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wolfy2k4
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 28, 2013 4:40 am    Post subject: Name this old space shooter? Reply with quote

Hello all, I'm new to the forum,

If you can name this game i'd be amazed... I'm 33 now, and I played this constantly when I was around 8 or 9 years old, so we're talking mid-80's.

It was a red case, with direction button and a single fire button, possibly white (I think...)

The game itself was a space shooter. You manned a spaceship that fired a single bullet at a time and had to shoot a single type of alien enemy. if i recall, they acted in two distinct ways, one type stayed static and scrolled across the screen, the other would home in on you. each level took place in distinct waves and in addition, most levels were filled with boxes that the player would have to navigate, sometimes like a maze.....

I think the artwork in the background depicted a barren, rocky planet surface.

that's about all I can remember, any ideas? Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 28, 2013 11:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

How big was the game? Also, do you know if it was LCD or VFD? (Did the display light up in different colors, or were the enemies and you black on a light colored background)?

It kind of sounds like several games, but this info might help narrow it down.... (Unless someone else knows exactly what it is... Cool )
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wolfy2k4
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 31, 2013 6:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hard to say how big the game was, as a child it was pretty big in my hands, but is probably a lot smaller than I remember. It was larger than most of the game n watch types, and it was definitely just black sprites on a coloured background. As for the dimensions, i'd just be guessing, but say, 6 inches tall by 4 wide, and 1/4 inch thick.

if it helps, I think each level may have alternated... first a level with no blocks, just enemies, then you'd get a maze type level, then just enemies again, but it got progressively harder.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 31, 2013 8:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Still not easy...
Take a look to this list which contains (mostly) red g&w shaped lcd games.
Does any of them rings a bell?
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 31, 2013 8:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

which list? i don't see a link Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 31, 2013 11:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

wolfy2k4 wrote:
which list? i don't see a link Smile


Click on the words "this list". Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 01, 2013 7:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

oh good grief! what an idiot Smile I was pretty tired last night, not really paying enough attention to what I read.

However...

I browsed through that list and none looked familiar.... until...

Number 163 "La Guerre De Astres" .. It jumped straight out at me. That's the one, no doubt! It's a french version, but it's given me a place to start looking. Thank you so much! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 01, 2013 7:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

and here we go, 2 minutes on google.....


Pocket Scramble, by Grandstand.


I'm so happy!

It also looks like a fairly common one, so maybe I even have a chance of getting hold of a working model Very Happy

Further update: just purchased a mint condition model, boxed, from ebay 15 Very Happy
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