RELEASE Ken's Labyrinth enhanced port for Nintendo Switch

Discussion in 'Switch - Emulation, Homebrew & Software Projects' started by Nightfox_, Jan 21, 2019.


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    Announcing my port of Ken's Labyrinth for Nintendo Switch
    The classic MS-DOS shooter by Ken Silverman finally running native on a portable platform! This is based off the enhanced SDL port for Windows and Linux with enhanced textures and 60fps rendering.
    Includes the complete game and uses Adlib emulation for the music. If there are any bugs or feedback then please let me know. The game is also in the Homebrew AppStore.

    Known bugs:

    • Highscore and game saves can't get a keyboard input for name entry so they default to the name Ken or use the Switch account name if you are signed in. If there's an available on-screen keyboard for this part then let me know!
    • Stereoscopic 3D only works in docked mode. Handheld mode causes it to render the game in a small window on the bottom left of the screen.

    Change log:
    4.1.1: 2019-07-21
    * Instacrash on the Nintendo Switch fixed

    4.1.0: 2019-07-14
    * Port for macOS created

    4.0.1: 2019-07-13
    * Add CMake build system
    * Limit sound channels to 2 to avoid super fast sound and music

    4.0.0: 2019-06-16
    * Brand new game launcher menu allowing you to launch any version of the game
    * Ken's Labyrinth 1.0/1.1 graphical bug fixes
    * Stereoscopic 3D added as an option in setup menu

    3.2.2: 2019-04-02
    * USB keyboard and mouse support for Nintendo Switch

    3.2.1: 2019-03-03
    * Anisotropic filtering now supported on Switch

    3.2.0: 2019-12-18
    * New audio device selectable in the setup menu: Adlib random instruments. This will play
    the music tracks with randomly selected instruments. If you don't like the instrument settings
    you can select it again and it will load a different random set.
    * Changing audio settings now no longer requires you to quit the game. All changes are immediate
    * Switch - Now dynamically switches to 1080p from 720p when connecting to the dock and vice versa.
    The setup menu will also reflect the current mode.

    3.1.2: 2019-02-08
    * Upgraded the Adlib emulator to Ken's 64 bit compatible one resolving all music issues
    such as silent or distorted instruments on some platforms

    3.1.1: 2019-01-27
    NOTE: If updating from 3.0.0 you will need to delete Ken2.nro because the new
    executable has a different name.

    * Switch - Renamed executable so that it appears properly in the homebrew menu in SX OS
    * Switch - Swapped select and cancel buttons for menus
    * Switch - Use Switch account name if user is signed in, "Ken" otherwise
    * Switch - Improved use of depth buffer
    * Switch - Quitting game from main menu now quits gracefully



    Download here: https://github.com/sacredbanana/lab3d-sdl/releases
     
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  1. lordelan

    lordelan GBAtemp Psycho!

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    What's that? A dachshund? What the ...
    Thx for the port. :D
     
  2. Nightfox_
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    Haha that's Sparky the dog.


    Here's what Ken has to say about Sparky on his official website:

    [​IMG]

    A long time ago (March 1993), Mark Rein of Epic Megagames visited my house to help finish up the Epic version of Ken's Labyrinth. He was looking around my house for inspiration and this wooden dog caught his eye. It became "Sparky" in episode 2 of Ken's Labyrinth.
     
  3. lordelan

    lordelan GBAtemp Psycho!

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    lol
    nice story
     
  4. Nightfox_
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    3.1.1 Just released! Check OP for changelog.
     
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    3.1.2 released! In direct collaboration from the man Ken himself, the music issues are all resolved!
     
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    New update! 3.2.0. Now you can listen to all the tracks in new and exciting ways! Check main post for all the juicy deets.
     
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    New update again! 3.2.1 Adds support for anisotropic texture filtering. Previously, selecting this option would silently use trilinear filtering instead. Anisotropic filtering greatly improves the sharpness of textures when viewing them from an angle. Texture filtering options can be configured in the main menu. You need to quit the game and open it again for the changes to be applied.
     
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    Another update just released. I managed to get OpenGL compatibility profile working with SDL and was able to clean up a lot of code and as an added side effect, USB keyboard and mouse now works.
     
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  9. Prankst3r

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    I installed this through the app store and the game just crashes when launched.
    I use AMS 0.8.7 and FW 6.2.
    Is there anything that could help?
     
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    Can you go to https://github.com/sacredbanana/lab3d-sdl/releases

    Try the other versions I have released and let me know the latest version that works for you then I'll be able to work out what broke
     
  11. Prankst3r

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    I'm using the newest release now and I'm getting a black screen for like 10 secondes and then an atmos error.
    But I'll install the other releases too and test it out!
     
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  12. linuxares

    linuxares I'm not a generous god!

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    Awesome! That game gave me nightmares as a kid x3
     
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    Same here. Actually the first time I played it as a kid and opened the first door, I got the fright of my life when those 2 blue floating head demons appeared and I got so scared I immediately pushed the power button of the computer.
     
  14. Prankst3r

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    Doom was worse for me :P
    And for testing, I have time at the weekend. Are there any logs I could send you?
     
  15. Nightfox_
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    Saved logs no but you can view live logs on your computer as the game is running on the switch by using the nxlink program inside devkitpro but you don't have to do that if it's too much effort
     
  16. Prankst3r

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    I had time to test it again. The 3.2.1 version now starts and gameplay is working fine. Only problem is, that I can't change the weapon.
     
  17. Nightfox_
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    Weapon selection is through the Y button :)
    Bear in mind you have to find or buy the weapon from the vending machine before you can use it
     
  18. Prankst3r

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    I found the towel but couldn't change it, I pressed every fucking button, even tried some combos. But it didn't work oO
     
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    There is no towel weapon. I don't know what you are referring to. There are 3 weapons in the game. Jelly bomb, sunburst and missile.
     
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