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#1 Albert OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Aug 16, 2005 10:20 PM

Fans of classic arcade games are all too familiar with the roar, "Beware, I Live!" A long, lost prototype of the beloved (and difficult) arcade game Sinistar has been uncovered for Atari 8-bit computers. Thanks to the hard work of Atari Archivist Ken Van Mersbergen, this unreleased arcade to home conversion has finally been found. Sinistar combines fast action, mind numbing speed, and evil sounding voice synthesis into one explosive package. Your goal is to destroy Sinistar, a giant metal creature bent on destroying the universe and whatever else that gets in its way. However, to destroy Sinistar you must make Sinibombs out of Sinisite crystals harvested from floating plantetiods.

The Atari 8-bit version is a wonderful port, capturing all the action and excitement of the arcade game. The graphics are amazingly accurate, the controls are sharp and precise, and the digitized voice rings out loud and clear. Sinistar was just about finished, but there are a few minor issues and bugs that needed to be addressed before the game saw a commercial release. The biggest issue is the computer AI, which isn't quite polished. Sinistar will be displayed in the AtariAge booth at this weekend's Dallas vgXpo show, and plans are to release the Sinistar binary in the near future so everyone can enjoy it.

You can read a thorough review of Sinistar over at AtariProtos.com.

#2 www.atarimania.com OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Aug 17, 2005 2:41 AM

Fantastic :cool:

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#3 andy_bernstein OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Aug 17, 2005 3:14 AM

I can't believe it !!!

Freakin' Incredible !

Kudos to Ken Van Mersbergen !

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Posted Wed Aug 17, 2005 3:59 AM

God, I hope this gets converted to the 5200! :D

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Posted Wed Aug 17, 2005 4:36 AM

God, I hope this gets converted to the 5200!  :D

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According to Atariprotos.com, the game is 48k. No 5200 port is likely. :sad:

#6 Tempest ONLINE  

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Posted Wed Aug 17, 2005 4:47 AM

God, I hope this gets converted to the 5200!  :D

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According to Atariprotos.com, the game is 48k. No 5200 port is likely. :sad:

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It might be possible, but it will take a little work. Never say never...

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#7 walter_J64bit OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Aug 17, 2005 4:52 AM

Is the game for download? :lust:

#8 Allan OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Aug 17, 2005 5:30 AM

God, I hope this gets converted to the 5200!  :D

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According to Atariprotos.com, the game is 48k. No 5200 port is likely. :sad:

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Well, we have two versions of a 512K cart for the 5200. It all depends on how the code can be split up. If it has the voice, that's going to take up a lot of ram I would think. We'll just have to wait and see what can be done. I have high hopes for it, especially since Atari was planning on releasing this for the 5200.

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#9 Allan OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Aug 17, 2005 5:34 AM

I'd love to hear the story about how this game was found. Ken, care to share any details?

Allan

#10 deathtrappomegranate OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Aug 17, 2005 6:15 AM

Great news!

Sinistar is a true classic.

#11 Lord Helmet OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Aug 17, 2005 7:26 AM

Great! I can't wait to play it!

#12 davidcalgary29 OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Aug 17, 2005 8:18 AM

I knew this one would eventually be found, but I didn't think that it would be a playable game. This is wonderful news! :)

#13 ZylonBane ONLINE  

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Posted Wed Aug 17, 2005 8:29 AM

Woah. Woah woah woah woah woah!

First Stargate, then Blaster, now this? Geeze, what next? Bubbles? NARC?

#14 _Fandal_ OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Aug 17, 2005 8:40 AM

Great work!!!

But I still don't understand why AtariProtos.com doesn't offer download of all those ultra rare games...

F.

#15 ATARIeric OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Aug 17, 2005 9:52 AM

Is the game for download?  :lust:

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Atariage says:
Sinistar will be displayed in public at this weekend's Dallas vgXpo show, and plans are to release the Sinistar binary in the near future so everyone can enjoy it.

#16 Bryan OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Aug 17, 2005 10:14 AM

God, I hope this gets converted to the 5200!  :D

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According to Atariprotos.com, the game is 48k. No 5200 port is likely. :sad:

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MULE is a 64K cart... :ponder:

#17 birdie3 OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Aug 17, 2005 10:16 AM

AMAZING!! :D :cool: :D :cool:

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Posted Wed Aug 17, 2005 12:29 PM

Great news! Sinstar is an awesome, evil, blood pressure-raising shoot-fest. The graphics here look great and faithful.

I have heard rumour of an "original" ROM for the arcade machine, finalized before the jackass corporate guys made the programmers crank-up the difficulty. Anyone know more? HHMmmmmmmmm....

#19 NE146 OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Aug 17, 2005 1:27 PM

HOLY MUTHA F00KIN CRAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1 This is the kind of news that just makes my balls glisten and a-tingle with delight. :lust: :lust:

I am looking forward to the talented efforts of those will be involved in porting this fine discovery to the 5200. :D :cool:

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Posted Wed Aug 17, 2005 3:07 PM

all i can say is supa sweet! great work guys, and THANKS! cant wait to see it!

#21 Shaggy the Atarian OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Aug 17, 2005 3:12 PM

Wow, this is a very awesome find. Personally I'd rather see it ported over to the 7800, but either way, it's great to see even more great protos coming out of the woodworks. :)

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Posted Wed Aug 17, 2005 4:21 PM

Wow, this is a very awesome find. Personally I'd rather see it ported over to the 7800

Yeah, I'll hop in my TIME MACHINE and relay that request to the programmers back in 1984.

#23 walter_J64bit OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Aug 17, 2005 4:22 PM

Wow, this is a very awesome find. Personally I'd rather see it ported over to the 7800, but either way, it's great to see even more great protos coming out of the woodworks.  :)

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A Jag port would be cool! :cool:

#24 walter_J64bit OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Aug 17, 2005 4:23 PM

Is the game for download?  :lust:

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Atariage says:
Sinistar will be displayed in public at this weekend's Dallas vgXpo show, and plans are to release the Sinistar binary in the near future so everyone can enjoy it.

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I must have missed that :P

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Posted Wed Aug 17, 2005 4:27 PM

This is the kind of news that just makes my balls glisten and a-tingle with delight.  :lust:  :lust:

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I wish I hadn't read that....

*shivers* :woozy:




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