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#1 Kefka15 OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat Mar 3, 2012 2:10 PM

Hey everybody. I have a few questions. I just started collecting INTV right before Christmas or so and Melody Blaster seems very to be a very interesting game to me. I am actually a musician for a living and I really wanna check it out! My question is, how does it play? Is it similar to the Miracle Piano on NES? Also does anybody have the game or keyboard component they might be willing to part with? I'd like to check it out.

Edited by Kefka15, Sat Mar 3, 2012 2:23 PM.


#2 jaybird3rd ONLINE  

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Posted Sat Mar 3, 2012 2:34 PM

In Melody Blaster, individual notes of a specific song fall from the top of the screen and toward a musical staff, and your goal is to play each note on the Music Synthesizer keyboard in the exact moment it passes over its corresponding staff line. Accidentals (sharps and flats) are color-coded, and you have the option of playing the left-hand or right-hand parts only, or both. I believe there is also an option where the game will hit the right note for you no matter which key of the keyboard is pressed, to allow novice players to focus on their timing instead of on hitting the right notes. There is a small collection of built-in songs, and it's possible to create your own and save them to cassette tape.

The gameplay of Melody Blaster is similar to that of Guitar Hero in that precise timing and accuracy are important, but in Melody Blaster, you're playing a real musical keyboard instead of a plastic guitar with buttons. My rudimentary skills on the keyboard haven't permitted me to get into it very much yet, but it's a fun game that too many Intellivision owners won't have the opportunity to experience, since it requires an ECS Computer Adaptor and a Music Synthesizer keyboard.

#3 Kefka15 OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat Mar 3, 2012 3:09 PM

In Melody Blaster, individual notes of a specific song fall from the top of the screen and toward a musical staff, and your goal is to play each note on the Music Synthesizer keyboard in the exact moment it passes over its corresponding staff line. Accidentals (sharps and flats) are color-coded, and you have the option of playing the left-hand or right-hand parts only, or both. I believe there is also an option where the game will hit the right note for you no matter which key of the keyboard is pressed, to allow novice players to focus on their timing instead of on hitting the right notes. There is a small collection of built-in songs, and it's possible to create your own and save them to cassette tape.

The gameplay of Melody Blaster is similar to that of Guitar Hero in that precise timing and accuracy are important, but in Melody Blaster, you're playing a real musical keyboard instead of a plastic guitar with buttons. My rudimentary skills on the keyboard haven't permitted me to get into it very much yet, but it's a fun game that too many Intellivision owners won't have the opportunity to experience, since it requires an ECS Computer Adaptor and a Music Synthesizer keyboard.

Wow thanks! That answers my question perfectly! Now I just gotta get the means to play it. It sounds right I'm my alley. Thanks for the info.

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Posted Sun Mar 4, 2012 7:20 AM

There's one currently on Ebay eBay Auction -- Item Number: 110832686183 : I thought of bidding since I'd actually love to play this (it's another game where the Inty showed it was so much ahead of its time. Amazing!) but i doubt I'll ever be able to get the keyboard... :(

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Posted Mon Mar 5, 2012 7:28 AM

Hey, I noticed that auction ended at $81, which I guess is a reasonable price for this cart CIB (the BIN currently up start at $170, though they are for a NIB specimen...). Did you manage to win it?
Cheers!

Edited by roberto, Mon Mar 5, 2012 7:31 AM.


#6 Kefka15 OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Mar 5, 2012 7:33 AM

Hey, I noticed that auction ended at $81, which I guess is a reasonable price for this cart CIB (the BIN currently up start at $170, though they are for a NIB specimen...). Did you manage to win it?
Cheers!

No actually, the box had some stains on it and I was being picky on condition lol.

#7 vprette OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Mar 5, 2012 8:43 AM

Hey, I noticed that auction ended at $81, which I guess is a reasonable price for this cart CIB (the BIN currently up start at $170, though they are for a NIB specimen...). Did you manage to win it?
Cheers!



aarghhh..
can you remember me the meainings?
CIB = cart+instruction+box
BIN = buy it now ?
NIB?

#8 roberto OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Mar 5, 2012 9:07 AM


Hey, I noticed that auction ended at $81, which I guess is a reasonable price for this cart CIB (the BIN currently up start at $170, though they are for a NIB specimen...). Did you manage to win it?
Cheers!



aarghhh..
can you remember me the meainings?
CIB = cart+instruction+box
BIN = buy it now ?
NIB?


Sure! NIB = New in Box ;)
Though I always thought CIB stood for Complete In Box... :ponder:

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Posted Mon Mar 5, 2012 9:32 AM



Hey, I noticed that auction ended at $81, which I guess is a reasonable price for this cart CIB (the BIN currently up start at $170, though they are for a NIB specimen...). Did you manage to win it?
Cheers!



aarghhh..
can you remember me the meainings?
CIB = cart+instruction+box
BIN = buy it now ?
NIB?


Sure! NIB = New in Box ;)
Though I always thought CIB stood for Complete In Box... :ponder:


CIB can be either, although I think for the INTV CIB refers to complete in box, which means it includes the overlays as well.

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Posted Mon Mar 5, 2012 11:35 AM


Hey, I noticed that auction ended at $81, which I guess is a reasonable price for this cart CIB (the BIN currently up start at $170, though they are for a NIB specimen...). Did you manage to win it?
Cheers!



aarghhh..
can you remember me the meainings?
CIB = cart+instruction+box
BIN = buy it now ?
NIB?


Hey, I noticed that auction ended at $81, which I guess is a reasonable price for this cart CIB (the BIN currently up start at $170, though they are for a NIB specimen...). Did you manage to win it?
Cheers!



aarghhh..
can you remember me the meainings?
CIB = cart+instruction+box
BIN = buy it now ?
NIB?





CIB = complete in box
NIB = new in box
MIB = mint in box
MISB = mint in sealed box
MOC = mint on card
MOSC = mint on sealed card

#11 Intymike OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Mar 5, 2012 4:42 PM



Hey, I noticed that auction ended at $81, which I guess is a reasonable price for this cart CIB (the BIN currently up start at $170, though they are for a NIB specimen...). Did you manage to win it?
Cheers!



aarghhh..
can you remember me the meainings?
CIB = cart+instruction+box
BIN = buy it now ?
NIB?


Hey, I noticed that auction ended at $81, which I guess is a reasonable price for this cart CIB (the BIN currently up start at $170, though they are for a NIB specimen...). Did you manage to win it?
Cheers!



aarghhh..
can you remember me the meainings?
CIB = cart+instruction+box
BIN = buy it now ?
NIB?





CIB = complete in box
NIB = new in box
MIB = mint in box
MISB = mint in sealed box
MOC = mint on card
MOSC = mint on sealed card


I´am totally confused... :?

;)

#12 roberto OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Mar 5, 2012 7:42 PM

And don't forget NOS (New Old Stock)!! :grin:

#13 cmart604 ONLINE  

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Posted Mon Mar 5, 2012 8:30 PM

And don't forget NOS (New Old Stock)!! :grin:


Yep, NOS is another one and quite often there are systems and games listed as being in great condition that should actually be listed as POS. :P :D




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