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Developing a fresh video game for our favorite retro consoles can be very time consuming, but is always without a doubt a complete labor of love. However it doesn’t have to take a lot of time to program something that is simple and a lot of fun to play, as we have recently discovered. A programmer named Lionel Barasc has been hard at work at a new homebrew title for the NES called “Ball And Flag”, and less than 48 hours after the original announcement, has made a beta version of the new puzzle game available for download.

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The object of the game is very simple actually. You are a ball inside of a labyrinth, and your goal is to retrieve the flag before the time expires. On an interesting note, the generated labyrinths are totally randomized for a different game play experience each and every time. Since the original alpha version of the title was completed, Barasc has since added bombs in the game, as a way to destroy some of the blocks. You will earn one free bomb for each completed level. At the beginning of the game, you will find the game much easier than in later levels, so you will definitely want to keep the bombs for the later, harder levels. Blocks are added at each additional level, making the game getting more and more difficult as it progresses. Currently, there have not been any scoring system created, nor have any sound effects or music been added to the game, but they will be added at a later date.

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I’m sure I’m not the only one out there that is seeing some resemblance of the old “Snake” games on this title! Lionel is very much interested to hear from video game testers that download and try the game, so that he can have some assistance in working out the bugs. He wants to be able to hear from people that play the game on both emulators as well as via the use of an NES flashcart, to make sure that the game runs smoothly.

Download Link: http://forums.nesdev.com/viewtopic.php?f=22&t=10353