Wayne's World Pong

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Wayne's World Pong
Wayne's World Pong screenshot
Composer(s) Jason Skelly
Team(s) No Frills
Publisher(s) XtC Software
Music Format(s) IFF-8SVX
Year published 1994

About The Game

Ingame - stunning eh? ;-)

Wayne's World Pong was a state-of-the-art two player only Pong clone written in AMOS by the 'programming genius' that is XtC. The only link to the actual film are a large collection of sound samples and a couple of digitsed pictures!

The Inspiration

The project began early 1994, when a work colleague lent XtC an Amiga public domain Pong clone (not sure which) that was on a magazine coverdisk. XtC played it and claimed he could do better than that, and started work on writing his own Pong clone later that evening. A couple of days later he presented it to his work colleague to try out. Both she and her partner liked it, but a simple Pong clone wasn't enough for XtC!

Although XtC had seen the Wayne's World movie when it was originally released in cinemas in 1992, it wasn't to subliminally inspire him until later in 1993, when he purchased it on the amazingly crystal clear and not blurred at all VHS format. With phrases such as "Game on!" and "He shoots, he scores!" it wasn't hard to understand why XtC chose this movie for the speech!

So XtC began to watch the film again and made a list of useful quotes ready for when he would eventually sample them using his trusty old AudioMaster software.


AGA-only - Not!

The game was developed on an unexpanded A1200, which meant XtC had 2MB of Chip RAM to play with. By doing this, it possibly meant the game wasn't compatible with Amigas that had less than 2MB Chip RAM, but XtC was callous and didn't care. This is also the reason why some people thought that the game was AGA-only - which it isn't. I mean really, does it look like an AGA-only game?


The Sound

Sampling the speech from the film was the easy part - getting them all to fit on one floppy disk was the hard part. The finished game contains 664,706 bytes of sampled speech! Each of the 28 samples was carefully resampled to the lowest frequency possible without making them sound too awful.

So proud was XtC, that he even incorporated a 'sound test' section!


The Video

All the artwork used in the game was created by XtC using Deluxe Paint and a PD HAM manipulation tool.

The intro font was taken from a PD font collection, whilst the digitised images were taken from a Wayne's World slideshow using an Action Replay cartridge, oh and the drawing of the Amiga was taken from an MC Hammer demo!


The Gameplay

The classic version of AMOS didn't support more than one mouse, so XtC had to find a way to let the second player use either a joystick or the keyboard so they could compete against player one's mouse. To control the speed of the bat, player two would have to press a fire button - a novel feature that seemed like a good at the time!


The Response

XtC's friends and work colleagues liked the game, it helped that they also liked the film. XtC was a happy camper!

This euphoria encouraged XtC to submit the game to public domain specialists 17BIT Software who replied using a generic printed letter with a hand-written comment saying,

The sound effects are great! They had us in hysterics while we were playing it - schwing!
- 17BIT


They included it in their extensive library as: -

2989 WAYNES WORLD PONG
The only thing has got to do with Waynes World is the absolutely amazing quality samples accompanying the game. Basically its just a bat and ball game. But get to the sound test and there are TONS of extracts from the movie, and they all read from RAM too.
- 17BIT


Screen Shot Gallery

Reviews

Amiga Power

Review taken from Amiga Power Issue 40 (Aug 1994, page 85)

A lousy 2/5 stars from a reviewer who was showing their ignorance: -

  • As mentioned above, the classic version of AMOS didn't support more than one mouse - so the game couldn't either!
  • In the movie Wayne's World, the character Garth does an impression of Scooby-Doo. This is the sample heard in the game, and is not taken from the cartoon series.


Amiga User International

Review taken from Amiga User International June 1991 Issue, page 98)

80% - are we paying attention Amiga Power? ;-)

Computer and Video Games

Review taken from Computer and Video Games Issue 151, June 1994, page 98)

81% - Hey Amiga Power! Can we see a pattern forming here? ;-)

CU Amiga

Review taken from CU Amiga May 1994 Issue, page 131)

87% - And so, dear Amiga Power, I rest my case! ;-)


UnExoticA Music Files

Game/Skelly_Jason/Waynes_World_Pong.lha

Download archive Game/Skelly_Jason/Waynes_World_Pong.lha
Also included are all the ingame speech samples, which are also in IFF-8SVX format.

Filename File Size Composer Game Year Team / Publisher
Waynes_World_Pong
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File List End v2.png Bonus
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File List Blank v2.pngFile List Indent v2.png 8svx.AlmostToEasy 18774 Jason Skelly Wayne's World Pong 1994 XtC Software / No Frills
File List Blank v2.pngFile List Indent v2.png 8svx.AreYouMental 9306 Jason Skelly Wayne's World Pong 1994 XtC Software / No Frills
File List Blank v2.pngFile List Indent v2.png 8svx.FadeToBlack 17928 Jason Skelly Wayne's World Pong 1994 XtC Software / No Frills
File List Blank v2.pngFile List Indent v2.png 8svx.GameOn 26290 Jason Skelly Wayne's World Pong 1994 XtC Software / No Frills
File List Blank v2.pngFile List Indent v2.png 8svx.GoodOneShaggy 11974 Jason Skelly Wayne's World Pong 1994 XtC Software / No Frills
File List Blank v2.pngFile List Indent v2.png 8svx.GoThen 46898 Jason Skelly Wayne's World Pong 1994 XtC Software / No Frills
File List Blank v2.pngFile List Indent v2.png 8svx.GretzkyIsDenied 36598 Jason Skelly Wayne's World Pong 1994 XtC Software / No Frills
File List Blank v2.pngFile List Indent v2.png 8svx.HeShootsHeScores 14332 Jason Skelly Wayne's World Pong 1994 XtC Software / No Frills
File List Blank v2.pngFile List Indent v2.png 8svx.ICantBelieveTheyDidThat 18550 Jason Skelly Wayne's World Pong 1994 XtC Software / No Frills
File List Blank v2.pngFile List Indent v2.png 8svx.IMustHaveSlipped 17024 Jason Skelly Wayne's World Pong 1994 XtC Software / No Frills
File List Blank v2.pngFile List Indent v2.png 8svx.ItWasNeverMeantToBe 12428 Jason Skelly Wayne's World Pong 1994 XtC Software / No Frills
File List Blank v2.pngFile List Indent v2.png 8svx.ItWillBeMine 27584 Jason Skelly Wayne's World Pong 1994 XtC Software / No Frills
File List Blank v2.pngFile List Indent v2.png 8svx.NoWay__Way 13198 Jason Skelly Wayne's World Pong 1994 XtC Software / No Frills
File List Blank v2.pngFile List Indent v2.png 8svx.One 6128 Jason Skelly Wayne's World Pong 1994 XtC Software / No Frills
File List Blank v2.pngFile List Indent v2.png 8svx.Owww! 10992 Jason Skelly Wayne's World Pong 1994 XtC Software / No Frills
File List Blank v2.pngFile List Indent v2.png 8svx.Owww2 7372 Jason Skelly Wayne's World Pong 1994 XtC Software / No Frills
File List Blank v2.pngFile List Indent v2.png 8svx.PrettyCoolHuh 8042 Jason Skelly Wayne's World Pong 1994 XtC Software / No Frills
File List Blank v2.pngFile List Indent v2.png 8svx.ScreenRippleFX 9540 Jason Skelly Wayne's World Pong 1994 XtC Software / No Frills
File List Blank v2.pngFile List Indent v2.png 8svx.Swing_G 11782 Jason Skelly Wayne's World Pong 1994 XtC Software / No Frills
File List Blank v2.pngFile List Indent v2.png 8svx.Swing_W 7650 Jason Skelly Wayne's World Pong 1994 XtC Software / No Frills
File List Blank v2.pngFile List Indent v2.png 8svx.Swing_W&G 19576 Jason Skelly Wayne's World Pong 1994 XtC Software / No Frills
File List Blank v2.pngFile List Indent v2.png 8svx.ThatsNotGood 35088 Jason Skelly Wayne's World Pong 1994 XtC Software / No Frills
File List Blank v2.pngFile List Indent v2.png 8svx.Tsang! 7460 Jason Skelly Wayne's World Pong 1994 XtC Software / No Frills
File List Blank v2.pngFile List Indent v2.png 8svx.Two 5448 Jason Skelly Wayne's World Pong 1994 XtC Software / No Frills
File List Blank v2.pngFile List Indent v2.png 8svx.WhyGod 17462 Jason Skelly Wayne's World Pong 1994 XtC Software / No Frills
File List Blank v2.pngFile List End v2.png 8svx.Yeeah 6184 Jason Skelly Wayne's World Pong 1994 XtC Software / No Frills
Updates 
Monday 26 August 2002 (XtC): Added to collection
Saturday 22 March 2014 (Ronaldvd): Add external link.

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