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  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
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