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  • This is the MAME Random Of the Week #45

    The three random numbers for this week are: 57, 252, 1916

    Click here to vote! Which game do you choose for MAME ROW #45?

    The result of the poll is posted on Wednesday, so we have Monday and Tuesday for experimentation.

    57
    Game Name: Arbalester
    Company: Seta
    Year: 1989
    ROM file name: arbalest.zip

    252
    Game Name: Crude Buster (World FX version)
    Company: Data East Corporation
    Year: 1990
    ROM file name: cbuster.zip

    1916
    Game Name: Terra Force
    Company: Nichibutsu
    Year: 1987
    ROM file name: terraf.zip

    What is the MAME ROW?

    MAME ROW stands for MAME Random Of the Week. We randomly select an arcade game from the 0.78 MAME Reference Set to play on the week. The idea is to play games we've never played before, interact with other forum members, post hi-scores, share game strategies, fun facts, and (the most important) HAVE FUN!

    Notes:

    1. We usually post hi-scores screenshots after playing with only one credit. If you used more than one credit, please mention it on your post.

    2. There's no need to use RetroPie to join the MAME ROW! You can play it on any platform you want.

    Every Monday we create a topic at the "General Discussion and Gaming > MAME Random Of the Week" forum section with the 3 random games to be voted. And on Wednesday we check the result.

    These "rules" are constantly being improved!

    Previous Rounds


  • Arbalester seems to have some sound emulation issues (or the game sound itself is really bad); at least in the videos I found. Haven't tried to play yet.
    Think i'll vote for Terra Force.


  • Arbalester has awful sound when I play it too, it's not just the videos.

    Crude Buster, while not horribly flawed, is a beat em up that I just can't get into.

    Terra Force is a lot harder than Arbalester, but I think it's a better-made game, and is more fun. Typical Nichibutsu quality.


  • Found this on ebay (image perspective fixed):
    0_1501655863813_Terra-Force-Nichibutsu.jpg

    and good quality japanese version.

    Tempted to recreate quality english instructions; what do you think ?

    Flyer is available too.


  • This week's unanimous winner is Terra Force

    0_1501674311908_Screen Shot 2017-08-02 at 7.44.07 AM.png

  • Global Moderator

    please post a deadline reminder on the last day next time ;)

    (although i never got a chance to play any so it wouldn't have made a difference to me!)


  • The luck was on my side!

    154400!

    0_1501720053481_terraf.png

    By the way, did you guys notice that this hi-score screen is cropped? Can you confirm if this happens on your end? It's weird, looks like it was supposed to be displayed on a horizontal screen while the game is vertical...


  • @dankcushions I try to post the results around 8 AM Eastern (US) on Wednesdays. I'll try to find a way to send a reminder.


  • @meleu You sir, are a machine!

    How could you put your name in? I can only seem to update the letter on the far right.


  • @obsidianspider said in MAME ROW #45 - Terra Force:

    @meleu You sir, are a machine!

    How could you put your name in? I can only seem to update the letter on the far right.

    Haha, I just realized that's the part of the screen that's cut off. You just can't see all the letters. :)


  • @obsidianspider that's why I said that in the end of my post:

    @meleu said in MAME ROW #45 - Terra Force

    did you guys notice that this hi-score screen is cropped? Can you confirm if this happens on your end? It's weird, looks like it was supposed to be displayed on a horizontal screen while the game is vertical...


  • @meleu You and your fancy "writing it down" so I could not read it as I was scrolling down the page. ;)


  • Just for the heck of it I tried the game with lr-mame2010 and things seem to display "better" (there's some weird artifacting when the screens go between vertical and horizontal), but the high score screen is "right".

    Also, I'm not good at this game.

    0_1501790035050_terraf-170803-155145.png


  • First post here from me with a score of 63.000.
    Game is pretty good - think I would really have loved something like that when I was a kid.
    Also think I will need to replace the Happ style buttons and stick in my controller with something softer soon - my fingers hurt :-)

    0_1501876759358_IMG_1587.JPG


  • @meleu said in MAME ROW #45 - Terra Force:

    looks like it was supposed to be displayed on a horizontal screen while the game is vertical...

    According to Mame History it IS a horizontal screen:

    HISTORY

    Terra Force (c) 1987 Nichibutsu.

    A standard shooter. All levels are divided in 2 parts : overworld with vertical direction and underground with horizontal.

    • TECHNICAL -

    Main CPU : 68000 (@ 8 Mhz)
    Sound CPU : Z80 (@ 3.072 Mhz)
    Sound Chips : YM3812 (@ 4 Mhz), (2x) DAC (@ 4 Mhz)

    Screen orientation : Horizontal

    Video resolution : 320 x 240 pixels
    Screen refresh : 57.00 Hz


  • "Recreated" quality english instructions.

    Before:
    alt text

    After (based on original japanese card):
    ;-)

    0_1501945879405_terra force instructions - eng - UDb.jpg


  • And, of course, couldn't resist to make a quick overlay (arcade flyer based):

    alt text
    It's available in the Repo.


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