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MAME ROW #148 - Cloak & Dagger

  • This is the MAME Random Of the Week #148

    The three random numbers for this week are: 1927 1818 328 238 296

    Click here to vote! Which game do you choose for MAME ROW #148?

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

    Game Name: Thunder Zone (World)
    Company: Data East Corporation
    Year: 1991
    ROM file name:

    Game Name: Star Force
    Company: Tehkan
    Year: 1984
    ROM file name:

    Game Name: Cassette: Pro Bowling
    Company: DECO
    Year: 1983
    ROM file name:

    Game Name: Cannon Ball
    Company: Yun Sung / Soft Vision
    Year: 1995
    ROM file name:

    Game Name: Cloak & Dagger (rev 5)
    Company: Atari
    Year: 1983
    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

  • This is an easy Cloak & Dagger score to beat and it should get you started = 4801

    I think my controls make Thunder Zone surprisingly hard...either that or I'm lousy.

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  • This week's winner is Cloak & Dagger

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  • I planned on contributing more this time, but I've been spending all of my free time working on my custom cocktail cabinet build.

  • Interesting, I'd never heard of the movie mentioned on the poster, but after this write-up, I think I'm going to have to check it out!

  • This is a tough game - quite fun though, reminds me of a faster paced Berzerk a bit.

    I'm guessing it was a twin joystick game, but I mapped my buttons to fire in the four main directions - diagonal shooting kind of worked by pressing two buttons at once, but I think this would play better with 2 joysticks.

    I loved the animations between levels!

    55248 was my best. Edit: Ah, I think this was the time I inadvertently started on a later level - which makes the bonus greater - oops, ignore that.

    My best score (starting on G level) is a puny 9964!

    Interesting video review of this game here:


  • ... after watching that YouTube video, I realised:

    1. There's an 'ignite' button I haven't mapped. (P1 button 5)
    2. I'm supposed to pick up the green bombs and cakes. but avoid the red bombs
    3. If I get all the map parts 'S' then it shows me all the mines in the minefield level
    4. If I go to the big middle bomb and press ignite, before hightailing it to the exit, I get a massive amount of extra points!

    New High Score armed with this extra knowledge: 62446!


  • Tough and fun game!

  • @GtBFilms

    Interesting, I'd never heard of the movie mentioned on the poster, but after this write-up, I think I'm going to have to check it out!

    I had seen the Cloak & Dagger movie many times when I was a kid and never realized all the messed up things about it but now looking back, I can see a lot of them! Thanks for the article.

    I wasn't aware there was an arcade game with the same name.

  • Remapped controls for dual arcade sticks - 14,986.

  • Slowly moving up...35,310.

  • In the MAME menu there is a difficulty setting. Maybe I cranked mine. There are A-B-C-D levels. I think B is default. . . . Now that I say this I can't find that setting again. I'm looking in MAME menu and in Retroarch menus. Maybe I just had a waking dream. "Mother, the sleeper has awakened!" OK, that's enough references to a certain novel written by Frank Herbert for today. :)

  • @IanDaemon Found the setting in the MAME menu. I still don't know which way is easy and which way is hard. I just went with the default "B".

  • 35,405 Moving up in the world! XD I get to the caves and sooner or later the robots shoot me before I can shoot them.


  • I'm really enjoying Cloak & Dagger now that I have the controls mapped well.

  • Had a go on this on my PC, using two joysticks rather than the joystick and buttons on my cab. Although it makes the diagonal shots a lot easier, I'm not sure it actually makes the game easier.

    I managed to ignite all the bombs on the first seven levels, but that eight level I just run out of time while trying to shoot my way though walls.

    I improved a bit - 73382


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    @GtBFilms said in MAME ROW #148 - Cloak & Dagger:

    Interesting, I'd never heard of the movie mentioned on the poster, but after this write-up, I think I'm going to have to check it out!

    It's definitely worth a watch. I would always rent this as a kid when nothing new had been released. The kid (Henry Thomas from 'E.T.') can be seen playing the game throughout the movie on his Atari 5200. Since the home ports were in development at the time (and ultimately scrapped), they hooked an arcade board up to the various TVs in the film.

    The only major downside is that the annoying little girl from the 'Terror at 20,000 feet' segment of 'Twilight Zone: The Movie' has more screen time than should've been allowed. Every time she whines the name "Daay-veeey" is like nails on a chalk board. Below is a pretty cool scene set in a vintage game store of the time. If you look closely, you'll even see an ad for 'E.T.' on Atari, which I'm sure had to be an intentional jab, given that Henry Thomas was the star.

  • Cloak & Dagger is such a hidden gem with twin arcade sticks. I love the way it feels.

  • MAME ROW #149 is live. We'll close voting on Thursday this week.

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