Please do not post a support request without first reading and following the advice in

  • This is the MAME Random Of the Week #59

    The three random numbers for this week are: 984 150 1049 940

    1049 is Mahjong G-MEN'89 and is a Mah Jong game so it has been removed from consideration

    Click here to vote! Which game do you choose for MAME ROW #59?

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

    Game Name: Magician Lord (set 1)
    Company: Alpha Denshi Co.
    Year: 1990
    ROM file name:
    BIOS: neogeo

    Game Name: Birdie King 2
    Company: Taito Corporation
    Year: 1983
    ROM file name:

    Game Name: Lightning Fighters (US)
    Company: Konami
    Year: 1990
    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

  • Went with Birdie. My trigger finger needs a week of rest after R-Type, and this game looks kind of alternate.

  • Gave these a try last night.

    Magician Lord seems to be a sort of cross between a poor man's Altered Beast and a generic 2D sidescrolling adventure game. Not bad, but not remarkable.

    I quite liked the idea of Birdie King 2, it would be a nice change of pace. However I couldn't work out how to control it. All I could do was hit the ball a few feet at a time before running out of shots.

    Lightning Fighters seems a bit generic as well but decently executed.

    As I can't work out how to control Birdie King 2, Ms suspect it probably needs a trackball, I'm going to go for Lightning Fighters this week.

  • This week's winner is Lightning Fighters

  • This is one tough game. I only managed to level 2 once, with a top score of 55010.


    It seems to be the 'Dragon Laser' is a much better smart bomb type weapon than the 'Particle Beam' - it stays on screen longer and does more damage. For the primary weapon I thought the 'S' power up gave a nice spread weapon and as most enemies can be destroyed with a single hit, it was better than the 'V' rapid fire single rocket primary weapon
    although I'm guessing it becomes more useful later on with tougher enemies.

    The idle demo seems to show a slave unit assisting the player, but I never got anywhere near obtaining that.

    I'll give it a few more plays but this is a tough one!

  • I'm improving!



  • @gtbfilms It isn't the fastest shooter :D
    Good to play if you consumed some drinks and your reaction time decreases.

  • @cyperghost said in MAME ROW #59 - Lightning Fighters:

    Good to play if you consumed some drinks and your reaction time decreases.

    best tip!

  • @meleu said in MAME ROW #59 - Lightning Fighters:

    @cyperghost said in MAME ROW #59 - Lightning Fighters:

    Good to play if you consumed some drinks and your reaction time decreases.

    best tip!

    Isn't ment sooooo serious ;)
    And you know: Don't drink and fly ;)
    But today I've some spare time ... The game itself is funny - will you also take part on this?

  • @meleu I am going to have intermittent forum access this week, would you be able to run MAME ROW #60? If not, I will be updating at odd hours.

  • @obsidianspider I will do that. ;-)

  • @meleu Thank you, sir!

  • @obsidianspider MAME ROW #60 post done:

    But I'm getting a server error from :(

    Maybe I will try to find another web poll service later...

  • I was just trying a few games at random tonight and came across Gunbird 2 - it's quite similar to Lightning Fighters (bullet hell vertical shooter) but is better executed all round.

    I'd never seen this (or the original Gunbird) before, I'm guessing perhaps they only appeared in Japan?

    Anyway, for fans of these types of games, I recommend trying out Gunbird 2. Runs really nicely on a Rpi 3.

Contributions to the project are always appreciated, so if you would like to support us with a donation you can do so here.

Hosting provided by Mythic-Beasts. See the Hosting Information page for more information.