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Updated 09-Dec-2018

 

There's been quite a lot of good work producing ROM hacks that upgrade a lot of classic 8-bit titles to "Arcade" editions. I've made it a little project to track down as many of them as I could, and I burned an AtariMax 8Mbit flash cart to have them to play.

 

Not all of them are ROM hacks - for instance, some are prototypes, some are homebrew, some are ports from other platforms like the 2600. And some of the ROM hacks are works in progress. But that doesn't make them any less fun to play.

 

I've attached a .zip file containing the Maxflash Cartridge Studio workbook file, .CAR and .BIN files, as well as the in-system flasher .ATR file. To use the ATR file, move it onto a real Atari, plug in the Maxflash cart, and boot from the ATR while holding down the OPTION key. Then follow the instructions to flash the cart.

 

Here's a list of what I've included, as well as links to the download sources. If you know of something that's not on the list, please let me know - I'd love to hear about it.

 

And thanks to all these ROM artists for investing their time and effort to make these games that much more special.

 

Adventure (phaeron Atari 2600 port)

https://atariage.com/forums/topic/196089-adventure-2600-to-8bit/?p=3310520

 

Asteroids (Arcade emulator, Norbert Kerher) [Title screen doesn't work loaded off cart, but the actual game plays fine]

http://members.aon.at/nkehrer/ast800xl.html

 

Atari Pac-Man Graphic Improvements (MrFish)

https://atariage.com/forums/topic/242834-atari-pac-man-graphic-improvements/?p=3323485

 

Centipede Arcade (Namco Font) (MrFish)

https://atariage.com/forums/topic/153352-centipede-arcade-5200-xex-file-trakball-support-by-atlantis-games-group/?p=3321065

 

A8 Donkey Kong Jr. Arcade HACK (darryl1970)

http://atariage.com/forums/topic/246532-a8-donkey-kong-jr-arcade-hack/?p=3797556

 

Deluxe Invaders Hack (Xuel)

https://atariage.com/forums/topic/229944-deluxe-invaders-hack-request/?p=3077739

 

Dig Dug (1983) - Graphic Improvements (MrFish)

http://atariage.com/forums/topic/242598-dig-dug-1983-graphic-improvements/page-2?do=findComment&comment=3368193

 

Atari A8 Donkey Kong Hack (darryl1970)

http://atariage.com/forums/topic/249885-atari-a8-donkey-kong-hack/?p=3797552

 

HERO Improvements (MrFish)

http://atariage.com/forums/topic/253412-hero-improvements/?do=findComment&comment=3525267

 

H.E.R.O. sprite hack (TIX)

http://atariage.com/forums/topic/285756-hero-sprite-hack/?p=4173411

 

Joe Blade 1 NTSC version with Font Hack (MrFish, Xuel)

http://atariage.com/forums/topic/272161-joe-blade-ntsc-version/?p=3893032

 

Joe Blade 2 NTSC version (Xuel)

http://atariage.com/forums/topic/272161-joe-blade-ntsc-version/?p=3892486

 

Jumpman: practice any level (playermissile) (This is just the version which allows you to play any level. The new Jumpman levels have been distributed as separate ATR files and I don't want to burn the cart space)

http://atariage.com/forums/topic/252645-jumpman-practice-any-level/?do=findComment&comment=3511124

 

Jungle Hunt Arcade March 2011 build (Rybags)

http://atariage.com/forums/topic/247554-next-arcadify-suggestion-jungle-hunt-to-jungle-king/?p=3410035

 

Mario Bros XE Hack (not sure which one I have included)

(darryl1970) http://atariage.com/forums/topic/267300-my-8-bit-computer-5200-hacks/?p=3797543

(MrFish) https://atariage.com/forums/topic/242096-mario-bros-xe-graphic-improvements/

 

Midnight Magic (phaeron Atari 2600 port)

https://atariage.com/forums/topic/198991-midnight-magic-for-atari-800/?p=2537924

 

Miniature Golf (Atari 2600) (Homesoft)

http://a8.fandal.cz/detail.php?files_id=7373

 

Missile Command+

http://www.atarimania.com/game-atari-400-800-xl-xe-missile-command_12433.html

 

Ms. Pac-Man with Enhancements (tep392, MrFish)

http://atariage.com/forums/topic/224729-ms-pac-man-with-enhancements/page-3?do=findComment&comment=3519161

 

8bit Pac-man "Arcade" - Final Version (tep392, MrFish)

http://atariage.com/forums/topic/196992-8bit-pac-man-arcade-final-version-accepting-orders/?do=findComment&comment=2507336

(This is the 28-Sept-2014 XEX version, which is not the latest. The latest is an AtariMax 1mbit cart image that can't be included here)

 

Pirate Pete (Jungle Hunt Hack) v2.3 (slampam)

http://atariage.com/forums/topic/84570-jungle-king/page-2?do=findComment&comment=1682050

 

Pole Position modest sprite hack ! (TIX) [FINAL]

http://atariage.com/forums/topic/284958-pole-position-modest-sprite-hack/page-7?do=findComment&comment=4170941

 

Pole Position - Atari (Fixed Checkered Flags) (MrFish)

http://atariage.com/forums/topic/284390-pole-position-atari-fixed-checkered-flags/?p=4144137

(PP X+ with namco blimps)

http://atariage.com/forums/topic/284390-pole-position-atari-fixed-checkered-flags/?p=4151793

(with updated startup screen)

 

Popeye Arcade 8-bit conversion (darryl1970)

http://atariage.com/forums/topic/242051-popeye-arcade-8-bit-conversion/?p=3797549

 

Q-Bert - Fixed Feet/legs (MrFish)

http://atariage.com/forums/topic/242868-q-bert-fixed-feetlegs/page-2?do=findComment&comment=3368082

 

Rainbow Walker - Font Improvement (MrFish)

http://atariage.com/forums/topic/252143-rainbow-walker-font-improvement/?do=findComment&comment=3502279

 

Scramble (5200 Conversion) (playsoft)

http://atariage.com/forums/topic/281589-scramble-5200-conversion/?do=findComment&comment=4086523

 

Seaquest (phaeron Atari 2600 port)

http://atariage.com/forums/topic/199095-seaquest-for-the-800/page-2?do=findComment&comment=2544331

 

Sinistar (AI Fixed) (???)

http://atariage.com/forums/topic/257536-sinistar-ai-fixed-atarimax-1mb-cart-file/?p=3605949

 

Sprint 1 (Arcade emulator, Norbert Kerher)

http://members.aon.at/nkehrer/sprint_a800.html

 

Stampede (phaeron Atari 2600 port)

http://atariage.com/forums/topic/190482-is-round-up-the-only-stampede-clone/page-2?do=findComment&comment=2913934

 

Star Raiders (phaeron FastDiv3)

http://atariage.com/forums/topic/243904-star-raiders-source-code-to-be-released/page-7?do=findComment&comment=3357462

 

Wilmunder's Star Raiders II

https://atariage.com/forums/topic/246591-wilmunders-star-raiders-ii-released/?p=3388309

 

Super Cobra Improvements (MrFish)

http://atariage.com/forums/topic/277933-super-cobra-improvements/?p=4012604

 

Tapper SE

https://atariage.com/forums/topic/247123-atari-rom-hacks-atarimax-cart-image/?p=3400423

 

TIME PILOT - final release (solo/ng)

http://atariage.com/forums/topic/278834-time-pilot-final-release/?p=4028911

 

NOT INCLUDED DUE TO TECHNICAL ISSUES (if you have a solution, please post!)

 

Xenophobe - Arcade Font (MrFish) (distributed as a patch, not an cart or exe image)

http://atariage.com/forums/topic/285126-xenophobe-arcade-font/?p=4159200

 

Miner 2049er - Miner Alternative Sprite Edition (doctorclu/TIX) (cart image not supported by AtariMax, exe version gives me a black screen)

http://atariage.com/forums/topic/282979-miner-2049er-miner-alternative-sprite-edition/?p=4113356

 

Moon Patrol hack ! (TIX) (cart image not supported by AtariMax, no alternative images available)

http://atariage.com/forums/topic/283207-moon-patrol-hack/?p=4134659

 

Tail of Beta Lyrae hack (MrFish) (crashes)

http://atariage.com/forums/topic/277933-super-cobra-improvements/?p=4012929

 

Bosconian for the 8-bits (shanti77) (crashes on the startup screen, probably need to find the right AtariMax loader address)

http://atariage.com/forums/topic/254670-bosconian-for-the-8-bits/?p=3908419

(SillyVenture 2017 versions, many versions)

http://atariage.com/forums/topic/254670-bosconian-for-the-8-bits/?p=3935533

(latest? 64K NTSC)

http://atariage.com/forums/topic/254670-bosconian-for-the-8-bits/?p=4103366

(latest 64K PAL)

Atari ROM Hacks_09_12_2018.zip

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Thanks. Unfortunately, tep392 made this available as a 1Mbit Maxflash cart image. I can't incorporate this into my 8Mbit multicart image using Maxflash Studio, nor do I know a way to extract a .XEX from it so that I can include it in my multicart. The last message from tep392 in that thread says there will be a .xex "eventually".

 

 

attachicon.giftapperse.xex

 

Not real sure but I think that this game is a new hack by Fandal and twh

 

This is great. Though I know of Tapper, I don't know much about the A8 version. It would be even better to know what's been changed/upgraded/tweaked in this hack.

 

I also hacked Mario Bros XE, to improve the looks of the platforms and other graphics:

Mario Bros XE - Graphic Enhancements

 

Thanks.

 

I'll try to put out a new version that includes these games.

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Fifthplayer.. if you PM Albert with a link to this thread he can set you up so you can continue to edit the first post for updates.

 

Thanks, I didn't know that was possible. I did notice the forum software allows you to edit the post only until someone Likes it, presumably so you can't change out the words they liked.

 

Thanks for the links. I need to add all of these to my The!Cart

 

Yay! I included the links so people with SIC!, The!Cart etc would find it useful. Though I think The!Cart will swallow up AtariMax cart images whole and let you burn them.

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I've tried all the version and even in an emulator.

 

If you tried all download versions and they didn't work, I'd suspect your hardware. Since it doesn't even work in an emulator, I suspect something about the way you're handling the .XEX file, but who knows.

 

All I have done is package the .XEX file on a cart image. If the cart image is busted, I can try to help with that, but otherwise I'm at a loss as to troubleshoot your problem. In your situation, I would probably just play the original Atari 2600 game either on actual hardware, or on the Stella emulator.

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If you tried all download versions and they didn't work, I'd suspect your hardware. Since it doesn't even work in an emulator, I suspect something about the way you're handling the .XEX file, but who knows.

 

All I have done is package the .XEX file on a cart image. If the cart image is busted, I can try to help with that, but otherwise I'm at a loss as to troubleshoot your problem. In your situation, I would probably just play the original Atari 2600 game either on actual hardware, or on the Stella emulator.

 

Yeah it's not your cart package, that is for sure. Great work.

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Thanks. Unfortunately, tep392 made this available as a 1Mbit Maxflash cart image. I can't incorporate this into my 8Mbit multicart image using Maxflash Studio, nor do I know a way to extract a .XEX from it so that I can include it in my multicart. The last message from tep392 in that thread says there will be a .xex "eventually".

 

 

 

I forgot all about this. Guess I got side tracked with other projects. Please feel free to PM me reminders on this stuff. I don't mind. :)

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A long time ago I modified the XE version of Mario Bros to run on an Atarimax cart for 64k machines. I should be able to do the same for the updated graphics version. There would be an xex that you would put on the cart in the list of games. Then there would be 7 8k files that you would stick at the end of the list. The xex will locate the banks where the 8k files are located and run the game using the Atarimax banking scheme.

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  • 3 weeks later...

These 3 roms do not work with MIO connected, Centipede Namco fonts, Atari Pac Man updated, and Q-bert discs.

 

Sprint Title screen has high pitched note stuck, not sure if that is normal behavior...

 

Title/Select screen on Asteroids emulater is scattered with garbage... press fire and it loads the emulation and proceeds to works normally.

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These 3 roms do not work with MIO connected, Centipede Namco fonts, Atari Pac Man updated, and Q-bert discs.

 

Sprint Title screen has high pitched note stuck, not sure if that is normal behavior...

 

Title/Select screen on Asteroids emulater is scattered with garbage... press fire and it loads the emulation and proceeds to works normally.

I don't have an MIO board, but all the games work off the cart for me on a stock 130XE with the exception of the Asteroids Arcade Emulator which has the same title screen issue.

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I don't know if these fit your model but there's

 

xxl's Apple Invader (aka Super Invader) port

 

and

 

Norbert Kehrer's PET Galaga emulator

 

The more the merrier. I'll add them on the next update, probably when DK Jr. goes final.

 

That said, I'm not a personal fan of either game. The Apple Invaders is great on the Apple II, but the Atari port doesn't account for the 7 bits vs 8 bits of pixels for each screen byte, so it has a "jailbar" effect that's offputting to me. As for PET Galaga, I'm underwhelmed. I'd rather just play A8 Galaxian (which could benefit from a ROM hack to fix the sound effects).

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