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Seasonal Spooktacular time! Part 1!

 

Ghost Chaser

Nice game, doesn't take too much beating - codes to warp to 2nd part given in game, top players probably can play through from the start - as you wish.

https://a8.fandal.cz/detail.php?files_id=1983

Ghost Chaser

 

BONUS GAMES

Gremlins

Not a great game but will do for a quick romp here - was it unfinished / a proto anyhow let's give it a play. [See comments on post below]

https://a8.fandal.cz/detail.php?files_id=1977

Gremlins

 

Monster Smash

Ok for a go or two before your arm falls off!

https://a8.fandal.cz/detail.php?files_id=2367

Monster Smash!

 

Round ends Mon 7th November we'll poll some other scaries for Part 2 next week

 

Have Fun

 

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Ghost Chaser is a bit woolly needs a stick. Fun though, had a bunch of goes but stuck on the green screen with the hole in the bottom which I guess I should jump in but seemed to die.... score around 6900 not using the code words. Probably scoring for playing plus scoring for completing each part.

 

Ideas for the 2nd part poll welcome so far I have

Phantom

Nighmares

and

Necromancer

on the short list ;)

 

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14 hours ago, carlsson said:

Is Forbidden Forest playable, or scary in other aspects than strictly Halloweeny?

Yes I think we played it before once should fit the bill :thumbsup:

 

Completed Ghost Chaser (no passwords) was fun playing again 6,850

Monster Mash 1,309 level 2 only using L/R to mash button makes it a bit easy!

Gremlins yes at first awkward, then you get into it, then you realise it's way too easy and can go on forever. I sort of made myself out at Night 26 score 90,664. Shame as has a lot of good elements. You can kill the creatures through the barricades (I didn't do this).

 

Will start the next poll soon!

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Ghost Chaser - 5450 pts, found 6 out of 8 keys (might need to look up a video on YouTube how to find the last two)

Gremlins - 8840 pts (starting on default night 3 and reaching night 9)

Monster Smash! - 410 pts (wave 3)

 

I spent by far the most time on Ghost Chaser. The other two are fun bonus games, Monster Smash in particular seems refreshing though the controls were not super intuitive to begin with.

 

Edit: Ok, so I watched a walk through of Ghost Chaser. The link to the second stage was far from obvious, to say the least. Also while the first half is varied and fun, the second half looks dull and very repetitive until you reach the final screen where you have to do nothing, you just win the game? I had expected a super boss at the end. It is almost like they had half the game finished, then ran out of time or memory and had to quickly wrap it up.

 

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On 10/29/2022 at 4:21 PM, Crazy Climber said:

Gremilns 5899

Monster smash 600

Ghost chaser 1800

 

Thanks for giving me ideas for something to test out my XEGS machine with. This thing is pretty fun!

 

Woah! what a great setup you have there, nice picture :thumbsup:

 

Ghost Chaser is worth figuring out without a walk through if you can, it's not too tricky and lots of lives.

 

The poll is tight, I'm rooting for Necromancer but The Busters are leading the way - please vote EVERYONE !!!

https://forums.atariage.com/topic/342905-hsc19-r17-poll/#comment-5145382

 

The 2600 version of Gremlins is fun as it's the same ideas but more challenging? Hope someone can re-do our version to improve it one day :)

 

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My scores:  

Ghost Chaser: 7550

Gremlins: 54496

Monster Smash: 714

 

I actually recorded a higher score on Ghost Chaser (7750) but didn't finish the game on that go so didn't take a pic.  I was essentially one screen away though, I remember that.

 

Gremlins was one I always enjoyed as a teen, although at the time I didn't know it was only a prototype.

 

EDIT:  Forgot to add that Monster Smash was tough but a fun idea!

 

Happy Hallowe'en everyone!!! 👻

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On 10/29/2022 at 7:15 AM, carlsson said:

The link to the second stage was far from obvious, to say the least.

 

I think I know what you're talking about but if you're paying attention...

 

Spoiler

When you fist use that screen you have to use the bar at the top to grab the key, right?  And the eyes of the painting watch you which I always thought was fun.  But that's what drew my eyes back to the painting when I re-entered that screen so I didn't find it hard at all.  At least I'm assuming that's what you mean, and if not, I just really enjoyed that painting room with the rotating book shelf anyway :)

 

This game was also definitely a fave of mine at the time because there weren't many games you could beat.

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first tables

 

made up some scoring:

ghost chaser 1pt for playing +1pt for reaching 2nd part (password is shown) +1pt for finishing using password or +2pts for finishing from the start.

gremlins just 1pt for playing 2pts for anyone getting over 50k.

monster smash 4pts for top, 1pt for last!

 

Ghost Chaser

 
Player Score Pts
8BIT 1337 7,550 4
trbb 7,000 4
carlsson 5,450 2
AtariSphinx 3,600 2
chevymad 3,600 2
Crazy Climber 1,800 1

 

Gremlins    
Player Score Pts
trbb 90,664 2
8BIT 1337 54,496 2
AtariSphinx 14,576 1
carlsson 8,840 1
Crazy Climber 5,899 1
chevymad 5,810 1

 

Monster Smash  
Player Score Pts
trbb 1,309 4
8BIT 1337 714 3
Crazy Climber 600 3
carlsson 410 2
AtariSphinx 309 1

 

Anyone here not voted for part II of the seasonal spooktacular? Time to put that right:

https://forums.atariage.com/topic/342905-hsc19-r17-poll/

👻

 

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Ghost Chaser: 4,450

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Gremlins: 123,992 (night 35)

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Monster Smash: 4,365 (level 4?)

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Gremlins isn't exactly a prototype - it was completed and produced for the Atari 5200 but sat in a warehouse on pallets for several years due to the Tramiel takeover. If I remember right, someone at Atari found it and finally sent it to stores in '85 or '86 - which was strange, because the 5200 was long dead at that point. But it *was* an official release for that system. This is someone's translation to the 8-bit, and it's identical except for the controls. By the way, you can push either "shift" key to use your flashbulbs, which stun all enemies on the screen for a few seconds. Fun and impressive game, but around night 30 the difficulty stops increasing, so I just called it quits with several lives remaining.

 

I seem to remember spending a week or two with Ghost Chaser several years back and beating it then, but I have no idea how to do it now...

 

Monster Mash is fun for a round or two!

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2 hours ago, graywest said:

Gremlins ... By the way, you can push either "shift" key to use your flashbulbs, which stun all enemies on the screen for a few seconds.

I play the Joy2B+ version where I have this function on the second button.

 

My results so far (did not have much time to play as we have been on vacation)

 

Ghost Chaser: 4,850

Gremlins: 7,944

Monster Smash: 3,015

 

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7 hours ago, graywest said:

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Gremlins isn't exactly a prototype - it was completed and produced for the Atari 5200 but sat in a warehouse on pallets for several years due to the Tramiel takeover. If I remember right, someone at Atari found it and finally sent it to stores in '85 or '86 - which was strange, because the 5200 was long dead at that point. But it *was* an official release for that system. This is someone's translation to the 8-bit, and it's identical except for the controls. By the way, you can push either "shift" key to use your flashbulbs, which stun all enemies on the screen for a few seconds. Fun and impressive game, but around night 30 the difficulty stops increasing, so I just called it quits with several lives remaining.

 

I seem to remember spending a week or two with Ghost Chaser several years back and beating it then, but I have no idea how to do it now...

 

Monster Mash is fun for a round or two!

:thumbsup::thumbsup:

I just wonder if it could have been made a bit more difficult, it needs to be more challenging like Berzerk or Robotron to make it fun.  I figured there were some bombs but didn't try the shift key, didn't need them as it happens!

 

'Chaser not a lot to figure out, and quite a small game in the scheme of things - use the password if you get stuck.

 

Monster Smash is a goodie and a great bonus game. Improved to 6,974 level 4 - mushed one person, another made it through unscathed, see screenshot icons.

 

 

Last call for anyone still to vote for part II of the seasonal spooktacular?

https://forums.atariage.com/topic/342905-hsc19-r17-poll/

👻

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7 hours ago, therealbountybob said:

I just wonder if it could have been made a bit more difficult, it needs to be more challenging like Berzerk or Robotron to make it fun.  I figured there were some bombs but didn't try the shift key, didn't need them as it happens!

Agreed - would have been nice! I'm guessing the programmer was running out of cycles for tougher difficulty adjustments, more aggressive AI, etc., judging from how slowly the game starts to run in the later levels. It actually makes things a bit *easier* as the enemy count increases. At least on NTSC...

 

I only know a little bit about programming for the 8-bit computer line, but it looks like everything must be bitmaps, instead of using the hardware sprites? Since there are so many non-flickering multi-colored characters on a single scanline?

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final tables

 

Think three of us 8BIT 1337, MichaG and myslef completed Ghost Chaser from the start but let me know if anyone else has completed the game w/wo the code. OK Let's start up part 2 of the Spooktacular :idea::)

 

 

Scoring:

ghost chaser 1pt for playing +1pt for reaching 2nd part (password is shown) +1pt for finishing using password or +2pts for finishing from the start.

gremlins just 1pt for playing 2pts for anyone getting over 50k. Awarded AtariSphinx an extra point for his perseverance :thumbsup:

monster smash 4pts for top, 1pt for last!

 

Ghost Chaser  
Player Score Pts
8BIT 1337 7,550 4
MichaG 7,450 4
trbb 6.850 4
AtariSphinx 7,900 2?
carlsson 5,450 2
graywest 4,450 2
chevymad 3,600 2
Crazy Climber 1,800 1

 

Gremlms    
Player Score Pts
AtariSphinx 508,315 3
graywest 123,992 2
trbb 90,664 2
8BIT 1337 54,496 2
carlsson 8,840 1
MichaG 7,944 1
Crazy Climber 5,899 1
chevymad 5,810 1

 

Monster Smash  
Player Score Pts
trbb 6,974 4
graywest 4,365 3
MichaG 3,015 3
carlsson 2,621 3
8BIT 1337 714 2
Crazy Climber 600 2
AtariSphinx 309 1
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