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  1. First up, I received 2 orders from Packrat Video Games that were shipped together. Astronomer Limited Boxed Run. Includes Box (numbered), Box Protector, Cartridge, Manual, Insert, Refrigerator Magnet which has the same artwork that graces the front of the box. This is a 4K game programmed by Alex Pietrow. Available in either NTSC or PAL standards. For use with either a Joystick or Paddle Controller. Copyrighted 2018. When I originally placed my order this boxed edition was listed as Sold Out! The owner of Packrat said that he could send me a Limited Boxed Run copy as he had set aside some extra boxes. At some point after this the boxed edition was again available, but in limited supply. I posted about this in a previous Blog entry. I just checked and the boxed edition is again listed as Sold Out! Cost $35 + $4.50 for shipping = $39.50. If you wish to buy a loose copy, with Cartridge and Manual, the cost is $18 (not counting shipping). This game is reportedly included in the RetroN77. A viewer of my Youtube channel in Holland confirmed this to be true (shipped from the U.S.). http://www.packratvg.com/astronomer.html Explosive Diarrhea Cartridge + Manual. This is a 2K game. Programmed by Chris Read. Copyrighted 2014. Cost $20 + $4.50 (S & H) = $24.50. Currently this game is available in the NTSC standard only. http://www.packratvg.com/ed.html Both of these games from Packrat Video Games are in the http://highscore.com database. Arriving shortly afterword came 2 home brews for the 2600 from Good Deal Games. I must say that their speed, packaging, and communication skills are exceptionally good. Alien Attack Cartridge + Manual (printed on a single sheet of paper). Programmed by Edward Smith. 24 Copies were made for the April 2018 Midwest Gaming Classic. While there is nothing on the site indicating that this a reproduction copy, the Good Deal Games logo is quite evident on the cartridge label. Cost $24.75. Alien Revenge! Cartridge only. The manual is available digitally. Game programmed by Edward Smith. 24 Copies were made for the April 2018 Retro Game Con. This is the sequel to Alien Attack, although their play styles are completely different. The first is a vertical shooter, while this follow-up plays, well, like an arcade game I recently saw played in an evidence video at http://highscore.com , but I'm forgetting the name of it currently. You are in command of an orbiting power station, which is square. You fire at the enemies as they come at you from all sides, including the top and bottom. Cost. $22.75. UPDATE I submitted requests at http://highscore.com for both Alien Attack and Alien Revenge! to be added. Both are now in the system there. http://www.gooddealgames.com/inventory/Atari%202600.html As always, I have more games coming. From Atari Age I have a (2600) multi-cart with 7 games + 6 home brews for the 2600 + 1 home brew for the 7800 + 3 Custom Reproductions for the 2600. 7 + 6 + 1 + 3 = 17. I have another order coming from Packrat, which consists of just one (boxed) game. So 18. Plus 2 games (both for the 2600) ordered via eBay consisting of 1 home brew that I've ONLY seen on eBay, and one game from back-in-the day. So 19 games total. This reminds me of a bit from the movie Clue (the first one; the good one) where the Butler and Miss Scarlet argue over the number of shots fired from the gun (and thus the number of bullets remaining).
  2. Well, it's finally happened. I received an Invoice from Packrat Video Games for 2 of the games that I ordered. But there are additional games that I have ordered from them. There's Important news on the Packrat front further down the page. For the first order of business I'd like to make mention of a PAL Exclusive that I received the other day from the U.K., and that's Meteor Defense, published by ITT Home Vision in 1983. This game was released in different countries under different titles. PAL Game: Meteor Defense aka: Astrowar, Astro War, Astro-War, Dead Ray, Missile War, Sternen-Kampf, Sterngreig, War 2000, etc. System: Atari 2600/VCS/Sears Video Arcade Publisher: ITT Home Vision Copyright: 1983 Genre: Shoot' em Up! Horizontal Scrolling Players: 1 Controller: Joystick (Sega Genesis Game Pad Compatible) Origin: Europe Rarity: Undetermined http://highscore.com Yes, it's in the Database Purchased via eBay from a seller in the U.K. Cartridge $13.35 + $4.55 (S & H) = $17.90. I inserted the cartridge into my Atari 7800 ProSystem (NTSC) and the game displayed in Black & White. I expected this as the most likely possibility. I played several games like this and then made the following video, which I posted to my Youtube channel. Today, after playing several games of "Millipede" for the 7800 I removed that cartridge and thought that I'd play "Meteor Defense." I inserted it into my 7800, and what do you suppose happened? The game played as before, only this time in full color! I don't really have an explanation for this. YOUTUBE VIDEO OF METEOR DEFENSE IN COLOR Packrat Video Game 1: Astronomer (2600 Home Brew); NTSC Standard; Limited Boxed Version (#35 of 34). Includes game box, box protector, cartridge, instructions, Stargazers insert, Astronomer refrigerator magnet. $35 + $4.50 (S& H) = $39.45. I hear some of you thinking, "#35 out of 34?" When I placed the order I lamented that the Limited Box Run was sold out. His response was "I kept a couple of spares and put them aside for people like you." I STILL don't know what that means, but I'll take it. Packrat's site listed the Limited Boxed Version as Sold Out! It is now listed as There are a few remaining boxes left! Game: Astronomer System: Atari 2600/VCS/Sear Video Arcade Publisher: Packrat Video Games Programmer: Alex Pietrow Copyright: 2018 Genre: You are an Astronomer searching the heavens for stars. That would make the Genre Star Gazing? Cartridge Size: 4K Players: 1 Controller: Joystick or Paddle Rarity: Home Brew http://highscore.com Yes, it's in the Database YOUTUBE PLAY VIDEO OF ASTRONOMER GRay Defender PACKRAT PAGE FOR ASTRONOMER http://www.packratvg.com/astronomer.html Packrat Video Game 2: Explosive Diarrhea (2600 Home Brew). Cartridge and Manual only. $20 + $4.50 (S&H) = $24.50. So a total of $64 for these 2 Home Brew games. Game: Explosive Diarrhea System: Atari 2600/VCS/Sears Video Arcade Publisher: Packrat Video Games Programmer: Chris Read Copyright: 2014 Genre: Action Cartridge Size: 2K Players: 1 Controller: Joystick Rarity: Home Brew http://highscore.com Yes, it's in the Database YOUTUBE PLAY VIDEO FOR EXPLOSIVE DIARRHEA ILLSeaBass PACKRAT VIDEO GAMES PAGE FOR EXPLOSIVE DIARRHEA http://www.packratvg.com/ed.html PACKRAT VIDEO GAMES SITE http://www.packratvg.com OTHER HOME BREW GAMES (etc.) ON ORDER Atari Age except where otherwise noted. Al has informed me that everything will ship out together this week. ATARI 2600 2005 Mutigame Multicart -Hunchy -Jetman -M-4 -Marble Jumper -Nightrider -Rocket Command -Zirconium Assualt (Custom Reproduction) Berzerk: Voice Enhanced Draconian Elevators Amiss Gas Hog (Custom Reproduction) Juno First Lady Bug River Patrol (Custom Reproduction) Spaceman Splorf: Planet of Doom (Packrat) Warring Worms: The Worm (Re)Turns Atari 7800 Bentley Bear's Crystal Quest -POKEY Please Like, Comment, and Follow. Even this little entry took me over two hours to put together.
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