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Lulu: Russ Wetmore's unfinished game

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Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you:

 

Russ Wetmore's unfinished Atari 8-bit game, Lulu.

"It’s the last game I worked on before quitting the Atari 800. Lulu was a dancing elephant in the jungle trying to fill up dry ponds for the other animals while other animals tried to take her out. The game was only so-so, but the music was pretty good if I do say so myself. My agent and I had a falling out, and then nobody wanted to talk about publishing the game, so I stopped working on it."
Russ wrote this in 1984, but it was not made available until today. He does not have the source code — in fact, he was amazed that he even had the demo disk.

https://youtu.be/oozQv0mb2E4

 

My interview with Russ will be published very soon in the ANTIC podcast. But I couldn't wait to share this.

 

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It definitely "feels" like a game from that time period. It has that charm which games then did and was perhaps lacking later in the Atari's life, those games seemed a lot more generic.

 

It also sounds a bit like M.U.L.E..

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The whole intro thing is reminiscent of Mule.

Kinda like MULE meets Ballblazer.

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Looking forward to the interview. I enjoyed the last one with the creator of star raiders II.

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Kevin, you are really a (THE!) Atari 8 Bit super heroe! Your contributions to the community are unbelievable! Thanks for all your work for us Atari lovin people!

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Great to have it, shame its a one playable screen demo (unless I'm doing something wrong), love the music, it would be great to hear what was planned for it.

 

Well done Kevin, 2 games no one bar a few knew existed..Great work..

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Wow Kevin,

 

 

2015 was a major impact to the community with many, many gifts before the 24th this month. And now, you came again(!) with a:

 

"One more thing...."

 

What about making a year holiday, because your have done so much this year. ;-)

 

Really great, thank you so much. We are deeply in your obligation, again!

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Interesting ATR to poke around with. Use a file viewer like Memopad to take a look. "Programmer's AiDE © 1982 Roklan Corp", "DAVE'S FUNNY FORMAT VERSION 1.1". You can also pick up the variable names.

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I really like the animation in LuLu - Russ always seemed to take things one step further in his games :)

The sad thing about such stuff is that it was very missed back in the days. The game looks really nice by it's animations.

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Perhaps in the interviews you could express our gratitude to these guys for creating such good games. The Preppies and Sea Dragon still play nicely today :)

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Yes indeed, I still play Juimpman, Spelunker, Bruce Lee etc etc not because they are games I used to play but because they are bloody good games, I get the same enjoyment factor out of these games that I do from stuff on the 360 and PS4 as does my daughter..

 

1K or 50GB, its the playability that counts..

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