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#1 therealbountybob OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Dec 31, 2009 10:07 AM

I'm thinking of digging out the old Atari 800 and was wondering if there are any other 4 player games that have all 4 players on screen at once :?:

Here's what I have:
Asteroids
Dandy
Castle Crisis
Warlords
Killa Cycle
Junkyard Racing
Mule (when trading at least!)
Worms (sort of)

Think these are:
EMI Soccer
Gamma Soccer
Atari Hockey
Atari Basketball
Fandal's Astro4Road (but I cannot get it to run properly on my 130XE - anyone played this on real hardware?)
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Posted Fri Jan 1, 2010 6:18 PM

Found another one 'Super Asteroids'. 'Astro4 Road does' work ok, it must have been 'Asteraxis 2K' that I couldn't get to run properly...

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Posted Sat Jan 2, 2010 7:30 PM

Return of Heracles and Ali Baba both use all four joysticks. Technically all players can be on the same screen at the same time. Its turn based, but might fit the bill.

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Posted Sun Jan 3, 2010 7:22 AM

If I'm not mistaken all multijoy-PATCHED games were originally for 4 players and Atari 400/800.

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Posted Sun Jan 3, 2010 3:07 PM

Hello Pepax, guys

But not all of the games Pepax mentions are patches. Some are specifically written for the Multijoy interface. And Ice Hockey was never finished because of a nasty bug.

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Posted Sun Jan 3, 2010 3:12 PM

Fandal's Space Arena also uses four paddles. The controls are a little too sensitive for my taste though.

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Posted Mon Jan 4, 2010 2:57 AM

But not all of the games Pepax mentions are patches. Some are specifically written for the Multijoy interface. And Ice Hockey was never finished because of a nasty bug.
Mathy

Yes I know. That's why I emphasized the word "patched". :-) The search function on Fandal's site returns exact matches only, not the entries with multijoy and patched in the description, so searching for multijoy patch gave me too few results.

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Posted Mon Jan 4, 2010 2:26 PM

Thanks for the suggestions, keep them coming (I'll send the full list to that Atari FAQ guys). I had people round (non Atari gamers) and the ones that seemed to get their attention were Astro4 Road, Dandy and by far the two most popular were Castle Crisis and Killa Cycle :) Astro4 Road has the option to turn multi-joy off (to work on an 800 as 4 player), do any other m-joy games have this feature?

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Posted Mon Jan 4, 2010 2:55 PM

Astro4 Road has the option to turn multi-joy off (to work on an 800 as 4 player), do any other m-joy games have this feature?

Look at Fandal's site. Astro4 Road and Shot'em All say "supports multijoy". The others say "requires multijoy". I'd trust the descriptions. :)
You can also check with the authors: FlorianD, Raster, Mad Butscher and Schmutzpuppe
IMHO it would be nice to play Multris on an 800 if it were supported.

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Posted Mon Jan 4, 2010 3:32 PM

Astro4 Road has the option to turn multi-joy off (to work on an 800 as 4 player), do any other m-joy games have this feature?

Look at Fandal's site. Astro4 Road and Shot'em All say "supports multijoy". The others say "requires multijoy". I'd trust the descriptions. :)
You can also check with the authors: FlorianD, Raster, Mad Butscher and Schmutzpuppe
IMHO it would be nice to play Multris on an 800 if it were supported.

The only one that says Supports multijoy is Astro4 Road :|
Yes Multris on the 800 would be awesome - I'm sure fandal has a zillion other requests for atari projects so I'll not mention it ;)

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Posted Mon Jan 4, 2010 3:56 PM

The only one that says Supports multijoy is Astro4 Road :|

Dunno if it actually works on a 400/800 but Shot'em All also claims to support multijoy.

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Posted Tue Jan 5, 2010 5:58 PM

Well,

here is a 90k disk-image with a few PD programs that support 4 players simultanously. Besides, there is no Atari Hockey, guess you mean EMI Hockey (originally on cart.)...

-Andreas Koch.

Edited by CharlieChaplin, Tue Jan 5, 2010 6:01 PM.


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Posted Wed Jan 6, 2010 5:07 AM

Well,

here is a 90k disk-image with a few PD programs that support 4 players simultanously. Besides, there is no Atari Hockey, guess you mean EMI Hockey (originally on cart.)...

-Andreas Koch.

Thanks for this :thumbsup:
Oops I meant Gamma Hockey :)

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Posted Mon Jan 24, 2011 6:19 AM

I found a couple more 4 player simultaneous games:

Silicon Warrior and Floyd of the Jungle

I can only find the 1983 version of Floyd (the original was 1982) on atarimania as an ATX file, can someone post an ATR/XEX of this please :?:

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Posted Mon Jan 24, 2011 10:54 AM

Here's Floyd of the Jungle. It requires BASIC.

Attached File  floyd.zip   27.11KB   159 downloads

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Posted Mon Jan 24, 2011 12:01 PM

Here's Floyd of the Jungle. It requires BASIC.

Attached File  floyd.zip   27.11KB   159 downloads

Thanks a8 but it is the improved 1983 version (machine code) that I'm after ;)

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Posted Mon Jan 24, 2011 1:57 PM

Here's Floyd of the Jungle. It requires BASIC.

Attached File  floyd.zip   27.11KB   159 downloads

Thanks a8 but it is the improved 1983 version (machine code) that I'm after ;)

oops. not paying attention (sadly a chronic issue with me).

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Posted Fri Feb 4, 2011 5:41 PM

Found another one GEM :)

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Posted Tue Feb 8, 2011 9:04 AM

Survivor by Synapse. It might have been the first one. Not the most interesting game though.

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Posted Tue Feb 8, 2011 9:53 AM

Could you theoretically make an 8-player game with all 4 controller ports using paddles?

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Posted Tue Feb 8, 2011 1:21 PM

Could you theoretically make an 8-player game with all 4 controller ports using paddles?

Yes Atari's Super Breakout is 8 player!


p.s. Found another 4 player sim - Page 6 Magazine Issue 39 Mouse Party link here You need to press Select and Start together to put it into 4 player mode - it defaults to 2 players. Not tried this one yet!

I've emailed the 8-Bit FAQ people to update their list!

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Posted Tue Feb 8, 2011 5:17 PM

Could you theoretically make an 8-player game with all 4 controller ports using paddles?


Or,
for the completely insane: Connect four multijoy16`s to an Atari 400 or 800 for up to 4x 16 = 64 players.
The only thing required then is a game for 64 players via four multijoy`s - how about Tron ?!?

Hmm, regarding A8 joystick buttons, could a paddle value be used for a joystick button ?!? If so, doing something completely insane again, one could put up to 256 joystick buttons (paddle values from -127 to + 127 and the original joystick button) on a joystick. That would be enough buttons for any game I guess...

-Andreas Koch.

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Posted Tue Feb 8, 2011 6:28 PM

Could you theoretically make an 8-player game with all 4 controller ports using paddles?


Or,
for the completely insane: Connect four multijoy16`s to an Atari 400 or 800 for up to 4x 16 = 64 players.
The only thing required then is a game for 64 players via four multijoy`s - how about Tron ?!?

Hmm, regarding A8 joystick buttons, could a paddle value be used for a joystick button ?!? If so, doing something completely insane again, one could put up to 256 joystick buttons (paddle values from -127 to + 127 and the original joystick button) on a joystick. That would be enough buttons for any game I guess...

-Andreas Koch.

Well, the paddle values "only" go from 0 to 228, and it seems that many machines have trouble keeping a steady reading at one value. Realistically though, 114 buttons could be done per paddle input. I would say that is plenty!

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Posted Tue Feb 8, 2011 8:03 PM

I always liked Roadblock:
http://www.atarimani...block_4392.html
Its simplicity made it easier to simultaneously find multiple players. :)

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Posted Sun Feb 13, 2011 2:07 PM

Astrowarriors by Apogee exists in a four-player simultaneous version (patched by Fandal).
Sadly, no 400/800 4-player version seems to exist or I am too stupid to find out how to change the number of players.

EDIT: I was - just pressing "p" changes the number from 2 to 3 or 4!

BTW: this is a highly recommended multi-player game!

Thorsten

Edited by Thorsten GŁnther, Sun Feb 13, 2011 2:12 PM.





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