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  1. Game Go Fish! System Atari VCS/2600 Difficulty A/Expert (A/A) Score 5,914 I'll be officially submitting this score soon. I'm currently having technical problems with the photos that I took with my Smart Phone. Since the most recent Microsoft Update photos will not import from this phone to our PC. However, they appear in our Amazon Photos account automatically as before. I tried saving them to our PC from the cloud, however they didn't save as standard .JPEG files. The High Score site won't accept them due to this, although they will post both to Patreon (full image) and to the Community Section of my cessnaace Youtube channel (cropped). When I posted this photo to Youtube it cropped the file. I could move the crop horizontally, but either the score was cropped-off, or my ID was. It doesn't appear cropped at Patreon (Public Post). This isn't the only photo that I took, but they all refuse to post at High Score. I already have the World Record for this game in the A/Expert difficulty setting, but it's about 2,000 points lower than this one. I'd already achieved a new WR in the b/Novice setting, but that score is still being voted on. In fact this score is about 1,000 points higher than that score. I do play this game quite a bit. Every day in fact. I was able to post a photo fine to https://www.patreon.com/Cessnaace which I made a Public post, as opposed to Patron Only. https://www.patreon.com/posts/29998778 The photos that I took won't post here either. The photos saved as .jfif files for some reason, and not .jpeg.
  2. One homebrew for the SNES is Justice Beaver: The Great Timber Tantrum, which is nearing completion by Collectorvision Games. I'm one of the backers for it on Indiegogo, so I received an update a couple of weeks ago, which included a link to a Youtube video. I'll try to link to it here, although it's an Unlisted video so I don't know if this will work. Justice Beaver Youtube Play Video
  3. There is a user at http://highscore.com/ whose main username is deebo who has been creating additional accounts to harass other users and to vote for his own scores and vote no on everyone else's score submissions. One truly despicable example is the account he named OldFartMark, with an altered version of my avatar giving me fangs and a swastika on my forehead. First of all, if you run across this individual be aware of what they are doing, and secondly my avatar there (and everywhere else that I use it) is copyrighted!!! The original artist, in the U.K., sent me a high quality print and the permission to use it for any site that I wish, provided that it was kept unaltered, however he both retained the original and copyrighted it, as he's a professional artist. Many users at the HS site know what's going on with deebo, but I thought I'd add a note here.
  4. Not many games this time around, in fact just 2. Both were purchased here at AtariAge. My latest order contained the following ... Froggie (7800) Tooth Protectors (2600) Seagull 78 Controller Adapter With Froggie I ordered the version without the POKEY chip, but I believe it supports XM sound. Not quite sure what that is, but I suspect it refers to supporting a 7800 Mod which replicates POKEY sound. I got the Box Upgrade. I usually do when it's an available option. Tooth Protectors is obviously a Custom Reproduction. This game requires the Melody board. The label artwork is fantastic. When I placed my order for the Seagull 78 Controller Adapter I believe that I got the last one in stock (currently). Allows a Sega Genesis Game Pad to work with games for the 7800 that require 2 action buttons.
  5. Atari 2600 @Good Deal Games 2nd Dimension, The Atom Smasher (Case; #73 of 100) Clyde's Revenge Nintendo Entertainment System @RetroUSB Assimilate (Boxed) Beat 'Em and Eat 'Em More Glider (Boxed) Solaris (Boxed) AtariAge has also shipped an order, which should arrive shortly. While the Good Deal Games store is currently closed technically, they are still excepting, processing, and shipping orders. The store should be officially open by the end of July. Michael has added additional items in which discounts are available when the buyer mentions cessnaace in the comments field when placing an order. Here are the available cessnaace offers: Book Downright Bizarre Games: Video Games That Crossed The Line by Michael Thomasson $10 off on the purchase of either the Softcover or Hardcover edition. Game Pit-Fighter Atari 7800 Prototype (unfinished) $5 discount Magazines 1 FREE with every 2 purchased.
  6. cessnaace

    NES Homebrews

    OK, this isn't Atari related, so sue me (please don't do that). I was recently at RetroUSB's site and noticed that quite a few NES homebrews had been added since my last visit several years ago, and these newer titles are being sold at a discounted price. $10 off each on many of their titles. The newer releases seem to use donor carts, unlike their older titles that use new carts. The only explanation that I can come up with is perhaps the releases using donor cartridges were not actually produced by them. I don't really know though. Most of the games where I indicated ordered have been discounted (but not all). The 8 Bit XMAS carts come/came in a clear shell, with blinking Christmas lights, a personalized message, holiday music, and in some cases a mini-game. Games In Stock 2-in-1 Geminim/Siamond own 8 Bit XMAS 2017 Assimilate ordered Battle Kid: Fortress of Peril (ver. 1.100) own Battle Kid 2: Mountain of Torment own Beat Em' & Eat 'Em ordered Chuckout 2 own Homebrew World Championship 2012 own Mystic Pillars own Power Coloring Quadralords ordered Solaris ordered Study Hall own Super NESnake 2 own Twelve Seconds Games Discontinued 8 Bit XMAS 2008 8 Bit XMAS 2009 8 Bit XMAS 2010 8 Bit XMAS 2011 8 Bit XMAS 2012 8 Bit XMAS 2013 8 Bit XMAS 2014 8 Bit XMAS 2015 8 Bit XMAS 2016 8 Bit XMAS 2018 Airball own Battle Kid: Fortress of Peril (ver. 1.000) own Chunckout 2 Japanese Larry and the Long Look For a Luscious Lover own Mad Wizard own Mike Tyson's Intergalctic Power Punch own Nomolos: Storming the Catsle own Rise of Amondus Sneak n Peek Sudoku 2007 Tic-Tac XO Ultimate Frogger Champion own Vs. Castlevania Vs. Duck Hunt Vs. Excitebike Vs. Super Mario Bros. https://www.retrousb.com/
  7. Recently while exchanging emails with Michael Thomasson of Good Deal Games I expressed an interest in buying two games for the 7800, both of which were listed on the GDG site as SOLD OUT. Michael told me that he'd go through his Trade Show boxes, in hopes that he'd find additional copies. Well, he did. Both games are shooters, and were being developed by Tynesoft, However, they were both cancelled prior to being completed. When the protos for both games were discovered in 2008 by Curt Vendel they were unfinished and quite buggy. Both games were finished and given the polish that they deserved by Robert DeCrescenzo, Mitchell Orman, and Eckhard Stolberg. Both will now run on a stock 7800 console, NTSC and PAL. Plutos $44.75 Baz Daniels Youtube Play Video Sirius $44.75 The No Swear Gamer Review Video I subscribe to both channels. Hopefully they won't mind me using their videos. Whenever I use someone else's video for a Patreon post I ask for their permission first. But this isn't Patreon. The only exception that I make to this rule is when I promote another Youtube channel on Patreon; I make those posts Public. Besides, I post Patron Only exclusive content at least once each day. Last-night I made 2 exclusive posts. If you have a Youtube channel, please leave a comment if you don't wish for me to promote your channel. Or, if you do. Patreon/Cessnaace Last-night I also received an email from CollectorVision concerning the 3 recently released games that they are offering for the ColecoVision. While I attempted to post this last-night (along with the info on the two 7800 games) here in my AtariAge blog, that blog entry failed to publish, so I'm giving it another try here. I did post about it last-night at Patreon/Cessnaace. I'm just going to copy and paste from the CollectorVision email, but I'll have to add the prices as they weren't in the main body of the email. Jet Ready $65 Featuring: Brand New Game! Amazing Graphics Great Sounds Addictive game! 8 different levels. LIMITED NUMBERS The contains: Box Game Cartridge Instruction Manual Hustle Chumy $60 Featuring: Great Graphics Great Sounds Addictive game! SG-1000 Conversion LIMITED NUMBERS The contains: Box Game Cartridge Instruction Manual Jawbreaker 1 & 2 $55 Featuring: 2 games in 1 Cool Graphics Great Sounds Addictive game! MSX Conversion The contains: Box Game Cartridge Instruction Manual I really would like to purchase these three games, however I do not as yet own a ColecoVision (I really want one though). Recently, I conducted a poll in the Community section of my cessnaace Youtube channel, where I asked my subscribers to vote on which retro console should be my next (retro) console purchase. The choices were Intellivision, ColecoVision, and Atari XE GS. By a wide margin the XE GS received the most votes. So I'm saving up for one (and for a Switch). Plus, I also really want carts of Plutos and Sirius, and I DO own a 7800. Oh, and I do own Hustle Chumy for the SG-1000. Even though it rarely results in any, I'm again asking for comments. If anything it provides me with some feedback.
  8. I know how it feels, believe me. Have a good rest. In the meantime I am following your blog, and I will continue to do so. Sorry I haven't been commenting. I'll try to do a better job. For the record I am interested in all electronic games, including those played on PC.
  9. I'm letting you know ahead of time what these discounts are for, but in all fairness to Michael Thomasson (of GDG) you'll need to watch my video on how to get the discounts. I ordered the items in question. After paying for them he offered to give the viewers of this video a discount on some of the merchandise. You must follow the directions of the video to get the discounts. Items Ordered Michael's book "Downright Bizarre Games: Video Games that Crossed the Line" Hardcover Edition. "Super Cobra" (7800) Hack of Bob Decrescenzo's 2012 "Scramble" for the 7800. Only 50 copies made available for sale. $39.75 "Pit-Fighter" (7800) Unfinished, but playable prototype. Currently on sale for $29.99 (regularly $36.75). Discounts (if you watch the video) $10 off on either edition of the book Additional $5 off on "Pit-Fighter" so $24.99 after watching the video Good Deal Games Unpacking Video (Discount Info) Michael offered to do this for me without my asking, although I did tell him that I was planning to show them when they arrived, plus do a Review Video. Also, he offered me discounts on these 2 items (just to be totally upfront about all this). Good Deal Games Home Page It's like I said in a previous blog entry, the homebrew and retro gaming community is made up of truly awesome people. Thanks Michael for all that you do. This sentiment applies to everyone here at AtariAge as well. 🥰
  10. I've now shared this info on Twitter, Face Book, and at Patreon/Cessnaace (as a Public post).

     

    Major Changes To AtariAge Forums

     

    Mark

  11. See here ... http://atariage.com/forums/blog/760/entry-15975-super-cobra-hack-for-atari-7800-is-available-at-gdg/
  12. This is currently available at Good Deal Games. Limited to 50 copies. I've ordered mine! http://www.gooddealgames.com/inventory/Atari%207800.html
  13. From reading the forums it appears that this version of Super Cobra has been offered before by Good Deal Games. Well, it's currently listed as being available at GDG, Limited to 50 copies, listed price is $39.95. I've ordered a copy. Michael always does a great job with the packing, so I'm really looking forward to it. I've seen a play video on Youtube, but the display acted wonky. For the record, my copy of Scramble for the 7800 displays the same way, but only when I had a Sega Genesis Game Pad hooked up. It's fine with a 7800 controller, which gives me hope for this hack of Scramble. YOUTUBE VIDEO petsajim1
  14. Al, I received the confirmation email on the Scramble that you just sent me. Thanks again! I greatly appreciate it. As mentioned in my email I will do an unboxing video when it arrives. Thanks again! Mark
  15. People in the Homebrew, retro gaming community are amazing people. Friendly and very generous. I had recently ordered the game Draconian with the Box Upgrade, but the box had been inadvertently overlooked and so was missing from the order. Al shipped me the box, which I received in 2 days, but he included a bonus. He could have simply inserted a thin bloc of Styrofoam to protect the box, as he shipped it to me in a sturdy box to begin with, and I would have been happy as a clam. But what he actually placed inside the box was a Custom Reproduction of the Atari 2600 game Air Raid. Sticking with Al and AtariAge for the moment, my last package from them combined the games making up 3 orders. However, I was sent the 2600 port of Scramble by Champ Games by mistake, as I had ordered the 7800 port by Robert DeCrescenzo. Yes, I know Robert worked on the sound for the 2600 Champ Games port, but I wanted to first see what Robert DeCrescenzo had come up with for the 7800 before ordering the Champ Games port. I did send Alpert a PM concerning this several days ago (May 29th), but he hasn't as yet sent me a reply. I feel that I owe AtariAge an additional $5, as the 2600 version goes for $5 more than the 7800 version, and I DO plan on ordering the 7800 port. Maybe he's just been too busy to get back to me. John W. Champeau, and Nathan Strum have always answered whatever questions that I've put to them, which is cool. I started to post a link to my Youtube video showing the games that I recently received from AtariAge, but then I remembered that I already did that in a previous Blog entry. I recently received an order placed with Good Deal Games. While they offer some games that AtariAge also offers, I only purchase titles from GDG not offered by AtariAge. I must admit, however, that Michael of GDG went beyond the call of duty with this order. Atari 2600 Asteroid Rescue ($24.75) Bomb On Pixel City ($27.75) Kung-Fu Combat ($24.75) Depth Charge ($29.75; Case) Asteroid Rescue was programmed by Ross Adkin and carries a Copyright date of 2018. Depth Charge carries a Copyright date of 2010 by Video Soft. What GDG sent me was a Limited Edition, #51 of 100. Kung-Fu Combat was programmed by Edward Smith and carries a Copyright date of 2019. Michael shipped this to me in advance of my actually paying for it, as it hadn't actually been released when I ordered it. It was released at the GORGS Trade Show this past weekend. In addition to shipping everything Priority, he charged me nothing for shipping. What it cost HIM was $10.40. He also added an unexpected bonus. A Disney/Square Enix Kingdom Hearts banner, sealed. I unsealed it of course. MY CESSNAACE YOUTUBE UNPACKING GDG UNPACKING VIDEO I recently listed all of the Atari homebrews and Custom Reproductions that I own in my collection at Patreon/Cessnaace. Counting each game included on Multi-carts as separate games, the total came to 91 games, although as I write this I realize that I only counted Phantom II as one game, even though the cartridge also includes the game Pirate. So 92. Plus 4 more, that's 96. Closing in on 100. https://www.patreon.com/Cessnaace
  16. In this video, just uploaded to Youtube, I show over $500 worth of Atari Homebrew gaming goodness for the 2600 VCS, 7800 ProSystem, and Jaguar. Even so I missed some, so I'll need to do another video. Technically some of these games are Homebrew ports of Arcade games, but there are many that are totally original as well. Most were purchased from Atari Age. I purposely left out the Custom Reproductions that I have ordered, as I'm saving them for an upcoming video. While the above video was uploading, I discovered that I now have a second supporter on Patreon. Supporters get exclusive content, which I plan on expanding what I offer as I go along. https://www.patreon.com/user?u=11084981
  17. Well, I'm fully back, with a new Web Cam and a Blue Snowball ICE Microphone. I decided to cover Draconian, and the extra bit I found from Al in the box.
  18. I hope you like the updated version of my review. I credited the additional information to SpiceWare. I look forward to your next game.
  19. Thanks for the informative comment. 12,345,678 is quite the accomplishment in Normal Difficulty. Since posting this Blog entry I have managed to surpass 1 million points in both Quadrants ALPHA and BETA, but in Kids Difficulty. Although I'm improving everyday I doubt I'll surpass 99,999,999 in ANY Difficulty in my lifetime. Thanks again!
  20. Game: Draconian System: Atari 2600/VCS/Sears Video Arcade Developer: SpiceWare Publisher: Atari Age Programmed by: Darrell Spice, Jr. Graphics and Level Design by: Nathan Strum Sound Effects, Music, Digitized Voices by: Mike Haas CDF Driver co-written by: Darrell Spice, Jr., Chris Walton, Fred Quimby Cartridge Size: 32K CDF Copyright: 2017 Genre: Shoot 'em Up; Multi-directional scrolling Homebrew Port (Bosconian) Controller: Joystick (Sega Game Pad Compatible) Players: 1 Rarity Rating: H (Homebrew) FROM THE ATARI AGE STORE PAGE: Enemy forces have had the audacity to invade our galaxy and set up occupation forces, operating from space stations that have been strategically placed throughout the five quadrants of our galaxy. (We’re aware that there should only be four quadrants, but interplanetary gerrymandering resulted in there being a fifth one.) Your mission is to choose one of the quadrants, then clear out the enemy forces, one sector at a time. This is an excellent port of the arcade classic Bosconian. It fact it's two ports in one, as it replicates the levels found in the Namco original, and those found in the North American release by Midway. Actually, it contains even more Bosconian goodness. The game includes 5 Quadrants, with 4 Difficulty Modes for each. Kids, Easy, Normal, Hard. The 5 Quadrants are Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta, and Epsilon. A = 17 Midway sectors, last 6 repeat (after sector 256 it goes back to sector 1). There are a few repeated sectors within it, 13-15 are a repeat of sectors 9, 5, then 10. B = 22 Namco sectors, last 6 repeat. Likewise there are repeated sectors within it, including some from the A quadrant. Γ = 9 Tribute sectors, all 9 repeat. Stations are arranged to render the initials of key contributors within the radar. Δ = 16 Contest sectors, all 16 repeat. E = randomly generated sectors. These are not repeats of any of the other 4 quadrants, 8 stations are randomly positioned at the start of each sector. Additional Info has been added to the above breakdown of the 5 Quadrants, and was provided to me by SpiceWare. Each Space Station has 6 Weapons Pods, except for the DELTA Quadrant, where there are some sectors with Mega Space Stations (my name for them, as they aren't mentioned in the manual). These larger stations contain a secret hidden inside, which I won't spoil for you here.* Delta Quadrant sector levels designed by Anders Carlsson, Alessandro Ciceri, Steve Damon, Chris Derrig, German Gonzlaez-Morris, James Earl O'Brien. SCORING: All of this lined up properly when I typed all of this in. How it posts is a different story entirely. Asteroids ..................................................10 Points Cosmo Space Mine...................................20 Points I-Type missile............................................50 Points P-Type missile...........................................60 Points E-Type missile...........................................70 Points I-Type formation Leader...........................100 Points P-Type formation leader...........................120 Points E-Type formation leader...........................140 Points Spy Ship.....................................200/400/800 Points Destroy Station Weapons Pod.................200 Points Destroy Station.......................................1500 Points Destroy all ships in I-Type formation........500 Points Destroy all ships in P-Type formation.....1000 Points Destroy all ships in E-Type formation.....1500 Points You begin each game with four ships. You earn extra ships at 20,000 and 70,000 points. Thereafter you earn an additional ship every 70,000 points. So at 140,000, 210,000, 280,000, etc. In an earlier Blog entry I asked what would happen if the player should reach 1 million points, as the font used to display your score during game play appears too large for the additional digit.+ Well, today I found out while playing in the ALPHA Quadrant in the Kids difficulty. In fact I hit 1,332,030 points. The game continued displaying my score just fine. Something that I found interesting was when I earned a 10th Extra Ship. Up until then the game displayed a single digit, as you'd expect, however when I earned the 10th one the game displayed something else. I paused the game long enough to get my wife from the living room. I gave her my Smart Phone and asked her to take a photo of the screen. She took several, but all were too blurry to go by. I thought that it looked like a Capitol H, but my wife said no, it was the Roman Numeral 10 (looks like a Capitol X)**. Since I'm dyslexic I'll go with her assessment, especially as it makes more sense than an H. This is an exceptionally good game. The Melody Board's CDF mode is put to good use, allowing for Digitized Voices without the need of an AtariVox. Features also include TV-Type Detection. Cartridge is compatible with the NTSC, PAL, and SECAM Standards. It should auto-detect which standard you are using, however if for some reason that fails to work you can manually select which Standard to use via the menu. The game also includes a pause feature. If played on a 2600/VCS toggle between Color and B/W to pause. On the 7800 ProSystem simply hit the pause button. Hitting the fire button will un-pause the game. SOUND This homebrew port of Bosconian includes the following voice clips: Blast Off! Alert! Alert! Battle Stations! Spy Ship Sighted! Condition Red!! PACKAGING: Excellent For $35 you get the cartridge, 8 page color manual, and 10" x 14" poster by Nathan Strum. The Box Upgrade is only $15 (while supplies last), bringing the total to $50 (not including Shipping, or Atari Age Annual Subscriber's discount). Of the games for the 2600 that I've reviewed so far, this is easily the best. RANKING: 1 (out of 9) Draconian (Homebrew port of Bosconian) Worm War I Demolition Herby Allia Quest (Homebrew) Naughty List (Homebrew) Tapeworm (with the sound turned down low) Bell Hopper (Homebrew) Alligator People (Prototype) Fire Fly ATARI AGE DRACONIAN PROMOTIONAL VIDEO YOUTUBE VIDEO REVIEW OF DRACONIAN AtariLeaf REVIEWED GAMES IN THE DATABASE AT HIGH SCORE http://highscore.com/ Allia Quest Bell Hopper Demolition Herby Draconian Fire Fly Naughty List Tapeworm Worm War I So only Alligator People is missing from the HS database, although I have requested it. ATARI AGE DRACONIAN STORE PAGE https://atariage.com/store/index.php?l=product_detail&p=1107 OTHER GAMES BY DARRELL SPICE, JR. INCLUDE Medieval Mayhem Stay Frosty Stay Frosty 2 Space Rocks *"A number of the levels entered in the Draconian Δ Quadrant Sector Design Contest have names. Level with the Mega Space Stations is named The hunt for the 4 mukors as the stacked stations appear similar to the boss in the arcade game Blasteroids." -SpiceWare **"It's an X and stands for eXceeds 9 lives, shown if you have 10 or more lives remaining." - SpiceWare +The Maximum Score displayable on the Title Screen is 99,999,999. However while playing only 7 digits will fit on-screen. Additional information added to this review came courtesy of SpiceWare.
  21. Perhaps I should lead off with the news that all missing Quadrants and Difficulty Modes have now been processed and added to the http://highscore.com database. Previously, only scores achieved in the Alpha Quadrant in Normal Difficulty could be submitted at the site. As soon as I received my copy I requested the following be added: Draconian / Quadrant Beta / Sector 1 [Normal] Draconian / Quadrant Delta / Sector 1 [Normal] Draconian / Quadrant Gamma / Sector 1 [Normal] Draconian / Quadrant Epsilon / Sector 1 [Normal] Draconian / Quadrant Alpha / Sector 1 [Kids] Draconian / Quadrant Beta / Sector 1 [Kids] Draconian / Quadrant Delta / Sector 1 [Kids] Draconian / Quadrant Gamma / Sector 1 [Kids] Draconian / Quadrant Epsilon / Sector 1 [Kids] Draconian / Quadrant Alpha / Sector 1 [Easy] Draconian / Quadrant Beta / Sector 1 [Easy] Draconian / Quadrant Delta / Sector 1 [Easy] Draconian / Quadrant Gamma / Sector 1 [Easy] Draconian / Quadrant Epsilon / Sector 1 [Easy] Draconian / Quadrant Alpha / Sector 1 [Hard] Draconian / Quadrant Beta / Sector 1 [Hard] Draconian / Quadrant Delta / Sector 1 [Hard] Draconian / Quadrant Gamma / Sector 1 [Hard] Draconian / Quadrant Epsilon / Sector 1 [Hard] You don't have to stay in Sector 1 of course, however you must begin your game there. Quite abit of effort on my part to type all that for submission purposes as I'm dyslexic. At any rate all requests were processed some time over the past 12 hours or so. So if you are a User there, submit your scores to be voted on. If you're not, then please join us. I do have a question however, and it pertains to scoring. Yesterday (05.09.2019) I was playing in the Epsilon Quadrant in Kids difficulty trying to hit a million points. I wanted to see what would happen if I did, because the font size used during game play is too large to accommodate another digit, however there's room on the title screen. I didn't find out, as I only hit 935,400. http://highscore.com/score/index.php?s=83034 Can anyone out there answer this question? Draconian, by-the-way, is a very good port of both arcade versions of Bosconian. It is therefore highly recommended, and addictive! https://atariage.com/store/index.php?l=product_detail&p=1107 So if you are a User at http://highscore.com and own this game then please feel free to submit your scores (scores achieved via emulation are allowed as long as you submit them in the Emulation category). If you aren't a member yet then please consider joining. It's totally FREE to both join and use.
  22. As you may have noticed I have deleted the Blog entry that I made requesting someone create a homebrew port of the arcade game Space Zap. This is because, as it turns out, someone already has, and it's being sold right here at Atari Age. Nathan Strum wrote me quite a nice comment to that Blog entry, informing me of the existence of the game Vault Assault, a nice version of Space Zap for the 2600 sold right here at Atari Age. As deleting the entry that I wrote would result in Nathan's informative comment also disappearing, I thought that I could both preserve his information while also deleting the embarrassing entry (with some content retained for context). What I originally wrote edited {Space Zap was manufactured by Midway and released to arcades in 1980. I really want to play this game, either on the 2600 VCS, or 7800 ProSystem. The homebrew game for the 2600 called Alien Revenge! borrows some elements of this game. Not enough though. Either Champ Games or SpiceWare could do this game justice. These two outfits have other things in common besides making awesome games. On the arcade conversions Michael Haas handles the Music, Speech (where applicable), and Sound Effects. Nathan Strum designs and produces the excellent artwork, which can be appreciated on the cartridge face labels, the manuals, and posters (where applicable). I have no doubt that Michael Haas can handle the sound work. In fact I know from experience that Darrell. Michael, John, and Nathan produce quality work because I own many of their games (or wish that I did).} I then listed the homebrews by Champ Games and SpiceWare, and indicated which ones I own copies of Atari 2600 homebrews by Champ Games (John W. Champeau) Conquest of Mars own Lady Bug own. I wish I owned the boxed limited edition, but ordered the cartridge/manual release by mistake Mappy own Scramble wishlisted Super Cobra Arcade own Atari 2600 homebrews by SpiceWare (Darrell Spice Jr.) Draconian own Medieval Mayhem wishlisted Space Rocks wishlisted Stay Frosty own. One of the games included on the Stella's Stocking multi-cart Stay Frosty 2 own Nathan's comment While I appreciate the acknowledgement, there are others who should be credited. Dave Dries has created label artwork for both Darrell and John (Scramble, Space Rocks and the forthcoming Wizard of Wor Arcade), Dave Vazquez created the artwork and game graphics for Medieval Mayhem and developed the game graphics for Darrell's upcoming game Frantic, and Dave Exton created the label artwork for Stay Frosty 2 and Stella's Stocking (Stay Frosty). There have been others who have worked on audio, too. Bob DeCrescenzo worked on Lady Bug, Space Rocks, and Scramble, and John Payson and Darrell worked on the audio driver used in Stay Frosty 2, plus another programmer will be working on the audio for an as-yet unannounced game for John. As this is a hobby, people come and go, or have different availability, different interests, or are just a better fit for a particular game. The end goal is always the same though: to make awesome games. As for Space Zap, there's already Vault Assault. It's not 100% feature-complete with the arcade version, but the basic gameplay is there. As with any homebrew though, the trick is that a programmer has to want to make the game, and most programmers already have a backlog of games they want to make. Given that homebrews take months (or years) to create, it's a long shot. For something as straightforward as Space Zap though, you might look into learning batari Basic and giving it a shot yourself. How I would write it now Space Zap was manufactured by Midway and released to arcades in 1980. The homebrew game Alien Revenge! uses some of the elements from Space Zap, but not enough to satisfy my desire to play this arcade gem on an Atari console. Fortunately Brian Prescott created a port for the 2600 called Vault Assault, but as Nathan Strum mentioned in his review it is missing the Attack Satellite, which circles the station after each round. I agree that it would have helped the game to keep it in, but beggars can't be choosers, and in the case of Space Zap I begged plenty. At $20 ($19 after the Subscriber Discount) this game on cartridge with a color manual, well that's a good deal in my book and a must have. So I have ordered it. https://atariage.com/store/index.php?l=product_detail&p=113 YOUTUBE PLAY VIDEO OF SPACE ZAP Sound starts after the attract sequence; approx. :42 into the video YOUTUBE PLAY VIDEO OF VAULT ASSAULT Thank you Nathan Strum, and everyone else.
  23. I received a massive package from Atari Age yesterday containing every game making up the 6 orders that had not shipped earlier. I also received a package from a seller on eBay containing a Homebrew that I've never seen for sale at Atari Age, Good Deal Games, or Packrat Video Games. Here is a breakdown of every game that I've received over the past few days. Atari 2600/Homebrews 2005 Mutigame Multicart Hunchy Jetman M-4 Marble Jumper Nightrider Rocket Command Zirconium BerZerk: Voice Enhanced Version Draconian (Boxed) Box being shipped separately Elevators Amiss Go Fish! Juno First Lady Bug I meant to order the Boxed Edition, but it slipped my mind when ordering Phantom II / Pirate Warring Worms: The Worms (Re)Turns Atari 2600/Custom Reproductions Assault Gas Hog River Patrol Atari 7800/Homebrews Bentley Bear's Crystal Quest (POKEY) Lava Lamps & 8-Track Theatre via eBay So far I've played Lava Lamps & 8-Track Theatre, Go Fish!, River Patrol, and Draconian, in that order. Go Fish! was hard for me to stop playing. It's just so addictive, but I finally moved on to River Patrol. This is a game that I've already enjoyed playing via emulation. An original cartridge is just too pricey for me. I played several games of it, but as it turned out my first game was my best. So I'll submit that score to http://highscore.com to be voted on. Draconian is really good too. Here is a complete list of every Homebrew, Prototype Reproduction, etc. that I own (as of now) for the various Atari Gaming Platforms. All game titles followed by an Asterix (not the French comic character, but the * character) are currently not in the http://highscore.com database, but I have submitted requests for them, unless that game has no scoring component, in which case why bother? All game titles which are followed by a Plus Sign (+) have had my requests processed (within' the past 24-hours) and so are in the http://highscore.com database now. Most games are in the database. All games were purchased at Atari Age unless otherwise noted. Atari 2600/Homebrews 2005 Mutigame Multicart Hunchy Jetman M-4 Marble Jumper Nightrider Rocket Command + Zirconium + Alfred Challenge Alien Attack (Good Deal Games) + Alien Revenge! (Good Deal Games) + Allia Quest AStar Astronomer (Boxed; Packrat Video Games) Backfire Bee-Ball Berzerk: Voice Enhanced Blinky Goes Up (Boxed) The Byte Before Christmas (Multicart; Boxed) Bell Hopper Christmas Adventure Naughty List Santa's Scabs + Chetiry Colony 7 Conquest of Mars Crazy Brix Draconian Elevators Amiss Explosive Diarrhea (Packrat Video Games) FailSafe ++ was already in the system, but my requests for A/b and b/A Difficulty Settings have been added Flappy Galactopus * Go Fish! * Juno First Lady Bug Mappy (Boxed) * Mental Kombat Oystron Phantom II / Pirate Pinata (Multicart; Discontinued) aka Piñata in the database. Why or how this happened is still a mystery. Fix-It Felix Sr. Flipside Heart Break * Joyride Ping * Power Off! (Boxed) Rainbow Invaders Space Game (Boxed) * Stay Frosty 2 Stella's Stocking (Multicart) Cold War Elf Dash Grandma's Revenge Stay Frosty Tossing Cookies Super Cobra Arcade (Boxed) * This Planet Sucks! Thrust+ Platinum Edition Warring Worms: The Worm (Re)Turns X3V0LuX Atari 2600/Custom Reproductions Assault Demolition Herby Gas Hog River Patrol Atari 2600/Prototype Reproductions Alligator People * Pleiades (Boxed) Turbo (Boxed) Atari 2600/Demos Amiga Boing! Demo 2.0 Atari 5200 OK, so I don't own a 5200 SuperSystem. I really wanted this game in my collection though, so here it is. Beef Drop Atari 7800 ProSystem/Homebrews Asteroids Deluxe Astro Blaster Beef Drop VE Bentley Bear's Crystal Quest (Boxed; POKEY) Crazy Otto Frenzy (Boxed) Lava Lamps & 8-Track Theatre + Meteor Shower (Blue label) Meteor Shower (Red label) Jr. Pac-Man Worm! Atari Jaguar/Jaguar CD OK, so I don't as yet own the CD-ROM drive. I DO own a Jaguar though. Treasure Island Dizzy (Boxed; Clear Shell option) Jagware Collection 1.0 (Case) Kobayashi Maru: Final (Case) Atari Lynx Tournament Cyberball Zaku (Boxed; Super Fighter Team; Discontinued) I have a policy of only submitting game requests at http://highscore.com once I actually own the game. Please Follow, Like, and Comment.
  24. Last night I went and placed another order here at Atari Age for two home brews for the 2600. Typically I order one expensive game or two low to mid-range priced games with each order, although occasionally when money's tight one low to mid-priced game. The $500+ covers games only. I haven't bought any hardware that I can think of since March 6th. Why March 6th, I hear no one ask. Quite simple really. March 6th is when I purchased an Annual Atari Age Subscription, which entitles me to a 5% discount on all Atari Age Store purchases. I wanted to see if an Annual Subscription pays for itself, taking into account my spending habits (I'll renew it regardless of the out-come of this little experiment). Al will tell you how anal I am about maintaining records on my orders. THUMBNAIL IMAGE A photo I took 2 months ago gathering together my then recent shipments from Atari Age and sellers on eBay into one box PRIOR TO PURCHASING ATARI AGE ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTION 09.22.2010 thru 02.28.2019 SUB-TOTAL $1,436.61 This includes 2 orders still being processed at the time of purchasing the subscription, so they weren't eligible for the 5% discount. Order 21876 $83 Order 21905 $83 ORDERS PLACED WITH ATARI AGE AFTER PURCHASING ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTION 03.06.2019 to the Present Order 21928 $60.35 Shipped Order 21936 $52.85 Shipped Order 21960 $29.10 Shipped Order 21961 $43.35 Shipped Order 21990 $79.25 Shipped Order 21995 $74.50 Shipped Order 22010 $52.85 Shipped Order 22036 $79.25 Shipped Order 22108 $52.85 Shipped SUB-TOTAL $524.35 GRAND TOTAL $1,960.96 Update I received an email from Al. All pending orders have now shipped, so I've edited this entry to reflect this fact. This encompasses 6 orders. So some great gaming goodness is headed my way. Going by past experience they should arrive quickly. While I am now also buying Home Brews and Hacks from Packrat Video Games and Good Deal Games, I'm continuing to buy the bulk of such games from Atari Age. Speaking of Good Deal Games ... Michael Thomasson of Good Deal Games and myself are working to give Home Brews for the Sega Master System physical releases. If you are at all interested in this I have posted info on this at SMS Power! http://www.smspower.org/forums/17452-GetYourSMSHomebrewPublished
  25. Oh, and thanks for commenting. I appreciate the feedback.
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