Tuesday, September 17, 2013

MAME - Klax, Do Run Run! and many many others!

Thank you, Cool Rom.com!!!!  Go to http://www.coolrom.com/roms/mame/.

One of the levels of Klax says "Play Klax every day!"  Well, actually, I'm working up to it, slowly but surely!  One of the hints that they don't give, conveniently enough, is to use the musical interlude when you make a row... I'm sorry, a "klax"... to get right away to the next few moves ahead, especially when the tiles start piling on more and more, as they are wont to do.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

MAME - Smash T.V.

I can die a happy man.

5/18/'15 - Well, I hope someone at Williams got a big bonus for approving this game.  What a quarter vacuum!  Why, one of the best things I learned in college was how to beat this game... and it only cost me about five bucks in quarters!  When I was playing with MAME last night, it took me a while, but I finally burned through 60 credits (the maximum).  Well, the only way you can clear all the mines is by throwing yourself upon them.  Funny!  The bad guys don't get blown up.

6-2-2015 - ...didn't I want to do something with my life?  Anyway, reading about Smash T.V. is almost as interesting as playing it!  I did notice that there seem to be some Question Mark rooms on the "Die Cobros" map... that's a mixture of German and Spanish, apparently.  Shouldn't it be "Los Dos Cobros" or sumpthing?... well, clearly this game isn't as well documented on the web as, say, the Doom series.  Apparently, no one's thought to make a screen capture of the level maps.  I gotta do everything around here.
Well, I've thought about it a lot.  There's a wide array of weapons to use in Smash T.V.  You've got the regular rifle, you've got the rifle that shoots three bullets at once in kind of a fan shape, you've got your grenade thrower, you've got the orbiting blue orb that can mimic any weapon... ooh!  And the rockets that cut through stuff like a knife through butter.  But I think the most powerful weapon is the protective green circle around the player that can blow up anything, except the really big bad guys.  Why, I seem to do best when the player dies, then comes back out from the left with that protective green circle!

MAME - Time Pilot '84

Reminds me of the time Monty Burns was writing his memoirs "Will There Ever Be A Rainbow?" and he ends it with "What, me thank you for reading?  That's right..." ...something like that.  Look it up online.


Ah, back into the delightful world of MAME!  I'm running version 0.148 on my PC and... having a little bit of trouble getting the old cobwebby files to work.  What DOES work so far: Super Breakout!  Sheesh.  And it's not the good Atari 2600 version either.  It's the bad Atari 8-bit version.  Also, Popeye and Road Fighter, which I'm pretty happy about, despite the silly title.  And I just got Tutankhamun to work!  Blogger is telling me I didn't spell that right.  Nor "sheesh" for that matter.  Sheesh.  Psychological insight time: the ones I really want to get to work are Pac-Man, of course, Time Pilot '84... something else... and Klax.  Yes, but I am a member of the Ku Klax Klan.  See, a long time ago when MAME used to work, I made an audio tape of some of these games as I played them on my PC, and I've been playing that tape in my car for a while now.  I eventually had to stop, so I threw the tape out.  Actually, I put it in a Starbucks coffee cup before I threw it out, so all you dumpster divers out there will know it was mine when you run across it.  To get to the bonus round, you have to tell me what I wrote on the label.  For now, I'm looking for a file called "klax.c" on my external hard drive.  I don't know what folder it goes in, so I better put a copy in all of them just in case.
Anyway, now that they had that Yahoo! story about Candy Crush, time to lay off for a good long while!  Time for some 'Road Fighter' action!!