Soul of the Beast physical game box and cartridge alongside award trophy and Icelandic volcanic rock.
Soul of the Beast Wins Best 4K Port
At the 4th Atari Homebrew Awards we were incredibly honoured to receive the award for Best Homebrew < 4K (port) for our first published game Soul of the Beast.
Box cover art by Helvetica Blanc.
Beast logo by Rutherford Craze
Game Development — mmxxııı
Hosted by ZeroPage Homebrew, the annual award show celebrates the independent retro development scene that continues to make games for Atari systems to this day.
Our game for the Atari 26OO was a personal achievement developing a game for that system, and seeing how much gameplay and content could fit in a standard 4K cartridge, was a significant challenge.
We also received nominations for Best Graphics, and Best Music and Sound.
The game was made from the ground-up with no prior knowledge of developing for the system, or working with 6502 assembly.
In the end, the available ROM and memory capacity of the cartridge and the console itself was enough to meet our intentions, succeeding to fit 4 major game locations with non-linear exploration, many enemy types and gameplay systems to make this a worthwhile title for collectors, and new players alike.
Again we wish to thank James O'Brien of ZeroPage Homebrew, and the community that nominated our game.
To be recognised for this achievement is truly humbling.
The game has been published for NTSC Atari 26OO systems by AtariAge and has gone on to sell well, along with digital versions that people are able to play in emulators, or in browser directly in itch.io