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#1 manterola OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Jun 16, 2017 2:12 PM

Hello everyone.
Yesterday I was taking with a friend about how much I liked chopper command at the time, and how is that was never released for Atari 800.
Same thing about Enduro. I really enjoyed playing it. Great American Race it a good substitute, but it would be great to see these games in the atari 800 platform.
Do you know other good 2600 games that were never released for Atari 800?
Just food for thought.

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Posted Fri Jun 16, 2017 2:32 PM

Time Pilot, Smurfs: Rescue in Gargamel's Castle, Phoenix, Omega Race, Crazy Climber, Lock 'N' Chase and Night Driver just to list some! :dunce:


Edited by walter_J64bit, Fri Jun 16, 2017 2:43 PM.


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Posted Fri Jun 16, 2017 2:37 PM

At least Night Driver and Time Pilot already exist as modern homebrews, if the OP's intention was to recommend games for developers to port.



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Posted Fri Jun 16, 2017 4:00 PM

At least Night Driver and Time Pilot already exist as modern homebrews, if the OP's intention was to recommend games for developers to port.

 

And that Time Pilot port looks wonderful, too. I can't wait for the completed version. :)

 

2600 envy? Aside from some wonderful homebrews like Chetiry, Princess Rescue, and Strat-o-Gems Deluxe, the only vintage VCS game I wanted on the A8 was Winter Games.



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Posted Fri Jun 16, 2017 7:57 PM

California Games was ported to the 2600 but not the 800. Hard to believe...



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Posted Fri Jun 16, 2017 8:11 PM

Here are 5 cool 2600 games that were never released for the 800/XL/XE machines:

 

Attached File  Cool 2600 Games.zip   27.86KB   36 downloads

 



#7 Mr SQL OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Jun 16, 2017 8:20 PM

At least Night Driver and Time Pilot already exist as modern homebrews, if the OP's intention was to recommend games for developers to port.

 

I'm working on a cross compiler to get Atari 2600 BASIC games running on the A8, ideally with no changes to the code.

 

It might be possible to build a translator along the same lines to translate 2600 ROM dissemblies.



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Posted Fri Jun 16, 2017 8:59 PM

Phoenix was a glaring omission.  Weird that they'd get the licence but not release it more widely, like at least on the 7800.



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Posted Sat Jun 17, 2017 2:43 AM

Private Eye
Klax
Solar Fox
Barnstorming

Love these games!

Edited by ProWizard, Sat Jun 17, 2017 2:43 AM.


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Posted Sat Jun 17, 2017 6:25 AM

Phoenix was a glaring omission.  Weird that they'd get the licence but not release it more widely, like at least on the 7800.

 

Agreed 100%. As well I'd say pretty much every activision game that didn't make it over



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Posted Sat Jun 17, 2017 1:23 PM

Would have loved Phoenix on the 800, only knew it from the Arcade and loved it.

 

Was about to post Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back but a quick glance at Atarimania showed that it was cloned in 1983 (with no publisher listed). Never saw this BITD.

 

Yar's Revenge and Solaris come to mind as well.  



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Posted Sat Jun 17, 2017 1:49 PM

Dearhorse is working on Phoenix.

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Posted Sat Jun 17, 2017 2:29 PM

At least Night Driver and Time Pilot already exist as modern homebrews, if the OP's intention was to recommend games for developers to port.

Night Driver is one of my favorite 2600 games, but the 8-bit title still doesn't work on an NTSC Atari.  Has anyone ever modified Night Driver for the 8-bit to work with an NTSC?


Edited by ACML, Sat Jun 17, 2017 2:29 PM.


#14 manterola OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Jun 18, 2017 1:03 PM

Yars revenge was an excellent game too

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Posted Sun Jun 18, 2017 3:46 PM

I would love to have Combat, but with some super AI to allow for one player.

#16 Philsan OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Jun 19, 2017 10:01 AM

Yars revenge was an excellent game too

We have Yar's Strike.

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Posted Mon Jun 19, 2017 2:06 PM

Tunnel Runner.  Excellent game.

 

Any of the Starpath games.


Edited by SoulBuster, Mon Jun 19, 2017 2:07 PM.


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Posted Mon Jun 19, 2017 5:15 PM

 

Agreed 100%. As well I'd say pretty much every activision game that didn't make it over

 

Wish more of Imagic's catalog had been ported as well.



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Posted Tue Jun 20, 2017 2:43 AM

We have Yar's Strike.

 

Yeah, which was created by one of my best Atari friends Lennart (Thelen)... back in the day that we had an atari coding 'group' called Inspiration Soft. At this moment he is not so busy with Atari 8bit, but I'm sure one day he will be back... (At least I hope so).



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Posted Tue Jun 20, 2017 6:28 AM

I always find these threads useful. We are in the business of plugging holes in the Atari 8-bit library. I did my own port of something based on Omega Race called "Delta Space Arena" and a version of Laser Blast called "Laser Blast X".

I see Klax and Solar Fox listed here also.

Klax I looked at it and its graphics probably will not require intense ML speeds, so I suggested it inside the Mad Pascal Programming area.

Solar Fox may need to be under a different title because there was something going on between the original author and Nintendo having a game call "Star Fox"

I have to see this Empire Strikes Back game.


Edited by peteym5, Tue Jun 20, 2017 6:41 AM.


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Posted Wed Jun 21, 2017 8:40 PM

Night Driver is one of my favorite 2600 games, but the 8-bit title still doesn't work on an NTSC Atari.  Has anyone ever modified Night Driver for the 8-bit to work with an NTSC?

um no because it's completely impossible because out of cycle blah blah blah... we all know it isn't true but it is a convenient excuse :)

wasn't it rumored to be an ntsc fix or something though... to be honest it all goes by so fast...



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Posted Thu Jun 22, 2017 8:02 AM

Raiders of the Lost Ark. I know that some did a homebrew clone port of the game, but I was always interested in what could be done with the game with more RAM and more detailed graphics.

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Posted Thu Jun 22, 2017 9:09 AM

Licencing issue(s) aside, considering the 2600 and Intellivision have a port, as well as a unreleased prototype for the ColecoVision, it would have been nice to see "Masters of the Universe - The Power of He-Man" under the 8-bit line...and the 5200 too, of course.  ;)



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Posted Thu Jun 22, 2017 10:49 AM



Was about to post Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back but a quick glance at Atarimania showed that it was cloned in 1983 (with no publisher listed). Never saw this BITD.
 


I would still like to see it ported properly to the A8. The flight controls in the clone are too different from the 2600 version. This was one of my favorites on the 2600.

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