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#1 7800Lover OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Oct 6, 2017 10:28 PM

I'm closing a deal right now to get a working Atari XE game system.  While it should contain Missile Command, Flight Simulator II and Bug Hunt, I'm looking at some Atari 8-bit cartridges to get along with some XE games.

 

There's quite a bit of overlap out there as some of the 8-bit cartridges are games I already own for the 2600 and 7800.  So I'll throw this question out to you Atari 8-bit enthusiasts.

 

What are some good Atari 8-bit cartridges to get? 



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Posted Fri Oct 6, 2017 10:58 PM

Definitely Miner 2049er, I also like Caverns of Mars, just to name a couple.

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Posted Sat Oct 7, 2017 2:38 AM

About all of them....

And with all respect but IMHO each title for the 2600 is insanely much better on the A8. Maybe not on the 7800 but I can't stand TIA sound when you're used to POKEY.

Donkey Kong is a must have. Jr. is great too.

Blallblazer, Rescue on Fractalus, Blue Max, River Raid,......the list sim endless....almost....

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Posted Sat Oct 7, 2017 3:11 AM

I'm closing a deal right now to get a working Atari XE game system.  While it should contain Missile Command, Flight Simulator II and Bug Hunt, I'm looking at some Atari 8-bit cartridges to get along with some XE games.

 

There's quite a bit of overlap out there as some of the 8-bit cartridges are games I already own for the 2600 and 7800.  So I'll throw this question out to you Atari 8-bit enthusiasts.

 

What are some good Atari 8-bit cartridges to get? 

Get a Atarimax 'APE' interface and RS232 to USB cable and SIO cable.  Then you can attach your 130XE to

your desktop/laptop computer and have just about every game ever made at your fingertips.  

 

APE/SIO2PC for USA, Respeqt for Euro.  Either one actually.

 

http://lotharek.pl/product.php?pid=98  Euro

 

maybe http://www.atarimax.com     for USA

 

Oh, PACMAN is my favorite game cart.

 

B&C computervisions is one site.  http://www.myatari.com


Edited by russg, Sat Oct 7, 2017 3:49 AM.


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Posted Sat Oct 7, 2017 4:28 AM

Get a Atarimax 'APE' interface and RS232 to USB cable and SIO cable.  Then you can attach your 130XE to

your desktop/laptop computer and have just about every game ever made at your fingertips.  

 

APE/SIO2PC for USA, Respeqt for Euro.  Either one actually.

 

http://lotharek.pl/product.php?pid=98  Euro

 

maybe http://www.atarimax.com     for USA

 

Oh, PACMAN is my favorite game cart.

 

B&C computervisions is one site.  http://www.myatari.com

 

If you connect APE through SIO, then this isn't a CART replacment. Wouldn't you be playing converted and EXE games?   He's better off getting a Multi-cart with ROMS I would think



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Posted Sat Oct 7, 2017 5:09 AM

 

If you connect APE through SIO, then this isn't a CART replacment. Wouldn't you be playing converted and EXE games?   He's better off getting a Multi-cart with ROMS I would think

I have a 1 mbyte Atarimax flashcart.  I don''t remember anything about it.  I think you can burn .obj/exe.com executables to it

and get a menu when you insert it.  The advantage is you don't have to have anything else to run your programs.

A APE/SIO2PC/RESPEQT requires cables and a host PC to play .exe/.com/.obj files.  So, if you only want a few games/

utilities, a flashcart woud be handy.



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Posted Sat Oct 7, 2017 5:24 AM

Star Raiders, the only acknowledged 'killer-app' for home computers. People saw the 3D Starfield running on the A8, and purchased the computer and the game just to play it.



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Posted Sat Oct 7, 2017 5:38 AM

I had that with Donkey Kong. For me _that_ was the killer app to get a 600XL....



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Posted Sat Oct 7, 2017 9:16 AM

Get a Atarimax 'APE' interface and RS232 to USB cable and SIO cable.  Then you can attach your 130XE to
your desktop/laptop computer and have just about every game ever made at your fingertips.  
 
APE/SIO2PC for USA, Respeqt for Euro.  Either one actually.
 
http://lotharek.pl/product.php?pid=98  Euro
 
maybe http://www.atarimax.com     for USA
 
Oh, PACMAN is my favorite game cart.
 
B&C computervisions is one site.  http://www.myatari.com


Agree with this...but your only version of. 'Pac-Man' on the A8 should be 'Pac-Man Arcade'. :)

All Atari releases, from 1979 to the unreleased protos (exceptions 'Mean 18' and 'Jinks') are good-to-great. If I had to pick the standouts of the Time-Warner era, though, my choices would be Defender, Joust, and Robotron: they're all stellar.

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Posted Sat Oct 7, 2017 1:20 PM

If you are mostly interested in playing games rather than the collecting aspect of owning cartridges, I would really recommend checking out a UNO Cart or an Ultimate Cartridge. Then you would be able to play more than 90% of the games ever released for the 800/XL/XE line.

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Posted Sat Oct 7, 2017 1:30 PM

Get a Atarimax 'APE' interface and RS232 to USB cable and SIO cable.  Then you can attach your 130XE to

your desktop/laptop computer and have just about every game ever made at your fingertips.  

 

APE/SIO2PC for USA, Respeqt for Euro.  Either one actually.

 

http://lotharek.pl/product.php?pid=98  Euro

 

maybe http://www.atarimax.com     for USA

 

Oh, PACMAN is my favorite game cart.

 

B&C computervisions is one site.  http://www.myatari.com

 

Is that a better solution than the other products they sell? I have been trying to decide on this vs the carts etc.



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Posted Sat Oct 7, 2017 1:58 PM

 

Is that a better solution than the other products they sell? I have been trying to decide on this vs the carts etc.

My thought is that if you have an Ultimate Cart and a SIO2SD then you'll be able to run like 98-99% of the software and games ever written for the A8 line.  Plus, you will not have to be tethered to another device and software like with the SIO2PC cable.

 

If you either don't want or cannot afford two devices, however, your best bet would probably be a UNO Cart.  The Uno Cart will run all CAR/ROM images <128k, most XEX files, and a majority of ATR disk images a well.  Plus it can reasonably emulate a D1 floppy drive in order to transfer files from a real disk drive.  You won't be able to run quite everything with a UNO Cart but I'd bet that it can handle something like 90-95% of A8 software and games.  


Edited by SS, Sat Oct 7, 2017 2:01 PM.


#13 retroeight OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat Oct 7, 2017 3:22 PM

The issue is not money. Are these available now? 



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Posted Sat Oct 7, 2017 3:53 PM

 

Is that a better solution than the other products they sell? I have been trying to decide on this vs the carts etc.

I'm thinking my APE/Reseqt solution is old and cumbersome.  

The UNO cart sounds great, along with a SIO2SD as better alternatives.  You wouldn't be tied to a

PC with those.  I'm not familiar with the UNO cart, but it sounds good.



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Posted Sat Oct 7, 2017 3:58 PM

The issue is not money. Are these available now? 

 

You can get a fully assembled SIO2SD from Lotharek.

http://lotharek.pl/product.php?pid=189

He also sells them via eBay.

 

AtariAge user MacRorie sells both the UNO Cart and the Ultimate Cartridge.  He has UNO Carts on hand right now and is taking pre-orders for a new batch of Ultimate Cartridges which he hopes to have ready for sale sometime in October.  You can find more details in this thread :

http://atariage.com/...8-apr-17/page-8

MacRorie also sells UNO Carts via eBay :

http://www.ebay.com/...dQAAOSw-ddZc7Uu

 

Both Lotharek and MacRorie are highly trustworthy and respected members of the Atari community.



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Posted Sat Oct 7, 2017 4:10 PM

I'm not familiar with the UNO cart, but it sounds good.

 

The UNO Cart is seriously the best thing that I have gotten for my 800XL in 30 years.  I have spent the better part of the past 3 months playing around with it and adding new games to the microSD card.  I am also thinking about getting a SIO2SD and an Ultimate Cartridge for completion but the UNO Cart really does do almost everything that I would ever want.

 

Be aware, however, that the UNO Cart is only compatible with XL/XE machines and you need at least 64K in order to use ATR files with it.  The Ultimate cart will work with all 400/800/XL/XE systems but some specific games and/or files themselves have higher RAM requirements.  



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Posted Sat Oct 7, 2017 4:36 PM

 

You can get a fully assembled SIO2SD from Lotharek.

http://lotharek.pl/product.php?pid=189

He also sells them via eBay.

 

AtariAge user MacRorie sells both the UNO Cart and the Ultimate Cartridge.  He has UNO Carts on hand right now and is taking pre-orders for a new batch of Ultimate Cartridges which he hopes to have ready for sale sometime in October.  You can find more details in this thread :

http://atariage.com/...8-apr-17/page-8

MacRorie also sells UNO Carts via eBay :

http://www.ebay.com/...dQAAOSw-ddZc7Uu

 

Both Lotharek and MacRorie are highly trustworthy and respected members of the Atari community.

 

Man. I owe you. Thank you so much. I was going to buy something from Atarimax, but was confused what to get.

 

Blah. Wife will be upset. More money spent and less time with her.

 

Game on!



#18 adam242 OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat Oct 7, 2017 7:12 PM

Any of these would be excellent additions to your collection.. :-)

http://atariage.com/...s/?fromsearch=1

Seriously... Blue Max, Donkey Kong, Deluxe Invaders, Galaxian, Star Raiders are all very good.

Edited by adam242, Sat Oct 7, 2017 7:21 PM.


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Posted Sat Oct 7, 2017 7:15 PM

Mountain King is a good one. Always enjoyed the creepy atmosphere.



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Posted Sat Oct 7, 2017 11:47 PM

Star Raiders was already mentioned.

 

Parker Brothers Frogger is one of my standby games.  Quick action and even after long drouts from play you never feel rusty at Frogger.  I'm probably in the minorty but I prefer PB Frogger over the Datasoft one.

 

I was never very good at Gyruss but it was fun all the same and seemed like a decent arcade game port to A8.

 

I don't know if Boulder Dash was ever released on cartridge but I recommend it anyway.

 

I second Rescue on Fractalus.   Make sure you play it late at night when the house is quiet and dark.



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Posted Sun Oct 8, 2017 3:40 AM

I second Rescue on Fractalus.   Make sure you play it late at night when the house is quiet and dark.

Yes ! And turn the volume up.... And start with level 6 ;-)

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Posted Sun Oct 8, 2017 9:00 AM

I just may get Rescue on Fractalus.  And I am well aware of the whole "scare" thing with the aliens disguised as pilots. 



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Posted Sun Oct 8, 2017 2:20 PM

All four Lucasfilm games are great.



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Posted Sun Oct 8, 2017 2:28 PM

The Atarimax MyIDE-II.

 

https://www.atarimax.../documentation/



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Posted Sun Oct 8, 2017 6:18 PM

I'm closing a deal right now to get a working Atari XE game system.  While it should contain Missile Command, Flight Simulator II and Bug Hunt, I'm looking at some Atari 8-bit cartridges to get along with some XE games.

 

There's quite a bit of overlap out there as some of the 8-bit cartridges are games I already own for the 2600 and 7800.  So I'll throw this question out to you Atari 8-bit enthusiasts.

 

What are some good Atari 8-bit cartridges to get? 

 

Did you try contacting Video61 (Lance) at www.atarisales.com? He has many original un-opened cartridges for the Atari 8-bit (works with XEGS)

 

The games I had been personally involved with include Tempest, Venture, Laser Blast X, Delta Space Arena, Megaoids. We are getting ready to release Helicommader, Putt 18, and Tile Smashers.


Edited by peteym5, Sun Oct 8, 2017 6:22 PM.






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