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#1 BoatofCar OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Mar 28, 2008 12:11 AM

I can't believe there's not a thread on this already(if there is and I just messed up the search, forgive me)...What do you think the top 10 Atari 8 bit games are that you can't play on any other platform?

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Posted Fri Mar 28, 2008 12:45 AM

the reason you haven't seen a thread on it is probably because this topic's really tough *l*

offhand I can think of Getaway, which was quite fun, but the others I can think of are all modern...and pal...
I can't think of any old and exclusive titles that really showed off what the hardware could do, and the atari-specific magazine disks are the only place I can think to find these exclusives. Very interesting topic, I'm curious to see where it goes.

Edited by Reaperman, Fri Mar 28, 2008 1:32 AM.


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Posted Fri Mar 28, 2008 4:10 AM

Gauntletak!

Were Alley Cat or Necromancer ever ported to any other system?

I know 2600 and ST versions of Star Raiders were made... how about Star Raiders II, aka The Last Starfighter? (Yes, there was an unreleased "The Last Starfighter" for the 2600, but it's a totally different game, eventually released as Solaris)

Rainbow Walker? There was an arcade version, but the arcade cabinet actually had Atari 8-bit hardware inside...

ROTO?

Does Drop Zone count? AFAIK it never existed on anything but the Atari, but it was a clone of Stargate, which has been ported to lots of platforms.

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Posted Fri Mar 28, 2008 4:29 AM

Yoomp is 8-bit exclusive at the moment. And any other number of homebrews.

Alley Cat was released on several other systems - even IBM got it's crappy CGA version.

Star Raiders 2/Last Starfighter - I think that it is exclusive.

Drop Zone was also done for the C-64.

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Posted Fri Mar 28, 2008 4:35 AM

Were Alley Cat or Necromancer ever ported to any other system?


Yes and yes, there's a PC CGA conversion of Alley Cat and Necromancer is on the C64.

I know 2600 and ST versions of Star Raiders were made... how about Star Raiders II, aka The Last Starfighter?


There's conversions of Star Raiders 2 to the C64, Spectrum and Amstrad CPC all done by Activision.

Rainbow Walker? There was an arcade version, but the arcade cabinet actually had Atari 8-bit hardware inside...


It's on the C64 as well.

Does Drop Zone count? AFAIK it never existed on anything but the Atari, but it was a clone of Stargate, which has been ported to lots of platforms.


There's a C64 version of Dropzone too.

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Posted Fri Mar 28, 2008 6:22 AM

I'll bite...

Crownland
Eastern Front (1941)
Excalibur
Gauntletak
Journey to the Planets
Krucjata
Lifespan
Line-Up
Miecze Valdgira
Yoomp!


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Posted Fri Mar 28, 2008 6:36 AM

Drop Zone was also done for the C-64.

it was also on gameboy color. Super dropzone is on gameboy advance.

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Posted Fri Mar 28, 2008 7:09 AM

Oh... was not aware of Rainbow Walker... just played the port... it's really well done... what I like is the shadow of the player which is missing on the Atari version... but well done.

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Posted Fri Mar 28, 2008 7:45 AM

Draconus?

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Posted Fri Mar 28, 2008 8:28 AM

Spelunker? I know that Broderbund eventually picked it up but it was originally done by MicroGraphicImage. I can't imagine that game being done well on anything but Atari 8-bit.

What about Escape From Epsilon? :D

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Posted Fri Mar 28, 2008 8:42 AM

Draconus several ports excist, Spelunker as well...

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Posted Fri Mar 28, 2008 9:03 AM

Draconus, also C64, Dropzone, also Game Gear, Spelunker, first on Apple ][


Here ya go:

Pondering about MAX (Change in Heat)
Dimension X (Synapse)
Batty Builders (English Software).....(Actually English Software had many A8-only titles)
Caverns of Mars (Atari)
Gangsters Ville (Lindasoft)
Hawkquest (Red Rat)......(Again, Red Rat a UK company with many A8-only titles)
Final Legacy (Atari)
Powerstar (Pandora Software) graphic text adventure on cartridge
Gold Mine (Spectravideo)
Mirax Force (Tynesoft)
Zone X (Gremlin Graphics)
Plastron (Harlequin Software)
The Tail of Beta Lyrae (Datamost)
Sidewinder (Futureware)

that's enough for now?

Edited by thomasholzer, Fri Mar 28, 2008 9:10 AM.


#13 ZylonBane OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Mar 28, 2008 9:15 AM

The problem is that, with very few exceptions, any Atari games that did well ended up getting ported. For the love of god, there was even an NES version of Ballblazer. This is like going to a movie forum and starting a "Top 10 movies that were never released on home video" thread. In both cases you're pretty much limited to weird obscure stuff.

I imagine the APX catalog is pretty much the only significant Atari-exclusive publisher you'll find. All the other big players of that period were comitted to the Atari/C64/Apple "platform". So that leaves us with Eastern Front, Getaway!, Dandy, Caverns of Mars, etc.

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Posted Fri Mar 28, 2008 9:46 AM

I imagine the APX catalog is pretty much the only significant Atari-exclusive publisher you'll find. All the other big players of that period were comitted to the Atari/C64/Apple "platform". So that leaves us with Eastern Front, Getaway!, Dandy, Caverns of Mars, etc.

I started looking at apx because of getaway, but some of those were even ported. like dandy which actually looks like it made it to a few other platforms later in life

Edited by Reaperman, Fri Mar 28, 2008 9:53 AM.


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Posted Fri Mar 28, 2008 11:51 AM

Spelunker, first on Apple ][

Atari first.

Caverns of Mars (Atari)

Made it to the 2600 not too long ago...

Final Legacy (Atari)

ST as well.

Sidewinder (Futureware)

I believe this one's also on the ST.

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Posted Fri Mar 28, 2008 3:03 PM

Timeslip and Cavernia?

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Posted Fri Mar 28, 2008 4:18 PM

Spelunker, first on Apple ][

Atari first.

Caverns of Mars (Atari)

Made it to the 2600 not too long ago...

>>>>>Doesn't count

Final Legacy (Atari)

ST as well.

>>>>>Moby says A8 only

Sidewinder (Futureware)

I believe this one's also on the ST.

>>>>>different Sidewinder (top down view game, A8 is a side scroller)

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Edited by thomasholzer, Fri Mar 28, 2008 4:21 PM.


#18 www.atarimania.com OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Mar 28, 2008 4:52 PM

Moby says A8 only.

Moby sucks and should never be trusted: http://www.atari.st/view.php?id=600

IIRC, Timeslip was a C16 game originally.

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Posted Fri Mar 28, 2008 5:26 PM

True (about Moby)
Didn't remember the ST version, time to re-read my Page 6 magazines again I reckon

Edited by thomasholzer, Fri Mar 28, 2008 5:28 PM.


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Posted Fri Mar 28, 2008 7:57 PM

how about K-razy shootout and Space Dungeon? Both were 8bit/5200 only games. Was Zybex an 8bitr only game?

Edited by Warriorisabouttodie, Fri Mar 28, 2008 7:58 PM.


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Posted Fri Mar 28, 2008 8:44 PM

how about K-razy shootout and Space Dungeon? Both were 8bit/5200 only games. Was Zybex an 8bitr only game?


K-razy Shootout is a Berzerk knockoff, and Berzerk has been ported to everything. Not sure whether we're counting clones, knockoffs, unlicensed ports or not.

Space Dungeon was an arcade game first... I dunno about Zybex.

#22 Urchlay OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Mar 28, 2008 8:49 PM

Hm, what about Hard Hat Willy?

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Posted Fri Mar 28, 2008 8:51 PM

Zybex also C64 and Spectrum (not sure about Spectrum)
Any doubts always look here for C64 releases:
http://www.gb64.com/

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Posted Sat Mar 29, 2008 3:40 AM

Well considering the criteria. Narrowing a list down to 10 titles oughta be easy. Now ten titles that don't suck, that might be a different story. :lol:

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Posted Sat Mar 29, 2008 4:21 AM

If you want to check an A8 exclusive game ;-) : http://atari.fandal....p?files_id=3810


I guess, commercially we don't gather 10 games that are "exclusive A8".

How about changing it to "original" Game & Play, like Boulder Dash. 100s of remakes are done even today. But non of the games is as good as the original.
Same belongs to Rescue on Fractalus, The Eidolon, Drop Zone, The Last Starfighter, Bandits...




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