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Best Atari game hacks

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Hello,

 

Could You write here best game hacks that You are aware of for Atari 8 bit computers??

 

Thanks in advance :)))

 

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Might need to be a bit more specific about what you mean by 'hack', my sense is you mean graphical variants e.g. Mario Bros, Donkey Kong, Popeye etc

 

For me a hack would include 'play Leaderboard without the dongle' or 'Infocom adventures from cartridge'.

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At least on the atari 800, if you flick the on/off switch just right, some games will behave differently.  for instance, on pac man, a repeatable behavior is items being worth much more than normal.

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4 hours ago, code_blazer said:

At least on the atari 800, if you flick the on/off switch just right, some games will behave differently.  for instance, on pac man, a repeatable behavior is items being worth much more than normal.

'frying' on a VCS was found not to be necessary, to some degree, with many games usibg an alternative combination of switches of something being held as startup were able to many of the same things, 'frying' on an 800 sounds like abuse the nature of which government agency arrive at people doors over.... Frying and power slamming the 800 was always a bad idea...

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Yeah but its a set of new levels, I'm sure it qualifies as per the OP request..

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7 hours ago, Wrathchild said:

Also Shamus+

Thanks for the mention, saved me having to shamelessly type a plug for it myself. It's not spectacular but if you play through all the mazes it'll keep you entertained for a while. And you get a pause function.

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9 hours ago, www.atarimania.com said:

 

That's not a hack, it was made with the built-in editor.

 

Hmmm, if I remember correctly you can create new levels with the Dandy editor - and they will look like Dandy levels then. But you cannot change the font or charset with the editor and thats what they did. They changed the font and thus the look of the game, i.e. your players are now soldiers, the monsters are now Aliens and Facehuggers, the spawners are now Alien eggs, etc. 

 

Or is there a way to change the font/charset with the editor that I am not aware of ?

 

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