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PET Galaga for the Atari 800XL

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In 1982 the German programmer Henrik Wening made a great version of the arcade game Galaga for
the Commodore PET computer. The PET, being more a business-oriented computer, had only
very limited graphics and sound capabilities. So the game is graphically very simple but the
gameplay is great. There was also a version of it for the Commodore 64, which I
played for many hours back in the eighties.

 

I now ported Henrik's great game to the Atari 800XL computer. It can be downloaded from my homepage at http://web.utanet.at/nkehrer/

Here is a screenshot (with the PET font, also C64 and Atari font are supported):

atari007.png

 

Have fun!

 

Norbert

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Very cool!

 

We all know the Atari can produce games that look and sound much better, but this plays fantastic. Quite a feat with the limited character graphics available on the PET, and I for one am happy to see that charm reproduced on the Atari.

 

PETs were the first computers I had any hands-on experience with as a child, and they remain my favorite 8-bit machine in many ways. Never should have sold mine...

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Great game. One little thing that kind of bugs me. When you finish a round sometimes the program plays a note until the next round starts. Any way you could fix that? Others wise the game is fantastic.

 

Allan

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Very Nice :).

 

This Version is even better than the C64 Version.

 

The game has a Genuine retro feel to it, Reminds me of my first experienses With Video games/Computers that must have been back in 1978.

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Great game. One little thing that kind of bugs me. When you finish a round sometimes the program plays a note until the next round starts. Any way you could fix that? Others wise the game is fantastic.

 

Allan

That is also in Galaxian!

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Thanks again Norbert! Perfect example of how game play and not graphics make a game fun to play.

What he said :thumbsup:

 

Great game Norbet; Galaga will definitelty feature in next season's High Score Club [starting soon folks!]

39,320 Stage 8 so far...

You could change the "press key" message to "press fire" ;)

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oh yeah, for the high score club.... great!

level 8 I guess similar to me...

but I guess your score is much higher...

 

we all know sounds and graphics can EVERYTIME be better...

but here it is not a demake of the arcade maschine...

it is a remake of a commodore PET version!

 

and it carries a lot old school retro feeling...

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hey therealbountybob...

 

just checked my post in abbuc forum...

level 8 - and

dadamm....

39.400 points...

 

I think this will be a nice fight as soon as it is free at high score club :-D

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You probably wanted to stay true to the original Pet version, but the graphics look like they could be easily be updated to use NTSC color artifacting for a couple extra colors.

 

Bob

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As said by Allan, the noise between rounds might be nice to lose but regardless of that its really really fun, it reminds me of a game on the ZX80 / 81 that was part of a pack I cannot find called 1K Machinde code wonders, ordered it thinking the versions would be rubbish at best but every game was a brilliant feat.

 

The Galaga looked almost identical to this...

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Very fun to play - reminds me of the ZX81 days :) - question though, I believe the 'capture' portion of the game is not implemented correct?

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Here's a video of the C64 port:

 

This would be the version I'd try to port to the Sega Genesis. I was hoping it was written in BASIC so I could understand the source. Seems like it's all assembly, though.

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the capture is included... but there is no special reason when it starts...

just luck...

 

with (I think it is a) difference:

id you got the double shoot and will be hit by an alien bomb you loose only one of your both ships.

I am not sure anymore in the original if you lost all two by a hit...

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Just wondering if anyone has a link to the original PET game? I looked on Henrik Wening's page but couldn't find it...

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