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OpenRoads (openroadsgame.com)
135 points by endtwist on Mar 3, 2016 | hide | past | web | favorite | 29 comments

While in university a friend and I dumped the original sky roads levels by dumping the dosbox heap while the game was loaded and reverse engineering the memory map. If i remember correctly we emailed the original devs (who are awesome) and they gave permission for rerelease for the open source remake available at the time.

Oh my god what have you done posting this...There's still work to get done this week.

"Oh my god" is exactly what I whispered to myself when the game started.

"Oh my god." My childhood.

It's relatively unplayable on IceWeasel 38.6.1 (Debian). The graphics are flashing on and off.

Same on Firefox 44.0.2 on Win7

Same FF version on win8.1: My car goes full throttle + full turn to the right. Have not yet managed to jump straight (and I can only play Druidia, Road 3).

It works on Chrome on the same computer.

Update: Well, it worked once on Chrome. The next time around the car constantly jumps. Easier to control than full throttle, but not by much.

same version of FF on win8.1 has no issues

Same on my Windows 7, Firefox and Chrome. Strange that it seems to happen on all kinds of setups.

Firefox 46.0a2 (2016-03-02) on Arch Linux, Intel Graphics. Runs very well.


A bit of gaming history: this is apparently a clone of a game called SkyRoads which Wikipedia claims to be a clone of "Kosmonauts", but that is obviously a clone of a hypnotic space-themed game Trailblazer from the 80's. See here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5EXsxd8O7eU for C64. Thus, the question arises: does anyone know if Trailblazer itself is a clone of some other game?

Skyroads was the best game from my childhood.

I was just reading more about the Estonian developers of it there, BlueMoon Interactive. They also created the FastTrack P2P protocol and wrote Skype. Pretty impressive group there.

The latest project from one of them: https://www.starship.xyz/

I think this would make for a great mobile game - not sure if the devs have considered supporting mobile platforms for it, but I can't seem to find anything approaching a good clone on the play store.

I feel these days Distance is a good spiritual successor to Skyroads. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4mDVxz732rk for trailer) Not on mobile, but maybe one day.

That does look pretty cool, but sort of loses the feel.

http://www.tastystatic.com/ is a more faithful clone, but also not on mobile.

I recently wrote a small skyroads-inspired game:

video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vni52_CKeUg

repo: https://github.com/flipcoder/bouncingship

I'm considering porting it to mobile.

This is a clone of an old game SkyRoads.

(sure I guess new artwork could be done and levels changed and re release ti)

That perspective is quite hard on my eyes for some reason.

I wonder if it would be possible to get the levels from BlueMoon's first game "Kosmonaut" to run in OpenRoads.

Awesome, thanks for game, but I see too much blinking on my Ubuntu 15.04 desktop (firefox 37)

Just for the soundtrack alone :D

The music is feckin class!

Welp, there goes my afternoon.

This just brought back so many memories! Thank you! :-)

There goes the rest of my day.

Ahh. In the original game I can finish all levels except for Druidia 2 and 3.

Reminds me of the HP48 game Babal.

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