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Thursday, 8 December 2022, 4:48 pm - Starcat

We present: the Creative Companion

“It’s dangerous to write alone.🔥 Too often a young wordsmith🖋️ was lost procrastinating in strange lands🗺️, exploring deep forests🌲 or the vastness of space🚀✨. Better take your Creative Companion along.”

We’ve developed the Creative Companion (#Creacom), a motivational tool for writers and possibly other creatives as well.

Check it out

Saturday, 2 November 2019, 6:37 am - Starcat

We’re on EJagFest 2019

We’re on European Atari Jaguar Festival „ejagfest“ 2019 today!
Don’t forget to drop by if you have the chance to meet us for a chat and get a glimpse on our latest releases.

Saturday, 2 November 2019, 6:31 am - Starcat

JagMIND: Bomb Squad Plus

We’ve teamed up with Songbird Productions to bring you a fully remastered version of JagMIND.

JagMind: Bomb Squad Plus is a fully remastered release of the 2006 CD game.
All art has been updated and is crispier and cleaner. Same with sound effects.
The music is completely new, with tracks made by Carl Forhan and Marcus Losbjer.
Most importantly the gameplay has been completely rebuild and features a much improved progression in singleplayer and better playability in two player mode now.
It features improved highscore saving, too.
Roughly estimated 80% of assets and code are updated or redone from scratch.


The Early Years CD Collection

6MB cartridge

Songbird Productions is pleased to announce The Early Years CD Collection for the Atari Jaguar! The Early Years is a collection of games and demos from some of the earliest hobby developers for the Jaguar. For the very first time you can enjoy them all packed into a massive 6MB cartridge. No CD unit required!

The Early Years cartridge release includes:

CGE 5th Anniversary Slideshow by Songbird Productions
Clicks full game by MD Games
JagMIND: Bomb Squad Plus full game by Starcat Devocean
Native playable demo by Duranik

In addition to the cartridge, the release includes a professionally printed box, manual, and cartridge label.

Sunday, 13 January 2019, 9:19 am - Starcat

Skunkboard serial EEPROM mod

For a recent project I needed a serial eeprom on my Skunkboard (for saves). Here are some pictures of what I did if you want to try it yourself. You should be skilled at soldering and do this at your own risk.

It’s a very basic mod and only the first 128 byte slot of this eeprom is used like a single game would. But it works fine if that’s all you need.

Monday, 24 December 2018, 9:31 am - Starcat

Merry Christmas everyone!

Gavia and Starcat wish you all a Merry Christmas! HalMock does, too.

It’s been a busy year for us. We’re working on a new game idea and remaking two existing titles (one for the Jaguar, one for PC).
Starcat has also been working hard to get his Steampunk Detective novel (FB page) published, which is a spiritual successor to the Eerievale stories. Sadly our German publisher could not fulfill their contract and we’re in contact with a literacy agency to find a new home for the novel.
We’ll have more game related news to share soon.

For now here is just a little something for you. HalMock FurBall : Sink or Swim for the Atari Jaguar has been updated with the latest version of the U-235 Sound Engine. A few minor problems in the game have also been adressed and stability has improved. You can find it in the download section.

Sunday, 4 November 2018, 1:13 pm - Starcat

Sign of life

As we couldn’t make it to eJagFest 2018 here is at least a sign of life from us… have a great time everybody!

Thursday, 3 May 2018, 6:16 am - Starcat

Adventure Jam 2018

Like games? Enjoy stories?
Do you have a soft spot in your heart for retro style and adventure games?

Then come along on a two week adventure in game development and storytelling!
I’m on board for AdventureJam 2018 which is from 4th May to 18th May.
Maybe you’re curious to jam as well? Or just want to follow along?

Best thing is you don’t even have to move away from your screen. It’s all digital magic and I’m doing this one in English to reach more people.

What can you expect?
A tiny peek into my daily creative work, writing and game development. All in the compact form of work in progress pictures, rough snippets and thoughts.
You get to guess what it is I’m building.
And you’ll get to play the game in the end.

Granted a lot will go differently than expected.
Other than that I don’t know yet where this will go.
But isn’t that part of the adventure?

For the duration of the jam I’m moving this into my daily writing time in the morning. Then it’s off to my dayjob. So the timeframe is very limited. Only a few hours each day.

Let’s see where this leads, shall we?

You can follow along on the facebook team page.

Or on Gamejolt.

Wednesday, 4 April 2018, 7:13 am - Starcat

HalMock FurBall : Sink or Swim – UPDATED!

* Some players had compatibility problems on actual hardware, especially Jaguar models of the early M series. We worked hard to fix the issue and updated the download. Thanks a lot to Nicolas Persijn who tested the game. It should now work on all retail units. *

HalMock FurBall: Sink or Swim is a cartoony one-button highscore-hunting game for the Jaguar.

The game is designed to run from RAM. The zip file we provide contains the Virtual Jaguar emulator for Windows as well. So you can check out the game even if you do not have a Jaguar console.

If you do have original hardware, you can use a Skunkboard or similar dev kit or convert the game using Jiffi into a format you can use. (If those were just random words to you, head over to the Atari community at AtariAge.)

Enjoy the game!

HalMock FurBall – Sink or Swim

Saturday, 23 December 2017, 12:05 pm - Starcat

A little something for the holidays…

Hey everybody,
Here is a little something from Starcat Devocean for you to enjoy.

I present: »HalMock FurBall – Sink or Swim« for the Atari Jaguar.
– Cartoony graphics
– Fun one-button space hamster action
– EEPROM highscore saving (if device supports it)

The game is designed to run from RAM, so you need Virtual Jaguar (Alpine mode), a Skunkboard or similar dev kit or convert the game using Jiffi into a format you can use.

HalMock FurBall – Sink or Swim

Sunday, 29 October 2017, 12:04 pm - Starcat

Four years later…

Has it really been that long?
Ah well. Interesting things are happening in the Atari Jaguar community.
There have been several releases by Reboot, among them some classic Atari ST titles brought to the Jaguar and their fine Raptor Engine, which helped bring more developers and their games to the Jaguar.
And there is a SD Cart on the horizon made by another developer which will open a lot of new possibilities!

On non-game related news:
I’ve been working on a book for most of this year which is sort of a spin-off to Eerievale our canceled adventure project.
Sadly the game was too big to be completed without funding and a team working on it full time. What remained was a lot of story and no way to tell it.
That was until earlier this year I found a publisher for my book!

“Robert Fuchs – Ermittler für übernatürliche Fälle”
(roughly translates to: Robert Fox – investigator of supernatural cases)
It features a series of seven steampunk detective stories set in the world of Eerievale. Each of these stories or cases feel very much the way I wanted the adventure game to feel. So the book is probably as close as it gets to the game.
As you may have guessed for now it’s in German only, but who knows what happens if there is enough interest. Maybe my publisher will consider a translation?
The book is scheduled for a release in Autumn 2018.

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