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  • This is the MAME Random Of the Week #58

    The three random numbers for this week are: 1229 1559 1381 741

    1229 is Ojanko Yakata which is a Mah Jong game and was removed from consideration

    Click here to vote! Which game do you choose for MAME ROW #58?

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

    Game Name: R-Type (Japan)
    Company: Irem
    Year: 1987
    ROM file name:

    Game Name: Pole Position
    Company: Namco
    Year: 1982
    ROM file name:

    Game Name: Hit 'n Miss (version 3.0)
    Company: Exidy
    Year: 1987
    ROM file name:

    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!


    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.

    3. Feel free to post your hi-score (or any content about the game) anytime you want on the previous rounds topics (link below).

    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

  • Have to go with R-Type. This game is hard as nails, and therefore this could be a very prestiguous ROW.
    I don't think Pole Position is easy to play without a Wheel, since the arcade cabinet originally had one.

  • Definitely going for Polo Position: it plays great with my DIY Spinner (as steering wheel) and right analog on the gamepad to change gear !

  • Had to go with R-Type as well. Great fun game.

  • @udb23 said in MAME ROW #58:

    Definitely going for Polo Position: it plays great with my DIY Spinner (as steering wheel) and right analog on the gamepad to change gear !

    Never heard of Polo Position, but found this artwork when scraping yesterday:

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    Just kidding.
    Do you know of any other way to play racing games for the Pi? Getting a tiny external USB wheel or spinner, perhaps?

  • Good selection!

    Pole Position is an Atari classic, but I'm afraid the moment I saw R-Type it was a no brainer for me. I plugged the best part of my student grant into the R-Type machine we had in our student common room!

  • @gtbfilms Agreed. My main "pain" is having to find and install the Japanese version, as that's the one that was randomly selected. But it's a minor thing, I suppose.

  • @pjft I'm a bit confused about the (Japanese) bit there actually.

    I'm aware of several R-Type roms:

    But (listed above) appears to be the (World) version.

    The Japanese version is is the USA version.

    I'm not actually sure that there are actually any differences between them, apart from the text?

    I just gave a quick try - it says it's a prototype version, and I played most of the first level. Couldn't really see any difference from the usual version I play (World) apart from the initial 'Press Start' text was inverted.

  • @gtbfilms oh, you're right! In that case we're sorted :)

    Sometimes different regions will have slight changes to the game, specifically in what concerns difficulty, so I imagined that for MAME ROW it would matter that everyone played the exact same ROM. If it is, though, that's great because that's the one I have.

  • @andershp said in MAME ROW #58:

    Getting a tiny external USB wheel or spinner, perhaps?

    Pole Position ;-)

    And yes, playing with an own built spinner, as mentioned, works quite nice.
    You can also use dpad but not ideal to steer a formula 1 car.

  • @pjft said in MAME ROW #58:

    @gtbfilms oh, you're right! In that case we're sorted :)

    Soo... World edition rom is OK?

    Just gave it a spin last night. I know I've been to level 2, but couldn't yesterday. Damn these 1 hit = death shooters :)

  • Guys, guess what new overlay is now available.

  • @andershp I can do the first three levels without getting hit on the MS version, the MAME version I can get to level three, but its quite different and I havent memorised it yet.

    I recently completed the MS version, its harder than nails!

  • @spruce_m00se Seems I have to up my game, then...!

  • @andershp level four will destroy you if you ever make it there, I never got past it back in the day, but did so recently, the rest fo the game is then easy until the very end boss, which will destroy you and then stomp on your corpse.

    I will play it through again soon on an original MS joypad, it will be much harder than with the ps4 joypad

  • This week's winner is R-Type

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  • @spruce_m00se Level 4 is always the one that finishes me off.

    R-Type is an awesome game but it does suffer from the feature that when you are all tooled up, and lose a life, there's no coming back.

    Particularly that little orb that floats above the ship (and eventually is joined with another below the ship) once you lose them there's no opportunity to get them back and you soon get a battering.

    I think I've got to the end boss on Level 4 a couple of times, but no further.

  • @gtbfilms once you are at the level four boss you should be able to get to the end of the game without being hit again fairly easily, the trick with the bosses is to look for the "blind spot" where you dont get hit ever.

  • Improved overlay graphics:

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  • I forgot how difficult this game is. It's going to be a challenge this week!

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