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Season 18 Round 1 of 15 - Marble Madness

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No time to catch your breath, a new season is here!  We're back to our normal format of any game goes so if there's a title you've been dying to see in the HSC please post a suggestion.  I still have a modest list of suggestions from previous years that I'll be pulling from as well.  Anyway, we're going to kick this one off with a favorite: Marble Madness.  Thanks for playing!

 

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Game Rules:

Select either control scheme.

Manual

 

Score Post Deadline: Sunday August 23 at 11:59 PM CDT.

 

AtariAge High Scores:

Competition: 176,280 by mbd30 posted on 12/13/2017

Exhibition: 179,930 by mbd30 posted on 4/28/2019

 

Scores as of 8/23:

mbd30             178,450
Razzie.P          106,020
fakecortex         58,580
asponge            51,540
AtariSphinx        41,700
Magmavision2000    37,610
jblenkle           29,610
roadrunner         18,540
empsolo            17,140

 

Season Standings:

None

 

General HSC Season Rules:

  • To participate, just post a score to the thread. Anyone can join in at any time.
  • A picture or screenshot is encouraged when posting a score but not required.
  • The season is 15 rounds long.
  • Games will be posted on Sundays and run two weeks through Sunday at 11:59 PM CST.
  • Do not exploit game glitches, take advantage of 1-up loops or intentionally die in order to replay a level.
  • If "point pressing" is not specified in the game rules you should be moving forward in an attempt to complete/loop the game and not "camping" for points.
  • No emulator save states, slow-mo, rewind, etc.
  • No cheats, e.g. Konami code, Game Genie, etc.
  • Turbo controllers are allowed.
  • Round points are awarded according to the following chart:
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Whoa, I'm surprised to see the next season start so fast! Marble Madness...works so well with a trackball in the arcade. Years ago I scored a set of controllers on ebay for a song that I thought would help out specifically for this game. They didn't, but they were a neat addition to my NES collection. I'll grab a pic of them...

 

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12,890 it's gonna take a while to get used to the controls (Played on a modded 3DS): InShot_20200809_141844928.thumb.jpg.436251605e64243b571441ea92088c96.jpg

EDIT: Small improvement 18,280:

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EDIT EDIT: Progress! 21,600:InShot_20200809_232316691.thumb.jpg.f0492ba740e52e4aab6d9828f65f190e.jpg

Do you guys do Famicom exclusive games? If you do, I'd like to recommend Galaxian and Yie Ar Kung Fu.

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35 minutes ago, mbd30 said:

175,640

 

It's an okay score to start with.

HAHAHA wow. Yeah this is not my game. And let's just forget about those quickshot controllers.

 

20,450 Ariel Race (4)

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6 minutes ago, fakecortex said:

HAHAHA wow. Yeah this is not my game. And let's just forget about those quickshot controllers.

 

20,450 Ariel Race (4)

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Here's a tip: You can go off the sides in the practice race to land on the numbers to get a lot of points there.

 

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6 minutes ago, mbd30 said:

 

Here's a tip: You can go off the sides in the practice race to land on the numbers to get a lot of points there.

 

I was wondering about that! Sweet!

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The bulk of your score comes from big bonuses upon beating the game. For example, you get 1100 points for every second left on the clock at the end. You also lose 1000 points for every death (subtracting from 20k, so you get 20k for not dying).

 

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177,230

 

Better score. This was a pretty good no-death run. Too bad I finished with 77 seconds left rather than 78.

 

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On 8/9/2020 at 1:37 PM, fakecortex said:

Whoa, I'm surprised to see the next season start so fast!

I didn't really see any point in waiting a week or two.  I figured if anyone wants to make game suggestions they can do that while we get going.

 

On 8/9/2020 at 2:24 PM, Magmavision2000 said:

Do you guys do Famicom exclusive games? If you do, I'd like to recommend Galaxian and Yie Ar Kung Fu.

Absolutely.  We had three of them during season 16.  I'll add these to my list of candidates.

 

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For Famicom, I LOVE Circus Charlie (or Circus Chablie as I call it- my first exposure to it was on a pirated muli-cart that had the typo). I've done some intense point "exploring" with that game and we'd have to very explicitly lay out what is considered point pressing. You can camp for coins and rack up your points ridiculously high while playing for a very long time. Or even just squeeze out a few extra coins a level for a questionable advantage.

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8 minutes ago, fakecortex said:

For Famicom, I LOVE Circus Charlie (or Circus Chablie as I call it- my first exposure to it was on a pirated muli-cart that had the typo). I've done some intense point "exploring" with that game and we'd have to very explicitly lay out what is considered point pressing. You can camp for coins and rack up your points ridiculously high while playing for a very long time. Or even just squeeze out a few extra coins a level for a questionable advantage.

That's a good MAME title.  I've never played the Famicom version.  I'll add it as an option.  If we get to it, I'll be sure to hit you up for the potential scoring pitfalls.

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40 minutes ago, fakecortex said:

Improvement, still finding it super hard.

 

27,990 race 4

 

This is a really short game with only 6 races so I hope you can beat it. Expect a score in the 60k range upon beating it for the first time, but that should be good enough for a high ranking on the leaderboard.

 

EDIT: I hope at least one other person beats this, lol.

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2 hours ago, mbd30 said:

 

This is a really short game with only 6 races so I hope you can beat it. Expect a score in the 60k range upon beating it for the first time, but that should be good enough for a high ranking on the leaderboard.

 

EDIT: I hope at least one other person beats this, lol.

That answers the question of if it repeats. Good to know, more eager to finish now!

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47 minutes ago, fakecortex said:

That answers the question of if it repeats. Good to know, more eager to finish now!

 

Nope, it definitely doesn't repeat. It's just the six short levels. The game takes under five minutes to beat.

 

I know this makes high scores seem impossible, but it really is all about tearing through the game as quickly as you can while not dying in order to rack up big bonus points.

 

BTW, hold the A button to go faster. You have to hold A to make the jump at the beginning of level 6.

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8 hours ago, mbd30 said:

BTW, hold the A button to go faster. You have to hold A to make the jump at the beginning of level 6.

So I just read the manual last night and realized that was a thing 🙄 I guess I didn't notice when playing or remembered from years ago 🤷🏼‍♂️

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