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  1. 7 points
    Justin

    Squad Challenge - Galaxian (Atari 2600)

    Congratulations Scott Stilphen! Congratulations to @Scott Stilphen who just became Master of the Galaxians!! We had one of our BIGGEST TURNOUTS which was just about on par with our recent 2020 Pole Position II Grand Prix!! Amazing! Galaxian is one of the funnest arcade ports on the Atari 2600 and turned out to be one of our most fun Squad Challenges too! I want to thank EVERYBODY for joining in High Score Squad and for making this a fun place to play games with friends, old and new. @Scott Stilphen almost broke into the 100,000 Points Club with his impressive score of 96,830 to clench the top spot and come in 1st Place on the board. @socrates63 also played a very impressive game and scored 81,990 points to take 2nd Place. @RickR takes 3rd with a hefty 53,030 point finish. Way to go, guys! And lets all give a GIANT Atari I/O Welcome to our new friends @James Campbell Jr. and @GoldenGalaxiesGaming who joined us in High Score Squad this week, it's great to have you guys here! This was a fun week with a tremendous turnout. @MaliciousCarp @Atari 5200 Guy @HDN @Sabertooth @RadioPoultry @Kid A @TrekMD @Atari Creep and @Willie! all turned out this week with their best scores! Congratulations everyone on joining in this challenge and checking out one of Atari's best arcade ports. As always I'd like to encourage Scott Stilphen to post his new high score on the Scoreboard, and let's make sure this Challenge continues on! Also, to keep a running list of who's entered into BTB's Atari 7800 Paddle Controllers Giveaway Contest, so far the following Members have asked to be entered and are permanently enrolled through the rest of the contest: @RickR @Sabertooth @nosweargamer @TrekMD @socrates63. If you don't see your name listed and would like to enter to win the pair of 7800 Paddle Controllers, be sure to say "Hey BTB, enter me to win!" when posting your next high score! NOTE: Our next High Score Squad Challenge will be an Atari Lynx game! Get those Sun Visors out and those batteries charged! Be there!
  2. 6 points
  3. 5 points
    I'm ready. I have my stretchy pants ready to go.
  4. 5 points
    Congratulations to all the participants! This was a very fun one with many folks improving their scores as time went on. Personally, this high score challenge made a Galaxian lover out of me, so I'm very happy for that outcome as well. For the next challenge, I don't own a Lynx. I'm going to fire up my RetroPi 3 and hope that the image has it.
  5. 4 points
    Chip's Challenge Atari Lynx Controller: LYNX D-PAD / KEYBOARD / PLAYER'S CHOICE Difficulty Level: PLAYER'S CHOICE, No Points Pressing Play on: Real Hardware / Dedicated Console / MAME / Emulation OK! βœ” Squad Challenge ends 11:59 pm PST September 30, 2020 Objective Play for the highest possible score using the difficulty settings defined in the challenge. Post a photo or YouTube video of your score in this thread. Scores must be achieved between September 15th through September 30th, 2020. Screen captures are not allowed as they are more easily manipulated for falsified scores. Multiple submissions are permitted. The player with the highest score at the end of the competition is the victor! Eligibility Anyone can join in. All players are welcome! Play Rules Games may be played on real hardware, Flashback / Mini console, or emulation, using any controller or keyboard, following all rules and game settings defined in the challenge. Choosing between real hardware or emulation, and choosing which controller to play on is part of formulating your strategy. Enhancements, rewinds and hacked versions of this game are not allowed. Difficulty Level PLAYER'S CHOICE, No Points Pressing. Chip's Challenge features a "Save Feature" that allows you to continue your progression through the game by entering a four-letter Password to skip levels and start where you last left off. Your choice of Password and Level is the only Difficulty feature for Chip's Challenge. For this Squad Challenge we are allowing for PLAYER'S CHOICE, enabling you to choose whichever Level you'd like to start your game at. The object of this Squad Challenge is not how far you progress through the levels of the game, the objective is to achieve the highest score possible. If you believe starting at Level 12 gives you the best opportunity to score points, or starting back at Level 1, that decision is up to you and will be part of formulating your strategy to win the Squad Challenge. Points Pressing is not allowed. Scoring You can earn points two different ways in Chip's Challenge. On each level, time bonus points and level bonus points combine to give you your level score. During each play session, your level scores add together and display as your total score. The number of level bonus points you earn depends on how many times you have to repeat the level before successfully completing the level. If you complete the level on the first try, you receive 500 points multiplied by the level number. Each time you die or have to restart, the number of points you receive deceases by 20%. The minimum level bonus is 500 points or 20% of the level number x 500, whichever is greater. You receive 10 time bonus points for every second remaining on the timer when you complete a level. On levels that are not times, the bonus is always zero. Your scores for each level are added towards your cumulative total score for the game. Fair Play Your integrity is everything. Players should play fairly, be honest, and have fun! Falsified scores will result in your immediate removal from the site. It goes without saying that we will not allow cheats, hacks, cartridge frying, enhancements, rewinds, deceitful photo manipulation, subterfuge, or any other unfair advantage. Everybody hates a cheater. More To review detailed rules on how to play, please visit the High Score Squad page here: Message Welcome to our 88th Squad Challenge! We just wrapped up another amazing Squad Challenge with Galaxian on Atari 2600, and now we're spicing things up with a game for Atari Lynx! For this Squad Challenge we're playing Chip's Challenge, one of the Epyx launch titles for Atari Lynx! Chip's Challenge is a wonderful puzzle game that makes you think and work out your next steps. It was one of my very first games on Atari Lynx and it's grown to be one of my favorite video games of all time. I really believe this is an underrated classic that's been overlooked by some Lynx gamers who maybe just aren't into puzzle games. I got Chip's Challenge on a whim, there were very few Lynx titles available at Toys R Us at that time. I had seen Chip's Challenge before in Lynx ads and knew what it was, but wasn't as excited about it as other games, like Blue Lightning. I ended up getting the game anyway, and it quickly became on of my favorites for Lynx, and for any game system. Chip's Challenge reminds me of summer vacations more than almost any other game! I played it in the car so much that summer, and even after I got home. Chip's Challenge and California games went with me everywhere. It's bright, colorful graphics, silicon chip world, and unique Lynx chip tunes and sound give Chip's Challenge a ton of character. I hope you guys find this game to be as enjoyable as I did. And because this is a Lynx Squad Challenge, I would encourage ALL OF YOU to join in the best you can! The Atari Lynx isn't as readily available as the 2600, but Lynx emulation is pretty decent these days and I hope all of you will find a way, ANY WAY to play. Chip's Challenge will be a fun Atari Lynx game to play among friends in the forums! PDF Instructions are provided below. And a special WELCOME to all our new Members playing in this Squad Challenge! Good luck to everybody participating! NOTE: Another great Squad Challenge is right around the corner! We'll be playing a "black box game" for the Nintendo Entertainment System! Be there! Chip's Challenge.lnx Chip's Challenge.pdf
  6. 4 points
    I can assist with emulation if anyone needs help. "MESS" does a fantastic job of Lynx emulation, and it's available for Windows or Mac.
  7. 4 points
    Good luck everyone!!
  8. 3 points
    Video 61

    ICE CREAM IKE

    hi everyone, please view our latest game we are working on. its getting very close, hope to have it for a holiday release. we are also interested if anyone thinks we should port this to the atari 5200 also, feedback will be appreciated. thanks for viewing, lance www.atarisales.com
  9. 3 points
    nosweargamer

    The No Swear Gamer

    Today I look at one of the better "Great" sports game for the Sega Master System. Ep 649: Great Baseball
  10. 3 points
    We so need Crystal Castles on the 7800! With POKEY sound...though the 2600 did pretty well with the sound and music for the game.
  11. 3 points
    "Constable" RickR has the same disposition as Constable Odo from DS9: Grouchy yet trustworthy.
  12. 3 points
    Here's some good info on how to emulate the Lynx. The web emulation works fine. If you decide to use an app on your PC, Justin has attached the rom file in the first post. https://atarigamer.com/pages/atari-lynx-emulation
  13. 3 points
    THANK YOU for volunteering @RickR that's very nice of you! We'd love for everyone here to be able to join in this Squad Challenge and future Atari Lynx Squad Challenges so let's do what we need to do to work through this now, that way we can always enjoy Atari Lynx games in the future! Rick is a trusted long-time Member and Constable in the forums and has experience with emulation.
  14. 3 points
    I GUESSED IT! I could read you like an open book, @Justin! Like @RickR, I am also ready. I don't have a Lynx or anything to competently emulate it on at the moment. I'm going to play some Galaxian. I found this cool 2600 ROM website that my stone-age computer can barely run. But it's good enough for now. I've been playing Crystal Castles and Video Chess on there. Both games I would love to get someday. Too bad Crystal Castles goes for way too much at my local game store and I can never find Video Chess. Speaking of things I want, be sure to check out my new Wanted List! I can't buy anything or trade at the moment, but you can check it out to see what I'm looking for at the moment by clicking this link. I wonder what the Black Box game is. I went through a phase where I collected Black Box games. I think I have Golf, Kung Fu, the amazing Baseball and Ten-Yard Fight (both hated games that are actually my favorite games based on their respective sports), Slalom, Duck Hunt (I'd be happy if it was Duck Hunt), and Super Mario Brothers. I may have some more I'm forgetting. I love Black Box titles. Next one I want to get is Pinball. I hope it's Duck Hunt, the original Mario Brothers, or Clu Clu Land! Let's get back to the Squad Challenge! This game looks fun. If I get a Lynx, I will have to get this ASAP! I will see if I can't emulate it sometime in the next two weeks. Happy gaming, everyone!
  15. 3 points
    One More Thing Here's a nice 6 min. overview of Chip's Challenge from @btbfilms76 Remembering Dave Needle, discussing "Geek Shiek", walking on water and getting familiar with Chip's Challenge:
  16. 2 points
    I was expecting 'socrates' to come storming back at the end. I posted in the scoreboard thread. Let's see who can break 100k first! This is actually a pretty good port of the arcade game, aside from the strange border around the screen. Current WR champ George Riley has some videos of his Galaxian gameplay that are worth watching: https://www.youtube.com/user/Disjaukifa63
  17. 2 points
    MaximumRD

    Favorite Zelda game?

    YES might be nostalgia but honestly when I see this question there is only one that comes to the front in my mind, been there from the start on NES and loved the original but that said for me, as cliche as it might be to say mine is also The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past on super Nintendo. I tried but I never really got into his adventures once he jumped into 3D on N64 or anything afterwards on Gamecube etc, I looked forward to them and tried them but they just made me appreciate Link to the Past even more. Boring answer, typically my choice is NOT typical or expected but I just could not consider anything else.
  18. 2 points
    SuperTrooper

    Favorite Zelda game?

    Link to the Past is close to gaming perfection, but nostalgia makes me put The Legend of Zelda, and Link's Awakening ahead by a hair.
  19. 2 points
    The "Handy" emulator works really nicely and is super easy to install. Find the links (lynx?) at that site.
  20. 2 points
    Here are a few Pro-Tips for scoring big in Chip's Challenge: Read The Instruction Manual The instructions for Chip's Challenge give a great overview of the different elements of the game and what they are used for. Blue Blocks, One Way Walls, Ice Traps, Monsters, Teleport Squares, Force Floor Traps, Chip Sockets, Toggle Blocks, Clone Machines, whew! There's so much going on and yet the game is so simple. Understanding what's what is key to mastering the game. Spend 5 minutes reading the manual, it's helpful and the PDF is provided above. Take Photos Of Your Score For this Squad Challenge, your Score is what counts. Be sure to get a picture of it! You can't always see your score on screen at all times, but there are ways the score is displayed. I've asked @Atari Creep to make a little video demonstrating how this can be accomplished. Taking a picture of your score is something you'll want to be on the ball with. Use Passwords The four-letter Passwords are an Epyx trademark on many early Atari Lynx games. Passwords let you skip levels and pick up where you left off once you die. Passwords will not save your score, but it will save your progress through the game. Use Passwords as part of your strategy! Maybe you've found a few levels that are your favorite that you did well with. Using those levels as a starting point the next time you play could give you a nice boost in your Score. Draw Maps Take notes and draw maps of difficult levels. I always did this on graph paper! Some of my fondest memories of these games were staying up late with my friend Jon playing games like Chip's Challenge, and Zillion on Sega Master System, taking notes and mapping everything out on graph paper. I still have some of them! Use Escape Routes Leave yourself an escape route whenever possible. This is a smart strategy that you should have in the back of your mind in all levels as challenge increases. Pause And Think Timing is crucial on some levels. Use PAUSE to give you time to think. Get Bizarre Chip's Challenge is a spicy game! If the obvious solution doesn't work, try a bizarre solution. The bizarre will usually pull you through! Monsters Are Predictable Chip's Challenge Monsters often move in predictable patterns. Pay attention to their movements and remember them in the future. If you start the game over at a certain level, you'll already have a feel for their behavior. Objects Affect Monsters Too Many objects affect monsters the same way they affect Chip. This knowledge can work to your advantage! Get Unstuck From Impossible Situations If you get stuck in an impossible situation, use OPTION 1 to restart the level without restarting the entire game.
  21. 2 points
    socrates63

    Moon Patrol - Atari 5200

    Moon Patrol Atari 5200 Difficulty: Beginner High Score: 40,750 September 15, 2020
  22. 2 points
    Explains the pros and cons of the hardware VERY well. Great video.
  23. 2 points
  24. 1 point
    HDN

    Favorite Zelda game?

    What Legend of Zelda game is your favorite? Keep in mind there is a right answer. It is Link to the Past, but I will accept Wand of Gamelon (Just kidding!)
  25. 1 point
    Video 61

    ICE CREAM IKE

    hi hdn, yes it has that option. thanks for the feedback. the atari systems need to be supported. lance www.atarisales.com
  26. 1 point
    READ THE FORUM POST RICH!! :0P Sorry all! I missed the deadline, but thought I'd release this anyways, because it's fun! Catch you on the next one hopefully! Link: https://youtu.be/hJSrlXanLlo
  27. 1 point
    Willie!

    Squad Challenge - Galaxian (Atari 2600)

    I am soooo bad :P
  28. 1 point
    Video 61

    ICE CREAM IKE

    hi trekmd, thanks, lance www.atarisales.com
  29. 1 point
    cjherr

    ICE CREAM IKE

    Looks good. Will you be able to make horizontal and diagonal matches and matches of more than 3? (I was only able to watch a little of the vid without sound, so forgive me if the video answers this.) I’d like to see it on the 5200 as well.
  30. 1 point
    socrates63

    Favorite Zelda game?

    6pm Eastern? I'm free 6pm-7pm Eastern tomorrow and can drop in. Be there or be 🟩
  31. 1 point
    socrates63

    Amoeba Jump - Atari 2600

    Amoeba Jump Atari 2600 Difficulty: Default High Score: 36,753 July 18, 2020
  32. 1 point
    socrates63

    Pac-Man 4K (DINTAR816) - Atari 2600

    Pac-Man 4K (By DINTAR816) Atari 2600 Difficulty: Default High Score: 33,630 September 15, 2020
  33. 1 point
    RickR

    Let's talk Crystal Castles on the Atari 2600.

    I need to give 2600 Crystal Castles a try. I'm not sure I've ever really played it much. The arcade game is awesome, and I have distinct memories of playing it and loving it. It reminds me a lot of another classic track-ball game that didn't get a classic-console port: Marble Madness. I know the Genesis has a really good port, but I can't think of anything earlier than that.
  34. 1 point
    13 is a great number!!!!!! I'm good with that. What a turn out! This was wicked fun. Good job everyone.
  35. 1 point
    Glad you enjoyed it on a retry. I play it with a trak-ball controller, even if it is in joystick mode. Unfortunately, this is not a game that fan be simply hacked to get a true trak-ball mode. Apparently the entire game would need to rewritten to accomplish that.
  36. 1 point
    HDN

    Favorite Zelda game?

    My sister is the Zelda nerd of the family. She recommends OoT 3D to play first, then Majora's Mask 3D. That one is much harder, she says, but uses the same engine, so if you play Ocarina first you will get more used to it. Here's what I think: If you have Link to the Past on switch, play that one first. The GB version was my first Zelda game. I would say it is second, and Breath of the Wild is third. BOTW isn't much like the other games in the series, but it's a really good game and a true adventure game. If you have a SNES, pick up the holy trinity of games! In order of importance: Super Metroid Super Mario World Link's Awakening Have you picked up any games besides NBA Jam TE?
  37. 1 point
    socrates63

    Favorite Zelda game?

    I recently got a SNES. I guess I need to pick up Link to the Past. Switch Breath of the Wild Link's Awakening GameCube Wind Waker Four Swords Adventures 3DS A Link Between Worlds Majora's Mask 3D Ocarina of Time 3D Tri Force Heroes
  38. 1 point
    Awesome job! Fatal Run is one of my newer additions to my 7800 collection as well for the officially released titles anyway. Haven't played it that much but I do think that the rarity on the 7800 side of things needs to be redone. An example is that just about anytime on Ebay you can find Tank Command and WaterSki available. I've even seen them in most conventions I've attended in the past available for sale. But finding a good condition Basketbrawl is a different story. I've never even seen a Basketbrawl in the wild in the 20+ years I've been collecting. I've only seen the one loose cart I own and maybe a boxed CIB one once at PRGE but it was priced to match. Same thing with the game Planet Smashers. I've only found that game once in the wild and that is when I bought it. I guess my point is that it seems that games on the higher end of the rarity like Fatal Run, Waterski, Tank Command, come up more often on Ebay than several of the other 'lesser' rarity games do.
  39. 1 point
    I will get to this as soon as we return fully to normal here from the fire situation. My 5200 is in the attic, but I want to get it out to try the new Tempest cart I just got...
  40. 1 point
    The 5200 version is probably the best of the lot. It's got 8-bit bug fixes and analog controls added.
  41. 1 point
    Even the 5200 version is better than the 2600 version, sadly.
  42. 1 point
    RickR

    The crummy Solaris manual story

    I found this to be so interesting. Those dang Tramiels! https://dougneubauer.com/atarisolarismanual/
  43. 1 point
    Scott Stilphen

    Atari VCS/2600 carts

    Yes. List updated.
  44. 1 point
    You should have put some marshmallows in there; I could have had s’mores when the games arrived 😁
  45. 1 point
    RickR

    Squad Challenge - Galaxian (Atari 2600)

    53,030 - YES! 50k member. I think this may do it for me. I may try again after dinner though.
  46. 1 point
    Spider Fighter Atari 2600 Difficulty: Default High Score: 114,110 September 14, 2020
  47. 1 point
    New contestant! 23,250 Not bad for my first day. Just got the game today so I can compete! Sept 14, 2020
  48. 1 point
    I actually uploaded a NEW video! 😎😜My early experience with a classic computer, silly story, what's yours?
  49. 1 point
    HDN

    The No Swear Gamer

    Yeah. I'm going to sound very stereotypically young person when I say this, but I can't imagine life without it! I think I'm going to try to make a video. I think I'll start work on something soon. I don't have a capture device yet. There's one I've been looking at and I hope to maybe get it for Christmas. It's not a Framemeister or anything, but it would probably be a good starter.
  50. 1 point
    nosweargamer

    The No Swear Gamer

    Time for another Recent Pickups Video. This one includes rare games for the Lynx & Intellivision, plus more cool stuff including a trade from @RickR!
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