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Flap Happy: A Rogue-like Platformer for the NES and Gameboy

Created by Ryan Carson

A Flocking Challenge for the NES and Game Boy by Refresh Games

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Kickstarter Update: A Slight Delay but We're Almost There!
about 1 month ago – Thu, May 30, 2024 at 09:23:39 AM

Hey Backers!

We wanted to give you an update on the progress of Flap Happy and, unfortunately, let you know that we are experiencing a slight delay. We now anticipate fulfilling orders by the end of July. Here’s a bit of what’s been happening behind the scenes:

Technical Turmoil in April

In April, my development machine decided to take a break—permanently. This unexpected turn of events meant I had limited access to the game code for an entire month. Thankfully, my local PC support company swooped in and worked their magic to get things back up and running. But this hiccup did slow us down a bit.

Gameboy and NES Ports Progress

Despite these challenges, both the Gameboy and NES ports are making great strides. Here’s where we stand:

Gameboy Port

The Gameboy version of Flap Happy is pretty much feature complete. I'm working on the last few bits and will be playtesting extensively over the next couple of days to ensure everything is running smoothly.

NES Version

The NES version is in a similar state of completion, with just a few different elements needing to be wrapped up. We're very close to having the code ready for both versions!

Looking Ahead

While we're moving forward and getting closer to the finish line, there's still the matter of cartridge production. I'm not entirely sure how long this will take, but it might add a couple of weeks to our timeline.

Our Apologies and Gratitude

We sincerely apologize for this (hopefully slight) delay. The timing of these issues was unexpected and quite nerve-wracking. Your patience and understanding mean the world to us as we navigate these last few steps toward bringing Flap Happy to life.

Thank you for sticking with us through this journey. We’re almost there, and we can’t wait for you to get your hands on the game!

Stay tuned for more updates, and as always, thank you for your incredible support.

🎉 Flap-tastic News: Wooden Cartridges Revealed & Pre-order Store Open! 🚀
3 months ago – Mon, Apr 15, 2024 at 06:56:24 AM

Hey Feathered Friends,

Prepare to be shell-shocked because the moment has finally hatched – behold, the wooden wonder that is our Flap-tacular decorative cartridge! 🐔🌟 Crafted with the finest wood this side of the coop, these cartridges are more stylish than a rooster at a fancy ball.

We've laid our eggs-celent eyes on these beauties, and let us tell you, they're more egg-citing than a chicken disco! Each one is carved with precision and coated in a chicken-y finish that'll make your coop-mates green with envy. 🌳💫

But wait, there's more! 🎁 Our pre-order store is now open, and it's clucking fantastic! Head on over to snag some egg-stra goodies, like pins, stickers, exclusive posters, and more. It's the perfect place to peck up some last-minute treats for your gaming nest.

Remember, every contribution brings us one step closer to making Flap Happy the coop de grace of retro gaming. Thanks for being the wind beneath our wings! 🌬️✨
 

🎉 Egg-citing News! Surveys Incoming, Chickens! 🚀
4 months ago – Tue, Mar 12, 2024 at 04:13:24 AM

Hey Cluck-tastic Flap Happy Flock,

Hold onto your feathers because the Smoke Test soared higher than a chicken on a trampoline! 🐔✨ We're thrilled to announce that everything's pecking perfect, and your surveys are ready to hatch!

Watch your coop closely because those surveys will be coming home to roost in your inboxes soon. 📬 Your responses are like golden eggs to us, shaping Flap Happy into the plucky adventure you deserve!

As a special treat, let's talk about another flying friend over at from our friends at Space Pants Games – Rocket Panda! 🐼🚀 This game is egg-actly what you need for an adventure of a lifetime on the Sega Genesis and it's on the last few days of its Kickstarter campaign. He's no chicken, but flyers of a feather should stick together and he could use our help!  

Features

  • Blast through hordes of enemies commanded by the evil Biscuit Head, such as Flying Pigs, Mines, Toasters, Tanks, UFOs, and other dangerous creatures!
  • Collect all of the biscuits for the highest score and drink tea to power up your dash move!
  • Challenge and defeat 7 Bosses in the game, including a giant Teacup, Dragon, Mega Toast, and Cheese Ball.
  • Fly through 60+ levels in the game, taking you across 7 worlds, from Biscuit City to the Ice Cream Archipelago, the Chocolate Mountains, Candy Catacombs, and more!

Check out the fun and lend a feather: https://kck.st/3PiEl5P

Thanks for being the best coop-munity ever and stay tuned for further updates! 🙌

Cluck you later,

The Flap Happy Team

Dev Update and Smoke Test!
4 months ago – Wed, Mar 06, 2024 at 06:25:09 PM

Mini NES and Gameboy Dev Update!

So, the NES Version is pretty much feature complete now, a bit of fine tuning the code was needed so we're ready for Kickstarter backers names to appear in the game credits , along with some other little fixes.

The Gameboy version has been catching up nicely, with level generation for each of the 4 worlds complete, a fair bit of testing to do on a chunk of them, but, it's been a fun challenge to compress the NES version down to a smaller screen and it's feeling pretty close to it's NES counterpart despite the lower resolution and catering to a variety of Gameboy screen types. I'm hoping to nail down the levels for the game modes over the weekend assuming all goes well this week, then continue with bug fixes and writing up the ending(s) 🙂

It's Time For Our Smoke Test!

Everything is looking fantastic on the BackerKit side, and we're gearing up to launch the Smoke Test tomorrow, March 7th, 2024 (Thursday). This means a small percentage of you will be receiving your surveys🎉. This quick check will ensure that everything is running smoothly before we proceed to send out the rest of the surveys. We will need you, our flaptastic backers to keep an eye on your inboxes! 

If all goes well, we'll be ready to roll out the remaining surveys on Monday. 📝 Your input and feedback are invaluable to us, and we're committed to ensuring a seamless experience every step of the way.

Stay tuned for more updates, and thank you for your continued support!

-Ryan and The Mega Cat Studios Team!

Wow! Flap Happy is officially Kickstarted! Thank you all so much, I'm still in shock!
5 months ago – Sun, Feb 25, 2024 at 04:07:44 PM

It's Sunday night when I'm writing this and I've just finished my session on the Gameboy and Gameboy Color, fixing up the Dungeon set of levels for all you wonderful backers out there!

Thank you all, so, so, so much, from the bottom of my heart and, err, all the rest of it also, top, middle, left ,right, etc, you get the drift yeah? 

As has probably been mentioned before, my childhood dream was to release a game I made for the NES and thanks to all you lovelies out there, Jayenkai and Mega Cat Studios, this is becoming a reality, WOW!

Expect the backer survey shortly including details for extra bits and bobs and details on your desired display names for backers at the "Name in credits" levels and then some updates on how the game is progressing!

I hope you all enjoy Flap Happy as much as I have enjoyed creating it
 


Thanks again

Ryan Carson - Refresh Games