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#1 Crimefighter OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Jul 18, 2016 8:38 PM

Here is a gameplay demo of the unreleased arcade game Arena by Gottlieb (1982), which was an early version of what became Wiz Warz (1984), which also went unreleased but would had be issued by Mylstar. This game is not in MAME, nor is it listed on KLOV. The only place you can try out this prototype is the Galloping Ghost Arcade in Chicago-Brookfield. The current house high is 48K by James White. The story of how this arcade game was acquired by GGA has yet to be told, as the unveiling of the game was done for a film crew creating an arcade documentary...details of which have to be kept underwraps. Gottlieb would release a pinball machine title Arena in 1987.



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Posted Tue Jul 19, 2016 7:31 AM

Was it found without the sound board? Or was sound just not implemented yet into the game? Looks like Reactor influenced graphics meets Tempest style gameplay.

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Posted Tue Jul 19, 2016 4:41 PM

It's LOUD in that arcade, so I don't know if it had sound or not...my voiceover track was actually drowned out so I had to lower the volume for the video, and raise my volume up to hear correctly.



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Posted Tue Jul 26, 2016 8:12 PM

I put a lot of time on this game at GG last weekend. Very addicting!

 

I was close to that high score mentioned on one of these posts (42k). Didn't even know it!

 

Curious on the origin of this one... wonder if that artwork on the marquee was just a mock up???



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Posted Tue Jul 26, 2016 10:55 PM

If you got that many points, should've had your score submitted.

 

[FYI - the video by request was marked private, due to that documentary is apparently super secret - but geez, speaking from experience with one I was involved in, I hope it doesn't take years for them to release it!]



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Posted Sun Apr 9, 2017 11:17 AM

I played this game very briefly yesterday at MGC. I'm intrigued and want to know more. It was fun, looked like it had potential to be a good game, and was inside a nicely decorated cabinet with marquee, control panel graphics and bezel. What's the story?

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Posted Mon Apr 10, 2017 7:30 PM

Redbull TV is supposed to put up some video on Arena shortly which is why my video is set to private until it's posted....taking too long for them to get it up.  Been waiting nine months.

 

Arena is pretty much an earlier version of Wiz Warz -

 

Like Invisible Monsters (Wizard of Wor proto) there was a lot a gameplay features added that made it a better game when it was released.
 



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Posted Mon Apr 24, 2017 8:29 PM

And the episode of Screenland which talks about Arena's unveiling (with a lot of the story left untold as of yet) --

https://www.redbull....YF11W11:episode






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