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    Rikki & Vikki

    In a word: Remarkable! Received mine a few days ago. Cool packaging. Amazing graphics and sound. Fun gameplay (those "dark" caverns are frustrating). I highly recommend a gamepad. I'm using a converted NES pad that I bought here from an AtariAge user and it makes the game play really nicely (sorta like an NES platformer, TBH). Congratulations on making something so unexpected in terms of hardware and graphics and so fun in terms of gameplay.
  2. My AtariMax seems to not be working, but I get the title screen and then the street with the music on Atari800MacX. Unable to get it to do anything beyond that at this point, but looks promising!
  3. My son printed one of these in his school lab for me for Christmas. It makes Robotron sooooo much better to play. Highly encourage everyone to get one of these. The prolines are pretty good for this game.
  4. Seems like making C "start" could cause problems. Are you able to map start and reset to the select/pause buttons and make C Pause instead? Start will reset some games as I recall. I know that's weird, but might help avoid losing everything in some games through inadvertent restart.
  5. Has anyone ever seen a PlayPak Mac-based arcade system? I've been fascinated by them since they were announced in the 90s, even though I know they are just a Mac inside an arcade cabinet. The game Battle-Girl was a 90s take on Robotron with some cool elements. This is a link to the defunct (I think) company page: https://web.archive.org/web/19980131182035/http://www.negs.net:80/Pages/Battlegirl.html Arcade Museum shows PlayPak's conversion of The Untouchable, but no one seems to have one: http://www.arcade-museum.com/game_detail.php?game_id=10269
  6. This. I hope that before too long someone who knew Ken and has technical skills to carry this out will compassionately reach out to his family and offer to properly archive Ken's work, perhaps even enabling the completion of any work he might have had in progress. It's a legacy worth preserving.
  7. What a huge difference the NES-converted gamepad makes for Crystal Quest. tried it with the stock stick and it was almost unplayable. With the gamepad, it's a fast, fun platformer. Panky Panda I didn't try with the stock stick, but it also works great with the NES gamepad and is arguably one of the best games of its kind on the 2600.
  8. Just went to load my Ultimate SD up and it won't load! No LED, scrambled opening Atari logo. Other carts work fine. Any easy suggestions for reviving it? I tried pulling the SD card out and reinserting it. It had been working up until two weeks ago -- played some GTIA/Atari Blast on it.
  9. Looking for both at this point. Let me know what you have.
  10. The drive cleaning kit seemed to help. The internal drive now seems to work most of the time. I've just purchased the ADPpro setup from RetroFloppy and will give that a go. Thanks again.
  11. Wow. This is truly amazing. I can't believe how much is going on in this game. Well done! Are there ways to use some of the code you developed for this in other types of games, such as a vertical driving game or a side-scrolling/vertical scrolling adventure? Thank you for doing this. I can only imagine the reaction of kids if they saw this back in the 80s. My 14 year old was even impressed and confused with everything going on at the same time. Frenetic, but fun.
  12. Well, those "basement" disks were instructive. The external drive managed to read and load Bank Street Writer, which appears to be functioning normally. The internal drive showed signs of life, but then errored out to an asterisk on some disks, while others just say "Check Disc Drive" or "Unable to Load ProDos" I bought a cleaning kit on ebay and will try that process. In the meantime, if anyone has known good IIc disk utility disks they'd like to sell (I'd rather buy here than off eBay), please message me. Thanks. Once I get a chance I'll spend a bit more time getting ADTPro configured and buy the necessary cables.
  13. Thank you, all. I'm in Grand Rapids, Michigan (for those who asked). I'm expecting a few more disks this week from a friend who found a few in his basement. I'll keep everyone informed about how things work out. I bought this because my son is a big Apple fan (he's going as Steve Jobs for Halloween) and he wanted to know what it's like to use an Apple II (I had a Franklin Ace 1200 as a kid). I've taught him a few Basic tricks from the CNRTL-Reset prompt (some counting and "print" functions) and that seemed to get him excited to do more. I bought some IBM formatted DSDD 5.25 floppies, but can't reformat them without some software. Figured a DOS disc would be a good place to start, but not so much. Any other beginners advice appreciated.
  14. Bought an Apple IIc in good shape. Bought an Apple Diskware DOS 3.3 System Master off ebay. Upon boot it says "check disk" and then nothing. Inserting into an external drive and doing a PR#7 results in a quick read of the DOS disc and then the internal disc making the dying whale (no disk) sound. This is the only disk I have for the machine. Is there likely something wrong with the drive, the disk or am I missing something (like is DOS 3.3 not compatible?)
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