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Venture (version 5 set 1)

| 1981

Release type:
Units produced: Exidy
Controls/Input Device: Control(joy8way), Buttons(1)
Number of Players: 1
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SoundMix: Mono
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MAME folder name: venture

Display: raster 256x256 @ 60.00Hz (60.00 pixclock)
Sound: 1 channels

Emulated in MAME via driver exidy.c:
Status: good; Emulation: good
Graphic: good; Sound: good; Color: good
Palette size: 8; Savestate: unsupported

10a-cpu with 4096kb
sha1:3604dc08c63461b2ea957a396887fb32e4a1a970 crc:0da769e9
11a-cpu with 4096kb
sha1:3c1f43a3c37a21524b64d69e4dae58af8c2e0d90 crc:3bdb01f4
11d-cpu with 2048kb
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12a-cpu with 4096kb
sha1:3b9ae8fdc35117c73c91daed66e93e5344bdcd7e crc:c6d8cb04
13a-cpu with 4096kb
sha1:6683c1552b56b20f2296e461aff697af73563792 crc:f4e4d991
3a-ac with 2048kb
sha1:d0c99c9d5b887d717c68e8745906ae4e65aec6ad crc:4ea1c3d9
4a-ac with 2048kb
sha1:e6f011630eb1aa4116a0e5824ad6b65c1be2455f crc:5154c39e
5a-ac with 2048kb
sha1:867e586583e07cd01e0e852f6ea52a040995725d crc:1e1e3916
6a-ac with 2048kb
sha1:f1ee638251e8676a526e6367c11866b1d52f5910 crc:80f3357a
6a-cpu with 4096kb
sha1:1d484172465d3db6c4fc3733aa2b409e3a2e228f crc:7b78cf49
7a-ac with 2048kb
sha1:0230b5365d6aeee3ca47666a9eadee4141de125b crc:466addc7
7a-cpu with 4096kb
sha1:97b1605170c67b3a945b4d5f088df79328e163ce crc:48d66220
8a-cpu with 4096kb
sha1:36fc9dce9dd0c764a861634859ca0d7f98e20382 crc:4ae59676
9a-cpu with 4096kb
sha1:29b3c2ca9740aa753e90131e6edcc61f414277e1 crc:0ae05855
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:
Venture (c) 1981 Exidy.

Venture is a 1- or 2-player "Gauntlet" style game (although Venture pre-dates the Atari legend by 4 years) set in a multi-level dungeon. The player, armed with a bow and arrow fights through enemy infested levels in the quest to collect treasure.

Each dungeon is represented as a floor plan, populated with a number of "Space Invader" like monsters. Numerous rooms and their corresponding doors are clearly marked; these rooms are the treasure rooms and each one must be cleared. When the player enters a room, the viewpoint zooms in on the action and the room takes up the whole screen. Each room has a treasure or weapon guarded by one or more creatures. Players must try to retrieve the treasure while avoiding (or killing) creatures and obstacles. Only in the rooms themselves can players use their bow and arrow.

When the treasure is successfully taken out of the chamber, bonus points are awarded. The screen image then returns to the original, zoomed-out floor plan and the player moves on to the next room of their choice. Once a room has been cleared of its item, the player no longer has access to that room. The player must collect all of the treasures on the current level before descending to another dungeon.


Main CPU : MOS Technology M6502 (@ 705.562 Khz)
Sound CPU : MOS Technology M6502 (@ 894.886 Khz)
Sound Chips : Custom (@ 894.886 Khz)

Player : 2
Control : 8-way joystick
Buttons : 1 (Fire)


Venture was released in June 1981.

Venture came in a white dedicated cabinet and featured sideart of Winky battling green monsters (looks like snakes).


A) If you wont to change aim without moving, learn just to tap the joystick, not to jam it.

B) When pursued by hall monsters outside the dungeons, don't waste time by shooting them. Reverse direction, switch from side to side, and do whatever else you must to escape.

C) Do your best not to shoot a monster where its corpse might block your path to or from the treasure. If you do, you have no choice but to wait until it has completely disintegrated; under no circumstances should you shoot it again.

D) Because you want to get out of each dungeon quickly, you should waste no time in picking up the treasure. It can and should be done in one fluid motion. The Instant you touch the loot, you should start thinking about getting out.

E) When a hall monster appears outside a dungeon, leave. Even if it is outside the room's only exit, remember that it won't be there when you get outside-although another might.

Once the half monster has actually entered the dungeon, the best policy is to flee in the opposite direction. If there is no exit there or a corpse is blocking it, it is still possible in the first three levels for a skilful Winky to escape around the hall monster. It's a risk but do it if you have to.

F) When leaving a dungeon, look out. You don't want to run straight into a waiting hall monster. The more time you've spent in the level so far, the more you should worry.

G) The question of whether to shoot dungeon monsters when you don't absolutely have to depends on two factors : speed and accuracy. If you think you can kill several in a short time,do it. Keep in mind the bonus at the end of each level, since that determines your final score. Unless you are very fast, there is no point in risking the decrease of your score by a seventh or a sixth for a few hundred points.

H) Since you Start in the same place on the level each time, it makes sense to clear the dungeons nearest you first. If you can make a circuit of the level without being killed,the strategy will save time. If you are killed and have to start over,you will have to take the same long route you avoided before.

I) In The Wall Room, don't bother shooting your way through the red walls. It's a risk that earns you no points and takes more time than simply slipping around them. Since this dungeon Is the easiest, it should probably be saved for last, when you need to finish quickly.

J) In The Serpent Room, send arrows down on the two lower snakes before you enter their territory. Their length will make them easy targets from that angle.

If pressed for time enter and exit the dungeon through the door in the right wail, avoiding a confrontation with the third snake.

K) The Goblin and Skeleton Rooms should be handled according to your inclination. You can easily evade the monsters, but the points you could gain with a few parting shots should be considered.

L) Save The Two-Headed Room for the end of Level Two, since it is a very quick job once you have the secret. When you don't have time to shoot the crabs and then to wait for them to disintegrate from your path, split-second timing alone will get you out safely. The instant you touch the treasure,jam the joystick to the upper left. Each time, you will barely make it past the crabs and out the left head of the room.

A more lucrative and time-consuming method is to stay at the bottom with your treasure and wait for the crabs to drift down from the heads into the body in search of you, as they invariably do. If you shoot well, you can kill them and still leave a clear path out. If a hall monster appears before you finish though, say goodbye to Winky.

M) As soon as you enter The Troll Room, move about an inch to the left of the entrance, staying as low as possible : aim to the upper right. As soon as the walls vanish, one goblin will come thundering down since he doesn't sense that you're aiming at him. Diagonal shots are your best chance against any of the monsters,but the trolls are particularly tricky.

Shoot as soon as he leaves cover, then move up and get the treasure. The remaining troll will not be had to evade If you are fast.

Whenever you do aim vertically or horizontally,the trolls will not give you a chance to hit them, holding you in stalemate until the hall monster shows up. What you must do (if you don't want to shoot diagonally) is aim in some other direction until your target has committed himself to attack. Then quickly shift your aim and fire before he has a chance to dodge.

N) You must kill almost everything in The Dragon Room; there is no room to maneuver around the dragons while they are all alive and moving. Even if you are a skilful archer, you must take special care to shoot so that you still have a clear path to and from the treasure. If you have to wait for the dragons to disintegrate before you can reach it, you might as well forget about it.

O) The red denizens of The Spider Room win always stay near the treasure in the center; they shift around it to follow you. Shoot one for best results : it takes almost no time and you can easily snatch the treasure from only two defenders.

The instant you do, look out for the two yellow spiders. They will close in on you rapidly,and your only chance is to duck under one and escape while you still have time. Once you reach the door, a couple of arrows shot at your pursuers won't hurt.

P) With each new level, be prepared for greater and greater challenges. Try to view each dungeon creatively to find the best strategy.

VENTURE is one game in which it is not only important but vital to watch more experienced players, observing the game's many unusual problems and the different ways of handling them. Good luck!


Designed & programmed by : Howell Ivy


* Consoles :
Colecovision [US] (1982) "Venture [Model 2417]"
Atari 2600 [US] (1982) "Venture [Model 2457]"
Mattel Intellivision [US] (1982) "Venture [Model 2477]"
Atari 2600 [US] (1987) "Venture [Model CX26145]"

* Computers :
Tandy Color Computer [US] (1982) "Venturer"


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Licensed from Alexis Bousiges under a CC Attribution 3.0 License
cheat.dat entry:
20B00000 86F0 21B100A0 FFFFFFFF Invincibility
20B10000 86F4 0290CBC9 FFFFFFFF Invincibility (2/9) 1st = ldy #$00/lda ($21),y, 2nd = cmp #$CB / bcc $88C1
20910000 86F8 00002284 FFFFFFFF Invincibility (3/9) sty $22
20A10000 86FA 008F2A4C FFFFFFFF Invincibility (4/9) jmp $8F2A
20910000 8D3A 000009B0 FFFFFFFF Invincibility (5/9) Hallmonster (Maze) 1
20910000 8E63 000086F0 FFFFFFFF Invincibility (6/9) Hallmonster (Maze) 2 (jmp $8E6D -> $86F0)
20910000 AC7D 000006D0 FFFFFFFF Invincibility (7/9) Hallmonster (Wall Room)
20910000 AD3F 000006D0 FFFFFFFF Invincibility (8/9) Pressed by a Wall
20810000 BB4A 00000018 FFFFFFFF Invincibility (9/9) Monster in a room
00100000 02AA 0000FF01 FFFFFFFF Hallmonster Never Appear Work in the room
00000000 00BE 00000003 FFFFFFFF Infinite Lives PL1
00000000 00BF 00000003 FFFFFFFF Infinite Lives PL2

Credit Pugsy's MAME Cheat file