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#1 JadeETC OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Sep 8, 2013 2:25 PM

I saw this Apple II game in a new AVGN episode. I have never heard of this game before, and it looked interesting. Anyone have any info on this game? (Aside from the fact it's a Pac-Man clone.)

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Posted Sun Sep 8, 2013 2:38 PM

It's a direct Pac-Man clone for Apple II and not a great one either. 



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Posted Sun Sep 8, 2013 2:39 PM

It's a direct Pac-Man clone for Apple II and not a great one either. 


How much does it usually go for in auctions?

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Posted Sun Sep 8, 2013 4:53 PM

Actually, I always thought it was a very good PacMan clone..

In fact, doesn't the story go that the company got in trouble and was told (by Atarisoft?) to stop selling it, and part of the resolution was that Atarisoft's PacMan was basically TaXMan rebranded to PacMan???

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Posted Sun Sep 8, 2013 6:12 PM

I think that's what happened, yeah.



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Posted Sun Sep 8, 2013 6:18 PM

AtariSoft Pac-Man was actually a clone of Tax-Man. I forget if Atari bought the game or got it in a lawsuit or whatever, but essentially Atarisoft hacked Tax-Man into Pac-Man.



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Posted Mon Sep 9, 2013 6:47 AM

Rather interesting that Brian Fitzgerald called his software company H.A.L. Labs. While it is said he was inspired by the HAL 9000 computer, it should be noted that there was a Japanese game developer called HAL Labs that among their first couple of games made VIC-20 versions of arcade games like Pac-Man, Rally-X, Space Invaders and so on. Those games were OK to sell within Japan, but Commodore didn't have the rights to sell home versions in rest of the world. They renamed the games, but some of them got shut down anyhow (not by Atarisoft, but by Namco). Personally I find Jelly Monsters on the VIC is a better Pac-Man game than Atarisoft's official release some years later.



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Posted Mon Sep 9, 2013 5:52 PM

Rather interesting that Brian Fitzgerald called his software company H.A.L. Labs. While it is said he was inspired by the HAL 9000 computer, it should be noted that there was a Japanese game developer called HAL Labs that among their first couple of games made VIC-20 versions of arcade games like Pac-Man, Rally-X, Space Invaders and so on. Those games were OK to sell within Japan, but Commodore didn't have the rights to sell home versions in rest of the world. They renamed the games, but some of them got shut down anyhow (not by Atarisoft, but by Namco). Personally I find Jelly Monsters on the VIC is a better Pac-Man game than Atarisoft's official release some years later.


Any relation to the creators of Kirby?

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Posted Mon Sep 9, 2013 6:25 PM

The Japanese HAL mentioned who developed the Namco ports for Commodore, not to be confused with the developer of Taxman, is the very same HAL.



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Posted Tue Sep 10, 2013 9:16 AM

Taxman isn't very good.

Super Puckman is a good pac-man clone.


Edit: Just noticed the one in the video is a little different than the one I have on disk...

Edited by Official Ninja, Tue Sep 10, 2013 9:18 AM.


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Posted Tue Sep 10, 2013 4:05 PM



Taxman isn't very good.

Aw, I liked Taxman.  I doubt there was anything better in 1981!  What I really liked was the pathetic marketing they did to suggest it was a Tax program with a mini game.  Even the game's plot is all about taxes!

 

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Edited by Tanrunomad, Tue Sep 10, 2013 4:15 PM.


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Posted Tue Sep 10, 2013 8:28 PM

"No thanks to Baal & the staff of La Sierra high school."

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Posted Wed Sep 11, 2013 3:50 AM

Taxman isn't very good.

Super Puckman is a good pac-man clone.


Edit: Just noticed the one in the video is a little different than the one I have on disk...

 

I still have this on disk with my Apple IIc...  I remember I figured out where the maze was stored and made a bunch of hacks to the maze. :)  Good times.



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Posted Wed Sep 11, 2013 4:50 PM

Anyone know where I could buy this?

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Posted Wed Sep 11, 2013 8:14 PM

The old art work and style is fantastic. Thanks for sharing that.
 

Anyone know where I could buy this?


You want to buy Taxman JadeETC? If you have an ADTPro cable you can make your own disk easily enough.

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Posted Thu Sep 12, 2013 5:26 AM

If you want the original, you probably have to watch the auction sites for weeks, months, years. Perhaps ask on some Apple II specific forums if anyone has a copy they can part with. Since it was withdrawn, I suppose the number of remaining copies are not too many.
 
I found a loose floppy disk on eBay, but it looks to be homemade (two available, one already sold...) so in that case it might not have any collector's value. YMMV.

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Posted Thu Sep 12, 2013 9:38 AM

An original taxman very rarely pops up on ebay.  I seem to recall only seeing it once in the past few years.  The good news it there is little demand for it.  If I recall, the selling price was around $30-$40 only.  I own an original copy of the game which came with the zip lock baggie and the manual (those image scans are from my very own cover actually).  Ziplock bags were pretty standard in 1980/81.



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Posted Thu Sep 12, 2013 1:27 PM

Most of us have a pirated file-only copy, I suspect.

 

I actually wonder what bonus stuff was on the disk.






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