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#1 Tempest OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Jul 30, 2018 5:52 PM

Looks like Dan donated his Keystone Kapers II prototype to the NVGM.  Hopefully they'll release the rom soon.  Too bad it's really just a nice looking tech demo.

 



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Posted Mon Jul 30, 2018 6:24 PM

Wow, my hat is off again to Dan. I'd have loved to play that once finished.

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Posted Mon Jul 30, 2018 7:23 PM

This looks pretty great!  Wonder what the background story was?  Do you chase and catch the robber before the train reaches a station?  Would love to hear the story behind this one.



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Posted Mon Jul 30, 2018 8:13 PM

This is so cool! It reminds me of the unreleased James Bond Octopussy game from Parker Brothers.



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Posted Mon Jul 30, 2018 8:41 PM

Incredible! This looks amazing! The imagination & level of detail that went into this game is top notch. And the graphics are beautiful. So I just have 3 questions here:

1) How did something this significant remain hidden for so long? I mean, its an Activision game, from one of their key employees/designers, who has been well aware of (and involved with) the retro Atari resurgence scene since its beginnings. Why did he not say a word about this before & why come forward now?

2) Tech demo? I mean, check me if Im wrong here, but even in an unplayable state, and being just a rolling demo as it is, arent all of those graphics & routines contained within the data on the eprom? So finishing this (or polishing it a bit) and making it into a playable state is far easier then simpler & earlier more incomplete protos out there.

3) Are you serious? The museum? Im not going to even touch this topic yet. Consider this a placeholder. But I will be back to chime in later.

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Posted Tue Jul 31, 2018 12:37 AM

Holy shit.

This is fantastic.

Gotta love that parallax scrolling (and the famous Activision sunset).

Many thanks for sharing!

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Edited by Rom Hunter, Tue Jul 31, 2018 12:50 AM.


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Posted Tue Jul 31, 2018 12:52 AM

Why did he not say a word about this before?

He did.

Eons ago:
http://www.atarimani...s-ii_32930.html

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Edited by Rom Hunter, Tue Jul 31, 2018 12:56 AM.


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Posted Tue Jul 31, 2018 5:47 AM

He even told me about it again at MGC this year. I have a blurb about it in my rumor mill section.

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Posted Tue Jul 31, 2018 6:02 AM

That's a really great "find". Visually it looks very cool (no sound, right?). :thumbsup:

 

I wonder how the gameplay would have been. With just two levels and no further obstacles, it might have become a bit too simple.



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Posted Tue Jul 31, 2018 6:30 AM

Amazing even by today's standards!



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Posted Tue Jul 31, 2018 6:34 AM

That parallax scrolling is pretty dang impressive. I don't think any console really had a handle on that until the snes.

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Posted Tue Jul 31, 2018 7:53 AM

It reminds me of Back to the Future III. Wish the game had been finished. I'd love to play it! :)



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Posted Tue Jul 31, 2018 8:10 AM

I imagine the side ladders are for the water pipes, tunnels and signs.

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Posted Tue Jul 31, 2018 8:27 AM

I imagine the side ladders are for the water pipes, tunnels and signs.

Good guess.  So you'd probably have to chase Harry across the train before he reached either the engine or caboose.  Along the way you'd have to dodge various obstacles by jumping or going down the ladder.   So basically, Keystone Kapers on a train.  



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Posted Tue Jul 31, 2018 11:25 AM

Holy shit.

This is fantastic.

Gotta love that parallax scrolling (and the famous Activision sunset).

Many thanks for sharing!

8)

Seconded there.  Wow this is truly amazing and hope for the future that others will at the very least show vids like this of other hidden treasures.  Thanks for the update Tempest.



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Posted Tue Jul 31, 2018 12:04 PM

Very cool!!! The game looks amazing. The Activision folks were ahead of their time.

Prototypes of unreleased games are just so awesome. I remember when Lord of the Rings was found, I was in shock. Was The Incredible Hulk ever found? 



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Posted Tue Jul 31, 2018 6:38 PM

2) Tech demo? I mean, check me if Im wrong here, but even in an unplayable state, and being just a rolling demo as it is, arent all of those graphics & routines contained within the data on the eprom? So finishing this (or polishing it a bit) and making it into a playable state is far easier then simpler & earlier more incomplete protos out there.


FYI - There is a post on the NVM FB page that mentions this, and Dan Kitchen commented saying that he plans on finishing the game by starting from scratch and releasing it this year. 



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Posted Tue Jul 31, 2018 6:59 PM

Wow! That is impressive for the 2600! Really shows what programmers could do with the system.



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Posted Tue Jul 31, 2018 8:10 PM

Wow! That is impressive for the 2600! Really shows what programmers could do with the system.

 

Combine this with Pitfall II, and it looks like we didn't take the Atari 2600 as far as it could go after the crash. 



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Posted Tue Jul 31, 2018 8:47 PM

Seeing the proto reminded me of the arcade games Western Express/Express Raider and Iron Horse from 1986.

It could almost be perceived as a forerunner or a stripped down version of them. 

Very impressive, regardless.  Thanks for sharing it.



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Posted Tue Jul 31, 2018 9:01 PM

FYI - There is a post on the NVM FB page that mentions this, and Dan Kitchen commented saying that he plans on finishing the game by starting from scratch and releasing it this year. 

That's great, but I really hope they still release the rom for this version.

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Posted Tue Jul 31, 2018 9:22 PM

Wow!  I heard about this.

 

It's too bad we don't have any idea about the backstory.  Was Harry Hooligan back in this game too?



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Posted Tue Jul 31, 2018 9:52 PM

FYI - There is a post on the NVM FB page that mentions this, and Dan Kitchen commented saying that he plans on finishing the game by starting from scratch and releasing it this year.

Great news! I would totally buy it. 8)

I hope the proto rom also gets released, for posterities sake...

#24 Greg2600 OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Jul 31, 2018 11:04 PM

Really hope Dan can finish the game!



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Posted Tue Jul 31, 2018 11:06 PM

Looks like it would have been much more to my liking than the original Keystone Kapers. Pretty nice ladder climbing animation.






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