 09-07-2019

    Edited by Steifybobbins at 21:03:45 09-07-2019
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