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7 hours ago, Ricardo Pim said:

Hello friends, this is Ricardo from Game Select. I took notice of this post and came here to clarify a few things. First of all I am very sad to see discussions like these. We at Game Select continue to produce our homebrews, but with H.E.R.O. we decided to do something different.


Those who follow our page know that we never hide what we did here.

 

I don't really know exactly how to categorize this game, I would say a middle ground. I understand a hack is when you take a game's binary, reverse engineer it and change colors and sprites, without doing much more than that, but this is my personal opinion, you are free to decide yourself what it is. 

 

We had access to the original source code of Activision's H.E.R.O (you can found at internet dozens of old game source codes), in Assembly.  We studied the code and we changed almost everything except the gameplay, otherwise it wouldn't be a H.E.R.O and we generated another binary game and change the name, a very common practice that I have seen in hacks and arcade ports.

 

So the engine is the same, meaning you'll feel like you're playing the 1984 original. We've changed the entire Map, it's a whole new Mine. Forget what you memorized from H.E.R.O., we changed everything, the enemies, one of them has a prank, which due to its characteristic, sometimes the shot goes through and doesn't kill. Now there are hidden passages, some walls open holes in the ground, some stages due to different path options, you can get lost among other things.


This is a job done from collector to collector, we invest time and money so that those who like to own physical copies of games can have it.


About what is right or wrong, I'm not here to judge anyone, nor would I want to be judged, but you can easily find dozens of homebrew and 2600 reproductions being sold. Think! It is from a platform that manufacturers have abandoned for decades. I am happy with these works as it is what keeps our beloved 2600 still 

Usually called a Total Conversion.  It's a deluxe hack.  People here are just warning you to be careful, as Activision is still a very huge entity and own the IP for HERO and may send you a little cease and desist letter if you hit the wrong chord with someone over there.

 

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9 hours ago, Dionoid said:

No, of course not. I know a lot of people like hacks. I just think hacking an existing game and selling it, should not be something to be proud of. Maybe it's just me.

I was rereading the messages and saw that you wrote it right, I got it wrong. I wanted to sincerely apologize for my rudeness. :(

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3 hours ago, wongojack said:

I saw this game pop up on the Facebook groups, and I couldn't understand what it actually was.  This thread finally explained it.  Is the ROM available for purchase?

Not for while, but we will release for free some time in a soon future, because as a friend said before, it is just a deluxe hack.

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3 hours ago, minireis said:

I was rereading the messages and saw that you wrote it right, I got it wrong. I wanted to sincerely apologize for my rudeness. :(

No problem, thanks for clearing that up. I assumed the game was just a quick graphics hack, but from Ricardo's explanation I understand it also has a complete new mine and passages. However it's not for me; I'll stick to playing the original 🙂

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ZeroPage Homebrew is playing H.E.R.O. 2 on tomorrow's stream LIVE on Twitch, hope you can join us!

 
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WATCH AT 1080P60 FOR FULL QUALITY

 

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Let's take a poll. 

 

I loved HERO & have played it on every system it was released for. Love the SG-1000. Coleco too. 

I'd love to see a quality hack or sequel. 

 

How much would you pay for just the ROM? 

I'll say $7.  Five seems low and ten a bit high, but if there were a teaser ROM of the first three levels and it was awesome, sure. Ten bucks. 

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On 8/11/2023 at 9:46 AM, eightbitwhit said:

@Ricardo Pim Is there any way to purchase this game (cartridge/boxed/whatever), and is it available in NTSC? 

 

The URL posted at the front of the Youtube videos goes to your FB page, and I don't see any way to purchase the game there.

It seems that the only online presence maintained for GameSelect is on Facebook.  You can get to their page going here:  http://www.gameselect.com.br. or just straight through FB:  Facebook

 

Ricardo also has several other posts here on AtariAge with information like these
https://forums.atariage.com/topic/334340-space-pac-man-new-batari-basic-game/

https://forums.atariage.com/topic/335473-asteroids-attack-2019-batari-basic-game/

 

At first, I was also a little bit perplexed at how to order HERO 2, but it turns out that all you need to do is email Ricardo at GameSelect at atarigameselect@gmail.com

 

 

I emailed him and he immediately responded with information about how to order.  I ordered HERO 2 and Asteroids Attack and they arrived fully tracked and signature guaranteed within only a few days. 

 

HERO 2 is an excellent and professionally done game with fully re-imagined levels very similar to the original.  I have personally played around with many different HERO clones and even tried my hand at re-coding the game and re-designing levels in windows.  This is an excellently done continuation of HERO that sits on the line between remake and full sequel.  I haven't played all the levels yet, but the manual says it has 20 levels (just like the original) and they are completely different and quite challenging.  The game REALLY seems to start at level 9 where there are multiple paths and an 'early' appearance of the chompers.

 

I'd say that if you enjoyed HERO, have a way to play 2600 carts, and really want to play every version there is that you should definitely add this to your collection.  The price + shipping may be a bit steep for some, but I don't think it is unreasonable for what you are getting - original game, original packaging and fully working 2600 cart.  If you are on the fence at all, I'd say just go through with it and email Ricardo.  Even if you end up regretting your purchase, you can probably find another Atari collector in your country who didn't email Ricardo and you can sell it to them later. ;)

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FYI - here is the entire text of the email Ricardo sent me after I inquired about purchasing from Game Select:

 

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Thank you very much for your interest in our games.

Here is some information for an order.

 

[Order]

Please check all the information below, confirm your purchase options and wait for PayPal payment information.

 

[Shipping Information]

STANDARD DELIVERY (12-18 business days, complete tracking) - US$45-60 (USA or Canada)

*Other locations? Please wait for shipping costs.

*Shipping cost may vary depending on the number of games purchased

 

[Games Options]

Mark with X the games you wish:

[  ] HERO 2 - US$50

[  ] Food Ninja - US$50

[  ] Spiders and Flies - US$45

[  ] Space Pac-Man - US$45

[  ] Asteroids Attack - US$45

[  ] Pac-Zuma + Batte-Zuma - US$45

*All Games are in NTSC format.

 

[Deliver to]

Full Name: [  ]

Address: [  ]

City: [  ]

State: [  ]

Country: [  ]

ZIP CODE: [  ]

Phone Number: [  ] (for exportation forms)

Email Address: [  ] (for exportation forms)

* Please avoid abbreviations.

** Wait for final shipping costs and payment information.

 

[Games Information]

Here is some information about the games, but you can get a lot of information on our facebook-page http://www.gameselect.com.br

All games in this order you will be taking a sealed and numbered box containing a video game cartridge of the chosen game for Atari 2600 and its english manual.

The lowest available number will be sent at checkout.

 

Any more questions, please let me know.

 

[HERO 2]

This is a modification of Activision's original H.E.R.O 1984 source code.

In this fully modified version you will find new challenges such as hidden walls, secret passages, dead-end, alternate and looping paths, as well as new enemies, colors and sound effects.

 

Synopsis:

This is Roderick Peril Hero, former president and chief executive of the Emergency Operation and Rescue company, responsible for several years for dozens of complex rescue operations. Today I return from my retirement for an important mission.

On a visit to Brazil, watching the local news, I discover that a group of children got lost while playing in a network of caves connected to the ruins of the old Paraopeba Mine in the city of Nova Lima, Minas Gerais. The mine features unusual volcanic activity for the region and children are in huge danger!

 

Video 1: https://youtu.be/SW1deZOsKLQ [GS Promotion]

Video 2: https://youtu.be/tZjHCUH5jnk [Retro Bliss Review]

 

[Food Ninja]

Food Ninja is a new homebrew game, just created and released now in 2023.

 

Synopsis:

You are an young ninja who dreams of becoming a sword master. But for that, you need to go through very rigorous and challenging training.

Your old and wise master teaches you the art of cutting fruits and other foods with your sword.

But be careful! Not everything that flies through the air is edible.

Are you ready to face this challenge? So grab your sword and start your training right now!

 

Video 1: https://youtu.be/Cn6zFBOWtH0 [GS Promotion]

 

[Spiders and Flies]

Spiders and Flies is a new homebrew game, created now in 2022.

 

Homebrew Awards:

Spiders and Flies in the year 2023 was nominated by the Atari Homebrew Awards as one of the best 4K original games of the year, ranking second.

 

Synopsis:

On a cold and humid night, an innocent fly away from his group is lost in the forest, when at one point he realizes that he is surrounded by a family of hungry spiders trying to devour him.

How long will he resist the attacks?

 

Video 1: https://youtu.be/OQr3rhsuAxw [GS Unboxing and Gameplay]

Video 2: https://youtu.be/rXRdIMc9XEQ [MGG Review]

Video 3: https://youtu.be/73Bm8j92m9I [Retro Bliss Review]

 

[Space Pac-Man]

Space Pac-Man is a new homebrew game, created now in 2022.

 

Homebrew Awards:

Space Pac-Man in the year 2023 was nominated by the Atari Homebrew Awards as one of the best sound and music original games, ranking second.

 

Synopsis:

Pac-Man Has Been Abducted! Experience the exciting new space adventure of Pac-Man! Abducted by the space ghosts, he must escape to save Mrs. Pac Man. Live this free-falling adventure, back to your planet.

 

Video 1: https://youtu.be/usWYBfeS8ao [GS Promotion]

Video 2: https://youtu.be/n6Rf4RQ7A7g [GS Unboxing]

Video 3: https://youtu.be/5BwNM9voUak [MGG Review]

Video 4: https://youtu.be/d8XRLYI00r8 [Retro Bliss Review]

  

[Asteroids Attack]

Asteroids Attack is a new homebrew game, recently released in 2020 and now re-released in 2022

 

Homebrew Awards:

Asteroids Attack in the year 2020 was nominated by the Atari Homebrew Awards as one of the best original games of the year, ranking fourth and also nominated for best sound and music, ranking second.

 

Synopsis:

The newly discovered Planet X, on its first pass through the Solar System, upsets the harmony of the asteroid belt, hurling thousands of asteroids towards Earth. Upon learning of the destructive power of the event, a fleet of ships were sent with the mission to destroy all asteroids that threaten the planet. But during the mission, something terrible is discovered, and the asteroid horde becomes the least of their problems.

 

Video 1: https://youtu.be/FpTUiWL-YWA [GS Promotion]

Video 2: https://youtu.be/56dfnCkWO_4 [MGG Review]

Video 3: https://youtu.be/ZaUM5zHNj8I [Retro Bliss Review]

 

[Pac-Zuma + Battle Zuma]

Pac-Zuma Trilogy are three Pac-Man hacks, recently released in 2019 and now re-released in 2022.

Hacks are deep changes carried out in period games where sounds, scenarios and characters are changed giving a new look and feel to a game.

In Pac-Zuma elements such as playing in the dark or against enemies that momentarily disappear are examples of challenges added to the original game.

 

Cartridge Games:

This cartridge consists of three Pac-Man hacks with characters from the game Montezumas Revenge, that's why Pac-Zuma, and as a bonus, the homebrew of the game Battle-Zuma, a combat shooter game played alone or against another player, very fun to play with kids. In short, 4 games in 1, selected through an options menu.

 

Synopsis:

After finding Montezuma's treasure, PANAMA JOE returns to the Emperor's fortress in search of the "secret room". Upon finding it, it is revealed to be filled with gold bars. But something goes terribly wrong and he gets stuck in it. PANAMA JOE is not alone! He is surrounded by ghosts of skulls from hell.

 

Video 1: https://youtu.be/d3LaOMDfOdE [MGG Review]

Video 2: https://youtu.be/s3woM0MN7jQ [Retro Bliss Review]

 

Thank you very much again.

 

Best regards.

 

Ricardo Pim - Game Select

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1 hour ago, wongojack said:

It seems that the only online presence maintained for GameSelect is on Facebook.  You can get to their page going here:  http://www.gameselect.com.br. or just straight through FB:  Facebook

 

Ricardo also has several other posts here on AtariAge with information like these
https://forums.atariage.com/topic/334340-space-pac-man-new-batari-basic-game/

https://forums.atariage.com/topic/335473-asteroids-attack-2019-batari-basic-game/

 

At first, I was also a little bit perplexed at how to order HERO 2, but it turns out that all you need to do is email Ricardo at GameSelect at atarigameselect@gmail.com

 

 

I emailed him and he immediately responded with information about how to order.  I ordered HERO 2 and Asteroids Attack and they arrived fully tracked and signature guaranteed within only a few days. 

 

HERO 2 is an excellent and professionally done game with fully re-imagined levels very similar to the original.  I have personally played around with many different HERO clones and even tried my hand at re-coding the game and re-designing levels in windows.  This is an excellently done continuation of HERO that sits on the line between remake and full sequel.  I haven't played all the levels yet, but the manual says it has 20 levels (just like the original) and they are completely different and quite challenging.  The game REALLY seems to start at level 9 where there are multiple paths and an 'early' appearance of the chompers.

 

I'd say that if you enjoyed HERO, have a way to play 2600 carts, and really want to play every version there is that you should definitely add this to your collection.  The price + shipping may be a bit steep for some, but I don't think it is unreasonable for what you are getting - original game, original packaging and fully working 2600 cart.  If you are on the fence at all, I'd say just go through with it and email Ricardo.  Even if you end up regretting your purchase, you can probably find another Atari collector in your country who didn't email Ricardo and you can sell it to them later. ;)

 

Brilliant - thank you so much @wongojack!  I appreciate the detailed information and have an e-mail into Ricardo now!  Hopefully he responds and I can get an order in!

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I can back up pretty much everything @wongojack has stated above, with regards to contacting Ricardo...(good/prompt communications, simple "order form" via e-mail, simple payment process), ordering & shipping process (reasonably quick - just ordered on Aug 9, received on Aug 29, shipping a bit pricey to the U.S.,but what are you gonna do, very careful/protective packaging), and good, solid, unique, and different...yet distinctively "H.E.R.O." gameplay.  I am a loooong-time H.E.R.O. player, and have played most of the original variants including Sega's, and most of the homebrews including those for the Odyssey², Intellivision, 7800 and others...and I definitely like this version.  I only got a chance to play a couple games last night...but I'm very happy with my purchase, and I recommend it to any other H.E.R.O. fans out there.  Just remember when playing...to forget all of the caves that you have memorized...because these caves are totally different.  

 

FYI, definitely a lot cheaper to order directly from @Ricardo Pim than the recently sold copies on ebay:

 

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On 8/29/2022 at 6:24 AM, Dionoid said:

So this basically is the original H.E.R.O. game with some graphics and levels modified. What is there to like?

 

 

I mean, the marketing is shit, but if you like the original, what INS'T there to like? New Levels and graphical updates is pretty much every sequel video game ever made.

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On 8/29/2022 at 8:22 AM, OldSchoolRetroGamer said:

Nobody is attempting to to you what to like, he literally explained to you that he doesn't like it but understands why others might 🙄 stop being so damn sensitive. Personally, I think it's you as a new member to this community, coming here posting about a ROM HACK as if it was some legit homebrew are the one that needs to put yourself in their place, again, you are absolutely free to like this "HACK" all you want just as others here are free point out what it actually appears to be and voice their opinion on it. 

 

 

If you look at the gameplay videos, it's obviously a hack, but it's also a fairly deep, well thought out hack that clearly took a lot of time and effort to get done right.

 

 

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1 hour ago, Ricardo Pim said:

Hey Guys, HERO 2 DEMO

 

You can play Level 1 to 4 in loop.

No extra lives.

 

Thank you

 

 

Hero2 Demo 2024.bin 8 kB · 7 downloads

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@Ricardo Pim  That was fun!  Thank you so much!  

 

You are the developer?  Your company is called Game Select?  Your games are Asteroids Attack, Battle Zuma, Food Ninja, H.E.R.O. 2, Space Pac-Man, Pac-Zuma Trilogy and Spiders and Flies.  Is that correct?  

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On 2/20/2024 at 12:36 AM, Ricardo Pim said:

Hey Guys, HERO 2 DEMO

 

You can play Level 1 to 4 in loop.

No extra lives.

 

Thank you

 

 

Hero2 Demo 2024.bin 8 kB · 36 downloads

Thanks Ricardo.

I do own the game cart, but I usually play 2600 through emulators due to being easier to use wireless controllers with reset/select on itself rather than having to move to console every time I want to restart. SO I do hope someday we get a full release (for buyiers, not piracy), but the demo was really nice.

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