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#1 ACML OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Jun 27, 2017 9:28 PM

There are the obvious ones....

 

Defender

Joust

Pac Man

Donkey Kong

Asteroids Arcade (2012)

Galaxian

Berzerk

Missile Command

Star Island (arcade game called Star Castle)

 



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Posted Tue Jun 27, 2017 10:38 PM

Space Harrier for Atari XL/XE is, by far, the best conversion among 8-bit computers.



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Posted Wed Jun 28, 2017 12:20 AM

Super Pac-Man is a far more faithful arcade port than the weird stretched Pac-Man port.



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Posted Wed Jun 28, 2017 5:41 AM

Hands down : Space Harrier...

 

But that's on a tech POV, there are other incredible ports that are not pushing the boundaries but are almost exact copies of the arcade and those need love too...

 

Can you list the Asteroids 2012 as a port as its using the actual arcade roms?

 

its darn clever and the closest Asteroids ever though..

 

I suppose it is after thinking about it...

 

All I know is people have done some incredible software for our Atari, games as close to the arcade as feasible, brilliant work by all...

 

How about a reverse port, Spelunker to the Arcades :)

 

And by the man himself...


Edited by Mclaneinc, Wed Jun 28, 2017 5:50 AM.


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Posted Wed Jun 28, 2017 5:56 AM

Moon Patrol
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of course....

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Posted Wed Jun 28, 2017 6:33 AM

we miss Carmel ... but I had a feeling this a topic that gets repeated every now and then

 

[Edit] there is this recent reference list


Edited by Wrathchild, Wed Jun 28, 2017 7:04 AM.


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Posted Wed Jun 28, 2017 7:21 AM

Wasnt "Into the Eagles nest" cartridge version programmed by a Dutch person ?



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Posted Wed Jun 28, 2017 8:30 AM

I'm not going to let this thread go without a shout-out to the excellent Pac-Man Arcade and the incredible Dr. Mario port.



#9 Marius ONLINE  

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Posted Wed Jun 28, 2017 8:47 AM

There are the obvious ones....

 

Pac Man

 

 

Your post is called the BEST ports... In that light 'Pac Man' is for me not the obvious one when it comes to best ports. To be honest... I find a very poor port.

 

The Pac Man Arcade port though is excellent yes. 

 

Wasnt "Into the Eagles nest" cartridge version programmed by a Dutch person ?

 

Yes Kees Beekhuizen. He also coded the atari version of Dizzy Dice IIRC.

 

I don't know exactly when something is a port or not... but personally I enjoyed Phaeron's port of Midnight Magic (2600 version), Stampede and Sea Quest a lot. Fabulous ports. 



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Posted Wed Jun 28, 2017 8:51 AM

Mr. Do -  probably the best conversion with the c64 being a close 2nd



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Posted Wed Jun 28, 2017 10:58 AM

 

Your post is called the BEST ports... In that light 'Pac Man' is for me not the obvious one when it comes to best ports. To be honest... I find a very poor port.

 

The Pac Man Arcade port though is excellent yes. 

Yes, I agree that the Pac Man Arcade version (circa 2012) is far superior, but in 1982, I enjoyed the cartridge version of Pac Man very much and it was extremely playable.  Atari for obvious reasons morphed the play field  from Portrait to Landscape to fit the 4:3 TV format.  It plays smooth, has descent sound, not bad in 1982.  When new versions pop up like the 2012 Arcade version and the Asteroids 2012 version, you realize these machines were always capable of a better port, but at the time I thought it was pretty good (Pac Man, not Atari Asteroids).  Asteroids on the 8-bit Atari had the potential to be the next big killer app like Star Raiders if they had done it right.  Image how many Atari 400 and 800s would have sold if you saw Star Raiders, 2012 Asteroids and 2012 Pac Man Arcade in 1981?


Edited by ACML, Wed Jun 28, 2017 11:00 AM.


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Posted Wed Jun 28, 2017 11:13 AM

Seeing Star Raiders and Pac-man on the 800 back then made my jaw drop and ignited a burning desire to get a 400/800 computer.  I dream't often about getting one and eventually was lucky enough to get a 400 as a present from my parents.  I hardly touched my 2600 after that.  At that time, I thought the Atari port of Pac-man was simply awesome.

 

edit: I even included an easter egg in the 400/800 cart of Pac-man Arcade paying homage to the original. :)



#13 Mark loves Stella OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Jun 28, 2017 11:44 AM

I think Bosconian is up there. 



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Posted Wed Jun 28, 2017 12:18 PM

...and that new Time Pilot port is, too. Although I have to say that MIDIMaze should take every prize in this category if you consider it to be a port of the ST version.



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Posted Wed Jun 28, 2017 1:36 PM

Darryl1970's hacks of:

Popeye

Donkey Kong

Donkey Kong Jr.

Mario Bros.

 

Have made some damn fine ports even finer.



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Posted Wed Jun 28, 2017 2:00 PM

...

Darryl1970's hacks of:
Popeye

Have made some damn fine ports even finer.


Really? The PAL version seems to be created for PEOPLE 100+

Edited by emkay, Wed Jun 28, 2017 2:03 PM.


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Posted Wed Jun 28, 2017 2:22 PM

I only have NTSC machines, so never encountered playing the PAL release.

 

I enjoy a good game of Popeye on them, a shame if the PAL release is not quite up to par. :(


Edited by Jinroh, Wed Jun 28, 2017 2:34 PM.


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Posted Wed Jun 28, 2017 4:41 PM

Seeing Star Raiders and Pac-man on the 800 back then made my jaw drop and ignited a burning desire to get a 400/800 computer.  I dream't often about getting one and eventually was lucky enough to get a 400 as a present from my parents.  I hardly touched my 2600 after that.  At that time, I thought the Atari port of Pac-man was simply awesome.

 

edit: I even included an easter egg in the 400/800 cart of Pac-man Arcade paying homage to the original. :)

 

I thought the Atari 8-bit port of Pac-Man was pretty awesome as well. Especially when you consider what was available at the time for home users. It was far from perfect but better than any other version that wasn't in the arcades. A lot of people now days don't realize this was as good as it got back then short of going to an arcade. What with MAME and other emulators now it's easy to overlook.

 

And then there was Ms. Pac-Man, even better. Donkey Kong and Joust were pretty good. And let's not forget Atari Invaders by Joe Hellesen which I think was a damn good port of Space Invaders.

 

So my favorites from back then....

 

Atari Invaders

Donkey Kong

Joust

Ms. Pac-Man

Pac-Man

Defender






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