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Space Wars

| 1978
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Units produced: Cinematronics
Controls/Input Device: Control(joy8way), Buttons(3)
Number of Players: 2
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MAME folder name: spacewar

Display: vector x @ 38.00Hz (38.00 pixclock)
Sound: 1 channels

Emulated in MAME via driver cinemat.c:
Status: good; Emulation: good
Graphic: good; Sound: good; Color: good
Palette size: 0; Savestate: supported

Roms:
prom.c14 with 32kb
sha1:32df9148797c23f70db47b840139c40e046dd710 crc:07492cda
prom.d14 with 32kb
sha1:5d806a42424942ba5ef0b70a1d629315b37f931b crc:9a05afbf
prom.e14 with 32kb
sha1:d8c40ab010b2ea30f29b2c443819e2b69f376c04 crc:29dbfb87
prom.e8 with 32kb
sha1:6f7fcce4aa3be9020595235568381588adaab88e crc:791ec9e1
prom.f14 with 256kb
sha1:036ad8a231284e05f44b1106d38fc0c7e041b6e8 crc:9edbf536
prom.j14 with 32kb
sha1:ce145d61686f600cc16b77febfd5c783bf8c13b0 crc:a481ca71
spacewar.1l with 2048kb
sha1:a543d8b95bc77ec061c6b10161a6f3e07401e251 crc:edf0fd53
spacewar.2r with 2048kb
sha1:8889f1a9353d6bb1e1078829c1ba77557853739b crc:4f21328b
Mameinfo.dat entry:
0.37b10 [Yochizo]


WIP:

- 0.147u2: hap fixed clone Omega Fighter Special. The game fails to boot or finish post. After showing bad rom errors, the game resets.

- 0.147u1: Fixed maincpu rom loading.

- 0.122u7: Fixed gfx1/2/3/4/5 rom loading.

- 0.89u3: Changed Z80 CPU2 clock speed to 5MHz.

- 0.37b10: Yochizo added 'Omega Fighter' (UPL 1989) and clone Omega Fighter Special.

- 21st November 2000: Yochizo fixed some graphics bugs in the Omega Fighter / Atomic Robo-kid driver.

- 8th November 2000: Yochizo sent in a driver for Omega Fighter and Atomic Robo-kid.

- 25th April 1999: Dumped Omega Fighter Special.


LEVELS: 8 (restarts once)


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Romset: 2016 kb / 8 files / 457.8 zip


Credits Mameinfo and Mametesters Project Robert J. Rabgno et al.
History.dat entry:
Space Wars (c) 1977 Cinematronics.

Space Wars is a battle between 2 opposing space ships in a hostile spacefield.

- TECHNICAL -

Main CPU : CCPU (@ 5 Mhz)

Players : 2
Buttons : 5
=> LEFT, RIGHT, THRUST, FIRE, HYPERSPACE

- TRIVIA -

Released in October 1977.

Space Wars was the first vector game, and introduced the concept of 'fuel for money', in which the player could insert more coins and buy more fuel during the current game in play.

Rosenthal began working on Space Wars in 1973. He realized he had a commercially viable product on his hands in December of 1976 when he put the game in a friend's arcade before leaving on a trip to Boston. When he returned, he found that the game had made $500 in 6 days and he began looking for a company to license his game. He hit the streets carrying a demonstration unit (along with a "Lunar Lander" game he'd created) but was rejected by most companies until he struck a deal with Cinematronics, who had been around since 1975 but had produced only 3 games, none of them hits. Space Wars was the hit of the 1977 AMOA show and went on to sell at least 10,000 units (some sources put the figure at 3 times that).

Atari reportedly offered Cinematronics $5 million to license the game but the offer was refused (though Cinematronics would launch an unsuccessful lawsuit against Atari for patent violation after the release of "Asteroids").

A Space Wars unit appears in the 1982 movie 'Tron'.

Michael D. Mize has been the "High Score" holder for this Arcade Unit since 8/21/1982. At 19 points it is considered the "Lowest" High Score of all time.

- SCORING -

Once a ship is destroyed : 1 point

- TIPS AND TRICKS -

* Temporary invincibility : Either ship will become invincible after being hit as long as their pieces are still floating in space. This can be used as an advantage by skimming the edge of the middle star in the middle to knock off a piece of the ship. Then, fly into your opponent while invincible.

- STAFF -

Original design (Spacewar!) by : Steve Russell (on a PDP-1 mainframe in 1962).
Hardware design & game program for Cinematronics by : Larry Rosenthal (Founder of Cinematronics).

- PORTS -

* Consoles :
GCE Vectrex [US] (1982) "Space Wars [Model VT-3105]"
GCE Vectrex [EU] (1982) "Space Wars [Model 8130]" by Milton Bradley

- CONTRIBUTE -

Edit this entry: http://www.arcade-history.com/?&page=detail&id=2564&o=2


Licensed from Alexis Bousiges under a CC Attribution 3.0 License
cheat.dat entry:
20800000 0658 0000005F FFFFFFFF Infinite Time
20800000 099A 0000005F FFFFFFFF Infinite Ammo

Credit Pugsy's MAME Cheat file
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