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MAME ROW #147 - Ultra Balloon



  • This is the MAME Random Of the Week #147

    The three random numbers for this week are: 2024 1629 687 1194 1274

    Click here to vote! Which game do you choose for MAME ROW #147?

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

    2024
    Game Name: Ultra Balloon
    Company: SunA
    Year: 1996
    ROM file name: uballoon.zip

    1629
    Game Name: Sen-Know (Japan)
    Company: Kaneko / Kouyousha
    Year: 1999
    ROM file name: senknow.zip
    BIOS: skns

    687
    Game Name: Gunlock (World)
    Company: Taito Corporation Japan
    Year: 1993
    ROM file name: gunlock.zip

    1194
    Game Name: Ninja Clowns (08/27/91)
    Company: Strata/Incredible Technologies
    Year: 1991
    ROM file name: ninclown.zip

    1274
    Game Name: Pass
    Company: Oksan
    Year: 1992
    ROM file name: pass.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!

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

    Previous Rounds



  • Since I was late in posting this, voting will go until Thursday this week.



  • @obsidianspider said in MAME ROW #147:

    Game Name: Ninja Clowns (08/27/91)
    Company: Strata/Incredible Technologies
    Year: 1991
    ROM file name: ninclown.zip

    A Beat'em Up from the makers of Golden Tee? I have no idea if the game is any good, but I'm going to find out!



  • @obsidianspider Wow a brilliant selection this week ;)

    • Ultra Balloon
    • Sen-Know
    • Pass

    What to vote?



  • Pass is almost identical to Susumi Mile Smile (also released as Go Go Mile Smile).
    Ultra Balloon is almost identical to Bubble Bobble.

    @GtBFilms Go Go Mile Smile is a fun game.



  • This is an excellent selection, hard to choose one.

    Ultra Balloon

    Not generally that keen on cutesy platformers, but this one was fun and the music was pretty good.

    Sen-Know

    Another genre I'm not keen on, this one seemed decent enough, but didn't really hold my attention.

    Gunlock

    I had high expectations of this one from the YouTube video, but it runs very slowly on my rpi3 under lr-mame2003. I got it running at a decent speed with advmame-0.94 though, and it's an interesting take on the usual gameplay. While the enemy are far away you seem to be able to 'mark' them for missiles. Once they are closer, you have to use your conventional guns. Wasn't as good as I expected from the video though, and there was some odd graphical glitching on the big asteroids, may have been an advmame thing.

    Ninja Clowns

    I guess this is what happens when someone takes a Simpsons Arcade machine (1991) and makes their own version with all the licensed characters taken out! It plays pretty much identically to the Simpsons machine, which is not necessarily a bad thing (apart from the fact the end of level bosses are just designed to soak up credits). There's a lot of potential in this one, for comedy weapon pick-ups, and it doesn't disappoint - I got a boxing glove on a spring and some sort of fart spray early on. The graphics are okay but not as polished as they perhaps could be, not quite matching the zany clown antics as they should, in my opinion.

    Pass

    This is oneof these peculiarly odd Japanese games that I quite like. In this one it seems you have a sort of pacman with an incredibly long blue tongue. Instead of venturing into the maze, you stick your tongue in to collect the pills, winding it round the maze, but remembering to pull it back in quickly to avoid the enemy. Quite bizarre.

    All of the games this time are reasonable, but against my initial reaction, my vote goes to....

    Ultra Balloon!



  • Right now it's too close to call. If you haven't already, please submit your vote and I'll check back around Noon Eastern (US) and post the results.



  • This week's winner is Ultra Balloon

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  • @obsidianspider What a result ;)



  • @cyperghost The game I voted for only had one vote :shrug:



  • @obsidianspider I think the choice for this round is ok ;) It's a kind of bubble booble game :) So let's play



  • @cyperghost It's exactly Bubble Bobble.



  • @IanDaemon No ;)
    Press down and the Penguin can fart. I don't saw this in Bubble Booble :)

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  • So my first highscore - This game gots potential :)

    230700 pts who wants more?
    You've the whole next week :)
    By the way ... this is just level 4, so it's very easy to beat the this score (I hope so!)



  • @cyperghost

    This is a fun game!

    I got to 288700 so far.

    Not entirely sure what I am doing when I meet the level 6 boss!

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  • @GtBFilms You should post a score earlier :) So I've had no chance to beat :D

    Good job :)



  • MAME ROW #148 is live!



  • @GtBFilms said in MAME ROW #147 - Ultra Balloon:

    Gunlock
    I had high expectations of this one from the YouTube video, but it runs very slowly on my rpi3 under lr-mame2003. I got it running at a decent speed with advmame-0.94 though, and it's an interesting take on the usual gameplay. While the enemy are far away you seem to be able to 'mark' them for missiles. Once they are closer, you have to use your conventional guns. Wasn't as good as I expected from the video though, and there was some odd graphical glitching on the big asteroids, may have been an advmame thing.

    It works well on the latest AdvMame 3.4/3.5, I believe. It's a reasonably fine game in its own right. And you can then get the sequels on the PSX if you're into those.



  • @cyperghost

    Aw, sorry about that!

    We've been down to Blackpool for the annual Retro Gaming Expo, and I only got a bit of time to try this when we got back!

    bpool.jpg



  • @GtBFilms Excusion accepted :)
    But tell me what was the best arcade mashine on this show?



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