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  1. C64/128: One of the sound channels went out on both of mine... one was a 64 and the other a 128. You could still hear parts of some games but others you had no sound whatsoever.


    Tapwave Zodiac: I had some issues with the analog joystick on some of mine... the upper left direction doesn't work consistantly. Also the Lithium battery went bad very quickly on some of my units... some hold a charge for hours and hours but others only a few minutes.


    Gameboy Advance: The screen scratches up very easily and the battery door tabs break off easily.


    PS2: The door on the tray either gets the tray stuck or falls off altogether... more annoying than anything but both of mine had these issues.


    Sega Saturn: The controller wires were constantly coming out where they entered the controller. I know this happens with aggressive play on many systems but it seemed like the Saturn was especially vulnerable.

  2. Hopefully I am not breaking any forum rules here but I have hit a stumbling block in my Tapwave collection and I hope someone can help out. As far as I can tell I am only missing a few third party accessories to have a complete Tapwave set and since Tapland shut down last year there is no Tapwave specific board anymore so this is my best hope.


    Does anybody have a Panache stylus with tether or a Globalsource/Innopocket aluminum case? I also need the green SD card version of Duke Nukem but I do have the black one at least. That is all I need to have everything made for the Zodiac. I have an extra Commandplay game grip in case someone wants to trade or we can work something out. I have a few other extras as well so let me know if you need anything Tapwave related.

  3. I completed the Tapwave Zodiac SD card library of 8 games sealed for $70... there were a bunch of downloadable games most of which are no longer available but they only produced 8 physical game cards.


    Hyperscan is probably the cheapest console to complete as I saw a complete set on CL sometime back for $50 including the console itself!

  4. Hey, another Zodiac gamer... and I thought I was pretty much the only one. Unfortunately I only have the SD card card game of GR that came in Z-Pak Adventure. There is a video of Rebel Assault on Youtube here-

    You might want to contact him and see if he stil has it.


    P.S. I think that is the file I sent Felyx earlier on... I thought it was a demo but it is the full version.

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  5. It is a good news/bad news scenario with Palm. SInce it is essentially an outdated platform most of the software is very ceap or free but on the other hand since so few use it the availability is next to nil. You can still get many games on CD and SD card on E-Bay for next to nothing but they don't come up often. It has taken me over a year to get all the Palm SD card games although there are only a dozen or so.

  6. Hi,

    Compared to Austin, I am doing the opposite way: from the iPhone to the Zodiac.


    My children have iPod Touch 2nd gen and as their iOS can't be upgraded anymore so they can't access most of the new games released on iTunes. I really think that this is an artificial limitation to oblige owner of "old" iPod Touch/iPhone to buy a brand new device as anyway the games on iPod Touch/IPhone remain basic.

    So I refused to enter that vicious circle to keep playing new games and then remembered my children were playing with some cool games on my Palm and that Tapwave did a Palm handeld system.

    I found on ebay UK a brand new Zodiac mint in box to offer to my son.


    Many games are available for download here: http://dl.openhandhe...c.cgi?0,0,0,0,4


    Added to the wide library of games from Palm PDA, there is a potential of several hundred of games and although they are old, there are suprinsingly not so different of what we could have today on iPhone (many Palm games are now available on Android or iOS by the way)


    Some games released specificaly for Zodiac are impossible to find :o


    I am looking especially for Vorum Fighter: no trace on the net at all

    Does anyone got it?



    I've got this game and it does have a rumble feature (I think) so it may be Zodiac specific... I think I have the demo and the game is not great as all the ships come at you from the right at different speeds and different weapons but that is about it. Not too exciting a game but it is what it is. PM me your e-mail and I'll see if I can send it as an attachment.


    BTW, as an update to my post above I now have the Zodiac Cradle and those two other SD card games so I am complete as far as official Tapwave products. I am only missing a few 3rd party cases and I will have all the Tapwave related accessories.

  7. Congrats, welcome to the club. It's a pretty small one.


    Ended up selling my Zodiac. Primarily used it for emulation while at work and it was certainly cool at first. The analog thumbstick turned out to be less than ideal for retro emulation though. The system also wasn't as powerful as I had hoped despite the numbers.


    The games on the system itself weren't anything to write home about either. DOOM II was glitched and essentially unplayable (supposedly there is a patch, but I couldn't find it). That was a bummer. Tony Hawk looked cool but was damn-near impossible to control. The Z-Pak Fun had an OK breakout clone that played in a vertical mode. The Z-Pak Adventure was OK and I played Legacy a lot.. well, until I got lost near the end of the game (It's a D&D-style dungeon crawler). Unfortunately the other game included on that pack is essentially a shareware game and after finishing the first few levels, they want you to go online and buy the rest. Ha.


    The homebrew is cool, source ports of great stuff like Flashback, Out of This World, etc.. Again, the analog stick isn't great for those. Other source ports like DOOM, DOOM II, Duke 3D, Hexen, Heretic, often crashed and I couldn't get the sound to work in half of them. Emulators were bugged to hell as well and would crash whenever they feel like it. Simply want to load a ROM? Crash. Change your controls? Crash. Exit out of the program? Crash. Hell, some of the official Tapwave games would crash too, even after a reboot.. Ugh.


    It also needs a cradle in order to transfer certain applications properly, so there's a lot of software I haven't tried yet, in case I get one again in the future for colelction purposes.. it hates Windows 7 though.


    I agree that the system can be somewhat challenging but that is just part of the fun for me. So far I haven't run into too many glitches on the games I have and several of them are very enjoyable. Some of my favorites are Gloop, Shippy, Battlejewels, Stuntcare Extreme, Zapem and Orbz. I am more into retro gaming so these really appeal to me. The SD card games are okay and although Tony Hawk can be difficult to control it is still fun and playable if you stick with it. The bluetooth was hell to get right but I now have it configured close to perfect and the internet browsing is working well if a bit slow by today's standards.


    Those cradles are hard to find and in fact it is the only official Tapwave accessory I am missing. My hotsyncs have been fine without it though and I now hotsync through bluetooth so no cables are needed. Haven't tried emulation as I not really into that but I am sure that would be full of problems and I do not want to chance crashing the whole console. Anyway thanks for replying and if you do get another one and the free software is no longer around feel free to let me know and I can always e-mail you some. If you do happen across those last two sd card games please let me know as well.

  8. Still have one, hasn't seen use in a very long time. I got it when it was new though and it saw a lot of use back then. Was great for emulation of multiple systems on the go and had some good native games as well, plus all the PalmOS compatibility. Good times with it back then. :cool:


    Hey, I just got one of these a few weeks ago! I have downloaded some free games and have 6 of the 8 SD games... still missing GTS Racing and Tiger Team: Apache. Anybody have any of those two? Anyway it is a real enjoyable handheld with web browsing (albeit slow). Great audio and controls too. I also use it for playing MP3s and reminding me of appointments. Real useful to me since I don;t have an Iphone.

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