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  • This is the MAME Random Of the Week #173

    The five random numbers for this week are: 792 2091 72 291 277

    Click here to vote! Which game do you choose for MAME ROW #173?

    Game Name: Ikari Warriors (US)
    Company: SNK
    Year: 1986
    ROM file name:

    Game Name: Vulcan Venture
    Company: Konami
    Year: 1988
    ROM file name:

    Game Name: Asteroids (rev 2)
    Company: Atari
    Year: 1979
    ROM file name:

    Game Name: Crazy Kong (set 1)
    Company: Falcon
    Year: 1981
    ROM file name:

    Game Name: China Gate (US)
    Company: [Technos] (Taito Romstar license)
    Year: 1988
    ROM file name:

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

    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 will play the winner all next week.

    Previous Rounds

  • Went for Asteroids, purely for the nostalgia point of view, such an annoying an addictive game, where you couldn't take your eyes off the screen for a second. If you did you had one of the smallest asteroids up the jacksie and wipe you out. Mind you you had that even if you were constantly looking at the screen.
    It is a MUST have for any Retro gaming fan, the others are more clones;
    Ikari Warriers - Commando
    Vulcan Venture - R-Type
    Crazy Kong - Blatant most obvious Donkey Kong rip off ever
    China Gate - a few platformers.

    However, Asteroids was so original, so gets the vote.

  • Global Moderator

    @Impman66 said in MAME ROW #173:

    Vulcan Venture - R-Type

    You mean Gradius ?

  • "Gradius II[a] (also known as Vulcan Venture in arcades outside Japan) is a horizontally-scrolling shooter. "

    Yes it is not only Gradius rather than R-Type, but it is also a sequel and not a clone.

  • @YFZdude said in MAME ROW #173:

    "Gradius II[a] (also known as Vulcan Venture in arcades outside Japan) is a horizontally-scrolling shooter. "

    Yes it is not only Gradius rather than R-Type, but it is also a sequel and not a clone.

    Ah yes apologies on that one, got so many I mix them up. But I stand by my original post of Asteroids being the original.

  • Asteroids keeps pausing and then I have to restart. I can only play for about 5 seconds or so, I can't work out why....

    Edit: So currently, I'll vote for Gradius II.

    Further Edit: If I use lr-fbneo then this is fine, I was using lr-mame2016 and that is where I saw the problem. I'll stick with Gradius II for the moment, but I'll give Asteroids some decent play time.

  • This week's winner is Asteroids

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  • Dang it; I forgot to vote this week. In related news, the only R-Type game I ever beat was R-Type Leo.

  • I don't have "Asteroids" (1979), but I have "Asteroids Deluxe" (1980). I played that. (1) I know it doesn't/shouldn't count and (2) the main difference is the shield in "Deluxe". I think the original had a "warp" instead of the shield, but I don't have the original.

  • I was obviously distracted when I was playing, but here are my scores:

  • MAME ROW #174 is now live!

  • I found some quick info online about Asteroids versus Asteroids Deluxe: "...The biggest gameplay difference is the fact that you can hold down the fire button for "auto-fire" (albeit semi-slowly) for *Asteroids Deluxe*. That ability changes my tactics quite a bit from *Asteroids*.

    The killer satellite [enemy] (of course) is the other big difference. Aside from those two, the game is similar. The asteroids in AD "tumble" through space rather than just gliding... giving a bit of an appearance upgrade. I much prefer the "shield" as my "oh crap" button rather than hyperspace/warp as well...."

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