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TOOBIN' - Diary of an Arcade Employee Podcast


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#1 The Professor

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Posted 09 September 2015 - 04:42 PM

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Diary of an Arcade Employee Podcast is a weekly podcast that dives deep into Arcade Life and takes a look back at classic coin-op games and arcade memories of yesteryear! The podcast is hosted by The Retroist's Vic Sage along with his arcade co-worker Andy Pickle. 

 

 

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This week's episode is about Toobin', the coin-operated arcade video game manufactured and distributed by Atari Games in 1988. Toobin' is based on recreational sport tubing. In the game, you play as the main characters Bif or Jet, guiding them through many winding rivers on an innertube. Whenever there is only one player in the game, there will be a computer-controlled opponent called Flotsam. Each player competes in a river race against the computer or an opponent. The player's score increases by swishing the gates, hitting other characters with cans, collecting hidden letters to spell TOOBIN', and collecting treasures. Players try to avoid obstacles while pushing each other into them. Power-ups allow players to carry multiple cans and combinations of gates increase a score multiplier.

 

The game has three different classes, each with five rivers, for a total of 15. The rivers in each class are as follows:

 

  1. Colorado, Amazon, Okeefenokee, American and Argentum
  2. Yukon, Styx, Left Bank, Cuprum and Nile
  3. Jurassic, Black Forest, Rio Grande, Canals Of Mars and Nightmare

 

Toobin' was later ported to systems such as NES, Commodore Amiga, Commodore 64, MSX, and Game Boy Color - another missed opportunity for the Atari 7800 and Atari Lynx, both of which could have benefited from the addition of this wonderful title to their library.

 

The Diary of an Arcade Employee Podcast is a terrific podcast for those who are passionate about classic arcades and the memories that come along with them. I hope you'll find the time this weekend to tune in and give this podcast a listen. You could download it in iTunes, pop in some earbuds, and take it with you to your local arcade to listen while playing a great game. Maybe you'll see me there, doing the same.

 

 

 

 

 

Listen to the Diary of an Arcade Employee Podcast here:

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can also search iTunes for Diary of an Arcade Employee Podcast, or visit The Retroist here:

http://www.retroist.com/2015/09/01/diary-of-an-arcade-employee-podcast-episode-009-toobin/

 

 

Here's what Vic Sage had to say about the episode:

 

 

 

Diary of an Arcade Employee Podcast – Episode 009 – TOOBIN'

 

Welcome friends to the ninth episode of the Diary of An Arcade Employee podcast! Each show I will not only discuss a particular classic arcade game but share some behind the scenes information of what it’s like to work at a retro arcade. On this show I discuss the 1988 Atari Games’ classic “Toobin’”!

 

 

 

 

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#2 Arenafoot

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Posted 10 September 2015 - 01:35 AM

There also has been two attempts at the port of this game to the Atari VCS/2600:

 

Tubular! (2014) by walaber

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ToobBin' (2008-2010) by atari2600land

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#3 The Professor

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Posted 10 September 2015 - 02:02 AM

Why not the 7800 and Lynx where it belongs?
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#4 Arenafoot

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Posted 10 September 2015 - 02:09 AM

it might have been done, but my speciality is homebrews for the 2600 .......only


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consoles I own: Atari 2600 Vader & Jr. (short rainbow) w/box, GCE Vectrex, Radio Shack CoCo2 (64k) w/box, Intellivision, NES, SNES, N64 (x3), Xbox (Halo Ed.), PS1 (x3), PS2 slim, Wii, Mattel HyperScan (x2) handhelds I own: Microvision w/box, Electronic Football (by Sears) w/box, Tomytronic Pac-Man w/ box, Entex PacMan2, Coleco Donkey Kong tabletop w/box (w/ Coleco "Perma-Power" Adapter), & all MGA Classic Arcade's and Jakk's Pacific/TV Games Plug-n-Play.


#5 The Professor

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Posted 18 October 2015 - 08:24 PM

but my speciality is homebrews for the 2600 .......only


Oh I never knew that Arenafoot :thumb: :thumb:
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#6 Lost Dragon

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Posted 19 October 2015 - 06:20 AM

Game seemed ideally suited to the Lynx.

 

Put in a good few hours on the ST version myself.

 

 

If Nes/GBC could get a conversion, seems a crying shame Lynx missed out.



#7 Lost Dragon

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Posted 20 October 2015 - 12:35 PM

IF Atari could'nt get the rights to Toobin for the Lynx, could'nt they of simply converted this from the STE?

 
 
They acquired the Lynx from Epyx shortly after this shipped, so whilst not ideal, it'd been a nice subsitute and given the game a wider market than just the STE....





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