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Virtual Buffalo

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Updated
Author
kantackistan
Public Key
P3T43E3V
Min. Compat.
All
Version
1.0.5
Size
753 KB
Rating
34 votes
Description Virtual Buffalo may look like a pet simulator, but don't be fooled: This bovid is always seconds away from death, and needs all your concentration just to survive another day! Press buttons with matching colors to complete a slog of split-second minigames. But be warned, the controls keep changing the longer you play! Will you be able to remember which button is which when they're all grayed out and switching places with each other? Instructions Supports Circle Pad, D-Pad, ABXY, or Touch controls. Colorblind Accessible Mode: From the main menu, press Down while holding L and R. Pause: Tap the Timer circle. (Takes effect between minigames.) Music Note Button: Toggles all music Speaker Button: Toggles all sound Striped Button: Toggles scan line overlay Lightning Button: Toggles flashing light effects Hard, Medium, Easy, Medium, Hard, Medium, Easy, 8, 6, 4, 6, 8, 6, 4, 4, 8, Easy, 4, 8, Easy, Easy, Medium, Hard Notes Cool Features:
  1. Fully animated characters and objects
  2. Procedurally generated music (Medium/Hard difficulty only)
  3. Multiple variations on rules per minigame
  4. CRT-style scan lines
  5. Original NES Font
  6. Local leaderboards
  7. Asynchronous "lazy loading" system (No loading screens!)
  8. Progressive difficulty
  9. Ability to toggle individual minigames (Disable the ones you hate, or practice 1 on 1 until you've mastered them)
Credit for the "Lullabye" and "Easy Mode" melodies go to Plastiware and Marjask respectively.
Categories
Keywords
  • Virtual
  • Buffalo
  • bison
  • giraffe
  • pet
  • simulator
  • mini
  • game
  • games
  • minigame
  • minigames
135 Comment(s) Sagescript Sagescript Night Person I like the quiet night and sleep late. Express Yourself RNG Hidden Easter Eggs Good Page Hidden Achievements So, is it just me or is the connect-the-pipes shower icon minigame super-difficult? I think VB is smart enough to know that that one is my weakness as it likes to throw it at me repeatedly- often when I start approaching the high score. kantackistan kantackistan It's not just you, SHOWER is definitely the most difficult one! There are at least two upcoming improvements (after voting ends) that will alleviate things a bit, without making it completely easy. Until then, I recommend using as many 90-degree turn pieces as possible. Less room for error. Sagescript Sagescript Night Person I like the quiet night and sleep late. Express Yourself RNG Hidden Easter Eggs Good Page Hidden Achievements I'll try that. I'm far too proud to disable it, so I'll have to improve one way or the other. :) kantackistan kantackistan You're also welcome to turn every other game off for some 1 on 1 practice. I had to do that for debugging and it definitely helped. Sagescript Sagescript Night Person I like the quiet night and sleep late. Express Yourself RNG Hidden Easter Eggs Good Page Hidden Achievements This is just about the most adorable thing I've seen in a while, and everything I try from Kantackistan steals hours from my day. You are an inspiration :D kantackistan kantackistan Many thanks! Highest praise I can hope for is when someone willingly plays them more than once. Sagescript Sagescript Night Person I like the quiet night and sleep late. Express Yourself RNG Hidden Easter Eggs Good Page Hidden Achievements Not only does it have replay value, but a criminal amount. It's hard to get any work done on SB lately, as my wife keeps claiming my DS to play it. I think she plays VB more than Pictoblitz. Can't count on loyalty anymore. *sniff* lol kantackistan kantackistan I think the obvious solution is to disguise Pictoblitz as another one of the minigames. Treachery enables treachery, that's what Girl Scouts taught me. Sagescript Sagescript Night Person I like the quiet night and sleep late. Express Yourself RNG Hidden Easter Eggs Good Page Hidden Achievements zomg that's brilliant. kantackistan kantackistan Patch Notes:
  1. New minigame: JOYRIDE:
    1. Dodge incoming traffic on the open road
    2. Must be manually activated once if you're reusing your old save file
  2. Fixed sound effects not being togglable during SHOWER
  3. Added multiple new music tracks for Medium and Hard difficulty
  4. Polished several animations
  5. Adjusted volume mix
  6. Fixed calculation error for unfinished ZPERCENT mode
    1. Mode can be manually activated in the code and played, but won't be added to the main menu until after the contest
Krondelo Krondelo Another quality game from Kantackistan! You rock man, I only wish I knew how to make games this well. You got my vote. kantackistan kantackistan Thank you much! If it helps, I usually try to center my games around a specific piece of hardware, or a specific feature of SmileBASIC. This one was an attempt to make a game out of SPCOLOR, so all the gameplay was designed with that in mind. Krondelo Krondelo Interesting! Thanks, that makes sense with all the button switching and minigames. kantackistan kantackistan Patch Notes:
  1. New minigame, SHOWER:
    1. Connect 3 pieces of pipe to fix the plumbing
    2. Those reusing their previous save file will need to manually activate SHOWER in the Toggle Games menu
  2. BRUSH:
    1. Fixed sparkle effect not rendering
  3. FIRE:
    1. Added rare mutation: Buffalo bounces back and forth
  4. GUNSLING:
    1. Fixed smoke effect not rendering
    2. Added rare mutation: Each Buffalo aims at its own head
  5. Fixed rendering issues on secret character
    1. Fixed decapitation after hitting a pipe in FLAPPY
    2. Fixed microtrachely when falling asleep
  6. Adjusted volume for specific sound effects and music
  7. Added framework in anticipation of future game modes
  8. Removed depreciated debug options that would crash the game if activated
  9. Reduced overall filesize
IAmRalsei IAmRalsei Forum Leader Hidden Achievements First Year My account is over 1 year old Website Expert Programmer Programming no longer gives me any trouble. Come to me for help, if you like! Programming Strength you should add them to the description random_god random_god Intermediate Programmer I can make programs, but I still have trouble here and there. Programming Strength Zelda Is Awesome! I love The Legend Of Zelda! Express Yourself Video Games I like to play video games! Hobbies why does it matter, dasonic? IAmRalsei IAmRalsei Forum Leader Hidden Achievements First Year My account is over 1 year old Website Expert Programmer Programming no longer gives me any trouble. Come to me for help, if you like! Programming Strength it's more convenient kantackistan kantackistan I think I'll keep them in the comments: That way subscribers get an update whenever there's patches, but newcomers don't get bogged down with the extra info in the description. random_god random_god Intermediate Programmer I can make programs, but I still have trouble here and there. Programming Strength Zelda Is Awesome! I love The Legend Of Zelda! Express Yourself Video Games I like to play video games! Hobbies chez gooder
IAmRalsei IAmRalsei Forum Leader Hidden Achievements First Year My account is over 1 year old Website Expert Programmer Programming no longer gives me any trouble. Come to me for help, if you like! Programming Strength YOU CANNOT HIDE ARCHERY, SAFECRACK, PONG & SHOWER FROM ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! kantackistan kantackistan Nothing to hide: They weren't finished, they weren't any fun, they were getting in the way. So I cleared them out. Need that valuable space for new minigames. The only one that has the slimmest chance of returning is SHOWER, but no promises. IAmRalsei IAmRalsei Forum Leader Hidden Achievements First Year My account is over 1 year old Website Expert Programmer Programming no longer gives me any trouble. Come to me for help, if you like! Programming Strength ok HTV04 HTV04 Intermediate Programmer I can make programs, but I still have trouble here and there. Programming Strength Avatar Taboo I didn't change my avatar for 180 days Website Forum Contributor Hidden Achievements Safecrack had some potential. Can you re-add that one? kantackistan kantackistan Behind the scenes, I keep track of the minigames by their stats. (Number of buttons involved, timing, difficulty, hazards, etc) and the fact of the matter is SAFECRACK was just a substandard, more confusing version of SIMON. From this point on, I've challenged myself to make the "DLC" minigames as unique from the rest as possible. So SAFECRACK probably won't come back unless it has something special to add to the roster. HTV04 HTV04 Intermediate Programmer I can make programs, but I still have trouble here and there. Programming Strength Avatar Taboo I didn't change my avatar for 180 days Website Forum Contributor Hidden Achievements I found out that there’s a secret Virtual Giraffe mode, but in order to access it, you need to change a value at @GETSAVCHRS called GIRAFFE from whatever string is there to 1. Maybe there should be a secret toggle for it, it’s hilarious (for those wondering, it’s the same as Virtual Buffalo, but the Buffalo is replaced with a Giraffe whose neck stretches off the screen at all times)! kantackistan kantackistan There's a cheat code above hidden in a spoiler tag which can be used to access it HTV04 HTV04 Intermediate Programmer I can make programs, but I still have trouble here and there. Programming Strength Avatar Taboo I didn't change my avatar for 180 days Website Forum Contributor Hidden Achievements Oh, I didn’t know that XD IAmRalsei IAmRalsei Forum Leader Hidden Achievements First Year My account is over 1 year old Website Expert Programmer Programming no longer gives me any trouble. Come to me for help, if you like! Programming Strength i love playing virtual giraffe ChaseCZ ChaseCZ Intermediate Programmer I can make programs, but I still have trouble here and there. Programming Strength Video Games I like to play video games! Hobbies Zelda Is Awesome! I love The Legend Of Zelda! Express Yourself This game is really fun! I just don't understand how you can make games like this on SmileBASIC. Awesome! IAmRalsei IAmRalsei Forum Leader Hidden Achievements First Year My account is over 1 year old Website Expert Programmer Programming no longer gives me any trouble. Come to me for help, if you like! Programming Strength SMILEBASIC:as powerful as lua IAmRalsei IAmRalsei Forum Leader Hidden Achievements First Year My account is over 1 year old Website Expert Programmer Programming no longer gives me any trouble. Come to me for help, if you like! Programming Strength The cheat code does nothing IAmRalsei IAmRalsei Forum Leader Hidden Achievements First Year My account is over 1 year old Website Expert Programmer Programming no longer gives me any trouble. Come to me for help, if you like! Programming Strength i was looking at the code trying to figure out why the cheat code doesn't do anything and found 3 unused minigames: ARCHERY, SAFECRACK & PONG. then i found shower kantackistan kantackistan Weird, it's definitely working on my end. It's one long code and you can't take forever to type it in. Can you maybe take a video of you trying to enter it so I can debug? IAmRalsei IAmRalsei Forum Leader Hidden Achievements First Year My account is over 1 year old Website Expert Programmer Programming no longer gives me any trouble. Come to me for help, if you like! Programming Strength if there's a time limit, that may be the problem kantackistan kantackistan The pitches the buttons make form an actual song if you get it right. So try memorizing the notes and playing it like a keyboard. (It's part of a piano duet I can't find the name of.) IAmRalsei IAmRalsei Forum Leader Hidden Achievements First Year My account is over 1 year old Website Expert Programmer Programming no longer gives me any trouble. Come to me for help, if you like! Programming Strength But why tho? IAmRalsei IAmRalsei Forum Leader Hidden Achievements First Year My account is over 1 year old Website Expert Programmer Programming no longer gives me any trouble. Come to me for help, if you like! Programming Strength wait i accidentally pressed 4 when i shouldn't have IAmRalsei IAmRalsei Forum Leader Hidden Achievements First Year My account is over 1 year old Website Expert Programmer Programming no longer gives me any trouble. Come to me for help, if you like! Programming Strength S O F U N kantackistan kantackistan Patch Notes:
  1. Version number added to title screen
  2. Added touch screen icons for toggling scan lines and flashing screens
  3. SLOTS now indicates any valid color, regardless of timing
  4. Fixed 5+ digit scores not drawing properly
  5. Added additional music snippets to Medium/Hard BGM
random_god random_god Intermediate Programmer I can make programs, but I still have trouble here and there. Programming Strength Zelda Is Awesome! I love The Legend Of Zelda! Express Yourself Video Games I like to play video games! Hobbies what a masterpiece, you WILL win again! Nathaniel Nathaniel Spring 2017 Contest Winner I won the SmileBASIC Source Spring 2017 Contest! Programming Contest Staff Pick "Your program is one of our favorites!" - Staff Achievements Final(?) Contest Winner I won the (possibly) final SmileBASIC Source Contest! October 2018 Programming Contest I found a minor bug: If the player manages to get a score over 9999 then, when the game is over, the last number on the counter will kind of overlay itself. kantackistan kantackistan Good catch! Got a fix for that in 1.0.1 Nathaniel Nathaniel Spring 2017 Contest Winner I won the SmileBASIC Source Spring 2017 Contest! Programming Contest Staff Pick "Your program is one of our favorites!" - Staff Achievements Final(?) Contest Winner I won the (possibly) final SmileBASIC Source Contest! October 2018 Programming Contest Another minor bug:It's possible to see the top of the giraffe's neck (which disturbingly doesn't have a head) after failing the flappy game via a pipe. IAmRalsei IAmRalsei Forum Leader Hidden Achievements First Year My account is over 1 year old Website Expert Programmer Programming no longer gives me any trouble. Come to me for help, if you like! Programming Strength ANOTHER minor bug:when the giraffe is sleeping, their neck DISSAPEARS AND ANOTHER ONE:on an instrument minigame, (guitar or drums) if you get 3 button presses correct but 1 wrong, you'll win anyway kantackistan kantackistan The real question is... Do I extend the neck further? Or do I add a head? I'll have to decide on one of those for the next release... I'll fix the sleeping glitch, but all rhythm-based minigames (GUITAR, DANCE, and DRUMS) will count it as a win as long as you get the majority of notes. Since there's always 4 notes per each, you only need 3 to win. If you'd like to disable this feature, you can switch the ZHARDASS variable to 1. IAmRalsei IAmRalsei Forum Leader Hidden Achievements First Year My account is over 1 year old Website Expert Programmer Programming no longer gives me any trouble. Come to me for help, if you like! Programming Strength ok suggestion:add a head to the giraffe tho if you decide you want to extend the neck instead that's ok HTV04 HTV04 Intermediate Programmer I can make programs, but I still have trouble here and there. Programming Strength Avatar Taboo I didn't change my avatar for 180 days Website Forum Contributor Hidden Achievements This game is really cool! I like how fast-paced it is, you really have to concentrate in order to keep up. The style of gameplay you use in your programs is also cool too, it makes them seem more simplistic and user-friendly! Maybe you could release a library or something to allow others to use the UI in their programs too! I sure would! This is awesome! There’s one bug though: when disabling the CRT filter, the colon for the clock doesn’t appear. Normally this wouldn’t be much of a problem, but it actually crashes the game when you score on the leaderboards. Is there any way to fix this? Thanks! kantackistan kantackistan Oh sorry! I should mention the Z debug menu is not really meant to be messed with. Half of them are depreciated. There's definitely some unhandled exceptions if you go in and change the code. Instead I added a button on the touch screen where you can toggle it at any time. Nathaniel Nathaniel Spring 2017 Contest Winner I won the SmileBASIC Source Spring 2017 Contest! Programming Contest Staff Pick "Your program is one of our favorites!" - Staff Achievements Final(?) Contest Winner I won the (possibly) final SmileBASIC Source Contest! October 2018 Programming Contest I love the game so far! Though, you should add some form of progression. Like unlockable color themes, bonus minigames, a sound test, etc. There should also be a way to exit the to the home menu while playing (if that doesn't take away from the game). Also, how did you take those screenshots and put them in an animated loop? kantackistan kantackistan Thanks! There's a progression plan in place: Up until the deadline I'm planning to add more minigames and new modes when they're ready. Essentially what you're playing is the Beta, and there will be multiple updates before final release (voting starts). I opted for that instead of locking things away at the start. You can tap the Timer between minigames to pause and return to the menu. Hard difficulty does not have that feature. The "screenshots" you're seeing are heavily doctored fakes. Lots of MSpaint, Paint.net, Adobe Flash, GIMP, the works. IAmRalsei IAmRalsei Forum Leader Hidden Achievements First Year My account is over 1 year old Website Expert Programmer Programming no longer gives me any trouble. Come to me for help, if you like! Programming Strength The touch screen “screenshot” doesn’t have the music or sound toggle buttons! KingCo KingCo Avatar Taboo I didn't change my avatar for 180 days Website RNG Hidden Easter Eggs Intermediate Programmer I can make programs, but I still have trouble here and there. Programming Strength Dude, the animations in this game are Awesome, and I love all the mini games (besides the slots one)! 9/10 if I'm being honest! kantackistan kantackistan Haha yeah SLOTS is due for a balance patch. In the next release, the plan is to indicate which color is being pushed even if it's not lined up properly. KingCo KingCo Avatar Taboo I didn't change my avatar for 180 days Website RNG Hidden Easter Eggs Intermediate Programmer I can make programs, but I still have trouble here and there. Programming Strength Sounds good! I can't wait! kantackistan kantackistan Planning on multiple patches before the deadline, so if anything else needs work I'm all ears! JustGreat JustGreat First Month Joined in the very first month of SmileBASIC Source Website Avatar Taboo I didn't change my avatar for 180 days Website Night Person I like the quiet night and sleep late. Express Yourself Wait, so is this like MyPet but fleshed out? kantackistan kantackistan I admit I haven't played that one yet. Got a link for me? The virtual pet theme is more like an excuse plot. The real heart of the game is trying to keep track of your ever-changing controls. As if somebody was messing with your controller to try and trip you up. JustGreat JustGreat First Month Joined in the very first month of SmileBASIC Source Website Avatar Taboo I didn't change my avatar for 180 days Website Night Person I like the quiet night and sleep late. Express Yourself I made this comment before I actually played the game, sorry. ProKuku is right that it is very similar to WarioWare. MyPet is no longer around, AFAIK. None of the download keys still on the site work, though I could host a mirror for you if you're interested in it. It was a simplistic pet simulator by Tgaming548 (now called h267 on the forums), but after a while of it being on the frontpage, I think he deleted it out of embarrassment for what it was. kantackistan kantackistan I don't blame you in the slightest: VBUF is meant to be misleadingly intense despite the premise. That might explain why I never heard of it: if it was deleted out of embarrassment. So thanks for the offer, but I'll decline. (I know too well what it's like to be embarrassed by your older work.) ProKuku ProKuku Avatar Taboo I didn't change my avatar for 180 days Website Final(?) Contest Runner Up I placed 2nd in the (possibly) final SmileBASIC Source Contest! October 2018 Programming Contest First Year My account is over 1 year old Website OMG, this is so much like WarioWare! I love it! randomous randomous Owner Robot Hidden Easter Eggs Second Year My account is over 2 years old Website Drawing I like to draw! Hobbies How do you make all this amazing stuff. Also, aren't you entering this in the contest? Don't forget to add the category! kantackistan kantackistan Whoops, good call! Totally forgot to add the categories. Thanks!
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