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#1 Darkhog OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat Jun 9, 2018 3:59 AM

...of games from another systems or are sports games? I'm talking about something completely original.



#2 DZ-Jay OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat Jun 9, 2018 5:01 AM

Well, there's this... :ponder:



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Posted Sat Jun 9, 2018 5:08 AM

Advanced Dungeons & Dragons, Space Battle, Tron Deadly Discs, Night Stalker, B17-Bomber, Shark Shark, the Dreadnaught Factor, Dracula, Thunder Castle, Sea Battle, Triple Action Biplanes, Utopia, Sub Hunt, Bomb Squad, Treasure of Tarmin, Tower of Doom, Microsurgeon, Truckin, Body Slam

Edited by mr_me, Sat Jun 9, 2018 5:29 AM.


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Posted Sat Jun 9, 2018 5:15 AM

Hover Force, Auto Racing, Maze-a-tron (Don't really understand this game?) , Melody Blaster, MindStrike.



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Posted Sat Jun 9, 2018 5:56 AM

Advanced Dungeons & Dragons, Space Battle, Tron Deadly Discs, Night Stalker, B17-Bomber, Shark Shark, the Dreadnaught Factor, Dracula, Thunder Castle, Sea Battle, Triple Action Biplanes, Utopia, Sub Hunt, Bomb Squad, Treasure of Tarmin, Tower of Doom

 

Wasn't TRON Deadly Discs an arcade?  I could be confusing it with something else...

 

I believe that most of the Mattel games were either sports or exclusive titles.



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Posted Sat Jun 9, 2018 5:56 AM

Ah, there's also Worm Whomper.  That's a very nice game.



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Posted Sat Jun 9, 2018 5:59 AM

 
Wasn't TRON Deadly Discs an arcade?  I could be confusing it with something else...
 

Dics of Tron by Midway came out after Deadly Discs and is a very different game.

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Posted Sat Jun 9, 2018 6:16 AM

Dics of Tron by Midway came out after Deadly Discs and is a very different game.

 

Aha!  Thanks.   :thumbsup:  I think there was a TRON arcade, with three mini-games.  Although I do not know if one of them was Deadly Discs.  Like I said, I probably confused those.

 

There's also Motorcross, by Rick Koening.

 

FUN FACT:  Motorcross is pretty much the precursor to Racing Destruction Set on the C=64 (one of my most favourite games on that platform).  The math routines for the physics simulations on the former were reused on the latter.  Also, on Stadium Mud Buggies, another original Intellivision title, although that one was also ported by INTV Corp. to the Nintendo NES.

 

   -dZ.


Edited by DZ-Jay, Sat Jun 9, 2018 6:17 AM.


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Posted Sat Jun 9, 2018 6:22 AM

I can't recommend Motocross. Stadium Mud Buggies, by the same programmer, is far more playable. My favourite Intellivision racing game is still Auto Racing; be sure to only play one player mode.

The first Tron arcade game came out at about the same time as Deadly Discs and Mazeatron. The arcade game has four mini-games, none of them resemble the Intellivision games; light cycles is similar to Snafu.

Edit:
Auto Racing could categorise as racing rather than sports.

Edited by mr_me, Sat Jun 9, 2018 6:35 AM.


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Posted Sat Jun 9, 2018 6:27 AM

I can't recommend Motocross. Stadium Mud Buggies, by the same programmer, is far more playable. My favourite Intellivision racing game is still Auto Racing; be sure to only play one player mode.

 

My favourite is also Auto Racing. :thumbsup:

 

I just mentioned Motorcross because it is an original, as requested at the top of this thread.  I find Motorcross and Stadium Mud Buggies to be just as playable, by which I mean, equally cumbersome to control.  I must prefer Racing Destruction Set for its fluidity and larger screen real-estate in which to manœuvre.  Then again, that's not an Intellivision game, but it does feel like the culmination of its previous incarnations on the Intellivision. :)

 

Auto Racing can be consider an original, but does it fall under the "sports" category the original poster was trying to avoid?  It doesn't for me, but his mileage may vary.

 

   -dZ.



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Posted Sat Jun 9, 2018 8:09 AM

If we're talking 1 player sports games... here is the list that hasn't been mentioned. All Intv originals. All great titles and fun to play.

Body Slam: Super Pro Wrestling
Bowling (PBA)
Super Pro Football
Chip Shot: Super Pro Golf
Slap Shot: Super Pro Hockey
Slam Dunk: Super Pro Basketball
Spiker: Super Pro Volleyball (Very rare)
World Championship Baseball
World Cup Soccer (Nice Ideas)

Edited by IMBerzerk, Sat Jun 9, 2018 8:12 AM.


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Posted Sat Jun 9, 2018 8:46 AM

I recently learned that Frog Bog was largely a rip-off of an arcade game from 1978:


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Posted Sat Jun 9, 2018 8:54 AM

Already said, but Melody Blaster

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Posted Sat Jun 9, 2018 9:16 AM

Beamrider, if not already said
Another great game by Mr. Rolfe, which came out first for Intellivision, IIRC

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Posted Sat Jun 9, 2018 9:26 AM

I prefer the term PORT, not rip off. But I may be biased. 😃

Edited by Rev, Sat Jun 9, 2018 9:26 AM.


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Posted Sat Jun 9, 2018 9:42 AM

Ice Trek



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Posted Sat Jun 9, 2018 9:53 AM

I prefer the term PORT, not rip off. But I may be biased. 😃


I prefer the term starboard, but I've always leaned a bit to the right :D

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Posted Sat Jun 9, 2018 10:18 AM

Never had heard of that Frogs game. Seems pretty sophisticated for its time. I always thought the arcade games from that era (77-78) were mostly black & white.



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Posted Sat Jun 9, 2018 10:19 AM

White Water, Tropical Trouble, Ice Trek, Swords & Serpents...Imagic was on a roll with the Intellivision. (Nova Blast was good, too, but also came out for the Coleco.)

 

What else...Hover Force, maybe? The concept wasn't entirely original, but may have been the first time it was really done on a console. If nothing else, it only appeared on the Intellivision.
 

Advanced Dungeons & Dragons, Space Battle, Tron Deadly Discs, Night Stalker, B17-Bomber, Shark Shark, the Dreadnaught Factor, Dracula, Thunder Castle, Sea Battle, Triple Action Biplanes, Utopia, Sub Hunt, Bomb Squad, Treasure of Tarmin, Tower of Doom, Microsurgeon, Truckin, Body Slam

 
Dreadnaught Factor (Atari 5200, Atari 400/800) and Microsurgeon (TI-99/4a) weren't exclusive, but yes, these games. :)
 
Strictly speaking, Space Battle, Tron: Deadly Discs, Night Stalker, Utopia, and Tarmin aren't truly exclusive titles either, as they were all ported to the Atari 2600 and/or Aquarius. ;) :P

 

Also, a Biplanes-esque game also came out on the Bally system (Red Baron) at least a year before Triple Action came out, although it lacks Biplanes' physics. Both were probably derived from some late '70s arcade title, but I'm too lazy/busy to research right now. Tracing further back, there was also Spitfire on the Fairchild.

 

'Kay, done being a dick now. :-D
 

Beamrider, if not already said
Another great game by Mr. Rolfe, which came out first for Intellivision, IIRC

 
Once all the other versions come out, though, "first" no longer means "exclusive." :P


Edited by BassGuitari, Sat Jun 9, 2018 10:26 AM.


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Posted Sat Jun 9, 2018 10:28 AM

Never had heard of that Frogs game. Seems pretty sophisticated for its time. I always thought the arcade games from that era (77-78) were mostly black & white.

 

Note all color is just a static background overlay.  The white frog and flies are the only electronically generated images.  So that arcade game really is electronically only black and white.



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Posted Sat Jun 9, 2018 10:28 AM

Never had heard of that Frogs game. Seems pretty sophisticated for its time. I always thought the arcade games from that era (77-78) were mostly black & white.

 

It's either B/W reflected against a background, or just an overlay. Many arcade games did that in the late '70s.


Edited by BassGuitari, Sat Jun 9, 2018 10:29 AM.


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Posted Sat Jun 9, 2018 10:30 AM

A few more (maybe):

  • Vectron (is it different enough from Tempest to qualify as original?)
  • Tron Solar Sailer
  • Blockade Runner?
  • Sewer Sam?
  • Kool-Aid Man?
  • White Water?

My memory is growing more faulty by the day, so it's unclear if there were antecedents that would have formed the basis for these games. Now -- most would not consider these the gems of the platform (personal opinions aside -- i enjoy the first two games on this list) -- but perhaps they are -- and deservedly remain -- unique to Intellivision.

 

EDIT: I also lost track of the exclusivity aspect -- so Sewer Sam and maybe Blockade Runner would be off this list, as well as Kool-Aid Man.... But the Atari version was so different, they're really alike in name only.



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Posted Sat Jun 9, 2018 10:49 AM

Beauty and the Beast?



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Posted Sat Jun 9, 2018 10:51 AM

White Water, Tropical Trouble, Ice Trek, Swords & Serpents...Imagic was on a roll with the Intellivision. (Nova Blast was good, too, but also came out for the Coleco.)
 
What else...Hover Force, maybe? The concept wasn't entirely original, but may have been the first time it was really done on a console. If nothing else, it only appeared on the Intellivision.
 
 
Dreadnaught Factor (Atari 5200, Atari 400/800) and Microsurgeon (TI-99/4a) weren't exclusive, but yes, these games. :)
 
Strictly speaking, Space Battle, Tron: Deadly Discs, Night Stalker, Utopia, and Tarmin aren't truly exclusive titles either, as they were all ported to the Atari 2600 and/or Aquarius. ;) :P
 
Also, a Biplanes-esque game also came out on the Bally system (Red Baron) at least a year before Triple Action came out, although it lacks Biplanes' physics. Both were probably derived from some late '70s arcade title, but I'm too lazy/busy to research right now. Tracing further back, there was also Spitfire on the Fairchild.
 
'Kay, done being a dick now. :-D
 
 
Once all the other versions come out, though, "first" no longer means "exclusive." :P

Those Atari conversions don't play like the Intellivision originals, partly because of the Intellivision controller. Is there a technical reason they changed the screen orientation for Atari 8-bit Dreadnaught Factor. You can't see as much of the dreadnaughts; otherwise it looks faithfull.

The reason I bought Triple Action back when it came out was because I liked playing the old arcade biplanes so much. But Intellivision Biplanes is so much better and significantly improved to make it unique. Technically, the Atari Combat cartridge has a biplanes variation.

It might just be me but I find the Imagic games to be overrated. I do appreciate their uniqueness.

No question Vectron is exclusive and unique, but I can't recommend it. [too frustrating]

If we're talking 1 player sports games... here is the list that hasn't been mentioned. All Intv originals. All great titles and fun to play.

Body Slam: Super Pro Wrestling
Bowling (PBA)
Super Pro Football
Chip Shot: Super Pro Golf
Slap Shot: Super Pro Hockey
Slam Dunk: Super Pro Basketball
Spiker: Super Pro Volleyball (Very rare)
World Championship Baseball
World Cup Soccer (Nice Ideas)

Getting off topic here but Chip Shot coming out in 1987 was preceded by famicom/nes golf with a similar mechanic, not to mention other more advanced golf games like Leaderboard. PGA Golf (1980) does have most of that mechanic. I know I've said it before but I much prefer the original Intellivision Football, Hockey, Basketball, and Soccer to the super pro versions. The updated versions have flaws making them unplayable to me. Not sure how unique Spiker was for 1989 as a volleyball game.

Edited by mr_me, Sat Jun 9, 2018 11:26 AM.


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Posted Sat Jun 9, 2018 11:00 AM

Vectron is just too weird and convoluted to be much fun, in my opinion. The same with Maze-A-TRON, although that one is just plain cumbersome to play. Vectron is just strange.




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