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Name the Game
« on: November 24, 2012, 10:02:14 pm »
I remember an old arcade game, but can't for the life of me find the name or creator of it. I'm sure some others have had this same problem and those threads usually die after the mystery is solved, but I'm hoping this will be a thread that everyone can use in order to combine our expertise and help each other rediscover gems that we've lost in the past.


So here's mine:

The game I'm trying to find was one that I played in an arcade over a decade ago. It was a flight combat game and the arcade cabinet had two seats and two sets of controls so players can battle it out against each other or against the computer. The controls were a flight stick and a throttle control lever.

The combat was very arcade-y, not realistic at all, but a lot of fun. The players would go down a set path in the level, like a canyon, for example. And they would take turns being on each other's tail and trying to get enough hits in to destroy the other. So you would switch between offensive and defensive play. I think I remember the throttle control lever had a button on the end and when pressed it would deploy a smoke screen.

The graphics were extremely early 3D. Think- Virtua Fighter. A lot of obvious polygons, bright colors and very little shadows. It did look beautiful... at the time as I remember. The selectable planes had a huge variety with everything from the Red Baron's triplane to modern jets like the Harrier (and even helicopters!).



Now is where your help comes in- does anyone else remember this game? Do you know the name? ... anyone know a good emulator? Thanks in advance.

If you're having trouble remembering the name of a game from the past, then describe it here and maybe someone else does.
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Re: Name the Game
« Reply #1 on: November 26, 2012, 01:17:23 pm »
The only ones I can think of is Steel Talons but that's just helicopters I think and also Strike Eagle but that doesn't sound much like what you described, also I don't think it was a twin cabinet.
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Re: Name the Game
« Reply #2 on: November 27, 2012, 12:52:47 am »
A-ha! I've found it! It was called Wing War!

It really helped me out to post this because when I described it I mentioned the distinctively similar Virtua Fighter graphics and after I posted that it got me thinking: hmmm... Virtua Fighter was made by Sega, maybe this one was also by Sega?

Turns out it ran on the same engine as Virtua Fighter! Also my description was eerily spot-on. The bad news- it was only in arcades and had an unreleased/uncompleted port to Sega 32X. But fortunately, it seems to run on MAME. I'm going to try it soon. But it looks like something the A320 would have a very hard time emulating. Maybe the Zero could handle it? Or a modded Xbox? Anyone know?

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Re: Name the Game
« Reply #3 on: November 27, 2012, 06:17:27 am »
I have played Wing War few years ago and you just remember it. I liked it so much that I spend hours in the front of my computer, trying to finish. I think that I will be back and play again tomorrow - I have a day off. Will be funny, I guess :)

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Re: Name the Game
« Reply #4 on: November 27, 2012, 08:29:52 pm »
Here's a toughie. I played this game nearly 3 decades ago, so details are pretty fuzzy. It was a tunnel-maze game, like Mr. Do and Dig-Dug, but I can't remember if you could dig your own tunnels like in those games. The unique things I remember are the enemies; walking multicolored fireballs that were generated from stationary bonfires of the same color, and your weapon was a bucket of water. When you pressed the fire button, your character produced a splash of water in the direction he was facing. I think there were power-ups that would increase the length of the splash, and possibly more bonus points were scored for putting out multiple fires with a single splash.

I gave myself a migrane the last time I tried to find this game on the KLOV, my scant memory of details combined with that list's lack of screenshots for many early 80s games made my search as tedious as it was fruitless. I'm pretty sure the game was in a cocktail-table cabinet if that's any help.
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Re: Name the Game
« Reply #5 on: November 27, 2012, 08:35:05 pm »
Is it atari 2600 game?

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Re: Name the Game
« Reply #6 on: November 27, 2012, 09:29:38 pm »
Holy balls, I finally found it: GUZZLER.

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Another game to add to my "play this on your GCW-0 when it finally arrives" list  ;D
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Re: Name the Game
« Reply #7 on: December 05, 2012, 04:42:37 am »
Okay I've got another stumper for you guys.  :)

This one is a racing game that was most likely on the Commodore 64. Maybe the VIC-20, but I doubt it. I remember playing it as a kid, but here's the catch: I'm trying to shake my memory but it seems that all I can remember is the track editor option in it. I also can't give a lot of details on how it looked because of the TV I used for my C64. My parents never had a high regard for videogames, so the TV I was allowed to use for it was an old Zenith unit and for some reason it only displayed things in shades of green. I was young and didn't know better so until I was an adult I had always believed the C64 only displayed things in shades of green! I never thought it was the TV!

I'm hoping the fact that it had a track editor will help narrow it down. The track editor was done in an overhead map perspective and allowed you to insert the usual turns and overpasses. But if I remember correctly, the racing itself was done from an isometric view.

That's really all I can remember. I've tried looking it up with search terms but that got me nowhere. Anyone have any leads?

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Re: Name the Game
« Reply #8 on: December 05, 2012, 05:20:52 pm »
Racing Destruction?
http://www.mobygames.com/game/c64/racing-destruction-set

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Re: Name the Game
« Reply #9 on: December 05, 2012, 08:21:23 pm »
This is one I've been looking for, for a long time. It was an NES racing game. I'm almost sure it was something like go-cart racing, but may not have been. You raced other people, one at a time to make money and buy new parts for your car. It was more like an adventure game. You traveled from town to town (?) racing new people.  I rented it once, some 20+ years ago, never found it again.

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Re: Name the Game
« Reply #10 on: December 09, 2012, 08:22:03 am »
Thanks, lemmywinks, that's a good guess and it looks a lot like what I described, but it's not matching up with my memory of the track editor. It looks like fun though, except the engine noise is drilling into my skull.

As I remember the track editor had a lot more detail while you make it, it wasn't so tiny.


@Jesterdev: I know this isn't cart racing but do you think maybe it was Formula One: Built to Win? That sparked my memory because in that game you do earn money, modify your car and I think you travel to different areas too. The game kinda plays as if it was an NES de-make of Gran Tourismo!

http://www.gamefaqs.com/nes/587287-formula-one-built-to-win/images

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Re: Name the Game
« Reply #11 on: April 01, 2014, 08:42:40 pm »
@Pardue, could it be Fast Tracks - The Computer Slot Car Construction Kit? (AKA Fast Tracks - Tokio Race, Fast Tracks - TT3, Fast Tracks - RC Racers, Overpass, Lancaster Speedway, who knows what else...)


Here's one for ya. Space shooter. Gameplay controls like Asteroids, rotate thrust fire (think there was also a shield which wore off quite quickly), but colorful raster graphics. Variety of enemies and game options, including 2-player modes where you could cooperate or compete. Most distinct features I can remember: the border alternated between open (wrapping around Asteroids style) and turning solid, boxing you in. One of the 2-player modes had the 2 ships connected by a tether, requiring good communication to play effectively. I think there was also a 1-player mode where a single player controlled a pair of tethered ships like this, think this configuration was called a "space station".

Only got to play it once briefly in a movie theater lobby decades ago, would love to play it again in MAME if I only knew the name...
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Re: Name the Game
« Reply #12 on: April 02, 2014, 05:51:46 am »
@ MightyJAK

OH MY GOD!!! You've found it!!! That's the game!  ;D

I just watched a youtube video and had an instant flashback. I'm very tired today (just ran a 5k, ... ugh) so I'll try to play it later. But still, thank you!

As for your game, MightyJAK, do you think it might have been "Eliminator" from 1981? It doesn't seem to match your description exactly but the game has a strong Asteroids influence. I played it on a MAME emulator off my modded Xbox and since it didn't have sound, I guess my version couldn't correctly emulate all the features which might include the modes you described. Either way, very cool game in it's own right, hope it's what you're trying to remember.

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I've got a real head scratcher for you guys now! There's a game I played on the original Famicom. Very generic 2D action, you run and jump everywhere. I remember the backgrounds had green mountains. You can also travel down PVC pipes and at one point you even climb a vine to get into the clouds! When you go through a castle you're greeted at the end by a guy wearing what looks like red underwear on his head, I don't know what he tells you because it's in Japanese, but you just go on to the next level. Eating food doubles your size. You fight turtles and mushroom men that you can stomp and flatten. I think the game might have been called: Attack of the Mushroom Men.

Those of you in my time zone (or Pacific standard time) might be able to get this. For everyone else, I'm a day too late  :P

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Re: Name the Game
« Reply #13 on: April 02, 2014, 06:02:31 am »
I don't have one for any to guess but I have a few examples of this scenario I've found eventually.

I must have been like 7 when I borrowed an NES game from my mom's girlfriend. It was incredibly obtuse to my tiny brain but eventually I got the hang of it.  Years later when NES emulation hit strides, I found a big 'ol (at the time) rom pack with something like 300+ games (big at the time) and tried to find this game.  I could never remember the name and I remembered the cart sticker looked nothing like the game.  I just remember somehow getting to a shop where I could buy neat stuff and scuba gear. It was a platform shooter but I just couldn't remember enough to search for it... and many years after that... I finally found it accidentally without even looking for it... Clash at Demonhead.

I got one more I recently found.  In my early AOL dial up days... I played a ton of shareware games.  (Some of which I'm still looking for I guess) One Christmas I got into x-mas themed games and played Christmas Lemmings and one other weird game where you were Santa and had a jetpack... (sounds awesome right!) It played like lode runner (though I had no idea what lode runner was at the time) and had to run from robots while collecting presents and gold.  Luckily, the name of the game matched pretty much what the game was. X-mas Jetpack!  Which was a free demo like version of the game Jetpack!
The game is now free to download and runs in dos-box if anyone wants to play as Santa with a jetpack...

There's a bunch of stupid klik-n-play games I onced played that I'd like to find again as well.... for novelty I guess.

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That weird japanese game you're describing... I don't think it exists... you sure it wasn't some childhood fever dream?
I mean really!? Who would ever play a game like that...
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Re: Name the Game
« Reply #14 on: April 02, 2014, 03:00:21 pm »
do you think it might have been "Eliminator" from 1981?

No, I'm pretty sure the game I'm thinking of had raster graphics, not vector. But thanks for bringing this game to my attention, it looks pretty neat! Wikipedia also revealed some interesting trivia:
  • The game is included as an unlockable game in the PSP version of Sega Genesis Collection.
  • The Four player version of Eliminator was the only 4 player vector game ever made.



@Pardue
That weird japanese game you're describing... I don't think it exists... you sure it wasn't some childhood fever dream?
I mean really!? Who would ever play a game like that...

Pretty obvious when you think about it...

the backgrounds had green mountains.
PVC pipes

It took a few decades to eliminate those extraneous elements and make a game actually worth playing, but it seems Pardue played an early prototype of the greatest game ever made:
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Re: Name the Game
« Reply #15 on: April 16, 2014, 03:47:53 pm »
I struck up a conversation with a guy while playing Space Wars at the Midwest Gaming Classic last weekend (was a real treat to find an arcade game older than me, in such pristine condition). While talking about similar games I asked him about this one I was trying to remember the name of, and he told me: Space Duel.

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I guess it was vector after all. For some reason I thought I remembered the graphics as being solid rather than wireframe. I don't feel bad about being unable to remember the name though, it's so generic! I don't know why Atari didn't call this game something like "Asteroids 3" or "Asteroids Versus", they probably could have sold a lot more units on the name recognition alone.

This game plays great on GCW-Zero's MAME. I hope a future version supports WiFi multiplayer, so I can challenge my fellow Dingoonites to a Space Duel someday!
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Re: Name the Game
« Reply #16 on: June 11, 2014, 05:24:20 pm »
Guys, I'm packing my portable drive with PS1/PSP isos at the moment, going to spend the rest of June in my country house with my handhelds & notebooks...

Can't remember the name of one good PS1 game that I played back in 2007 on my PSP, can anyone help me? In that game you control giant robot who can jump, dash, strike enemies with kind of laser sword and can lay the timebombs... no, it's not Bomberman :D. It's more like mine-based isometric 3D version of Toxic Factory Stage from Zen the Intergalactic Ninja (I may be wrong, but it's Konami's game, as well). As far as I remember, you're battling with other giant robots and armored batteries & vehicles on underground bases and hangars and, of course, there are huge bosses.
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Re: Name the Game
« Reply #17 on: June 15, 2014, 03:45:02 am »
Was it Silent Bomber? Didn't have the player as a giant mech though. But the rest seems to match.

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Re: Name the Game
« Reply #18 on: June 15, 2014, 02:49:21 pm »
Yes, that's it! Thank you. Will give it a lot of play next week, if I would find it on my PSP Isos DVDs.

Mechas... well, it's japanese and anime word, I guess in Russia people like me (men in their thirties, children of Perestroika) are used to more traditional European word "robots". But anyway, after seeing videos on Youtube I wonder why my memory told me that game's character is giant? (And robot, but that's understandable by game's design.)

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Re: Name the Game
« Reply #19 on: June 15, 2014, 11:39:01 pm »
You're welcome!

I'm going to pick up a copy of this game, it looks good and I love anything that fits into the "little guy vs. giant _______" genera.

I hate to self-promote, but on the other hand, I love to self-promote  ;D If you're into anything giant robot fighting related, check out this video I made recently:

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Be safe and I hope you enjoy your time at your country home.