Homebrew Spotlight- Mappy For The Atari 2600!

Hey Arcaders!

Welcome to the 2nd issue of Homebrew Spotlight!

And I thought- what better place to start is with the game that’s shown in the title card- Mappy! I could go on FOREVER about this game (a future Coin Up episode is happening!) as this game is in my top five of all time. But, for now, let’s talk about the AMAZING homebrew that released last year for the Atari 2600. And this system will come up a lot in this series- the is probably more home brews made for this system than any other. And for good reason- with sites like the amazing Atariage keeping the Atari flame glowing, more people are drawn to the system everyday- whether for childhood nostalgia, or for the first time enjoying the retro goodness. Also- because of guys like John W. Champeau, Nathan Strum, Mike Haas and Ross Keenum. Champeau’s name will come up so many times in this series. He’s the founder of Champ Games, one of the largest homebrew publishers on the site. His work goes back decades- I remember playing his version of Donkey Kong for the PC- Champ Kong back in the early 2000’s. And his love of classic arcade games knows no bounds. If there is a classic arcade game you love- he has more than likely created a home brew of it (EXCEPT Make Trax- PLEASE DO MAKE TRAX!) But, we’re here to talk about Mappy!

As with any homebrew, we gotta start with it’s inspiration- the arcade game. and what an original and fun game it is! Mappy hit arcades in the U.S. in 1983, where it found it’s audience quickly, but wasn’t as big of a hit as it should have been here- possibly due to the arcade industry seeing it’s first stumble, due to the game crash occurring at the same time. Many games released that year would suffer greatly because of this. Also hurting distribution was Bally (having severed ties with Midway that year- due to it’s buyout and absorption by Sega) wanting MORE Pac-Man titles- gave this a modest release. But- what stood out was the amazing cabinet- and it’s awesome marquee!

And the game play- Typical Namco magic! You’re a police mouse named Mappy. He has followed the Nyamco gang to the hideout after a huge heist- they got computers, safes, TVs, even the Mona Lisa! The house is anything but fun- there are trampolines to bounce to any floor in the place! And watch out- Boss Goro and his pose’ of Meowkys are ready to pounce you flat! With great level design, amazing music and a fun bonus round, this game is classic gaming at it’s finest!

Ok- now that we have got you into thew game, how does the Atari 2600 port fair? Awesome is the word I would use! Champeau and his team have done it again! In fact- this is my favorite arcade conversion for the 2600 so far!- just look at this!

The thing I like most about Champ Games, is their attention to detail. Everything is faithfully reproduced- the demo screen, authentic game sounds, all the items, characters and their movements, even the high scores are there! This homebrew is a Atari cartridge tour de force- on a system primarily designed to play PONG!

If you have ever bought anything from Atariage- you know that they are sticklers when it comes to authenticity. All box art, Instruction manuals, even the cartridge labels have to meet very strict standards. and the Mappy cartridge doesn’t disappoint- check this out!

So- if you have been looking for a great classic arcade game to put in your Atari VCS collection- Or wanting to start one from scratch, and are looking for a great game to begin with- you can’t go wrong with MAPPY!

Just go to the Atariage website HERE to get your own copy!

What do you think of Mappy? How about the Homebrew? Were you like me, and wished the was a version for your Atari back in ’83? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks Arcaders, and keep playin’ like It’s 1981!

Check out Retrory- a memory card matching game!

Hey Arcaders!

I was just over at the ATARIAGE website when I saw this post and just wanted to share it! I think this a great Idea if you love video game based board games (like I do) or just anything retro (like I do.)

AtariAge user apemaster from Yoda’s Video Arcade has announced a new game called Retrory. Retrory is a memory card matching game, where you find pairs of matching cards by turning them over. This is a physical game, as opposed to a video game, featuring 80 cards (40 “pairs”) and a 12-page full-color instruction booklet, packed in a 2600-style box. The cards themselves are 6cm x 6cm (2.4″) square and are about 2mm thick. Each card is double-sided and full-color printed, with a canvas-structure finish.

The card pairs in this game are not identical images, but instead two different images from the same game. The goal of the game is to find matching pairs, but in order to find them you have to know the games. You can increase the game’s difficulty by having to name the game when finding a match. The game features images from officially released 2600 games, and the instruction booklet shows all the pairs and their corresponding game names. The price per game is $40 Euros (around $45 USD), including worldwide airmail shipping. To learn how to order your copy of Retrory, please visit the Atari 2600 Forum over at ATARIAGE. Al and everyone over there are great, and the site is quite a read if you are into everything ATARI!

Special mini Review for the holiday- Stay Frosty 2 for the Atari 2600!

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Hey Arcaders!

Raygunn here, and I just wanna say from all of us here at the Archives- HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Thought I jump in before all the festivities start the Gunn household, and do a mini review of sorts.

Al and all of our friends over at ATARIAGE do a fantastic job preserving everything Atari! So, it’s no surprize when they release a new homebrew title that completely knocks all of us off our feet! And these talented programmers and artists work on this for very little money (if at all) just for the passion of keeping one of the greatest names in video game history alive!

Then you get an amazing video game experience like STAY FROSTY 2- STAY FROSTIER! Just looking at this programming tour de force you keep thinking – This is not on the 2600!!!

All character animations are so fluid, you would swear you were playing this on a Colecovision! Music is top notch too!

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FROM THE ATARIAGE WEBSITE:

Extinguish the pesky fireballs, either by throwing snowballs or simply running over them! The larger the fireball, the more snow it takes to put it out. But remember, our hero is only made of snow! He’ll melt a little bit whenever he touches something hot, with each snowball thrown or just as time passes. You have to replenish him with the ice blocks scattered around.

Ice blocks also melt as time passes, so you’ll need to be quick. To make matters worse, everything melts faster as the day progresses. If your snowman melts past his neck or falls through the floor he loses a life. If he loses all of his lives the game ends. After your game ends, you can choose to continue playing from the last level reached up to two times. Your score and lives will be reset.

There are 32 different layouts in Stay Frosty 2 which repeat for 128 total levels. Each time you complete a set of 32 levels, the weather gets a little hotter and everything melts a little faster. After every 32nd level, you’ll rescue one of Santa’s helpers. After level 128, you’ll rescue Santa himself and win the game!

Just look at this game in action!

It reminds me of an arcade game I used to play- Guzzler!

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So, if you want to get a unique, fun and timeless gift for the 2600 owner, head over to the ATARIAGE website and get a copy- I am!!!!!

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