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Review Episode 7

In Episode 7, we'll have a lip-smacking review of Food Fight and we'll put our lives on the line for you by participating in the deadly budget game Death Race!

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Food Fight

  • Published by
    • Atari Corp (1987)
  • Developed by
    • John Sanderson, General Computer Corporation (GCC)

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Death Race

  • Published by
    • Atlantis Software (1987)
  • Developed by
    • Simon Leck

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Review Episode 6

In this episode we hop into our Valkyrie space fighters and shoot up some Jaggie saucers to review LucasFilm's, "Rescue on Fractalus!" and we'll go full tilt on one of Kieren's budget game, "Advanced Pinball Simulator".

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Rescue on Fractalus!

  • Published by
    • Atari Corp (1987)
    • Epyx (1984, US) & Activision (1985, UK)
  • Developed by
    • Lucasfilm Ltd.
      • David Fox (programmer)
      • Loren Carpenter (programmer)
      • Charlie Kellner (graphics)
      • Gary Winnick (graphics)
      • James St. Louis (graphics)
      • Douglas "Crock" Crockford (graphics)
      • Peter Langston (sound, and team lead)
      • Charlie "Dragon" Kellner (sound)

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Advanced Pinball Simulator

  • Published by
    • Codemasters (1989)
  • Developed by
    • The Oliver Twins: Philip & Andrew Oliver (designers)
    • Hassan Mehmet (Atari code)
    • Terry Lloyd (Atari graphics)
    • David Dunn (Atari sound)

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Review Episode 5

Just in time for winter here in the northern hemisphere, we’re reviewing Summer Games! So grab your sunscreen, power up your Atari, and on your mark...get set...go!

Review Episode 4

It's been awhile since our last episode due to summer vacations, family time, and just fun in the sun, but we hope our little interview episode was enough of a XEGS fix. In this episode, we review three ports of two classic arcade games, the new homebrew Pac-Man Arcade, Atari's original Pac-Man and Donkey Kong. Previous guest contributor, Kieren Hawken joins the team and brings with him two more budget games; the top down space shooter Warhawk and the pub dart game 180!.

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Pac-Man Arcade

  • Published by
    • Perry "TEP392" Thuente - Atari 8-bit homebrew cart, 2012
    • AtariAge - Atari 5200 cart, 2012
  • Developed by
    • Atari Inc. - original 1983 Ms. Pac-Man game
    • Perry Thuente, with contributions from MrFish and others - Pac-Man Arcade hack
  • Based on NAMCO's 1980 arcade game

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Pac-Man (mini review)

  • Published by Atari Inc., 1982
  • Developer Joe Hellesen
  • Based on NAMCO's 1980 arcade game

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Donkey Kong

  • Published by Atari Inc., 1983 & Atari Corp., 1988
  • Developed by Landon Dyer (code & graphics), Brad Fuller (sound), Atari Inc.
  • Based on Nintendo's 1981 arcade game

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Warhawk

  • Published by Firebird, 1986
  • Developed by Andrew Betts (code), Rob Hubbard (music)

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180!

  • Published by Mastertronic, 1986
  • Developed by Binary Design:
    • David Forward (code)
    • Steve Pickford & Jeremy Pickford (graphics)
    • Jason C. Brooke (music)

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Interview Episode 1

In our first interview episode, David sits down with homebrew creator, tep392 (AKA: Perry Thuente) to discuss his latest creation, Pac-Man Arcade. Hear how he was able to make such a spot on version of the classic arcade game and get some early insite into some of his upcoming projects.

Review Episode 3

In Episode 3, we find out if the Choplifter! will be an uplifting experience, and we break out our loupe and peer into Crystal Castles to see if it's a cut above. Also, Kieren Hawken is back but this time he'll be bringing with him some of that British class live to our little show. We'll all review two budget titles; L.A. SWAT and Yogi Bear & Friends in The Greed Monster.

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Choplifter!

  • Published by Atari Corp., 1988
  • Developed by Steve Aguirre, Sculptured Software
  • Based on 1982 Brøderbund Software original, by Dan Gorlin

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Crystal Castles

  • Published by Atari Corp., 1988
  • Developed by The Software Factory
  • Based on Atari Inc. unreleased 1984 prototype, by Paul Metz and William Jahnke

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L.A. SWAT

  • Published by Mastertronic, 1986
  • Developed by Randy Platt, Sculptured Software

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Yogi Bear & Friends in The Greed Monster

  • Published by Hi-Tec Software, 1990
  • Developed by Russell Knight (code) & Rich Morton (graphics), PAL Developments

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Review Episode 2

In Episode 2, we take to the skies with Blue Max, then dive down to the sewers to join the Mario Brothers. We also touch on Joust and Zaxxon, two games that share many similarities to our featured reviews. Kieren Hawken is back with more budget titles and we finally get to our user feedback.

New Theme Song

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Missing Links (Ep 1.: Missile Command)

Mario Bros.

  • Published by Atari, 1988
  • Developed by Sculptured Software

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Joust

  • Developed and published by Atari, 1983

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Blue Max

  • Original disk version (1983)
    • Published by Synapse Software (aka SynSoft in the UK) & U.S. Gold
    • Developed by Bob Polin
  • XEGS cartridge port (1987)
    • Published by Broderbund / Atari
    • Developed by Sculptured Software

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Zaxxon

  • Published by Sega, 1983
  • Developed by Ron J. Fortier, Datasoft
  • (Disk and tape versions published by Datasoft and others)

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Kieren Hawken on Budget Games

Review Episode 1

In our first review episode, we review EA’s Archon to find out if the game is good or evil. Then we set our sights on the XEGS packaged light gun game, Bug Hunt. We also have user submissions from Shinto, the host of the The Atari Jaguar Game by Game Podcast and Kieren Hawkin who introduces his new UK Budget Games segment. This time he reviews Fruit Machine Simulator and puts in his two pence on our two featured games.

Archon: The Dark and the Light

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  • Archon was ported to the Apple II, Commodore 64, Amiga, IBM PC, Apple Macintosh, NES, Amstrad CPC, ZX Spectrum, and PC-88
  • Archon II: Adept - 1984 sequel for Apple II, Atari 8-bit, Commodore 64, Amiga, Amstrad CPC, and ZX Spectrum. Unfortunately, was never released on cartridge
  • Archon Ultra - 1994 remake for MSDOS, by Free Fall Assoc (published by SSI)
  • The Unholy War - 1998 spiritual successor by Paul Reiche III for PlayStation, by Toys for Bob (published by Crystal Dynamics)
  • Kombat Chess - mini-game (similar to Archon) within 2004’s Mortal Kombat: Deception for PS2, Xbox, GameCube, and PSP
  • Archon: Conquest - 2009 iPhone remake, by React Games. Licensed by Free Fall. Available today, via App Store!
  • Archon: Classic - 2010 Windows remake, by React Games. Available today, via Steam!

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Bug Hunt

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Contributor Segments

Episode 0

In our first episode, we introduce the hosts, give some background on the Atari XE Video Game System, and give you an idea of what to expect in future episodes. It's time to crack some ZEGS!