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#1 PitfallHarry77 OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Apr 9, 2017 7:00 PM

I think the best hacks where they have improved on the originals tend to be the space invader type games. As good as Space Invaders is, it is even better with the original arcade sprites. Galaxian is a great game that had one issue which is resolved by removing the border. Finally, Megamania is even more fun shooting aliens rather than obscure objects.

Therefore, my top 5 hacks are:

1- Space Invaders Invasion by Scott Dayton
2- Galaxian ND
3 - Arcade Space Invaders by Franklin Cruz
4 - Intellivision Lives by Scott Dayton
5 - Ventrra Invaders by Charles Morgan

Unfortunately, I can only play these on Stella as there don't seem to be any PAL versions available. If the people that programmed these hacks or one of the other many talented people on here could help with this it would be greatly appreciated. If a PAL version of these could be made available in the store, that would also be great.

What are everyone else's favourite hacks??

#2 Gray Defender OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Apr 9, 2017 7:26 PM

I am sort of a Pac-Man nut, so my favorite hacks are by Nukey Shay:

 

1. Pac-Man 8K

2. Hack'EM

3. Ms. Hack



#3 accousticguitar OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Apr 10, 2017 8:03 AM

My favorite hack is MissAdventure Revised, though I may be a bit biased since I worked on it. It's in my signature. :D



#4 Mitkraft OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Apr 10, 2017 12:49 PM

Can't talk about best 2600 hacks without including Medieval Mayhem!



#5 Thomas Jentzsch OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Apr 10, 2017 2:37 PM

Medieval Mayhem was written from scratch. Its a great game, but not a hack.



#6 Mitkraft OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Apr 10, 2017 2:44 PM

Medieval Mayhem was written from scratch. Its a great game, but not a hack.

 

I didn't recognize the original list as all being "hacks" or modified original code specifically.  Is Pac-Man 8K really just a modified version of the original and not a re-write?  I don't know, I'm really asking.



#7 SpiceWare ONLINE  

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Posted Mon Apr 10, 2017 2:45 PM

Can't talk about best 2600 hacks without including Medieval Mayhem!

 

Thanks :)  While I did start out with plans to hack Warlords, after a month and a half of deciphering the disassembly I decided to write my own version from scratch.



#8 moycon OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Apr 10, 2017 3:01 PM

I think the best hacks where they have improved on the originals tend to be the space invader type games. As good as Space Invaders is, it is even better with the original arcade sprites. Galaxian is a great game that had one issue which is resolved by removing the border. Finally, Megamania is even more fun shooting aliens rather than obscure objects.

4 - Intellivision Lives by Scott Dayton
 

What is this game? I thought Intellivision Lives was just a collection of Intellivision games for "modern" systems.



#9 Gray Defender OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Apr 10, 2017 3:07 PM

I certainly thought Nukey Shays, Pac-Man 8k was a HACK.

 

In fact I dug up my review from my onenote and would like to share it with you guys here.  Let me know what you think...

 

My Pac-Man 8k (by Nukey Shay) Review

 

Atariage / Gray Defender exclusive!!



#10 Thomas Jentzsch OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Apr 10, 2017 3:12 PM

Nukey only does hacks (unfortunately).



#11 PitfallHarry77 OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Apr 10, 2017 6:06 PM

Medieval Mayhem is one of the best 4 player games ever in my opinion as it improves on one of the best games in Warlords. If you want to show today's generation the joys of Atari it is a good choice. They absolutely love it! Timeless stuff! Intellivision Lives is a hack of Megamania where the sprites have been changed to Pitfall crocodiles, PAC-MAN ghosts, space invader aliens and Bezerk robots. The name threw me a little to begin with but it is a really good version of Megamania. More Adventure is a good thing in my book so Adventure hacks would rate highly. It is ironic that we are now spoilt for choice with Pacman after the much maligned original. The Atari 2600 is now my favourite platform to play Pacman, including Nukey Shay's 8K version. Are there any great hacks that I am missing?

#12 PitfallHarry77 OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Apr 10, 2017 6:11 PM

I agree with the comment about Nukey Shay's Pacman hacks as I should have included them. I love the pace of them and they sound good too. Nukey Shay's work is excellent and as someone who has fairly recently got back into Atari, it is amazing to see what people are doing with technology that is 40 years old.

#13 Noah98 OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Apr 10, 2017 6:56 PM

I love the Doctor Who Berzerk hack. Still waiting for it to come to the Atariage store so I can play it on a real system.

#14 SoundGammon OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Apr 10, 2017 7:54 PM

Anyone want to do labels for hacks?

 

Nukey did a hack of Backgammon for me called Nackgammon and I would like to put it into a cart with a custom label.



#15 Lord Helmet OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Apr 10, 2017 10:17 PM

I love the Haunted Adventure games.


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#16 toiletunes ONLINE  

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Posted Mon Apr 10, 2017 11:10 PM

Wolfenstein (Venture)



#17 Arenafoot OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Apr 11, 2017 12:24 AM

What is this game? I thought Intellivision Lives was just a collection of Intellivision games for "modern" systems.

Megamania

 

http://atariage.com/...twareHackID=187



#18 Rodrigo OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Apr 11, 2017 11:01 AM

Gauntlet (Dark Chambers). It's awesome!



#19 Arenafoot OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Apr 11, 2017 11:12 AM

only 5 ?!?!?!?!?!?!..........
 
Berzerk VE (2002)
Better Galaxian (2010)
Centipede Invincible (2008)
Defender Arcade (2010)
Exidy's Circus (2008)
Gauntlet 2600 (2015)
Hack 'em!/Hangly Man (2006)
Moon Patrol Rover hack (2009)
Ms Pac-Man Multicolor hack (2009)
Multicolor Space Invaders (2006)
Q-Boing! (2005)
River Raid Night Stealth (2011)
Space Invaders Deluxe 2005
Vector Joust (2005)
Wizard of Wor 2: The Arena (2007)


#20 CDS Games ONLINE  

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Posted Tue Apr 11, 2017 12:11 PM

Nukey is an inspiration. Not just making extremely involved hacks, but making games easier to hack, explaining the code behind his hacks, and taking time out to help much less talented hackers. *cough cough*

 

:D



#21 CDS Games ONLINE  

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Posted Tue Apr 11, 2017 12:13 PM

Some of my favorite hacks:

 

Galaxian Arcade

Double Dragon arcade style

Defender Arcade

Venture 3



#22 ventrra OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Apr 11, 2017 8:27 PM

Therefore, my top 5 hacks are:

5 - Ventrra Invaders by Charles Morgan

Unfortunately, I can only play these on Stella as there don't seem to be any PAL versions available. If the people that programmed these hacks or one of the other many talented people on here could help with this it would be greatly appreciated. If a PAL version of these could be made available in the store, that would also be great.
 

@PitfallHarry77 : See if this works for you.

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#23 sramirez2008 OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Apr 11, 2017 8:47 PM

only 5 ?!?!?!?!?!?!..........
 
Berzerk VE (2002)
Better Galaxian (2010)
Centipede Invincible (2008)
Defender Arcade (2010)
Exidy's Circus (2008)
Gauntlet 2600 (2015)
Hack 'em!/Hangly Man (2006)
Moon Patrol Rover hack (2009)
Ms Pac-Man Multicolor hack (2009)
Multicolor Space Invaders (2006)
Q-Boing! (2005)
River Raid Night Stealth (2011)
Space Invaders Deluxe 2005
Vector Joust (2005)
Wizard of Wor 2: The Arena (2007)


Excellent! I was not aware of River Raid Night Stealth. Can't wait to try it out.

#24 PitfallHarry77 OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Apr 12, 2017 8:34 AM

Thank you for the suggestions. I was aware of some of the good ones like Defender Arcade and Bezerk VE but I will give others like WOW Arena, Exidy's Circus, Haunted House Adventure hacks and Gauntlet a go. Thanks also to Ventrra for posting a PAL version of Ventrra Invaders as most of the hacks I can only play on an emulator over here. It now has the correct colours for the ship and scoring on my Atari 2600 Jr. so I am busy making sure I get past the Megamania patch score of 45 000 points. It is great fun and much more satisfying shooting aliens! Arenafoot's long list is testament to the quality hacks that are out there so maybe I should have made it a top 20 list of the best hacks to do justice to the subject. It would be interesting to know what people think is the best hack of the lot. 



#25 SpiceWare ONLINE  

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Posted Wed Apr 12, 2017 8:44 AM

Graphic and color hacks are interesting, but the ones I really like improve the controls - multibutton gamepadstrackballs, and even driving controllers.






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