Beside the question if a prototype exists or not ... Has anybody ever asked if it was a good game after all? I have never played any Gunship game on any platform. But let's say the C64 version would have been the closest thing to the Atari version. Was the C64 version a good game?
Now that we have spotted Atari heros converting C64 games (SCR)... well hypothetical ... would it be fun to play a "Gunship A8" if it would be available just like e.g SCR?
Also from my side congratulations and a big thank you for your immense work and passion in making "Stunt Car Racer" not only perfect conversion but also the best 8-bit version over all comparable platforms.
I had the great privilege to be an early beta-tester of Stunt Car Racer. First time I booted up a single file called "a.xex" and I wasn't sure what will show up. But then suddenly I thought I was in the wrong emulation when I saw a near perfect menu of a game which I
knew so well from my Amiga!!! Not to express in words, what I thought, when I saw it was a real playable game!!
As beta-tester I wanted to contribute at least one or more bug reports. But that version I got was already close to perfect. I couldn't find any major stuff and could only grumble about cosmetic issues.
Funny that I now found in this final version a small but meaningless bug, I couldn't discover earlier:
When crane-lifting the car from ground to the platform and you pause the game (e.g. space key) and you continue, then the crane-sound suddenly disappears .. but as I said: meaningless.
So once again and into the public: Awesome job Irgendwer, Fandal and XXL!! You guys rock. To me this single game is a major milestone in the history of the 8bit Atari line. Enough said
When Things were good, one has to give good comments.
But this tune suffers by the problem of "originality" . Which means, you only know what the tune is meant to be, if you know the original. The "real lead" is missing somehow.
Sorry to disagree. But I don't know the original. And I don't want to compare it. To me the Fragmare conversion is a great Pokey tune. It would have been that kind of song I would listen a 1000 times out of my old TV set when I was 12years again ... and driving my sister to crazy.