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#1 Greg2600 OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Jan 4, 2013 8:55 PM

So I was googling the Gremlins PS2/Gamecube cancelled game, and found this poor quality gameplay video from atarigames.com. Gremlins 1984 arcade game. I believe a similar game made it to computers. Anyone know if this arcade game was ever dumped? Or anything more about it?



#2 SoundGammon OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Jan 4, 2013 9:11 PM

Looks like a good idea for a hack of ROBOTRON!

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Posted Fri Jan 4, 2013 9:43 PM

I asked someone about this just a few months ago. I believe the footage is from a promotional video and the actual prototype has not been found yet. Too bad, as it looks like fun!

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Posted Fri Jan 4, 2013 10:09 PM

I asked someone about this just a few months ago. I believe the footage is from a promotional video and the actual prototype has not been found yet. Too bad, as it looks like fun!

Thanks. Yes it does look pretty good. Has some levels that kind of resemble Paper Boy style graphics. Would the proto be an arcade board or stored in another fashion? I'd think it may have gone bad by now.

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Posted Fri Jan 4, 2013 10:43 PM

Would the proto be an arcade board or stored in another fashion? I'd think it may have gone bad by now.

It'd most likely be a complete board, unless someone yanked the EPROMs and threw them together in a box. The EPROMs going bad isn't really an issue, but with arcade games it is more of a concern since there are several chips (instead of just one or two with a console game). Also, it's possible (but not likely) for someone to have kept a copy of the source code.

In any event, if this game was going to be found in any form, I'd think it probably would've turned up by now. You never know though....

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Posted Sat Jan 5, 2013 9:04 AM

Wow! what a great looking game! Hope it sees the light of day for some format!

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Posted Sat Jan 5, 2013 2:00 PM

Looks like a good idea for a hack of ROBOTRON!


Funny you should mention this... Atari made the Atari XL, and C-64 versions of Robotron (through Atarisoft), and they also put out a Gremlins game for those machines which I'm pretty sure is based on the codebase of the Robotron ports, since both use a heavy amount of soft sprites, and both display the scoring in a similar way.

Just compare those two screenshots (for the C-64 version):

robotron_2084_03.gif grem1.gif

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Posted Sat Jan 5, 2013 2:21 PM

They look similar but Robotron and Gremlins for the Atari 8-bit were done by two different people (Judy Bogart and John Seghers)

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Posted Mon Jan 7, 2013 12:34 AM

The unreleased arcade Gremlins was done by Franz Lanzinger. No, he doesn't have anything left of the game, though he once told me he might have some Polaroid photos somewhere.

Does anyone know where this video came from originally? Is there a version without the bad metal music and the obtrusive watermark?

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Posted Mon Jan 7, 2013 4:50 AM

Originated from atarigames.com

Cool to hear that Franz Lanzinger was involved with this. He really had a golden hand for whimsical yet addictive games.
Crystal Castles of course (a pity he never got to do a true sequel to this), but also the Tengen update to Ms Pac Man - pure game fun at its best with its dozens of clever new mazes and subtle gameplay additions...

Edited by r_type2600, Mon Jan 7, 2013 4:54 AM.


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Posted Mon Jan 7, 2013 8:49 AM

I believe I have the source code to this game in my archive somewhere, I'll have to look and see.....

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Posted Mon Jan 7, 2013 11:49 AM

When was this scheduled to have been released? 1984?

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Posted Mon Jan 7, 2013 12:53 PM

Great information fellers!!!! I'm assuming the source could be recompiled?

Ps that's the arcade code right not console?

Edited by Greg2600, Mon Jan 7, 2013 12:54 PM.


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Posted Mon Jan 7, 2013 2:09 PM

Yes, arcade game.

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Posted Mon Jan 7, 2013 6:08 PM

Nice, well, I hope you find it.

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Posted Mon Jan 7, 2013 9:23 PM

I did find it, but I'm not sure how much use it will be. Looks incomplete but there might be enough here to get something going in MAME.

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Posted Mon Jan 7, 2013 10:07 PM

I am interested to know what Atari hardware this game ran on.

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Posted Mon Jan 7, 2013 10:16 PM

System II from reports

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Posted Mon Jan 7, 2013 10:57 PM

That would make sense, as I said the game looked a lot like Paperboy. Well if you get something to work that would be terrific, and I'd be mighty happy to have to started this thread on a whim!

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Posted Thu Jan 10, 2013 3:58 PM

I gave a copy of the data to Aaron Giles of the MAME team. He will take a look and see if anything can be done.

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Posted Thu Jan 10, 2013 11:52 PM

Does anyone know where this video came from originally? Is there a version without the bad metal music and the obtrusive watermark?


http://www.atarigames.com/gremlins.mov

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Posted Fri Jan 11, 2013 10:25 AM

I gave a copy of the data to Aaron Giles of the MAME team. He will take a look and see if anything can be done.

my fingers are crossed!

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Posted Wed Feb 6, 2013 6:30 PM

if anyone can get it running in MAME, Aaron can!!!

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Posted Tue Mar 26, 2013 4:48 PM

GREMLINS!! Loved that on the Atari 800 and this looks cool too.

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Posted Sun Apr 7, 2013 2:21 PM

Hi, I am interested in the source too as I am working on a couple of ports
from arcade over to Atari 5200.. Can you send it my way dutchman?




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