Season 1, Round 5 of the Arcadia 2001/MPT-03 High Score Club will last about two weeks. This round ends on Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 10pm MST (aka Monday, 2am GMT). The game being played this round is Space Raiders, a game released in 1982 for the Emerson Arcadia 2001. Space Raiders is a side-scrolling game, a bit like Defender … except there is no one to defend except yourself.
Here is a screenshot of Space Raiders being played on an NTSC Emerson Arcadia console:
Here is a two minute YouTube video of Space Raiders being played by "Rickstilwell1 - TheGameCollector." The quality isn't great (the screen is completely crooked), but this is the only video of Space Raiders that I could find that is being played on real hardware. He published this on Dec 22, 2008:
Here is the box for Space Raiders:
Here is the cartridge for Space Raiders:
Here are the overlays for Space Raiders:
Here is the manual's cover:
Space Raiders - Quick-Play Rules
Play Space Raiders for high score on real hardware (PAL, NTSC, and any Arcadia family systems) or use the WinArcadia or MAME emulator. Space Raiders has no gameplay options. Just shoot the baddies (mutants and flying saucers), bomb the missile-launching bases and make sure to refuel from time to time.
Visit the Emerson Arcadia 2001 Central website for cartridge images and Arcadia emulators:
Here is a direct link to the Arcadia 2001 ROM images ("SpaceRaiders.bin " is the filename for Space Raiders):
Post pictures of your high scores here. Use the left-hand controller to play the game. The fire button, or any of the middle-column buttons on the gamepad, shoots your laser gun. The right column buttons drops your bombs. You can "freeze" (pause) the game by pressing the left-hand column of keys. You can "un-freeze" the game by pressing the right-hand column.
Space Raiders - General Overview
I'm using Ward Shrake's "Director's Cut" of his Arcadia 2001 section of the Digital Press Collector's Guide 7 (published in August 2002) for most of the information that is in this section.
Space Raiders - Emerson
Confirmed. 4k cart. 1982. #1016 (5). This is the legalized version of a "Defender" clone. One player game. Left side controller. Long cartridge. Game by "UA Limited". Emerson family label art shows a small triangular space ship and a helicopter… both are flying in outer space. They were apparently attacking some sort of space ship or station. These crafts were veiled hints to consumers that the game included game play elements from the arcade games "Defender" and "Scramble"… which was how they legalized it.
Space Raiders - Hanimex
Confirmed. 4k. #MC1029 (26). See the FAQ for a U.K.-based magazine article which talked about early plans to make a version of the arcade game "Defender". ("Computer and Video Games," June 1982). The ROM code includes about 16 bytes of what appears to be the original assembly code at the tail end of the memory map. (See "American Football".) LANDMARK: This is the legalized version of "Space Squadron," which was a more obvious clone of "Defender". When game makers began to fear lawsuits for copyright infringement, they watered the similarities down by adding some features of "Scramble" into the game play.
High quality scans of Space Raiders box, manual, and cartridge are here:
Since I'm short on time this week, I'm not going to include the manual. The game does play very simply: just shoot everything! Maybe I'll include the manual in another post in a week or so.
Each Mutant Destroyed - 5 points
Each flying saucer destroyed - 20 points
Each Missile Launching base paralyzed - 10 points
Space Raiders Gameplay Options
This game has no gameplay options for this game.
Space Raiders (Scoring)
We are playing for the highest score. 10 points are awarded for first place, 9 for second, 8 for third, etc.
Space Raiders (Bonus Points):
There are quite a few ways to earn bonus points this round:
Space Raiders - Video Review - (1 Point) - I didn't find any proper reviews of this game. I tried to get some video of it, but as was the case with Funky Fish, because the background screen is black, my camera kept going in and out of focus. I'd really like to see some quality video of this game being played on actual hardware.
Space Raiders - Documenting Bugs - (1 Point) - As we've been discovering for ourselves, Arcadia games can be flaky. If anyone find any problems, and documents them, then you'll earn one bonus point. Just in case there are dozens of bugs, you can only earn one bonus point no matter how matter bugs are found.
Space Raiders - Backstory - (1 Point) - Funky Fish had a backstory, but Space Raiders gives us nothing. Write a background that may have been included with the game in 1982 and you'll get a bonus point.
Space Raiders is a scrolling game. The Arcadia hardware doesn't seem to designed to scroll very well, so it's neat to see a game like this place on this platform. The premise seems simple: shoot and refuel. I think that this game may be fun; we'll all find out together.
As always, as you play Space Raiders, please post pictures of your scores as the round progresses. Not only does this help you not forget to play the game, but it gives other player's a challenge to try to beat your score.
If you've not played in a round before now, then now's the time to join in! Have a fun fifth round, everyone!
(Don't forget, I'll be posting the final scores for round 4, Funky Fish, in about a week.)