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The lost Gremlins Atari arcade game.

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Funny you should mention this... Atari made the Atari XL, and C-64 versions of Robotron (through Atarisoft), and they also put out a Gremlins game for those machines which I'm pretty sure is based on the codebase of the Robotron ports, since both use a heavy amount of soft sprites, and both display the scoring in a similar way.

 

Just compare those two screenshots (for the C-64 version):

 

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I had that Gremlins game for my Apple 2c. Loved it. A great game. Great gameplay. Cool graphics. Similar in a way to Robotron but different enough.

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Looks completely different from the 5200 version. Somewhat reminds me of 720 and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. Looks like it may have been designed for a special controller, telling from that flashlight screen.

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This game is really neat. Judging by the gameplay video, it seems to exist both intact and playable. I assume there is a lucky owner of at least one functioning Gremlins proto Arcade board, yet undumped? I hope it gets released eventually to the community, some how, some way :)

 

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