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FROM BELOW - A Real NES Game!
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The Kraken cometh...
From the deepest trenches of the ocean, the Kraken has come to lay waste to your city!
The archers have slung every arrow.
The burning tar has run dry.
Every piece of military weaponry has been dispatch.
And yet... the Kraken moves forward, climbing the towering walls of your seaside fortress.
With no ammunition left, the city itself moves from a barricade, to a weapon!
The stones of the walls are broken off, and hurdled down at hideous creature. And it just might be enough to
slow it down till morning, when surely help will arrive...
FROM BELOW is a falling block puzzle game featuring:
- Soft Drops
- Hard Drops
- Wall Kicks
- Lock Delay
- 3 modes of play:
Kraken Battle Mode
The signature mode of FROM BELOW. Battle the Kraken by clear lines across the onslaught of attacking Kraken Tentacles. The Tentacles push more blocks onto the screen every few seconds, forcing to act quickly, and strategize on an every changing board.
The classic block falling mechanics you know and love without any new gimicks. Modernize for 2020, with Hard Drops, Lock Delay, and more, making this (hopefully) the best feeling puzzle game on the NES!
Turn Based Kraken Battle Mode
Similar to "Kraken Battle Mode", but instead of the Kraken attacking every few seconds, it advances its tentacle every time you drop a piece. Make every move count, as this move favors slow, deliberate play!
And now... Introducing Vs. From Below!
For the first time in 30 years, there is a new game for the Nintendo Vs. Arcade Systems: Vs. From Below!
You can learn more at http://vs.frombelowgame.com/ are download the ROMs below.
I have provided an embedded emulator at the top of this page to play the game in your browser. This is not recommended, as the emulator is not very accurate. However, its there if you want to just quickly check out the game.
The best way to play the game is to download this ROM file.
Once downloaded, it can be run in a free NES Emulator (like Messen or on real hardware with an EverDrive or similar).
Vs. From Below:
From Below has now been ported to the Nintendo Vs. System! You can download the eproms for flashing your arcade hardware in the zip title "VS SYSTEM [version number].
This ZIP also contains an emulator compatible version of the Vs. game, if you wish to just play it that way.
- From Below Physical on Sale Thursday 9AM PTOct 28, 2021
- From Below Playable on Mobile in BrowserSep 30, 2021
- From Below Final 50 Copies Coming Soon!Aug 24, 2021
- Gamepad Support in Web PlayerApr 21, 2021
- VS System - Beta 0.10.0 CRITICAL FIXJan 14, 2021
- VS System - Beta 0.10.0Jan 14, 2021
- VS System - Beta 0.8.0Dec 21, 2020
- Version 1.0 Patch NotesNov 15, 2020
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If you are playing mode with the Kraken (eg. not "Classic"), the SELECT button will trigger the Kraken to advance it's tentacle up one block right away, rather than waiting for the usual time.
This is often useful when the Kraken's movement will be advantageous to the player (eg. filling a gap).
congrats on a wonderful game Matt :)
Omg this is the First time i liked Terris! Because like every other Tetris games are boring but this game? THIS GAME KEEP ME HYPE UP SINCE THE BEGINING OF TIME AND SPACE BRO This game is FIRE 🔥.
Woah, retroactively hyping you up to the beginning of time!? I'm glad you're enjoying it! Keep your eyes open for From Below Pocket, an upcoming Game Boy port that adds multiplayer!
I have been jamming this on my NES , so great. Really good job!!! I think I find this more fun than any other game of this type :
Another great Tetris Clone for the nes and luckily unlike the latest official Tetris for the NES (hardware clone not endorsed by Nintendo but is by The Tetris Company, which leaves the game in a weird area of does a rom that is said to work on the NES count as an official game it the company that holds the rights to it signs off but the makers of the original console do not?) was released for many different ways, for free no less! A must download for Tetris Fans.
hello =) could you clarify which version you mean is "the latest official Tetris for the NES (hardware clone not endorsed by Nintendo but is by The Tetris Company" ? thank you!
Here I am in 2022 playing this game on a Blackberry Q10 with a real keyboard (via retroarch). You have just replaced my favourite tetris version of all time that I play almost daily (Tetris 2 + Bombliss NES Japan excusive).
"From below" has just the right mix of modern tetris rotation system with the DAS precision of classic tetris.
This paired with the charming retro graphics is just an irresistible combo.
Only slight anoyiance is the speed up music when you have a high stack. This is a classic design i could personally do without :-)
Thanks for making this precious gem of a game.
Thank you for covering the game! It's coming to Game Boy soon too!
Brilliant game sir.
Here is my tribute to it...
this is an absolute masterpiece!
Graphics are amazing!
Gameplay is super cool!
Would recommend :)
I heard about this game for the first time today! I wish I could have supported it. I'm looking forward to whatever you do next!
Awesome game ! A game really made with love. Thanks.
This is an awesome game! I've always loved stuff like tetris, but imo never liked the feel (music, colors) of it, so this is just straight up awesome!
If I had the time and money I'd totally buy the Vs. System Arcade Cabinet. Great job!
omg omg omg omg score 20000
Definitely the best feeling Tetris clone I've played. Coming from NES Tetris, the amount of piece slide time makes me misdrop pieces when I load DAS, but hard dropping somewhat alleviates that. I'm totally loving this game. Awesome music too. I wouldn't hesitate to buy a physical copy.
Thanks for your kind words! I'm glad you could enjoy it! I spent a lot of time talking with classic Tetris players to make sure it was something people coming from that world could enjoy.
If you are interested in the physical cart, I'd highly recommend signing up for the mailing list. The first batch sold out in minutes, and I expect the final batch to do the same:
I'm gonna be honest, its an amazing game and all, but my one complaint is there isn't a way to manually set controls for it. I might be wrong but I think that would be a great addition to be absolutely perfect. other than that, best variant ever!
What control settings would you like to see? Usually that kind of thing is just done in the emulator.
I'd like to suggest the option of swapping the rotation buttons (ie: key x = A and key z = B) just an option to toggle that sort of thing or like WASD & arrow keys. just a thought
Oh, you are talking about the Web version! Yes, the A & B are actually backwards. I'll see if I can add some additional options!
Alright, I've updated the web emulator to add some additional key options (see hint section just below the emulator). I don't have time to do a full on user customization option, but hopefully this works better for you!
Thanks for the feedback!
I'm getting Tetris vibes... JK I tried to make a clone of Tetris before and it is
H A R D
What do I do with the .nes file
this looks awesome. the playable browser thing doesn’t work for me. Safari Mac
Oh I need to remove that. It's not playable in browser atm!
Thanks for the heads up!
A fun little game. Loved the music.
Cool tetris clone(no ofense, this is cool spin on tetris)
What I don't like is that after hard drop it is not possible to move the figure left right. I am very used to that from other tetris games
I did actually implement that but took it out because I don't like how it feels. I get some people like it though.
Yes, if you make more nes games I would actually fucking buy them also how can I give you my money
How much money, begging, and/or soul-selling is required to get a physical copy at this point? Wondering if I should take out a loan.
Still 50 more copies to sell at some point but likely not any time soon. I check eBay here and there out of curiosity but none for sale yet.
I only kept 1 for myself.
did you write this is 6502 assembly from scratch? if not what tool/framework did you use?
Its a mix of C and assembly (but mostly C), written from "scratch". I wrote about it in detail here if you are interested:
Really fun game the music is super cool!
Thank you for this. Great Tetris variant.
Merry Christmas and thanks for freely sharing your game! But how do you start Vs. From Below? I don't have a PC to run Mesen, just an Android device. It boots up just fine in every NES emulator I've tried. But no button presses, or combination of button presses will insert coins or start the game. If I don't press anything, it eventually goes into running a demonstration. But as soon as I press a key, it bounces me back to the title screen. I've tried with the touch interface and a gamepad. Help would be appreciated.
It depends on the emulator. It needs to provide a way to insert coins (or change dip switches for free play mode)
Absolutely lovely :) How do you add credits in the VS version if you're playing it on an NES emulator?
It depends on the Emulator, but in Mesen, it adds new options under the "Game" menu for inserting coins and changing dipswitches. Hope that helps!
really fun game! Im seeing theres a discord in the comments but cant find a link to join
素晴らしい。it’s just awesome.
i've discover your game yesterday on Romhack and i really love it !!!
I m a Tetris fan, i love playing battle with my girl friend :)
Like i've read on other commentary, i will really stand for your next version with a 2 player VS mode with the bad Kraken that trying to kill us ...
Would you do a Kickstarter for a physical boxed copy?
I actually just had a sale for a limited edition a few days ago. All sold out though :(
What? Where was this at? Why wasn't it mentioned here?
Please do another run of the game. Please...
There is a chance I will do another 50 in the coming months. If you are interested, best thing to do is probably sign up for the mailing list from the first run:
I'll likely email that group if another run starts to come together.
You could also follow me on twitter where I am most active:
Absolutely loved it. Need a physical cart ASAP!!
I just got my Everdrive N8 Pro in this evening. Had a chance to test the latest release of From Below. It works flawlessly with it! I was playing on the retroUSB AVS system.
So how do you start at level 29 via [redacted]?
I can't post cheats out in the open!? It would spoil the fun. I'll give a clue though; it's similar to starting on level 19... :)
The guys on the Discord will help I'm sure though.
Is there any chance you would be able to put a donation button on the itch.io page for this game? I plan to keep playing this for all eternity, and don't mind throwing a few bucks your way.