Zapper II

Zapper II is an upgrade to a horrendous vertical shooter called “Zapper”. No idea who made the original, but it was the buggiest Flash game you’ll ever play.

It didn’t have sound or music for one thing. The game broke every so often if you died, continuing to loop around to the title screen for a split second, then you’d die again, and so on. The level up system made no sense – it was EASIER to get to higher levels (getting to Level 2 from Level 1 needed ten kills, getting to Level 5 from Level 4 needed TWO kills. *shrug*). The enemies rapidly spiked in difficulty with every level up. And, if through some miracle you got to level 6 or 7, the enemies would move so fast that they were basically invisible.

This was a college project – everyone was given a copy of the Zapper flash file, and we were told to improve it and develop it however we wanted (there were some specific requirements, though, such as an animated button). FUNNY STORY, THOUGH, they didn’t actually teach us anything about ActionScript AT ALL before we did this assignment, because the college was incompetent. And the Flash tutorials (thick wads of stapled-together paper, sometimes with pages missing or in the wrong order) weren’t useful when we were trying to just use Flash without any ActionScript. However, I was lucky, since I was already somewhat experienced with game development and wasn’t afraid to poke things with a stick. ๐Ÿ˜€

All the modified versions of Zapper (apart from one) were better than the original, no doubt, and their graphics were much better than mine. But I was more ambitious and adventurous with the gameplay, and managed to crank out an upgrade which wasn’t amazingly pretty, but it was much more fun to play. ๐Ÿ˜€ I called it “Zapper II”! Because I’m original and stuff. ๐Ÿ˜›

Zapper II basically fixes all the bugs that were in the original. It adds a combo system (rewarding players who aim), an auto-upgrading weapon (basically, your lasers get bigger), new graphics, sound and music. It also makes it possible to complete levels past Level 5, makes the level up score requirements less stupid, and adds a super-fun secret at 12,000 points. ๐Ÿ˜€

UNFORTUNATELY, WordPress is shit and blocks embed tags because they think that someone will DESTROY THE ENTIRE SITE with one (even though that’s not possible). HOLY SHIT, they even block “<|embed|>” (minus the pipe signs) when it’s typed into the Visual text editor! LMFAO! Anyway, I can’t embed it, and since I don’t have my own web domain any more because they nuked it without telling me, you’ll have to download the Flash file from my OneDrive to play it. When you’ve got it, just open it in any web browser that isn’t Chrome. ๐Ÿ˜› The controls are shown before you start the game. ๐Ÿ˜‰

The highest score of all time is by ME – I managed 48,337 pts 59,244 pts 60,143 pts 63,520 pts 80,415 pts, through some miracle (I SAW LEVEL 10 FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER!! ๐Ÿ˜†). Please tell me if you manage to smash it. ๐Ÿ˜€

Here’s some video proof, and some screenshot proof:

(By the way: the high score display in the bottom right is just your highest score this session, as in, since you started the game. It doesn’t get the best score from a server or save your highest score locally. It’s sorta pointless. :P)

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