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Vindicators (rev 5)

| 1988

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Units produced: Atari Games
Controls/Input Device: Control(joy8way), Buttons(4)
Number of Players: 2
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SoundMix: Stereo
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MAME folder name: vindictr

Display: raster 336x240 @ 59.92Hz (59.92 pixclock)
Sound: 2 channels

Emulated in MAME via driver vindictr.c:
Status: good; Emulation: good
Graphic: good; Sound: good; Color: good
Palette size: 16384; Savestate: unsupported

136059-1101.8r with 131072kb
sha1:b6772fd764ddc1d2fa1c44c931b269aab9ad5e2b crc:2d07fdaa
136059-1102.12r with 131072kb
sha1:99f1f1f2e88f8b2f235070e525aaed9aff6e91c6 crc:a5268c4f
136059-1103.8p with 131072kb
sha1:ddd5a4033b5f5ed45f639909364fe5ccd7a0cb53 crc:09123b57
136059-1104.12p with 131072kb
sha1:0968b8c822d8fee1cf7ddcf9c3b1bf059e446417 crc:062f8e52
136059-1113.2r with 65536kb
sha1:e4780c790278034f0332697d5f06e6ed6b57d273 crc:0a2aba63
136059-1114.19r with 65536kb
sha1:64b5c2b0f5da07a9dd148aa19bb87e2b2cb1c395 crc:609f619e
136059-1115.2p with 65536kb
sha1:2d615b1b42f554bbfebc34928c106c3dd93dc7b2 crc:6b757bca
136059-1116.19p with 65536kb
sha1:1891f6b818f7b0e447e8a83ad0c12aade0b776ee crc:0e4366fa
136059-1123.16n with 16384kb
sha1:7a2430b6810c77b0f717d6e9d71823eadbcf6013 crc:f99b631a
136059-1124.2k with 65536kb
sha1:df11fe76d74abc0cea23f18264cef4b0f33b1ffd crc:d2212c0a
136059-5117.d1 with 65536kb
sha1:804b3ba201088ac2c35cfcbd530acbd73548ea8c crc:2e5135e4
136059-5118.d3 with 65536kb
sha1:220a10287f4bf9d981fd412c8dd0a9c106eaf342 crc:e357fa79
136059-5119.f1 with 65536kb
sha1:e9fb311e96bcf57f2136fff87a973a5a3b5208b3 crc:0deb7330
136059-5120.f3 with 65536kb
sha1:e69067ba0f1e5a4e446356e2fee3763dd4bcdd5a crc:a6ae4753
136059-5121.k1 with 65536kb
sha1:405c848f7990c981fefd355ca635bfb0ac24eb26 crc:96b150c5
136059-5122.k3 with 65536kb
sha1:0115e32c1c42421cb3d978cc8642f7f88d492043 crc:6415d312
pal16l8a-136059-1150.c3 with 260kb
sha1:3851f0c0958db983ab907f64ac370a1051c2b76a crc:09d02b00
pal16l8a-136059-1151.d17 with 260kb
sha1:0c9db6610c40d3bf58117aa9bc8826d33f063dff crc:797dcde7
pal16l8a-136059-1152.e17 with 260kb
sha1:c52db58572d0d8f8eeab6abf891455115b6ed146 crc:56634c58
pal16r6a-136059-1153.n7 with 260kb
sha1:c860835a8fa48e141f3d24732395ac35a4b908a4 crc:61076033
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:
Vindicators (c) 1988 Atari Games Corp.

As team commander of the SR-88 Strategic Battle tanks, you must face the evil invading forces of the Tangent Empire. They're invading the galaxy with 14 space stations designed to defeat your team. Turrets and highly mobile armoured tanks are constantly on patrol to protect the fortifications that Tangents have built.

With limited supplies and weapons, you must make a last stand and attempt to defeat the invaders. The most powerful weapon in your arsenal is the SR-88 Battle Tank, but their fuel supply is very volatile. You must constantly replenish its fuel by picking up fuel canisters throughout the stations' many levels.

Battle stars can be found along the way. These are vital to enhancing your tank and adding weapons. Process generators can convert the battle stars into powers and weapons while in transit between levels and stations. Only with these customized tanks can the evil Tangent Empire be conquered.

As you defeat each station, demolish its control room and take the supplies the fleeing Tangents have left behind. Proceed in their mothership to the next station for another battle.


Game ID : 136059

Main CPU : Motorola 68010 (@ 7.15909 Mhz), MOS Technology 6502 (@ 1.7895 Mhz)
Sound Chips : Yamaha YM2151 (@ 3.579 Mhz), POKEY (Pot Keyboard Integrated Circuit) (@ 1.7895 Mhz)

Players : 2
Control : Double 2-way joystick (vertical)
Buttons : 4


Vindicators was released in April 1988. This was quite a year for Atari and tank games, since they also released "Assault" in 1988.

1,605 dedicated units were produced in the USA only. The selling price was $2,395. The dedicated cabinet is a real favorite among some arcade game collectors. This is probably due to its unique shape, it is shaped a lot like a tank, with tank treads holding up the bottom section of the cabinet. The top half is decorated with sticker sideart that shows scenes from the game, and these same graphics generally carry over to the control panel and the front of the machine. The control panel features four tank handle controllers.

A Vindicators dedicated cabinet can be seen in the Nickelodeon show All That (from 1997 to 2000). However, it used a fictional marquee which was made for the show.

Also, 114 conversion kits were produced in the USA only (released in February 1989). The selling price was $795.


* Build date : OS : 08APR1988 11 :50 :08 / PG : 11APR1988 16 :34 :40

* Build date : OS : 08APR1988 11 :50 :08 / PG : 12APR1988 14 :53 :35

* Build date : OS : 08APR1988 11 :50 :08 / PG : 20APR1988 11 :21 :49

* Build date : OS : 08APR1988 11 :50 :08 / PG : 26APR1988 10 :49 :46


Designed & programmed by : Kelly Turner (KFT), Norm Avellar (NLA), Russel Dawe (Rusty) (RBD)
Art & animation by : Kris Moser (KEM), Susan G. McBride (SGM)
Audio by : Brad Fuller (BAF), Hal Canon (HAL)


* Consoles :
Nintendo NES [US] (1988)
Sony PlayStation 2 [US] (November 18, 2003) "Midway Arcade Treasures [Model SLUS-20801]"
Microsoft XBOX [US] (November 24, 2003) "Midway Arcade Treasures"
Nintendo GameCube [US] (December 18, 2003) "Midway Arcade Treasures [Model DOL-GAKE-USA]"
Microsoft XBOX [EU] (February 6, 2004) "Midway Arcade Treasures"
Sony PlayStation 2 [EU] (February 6, 2004) "Midway Arcade Treasures [Model SLES-51927]"

* Handhelds :
Atari Lynx [US] [Unreleased Prototype]

* Computers :
Amstrad CPC [EU] (1988)
Commodore C64 [US] [EU] (1988)
Sinclair ZX Spectrum [EU] (1989)
Atari ST [EU] (1989)
Commodore Amiga [US] (1989)
PC [MS Windows, CD-ROM] [US] (January 1, 1999) "Arcade's Greatest Hits - The Atari Collection 2"
PC [MS Windows, CD-ROM] [US] (August 27, 2004) "Midway Arcade Treasures"
PC [MS Windows, CD-ROM] [EU] (November 23, 2004) "Midway Arcade Treasures"

* Others:
Tiger LCD Handheld Game [US] (1989)


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Licensed from Alexis Bousiges under a CC Attribution 3.0 License
cheat.dat entry:
00000000 FFA82A 00000063 FFFFFFFF Infinite Shields PL1
00000000 FFA816 00000060 FFFFFFFF Infinite Fuel PL1
00000000 FFA817 00000063 FFFFFFFF Infinite Stars/Cash PL1
00000000 FFA82C 00000063 FFFFFFFF Infinite Bombs PL1
00000000 FFA82E 00000063 FFFFFFFF Infinite Smarts PL1
00000000 FFA82D 00000001 FFFFFFFF Always have Bombs PL1
00000000 FFA82D 00000002 FFFFFFFF Always have Smarts PL1
00000001 FFA82D 00000001 FFFFFFFF Get Bombs Now! PL1
00000001 FFA82D 00000002 FFFFFFFF Get Smarts Now! PL1
00000000 FFA831 00000004 FFFFFFFF Have maximum armour PL1
00000000 FFA828 00000004 FFFFFFFF Have maximum power shot PL1
00000000 FFA82B 00000004 FFFFFFFF Have maximum range shot PL1
00000000 FFA830 00000004 FFFFFFFF Have maximum speed shot PL1
00000000 FFA829 00000004 FFFFFFFF Have maximum tank speed PL1
00000000 FFA82F 00000004 FFFFFFFF Have maximum rotation PL1
60000000 000000 00000000 00000000
00000000 FFA86A 00000063 FFFFFFFF Infinite Shields PL2
00000000 FFA856 00000060 FFFFFFFF Infinite Fuel PL2
00000000 FFA857 00000063 FFFFFFFF Infinite Stars/Cash PL2
00000000 FFA86C 00000063 FFFFFFFF Infinite Bombs PL2
00000000 FFA86E 00000063 FFFFFFFF Infinite Smarts PL2
00000000 FFA86D 00000001 FFFFFFFF Always have Bombs PL2
00000000 FFA86D 00000002 FFFFFFFF Always have Smarts PL2
00000001 FFA86D 00000001 FFFFFFFF Get Bombs Now! PL2
00000001 FFA86D 00000002 FFFFFFFF Get Smarts Now! PL2
00000000 FFA871 00000004 FFFFFFFF Have maximum armour PL2
00000000 FFA868 00000004 FFFFFFFF Have maximum power shot PL2
00000000 FFA86B 00000004 FFFFFFFF Have maximum range shot PL2
00000000 FFA870 00000004 FFFFFFFF Have maximum speed shot PL2
00000000 FFA869 00000004 FFFFFFFF Have maximum tank speed PL2
00000000 FFA86F 00000004 FFFFFFFF Have maximum rotation PL2

Credit Pugsy's MAME Cheat file