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The Atari Report - 5200 Edition - Episode 8 - Star Island

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In this episode, mentally disabled musician and entertainer Ray Jackson introduces and reviews an Atari 8-bit conversion by playsoft for the 5200 of Stedek Software’s 1982 adaptation of the Cinematronics 1981 arcade classic Star Castle, Star Island for the Atari 5200 SuperSystem.

 

#StarIsland #Atari5200 #TheAtariReport

 

 

 

Star Island.bin Star Island - 8-bit Version.zip

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How did you get the job for Yars' Revenge? Did Atari need a clone of Star Castle and you simply came up with a better game?

 

"Yes, I was the next person on the list to get an assignment and Atari needed a Star Castle clone. I went back to them and said "I don't think this is going to work." But I analyzed the game and found what I thought was fun about it. I reconfigured it and made a few modifications in a way that would work on the 2600. And they were cool about it because there weren't to many arcade hits at the time and Star Castle wasn't all that."

 

-Howard Scott Warshaw, Atari Times

 

I couldn't make it out clearly, but it seems this version sounds really authentic.  I always like how this game sounded in the arcades, and it was pretty fun to play.

 

 

 

 

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5 hours ago, patroclus99 said:

How did you get the job for Yars' Revenge? Did Atari need a clone of Star Castle and you simply came up with a better game?

 

"Yes, I was the next person on the list to get an assignment and Atari needed a Star Castle clone. I went back to them and said "I don't think this is going to work." But I analyzed the game and found what I thought was fun about it. I reconfigured it and made a few modifications in a way that would work on the 2600. And they were cool about it because there weren't to many arcade hits at the time and Star Castle wasn't all that."

 

-Howard Scott Warshaw, Atari Times

 

I couldn't make it out clearly, but it seems this version sounds really authentic.  I always like how this game sounded in the arcades, and it was pretty fun to play.

 

 

 

 

Well, if Howard Scott Warshaw is reading this, or, if one of his publicists gets his attention, ge may want to check out @Thelen's 8-bit genius version of it as converted for the 5200 by @playsoft himself, Yar's Strike. Even HSW himself would be amazed at how much more difficult it is than his original, especially since the Qotile keeps moving up and down the game screen and that the shield covers the entire right side of it, you can view my review on the 5200 version (Episode 1 of The Atari Report, my series debut episode) right here: 

 

  

....and you can download either the @playsoft 5200 version and/or the @Thelen 8-bit original version of that game right here by clicking the downloads below. Howard Scott Warshaw would be proud to give an official endorsement for this one.

Yar's Strike.bin Yar's Strike - 8-bit Version.zip

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