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  • This is the MAME Random Of the Week #141

    The three random numbers for this week are: 370 1316 1013 1411 934

    Click here to vote! Which game do you choose for MAME ROW #141?

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

    Game Name: Cyvern
    Company: Kaneko
    Year: 1998
    ROM file name:
    BIOS: skns

    Game Name: PlayChoice-10: RC Pro Am
    Company: Rare
    Year: 1987
    ROM file name:

    Game Name: Mat Mania
    Company: Technos (Taito America license)
    Year: 1985
    ROM file name:

    Game Name: Power Spikes II
    Company: Video System Co.
    Year: 1994
    ROM file name:
    BIOS: neogeo

    Game Name: Lemmings (US Prototype)
    Company: Data East USA
    Year: 1991
    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!

    We're still working things out with the new MAME ROW structure. We will play the winner all next week.

    Previous Rounds

  • I've been playing the Lemmings app on my phone, but I feel the need to mix it up. My vote is for Mat Mania. I loved wrestling games when I was a kid.

  • @obsidianspider Muhaa... this week is very hard ;)
    R.C is really cool
    Power Slikes is fast and challenging (but for a RoW??? I doubt that)
    Cyvern is indeed very interesting ;)

  • Cyvern for me. I agree that we have to think of what's a good choice for RoW. R.C. Pro-Am is cool and brings back fond arcade memories, but without a steering wheel or a spinner it just doesn't play well.

  • @IanDaemon, I think you are having a false memory. RC Pro-Am is a PlayChoice 10 title. I've never seen one of those machines with a steering wheel. Maybe that's how you played it at home on the NES?

  • @b3k No, my arcade cabinet doesn't have a steering wheel nor a spinner and none of these kinds of driving games work well without a rotating input device of some sort. RC Prom-Am does not play well without a steering wheel, IMO. I never said anything about PlayChoice titles. I said for RoW, it's not a good choice.

  • The only reason RC Pro-AM isn't a really good random is that it's a PC10 title. Since you basically pay for time on PC10, not a single game, the results amongst players would largely end up the same. Anyone who is similar to myself will run out of time on the machine before failing out of a race and the scores would end up all being very similar.

  • @IanDaemon I think we are missing each others points.

    I believe your larger point is some games don't play well (or at all) without the right peripheral (wheel, spinner, light gun). I agree.

    My point was RC Pro-Am didn't have a wheel in the PC10 arcade cabinet. If you prefer a wheel that's cool, but it's by no means necessary. A purist may even say you should only play it with an arcade stick as the game/hardware designers intended, but I'm not a purist.

  • Mat Mania all the way.

  • The winner is Cyvern. We'll play this through next week.

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  • I discovered cyvern some months back and got pretty good at it. Just be aware it pushes a pi 3 to the limit. Expect a bit of slow down here and there.

  • Unfortunately the game doesn't record the highscore until you break 1000000 points. I have gotten a little over a third of the way there on one credit so far but I don't know if I can get that good.

    Edit: scratch that, just got to 650,000 points on the first level alone. Not sure how this game calculates points...

  • [incorrect information was here originally]

  • @IanDaemon I think this a description of a different game...

  • @IanDaemon this was very useful! To get a good high-score you must use the banish attack to finish off ground targets to get the extra points medals/ribbons (make sure to pick them all up otherwise their value resets). Also by not using any bombs or lives on the first level unlocks the secret green train boss which is worth a lot more points (though is considerably harder).

  • @quicksilver I didn't know if outside links were OK, but the info seemed like it would be of interest.

  • @IanDaemon with the info you provided I was able to break 1000000 points twice now. But both times I ran out of lives on the 2nd level's end boss.

  • What is everyone's preference for the dragon to use? I've mostly used the green one, but it's firing is narrow (but stronger?) until you get some powerups. I feel I need to stick to one before I can start making progress.

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