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HeliCommander. Arcade like game now available for Atari 8-bit

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#1 peteym5 OFFLINE  


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Posted Thu May 24, 2018 11:05 PM


A New Arcade Game Now Available on cartridge Atari XL/XE Computers for $39.95





  • An Arcade Action Game in the style of Chopper Command and Choplifter
  • Game Cartridge requires an Atari Computer with 16K of RAM and 1 Joystick
  • Parallax Scrolling creating a great 3D effect and colorful scrolling objects and background
  • Enemies - Choppers, Planes, Tanks, Bombers, Trucks, Bunkers, to challenge you.
  • Many Challenging Levels to play.
  • Great sound effects and music.
  • This game was extensively beta tested to assure quality
  • See video for more

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Edited by peteym5, Thu May 24, 2018 11:08 PM.

#2 Mclaneinc ONLINE  



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Posted Fri May 25, 2018 1:33 AM

LIke it....


Pro's: good action, nice to look at and ticks all the shooter boxes...SFX good..Not a huge selection but good


Cons: The music (sorry Lance but its a bit odd ;)  Some tanks can be a little tough to see on certain backdrops BUT adds to the challenge..

Edited by Mclaneinc, Fri May 25, 2018 1:35 AM.

#3 peteym5 OFFLINE  


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Posted Sat May 26, 2018 7:58 AM

There is an armored vehicle that is camouflaged that is purposely harder to see that makes that game more challenging. But not that hard to see.


Some changes made since my first video posting were that you can no longer slide along the ground. What at the bottom, you are considered "landed."  You cannot rescue the people unless you are landed. Touching the launch pad repairs your hitpoints, however you need to travel all the way back if the enemy is on the other side of the combat zone. 


I decided not replicate Choplifter exact due because I am avoiding  any cloning that too closely resembles its other platform counterpart. 


The sound effect programming used in these smaller games is much more compact than something like "RMTplayer."  Originally was sent up for sound effects, and I added a note table  to play music.  Does a simple volume decay.


I am currently busy preparing this and several other games for sale for the Atari 5200 and Atari 7800. The main reason for limited memory and cartridge ROM sizes was to allow this game to be ported to the Atari 5200. 

Edited by peteym5, Sat May 26, 2018 8:16 AM.

#4 FifthPlayer OFFLINE  



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Posted Sat May 26, 2018 8:07 AM


Edited by FifthPlayer, Sat May 26, 2018 8:09 AM.

#5 peteym5 OFFLINE  


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Posted Mon Jun 4, 2018 10:29 AM

Here is an image of the cartridge with the label on it. I am working on some postings for AtariAge Market Place, Atari IO Market Place, and Atari Facebook Market Place Group.

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Edited by peteym5, Mon Jun 4, 2018 10:32 AM.

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