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Black Widow

| 1982

Release type:
Units produced: Atari
Controls/Input Device: Control(doublejoy8way)
Number of Players: 1
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SoundMix: Mono
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MAME folder name: bwidow

Display: vector x @ 60.00Hz (60.00 pixclock)
Sound: 1 channels

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

136002-125.n4 with 256kb
sha1:24bc0366f394ad0ec486919212e38be0f08d0239 crc:5903af03
136017.101 with 4096kb
sha1:b62f7622ca60248e1b8376ee135ae3d94d0b4437 crc:fe3febb7
136017.102 with 4096kb
sha1:614c74daa468a7430ed965a3a9d07b6ad846016c crc:10ad0376
136017.103 with 4096kb
sha1:3aa6c40721a4289c1cf01f37c89b6b0a96336c68 crc:8a1430ee
136017.104 with 4096kb
sha1:e83d8242e4592149719be6a68cf3aba46116072f crc:44f9943f
136017.105 with 4096kb
sha1:33da2ba3cefa3d0dddc8647f9b6caf5d5bfe9b3b crc:1fdf801c
136017.106 with 4096kb
sha1:f1398e3ff2b62af1509bc117028845b671ff1ca2 crc:ccc9b26c
136017.107 with 2048kb
sha1:bbae93058228820ee67b05f23e45fb54ee0963ff crc:97f6000c
136017.108 with 4096kb
sha1:935295d66ad40ad702eb7a694296e836f53d22ec crc:3da354ed
136017.109 with 4096kb
sha1:2b324877bf55151747eaacd9a58f846712bfbc14 crc:2fc4ce79
136017.110 with 4096kb
sha1:72aa1d24f20cc86701189df486488edc434b1be1 crc:0dd52987
Mameinfo.dat entry:
0.37b10 [Yochizo]


- 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:
Black Widow (c) 1982 Atari.

In Black Widow you have to move around a web using two joysticks to control the action. The left joystick moves, while the right joystick fires. "Robotron - 2084" players will feel right at home playing this game, as the controls are identical. You have to defend your little vector spider around her vector web in order to keep out all the deadly bugs. Shoot down bugs and they turn into bonuses. Watch out for eggs, if you see any eggs, then you should quickly push them off the web before they hatch. Other enemies include mosquitoes, beetles, and hornets.


Game ID : 136017

Main CPU : MOS Technology M6502 (@ 1.512 Mhz)
Sound Chips : (2x) POKEY (@ 1.512 Mhz)

Screen orientation : Horizontal

Players : 2
Control : Double 8-way joysticks


Even if the titlescreen says 1982, Black Widow was released in February 1983.

James Vollandt holds the official record for this game with 930,100 points on May 1, 1984.

1,550 units were produced. All Black Widow games were conversions of other Atari vector titles and were sold $995. Even the brand new ones were actually "Gravitar" games that Atari converted at the factory. In general this title shared a lot of common components with "Gravitar" and "Space Duel", and Black Widow machines are often used to repair those titles.


Mosquito - If shot, becomes '$'.
Beetle - Eats '$', but if shot, becomes '$'.
Hornet - Lays an egg on '$', but if shot, becomes '$'.
Egg - Grows to become hornet or spoiler. Must be pushed off the web to score 500, 1,000, 1,500, 2,000, or even 2,500 points.
Grub Steak - Tag for 500, 250, 100, or 50 points -- the sooner the better.
Spoiler - Invulnerable. Can only be destroyed by a grenade bug, bug slayer or rocket bug.
Grenade Bug - Explodes if shot. Bugs and eggs within the kill zone score 500 points each.
Rocket Bug - Invulnerable. Launches "rockettes" at black widow from the other bugs it tags. Shoot rockettes to score 100 points each.
Thunderbug - If shot, it breaks formation and attacks. If shot again, it explodes all other T-bugs for 5000 points. Keep away from all T-bugs to earn 10,000 points. The resulting chain reaction from multiple thunderbugs is very dangerous and can encompass over 80% of the level at some times, depending on how many T-bugs are involved.
Bug Slayer - Harmless to the player and invulnerable. The Bug Slayer competes with the Black Widow for food. Beat it to its flashing prey for points


Designed and programmed by : Bruce Merritt


* Consoles :
Sony PlayStation [US] (2001) "Atari Anniversary Edition Redux [Model SLUS-01427]"
Sony PlayStation [EU] (March 1, 2002) "Atari Anniversary Edition Redux [Model SLES-03808]"
Microsoft XBOX [US] (November 16, 2004) "Atari Anthology [Model 26084]"
Sony PlayStation 2 [US] (November 22, 2004) "Atari Anthology [Model SLUS-21076]"
Microsoft XBOX [EU] (November 26, 2004) "Atari Anthology"
Sony PlayStation 2 [EU] (February 18, 2005) "Atari Anthology [Model SLES-53061]"
Microsoft XBOX [JP] (August 4, 2005) "Atari Anthology [Model B7X-00001]"

Handhelds :
Nintendo DS [US] (March 8, 2011) "Atari Greatest Hits Vol.2 [Model NTR-PR7E-USA]"

* Computers :
PC [MS Windows, CD-ROM] [US] (November 11, 2003) "Atari - 80 Classic Games in One! [Model 25069J]"
PC [MS Windows, CD-ROM] [EU] (June 10, 2005) "Atari - 80 Classic Games in One! [Replay]"

* Others :
Mobile Phones [US] (July 16, 2003)
Nokia N-Gage [US] (2005) "Atari Masterpieces Vol. I"
Nokia N-Gage [EU] (October 13, 2005) "Atari Masterpieces Vol. I"
Apple Store [US] (2012) "Atari Greatest Hits"
Google Play [US] (2012) "Atari Greatest Hits"


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Licensed from Alexis Bousiges under a CC Attribution 3.0 License
cheat.dat entry:
00000000 008D 00000063 FFFFFFFF Infinite Credits
00000000 0440 0000000A FFFFFFFF Infinite Lives
20900000 CE67 00003A30 FFFFFFFF Invincibility
20810000 D213 00000060 FFFFFFFF Invincibility (2/2) Part 1 for explosions, Part 2 for most collisions

Credit Pugsy's MAME Cheat file