2014.06.29 23:27

V1.03b update has been released.


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2014.06.29 07:51

There are 3 steps to run game pack on Mac OSX.

(I could not test game pack on Mac since I do not have Mac, but I think game pack will also work fine just like Ubuntu!)


1. Install Wine using WineBottler


2. Install Winetricks and MS jet 4.0 engine (VERY IMPORTANT)

(This article is for Ubuntu but I think it would also work on Mac since OSX is based on Unix such as Ubuntu.)


3. Extract game pack .7z files and run 'a8_best_gamepack.exe'


* NOTE

If the user interface does not work, please disable the skin in the option or set 'gSkin=0' in the 'gamepack\ini\option.ini'. 

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2014.06.27 23:47

1. Install Wine


2. Install Winetricks and MS jet 4.0 engine


3. Run 'a8_best_gamepack.exe'


* NOTE

If the user interface does not work, please disable the skin in the option or set 'gSkin=0' in the 'gamepack\ini\option.ini'. 

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2014.06.21 13:45
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2014.06.18 19:22



Nice Web Links

  Bill Kendrick's Star Raiders Tribute page


Atarimania user comments

[Garbage Scow Cpt. Cls. 5, 13/05/2014]

Was fortunate to enjoy this in my youth. This game, to me personally, was the equivalent of the ebay toy tugboat commercial. To enjoy this game now in my adulthood i realize why my dad enjoyed it more than any other game we had for the 400. A Masterpiece


[mark_h, 07/01/2014]

I was 14 when this came out, we had no money growing up so I knew I would never get even the cheapes video game system at home.  My only exposure was walking to the local mall and playing demos of video game systems in the various stores.  When I saw Star Raiders for the first time, I thought it was a work of art.  The detail of the simulation was incredible given the state of the hardware back then.  If I had the money I would have bought an Atari computer on the spot.


[JeffG, 27/01/2013]

This game was the real reason why we bought the 800 in the first place.


[Norm, 29/04/2012]

Tom, you're right on the money. This awesome game was superior to even the arcade games of the time. It was quite immersive. I give it a 10/10!


[Tom, 12/02/2012]

Only 8/10?  Is someone high???  Not only the best game of its time, but still considered one of the best space shooters even in the 21st century, Star Raiders is the foundation on which all other space sims are built on and try to match.


[jcat, 28/04/2011]

This was the game that instantly sold me on an Atari 400 computer during its debut month. This was not short of spectacular in its heyday - and there was nothing else like it. There was a 3rd party attempted clone for the Apple called Space Raiders - which wasn't bad, but next to Star Raiders - it didn't have a chance in hell.  I played this over and over and brought my 400 where ever I was visiting! Later on I graduated to the 800 and spent the early 80's with the best computer ever made.  The only thing that bugged me about Star Raiders was the "Shield" effect. I much preferred shooting alien ships against the black star filled backdrop instead of that blue (or green?) tint effect when the shields were active.


[Akira808, 29/04/2010]

This was better than the one on the 2600!! I've finished the Commander mission, and boy, is it hard!! I had a 800 before, and thanks through emulation, I can play these games!! Star Raiders remains my favorite, because of the challenge!! Kudos go to those responsible for making this great game!!


[Rene Castro, 26/02/2010]

This game was the reason I bought an Atari 400 as my first computer. I had just entered the USAF and didn't have the big bucks to buy the 800. But as luck would have it I got the upgraded version of the 400 with 16K mem!

Anyway, what I really wanted to say was now there is an update to this game and it's portable! Follow this link and enjoy: http://www.analogretro.com/StarRangers/


This is awesome!


[Raymond Rivera, 18/05/2009]

A classic of the 8bit era and groundbreaking. 3D environment, basic but very strong game mechanics and high frame rates. I played the classic 8bit Star Raiders and tried to find an equivalent in the 16bit Atart ST and Amiga generation but to no avail. Star Raiders II looked pretty but dumbed down the gameplay!? Atari ST's Enterprise game was more true to form but lacked the excellent and fluid high frame rate from the 8bit version. The classic should be a lesson to game designers on  how to do things right.


[onky, 01/07/2008]

A good example of clever programming within a tight 8k framework. Star Raiders offers a deep space combat game which is still very playable today. Recommended!


[Martin Kiszel, 01/02/2008]

This is a top game for its age. No other computer had anything close to the game play and instant ROM cartridge start up.

The 3D player (sprite) graphics are amazing, with sounds that give you realism.

Interesting that a certain revive comments on bugs.....there are no bug in this game.. its damage done by zylons, realistic simulation stuff!!! Brilliant. Bring back the good old days.

MK


[Yungstar, 30/10/2007]

the reason i spent 짙350 on an Atari 400 (my first computer) was this very game. an amazing amount of game has been stuffed into an 8k cart, an easy 11/10 if ever there was.


[eppy2000, 07/10/2007]

A definition of a classic.  Pac-Man and Star Raiders were the very first two games to go along with my brand new Atari 800.  Initially, I was taken aback by the complexity of the manual, but after awhile, I was able to play the game with ease.  There was no Star Wars games available to play on the computer, and this more than suited me fine.  There was so much put into the game within the system limitations of the day, which is why it's still so solid even today.  That aside, I've never mastered the game after all these years!  I can finish the Commander mode, but I have to make too many pitstops to finish in a timely manner.  Those darn Zylons always do substantial damage before I can defend myself.


[Andreas Koch, 23/07/2007]

Well, when I played Star Raiders the first few times on my 64k XL I did not like it, due to some bugs of the cart. Believe it or not, some carts are faulty, meaning when you press Control-G you get garbage instead of the galactic map. (I bought some more carts with the same bug.) Later I got some bug-free cart, this one works now, but it does some strange things on my nowadays expanded 576k 800XL, so I always have to switch back to 800 OS and 48k mode... but then it is a very good and enjoyable game.


[Jim Kuchera, 04/04/2007]

Everyone should own this game.  The first time I saw an 800, this game was running on it.  I immediately dumped my Apple II, and bought the 800, which to my delight included the Star Raiders cart.  To this day, I remember the thrill I got from this game.  It's still has great playability, and gets plenty tough as you gain rank.  I destroyed more than a few joysticks while saving the galaxy.  Do you now feel safer that the galaxy is saved???!!!  Truly, this game should be in every gamers cart box because it defines the word 'classic'.  I'm glad it's so readily available.


[Nixon, 17/04/2006]

mmmh the spacecraft on the frontbox looks exactly as vaders tie fighter xD...


[Callipygous, 22/04/2005]

Be sure to visit Bill Kendrick's Star Raiders Tribute page at http://www.sonic.net/~nbs/star-raiders/




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2014.06.15 23:20
V1.03 has been released.

For some personal schedule, I am not able to release the game pack at the appointed date, 06/17/2014. So I have decided to release the game pack today. I think that postponement is not a good idea at the present point.

Click here to download it.












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2014.06.15 17:33

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Document Information

1. Author: starwindz

2. Date: 06/15/2014

3. Document Version: 0.9 

4. Software Name: Atari 800 - Best Game Pack

5. Software Version: 1.03

6. Software License: Freeware (Commercial use prohibited)

7. Software Development Team 

 - starwindz (Front end programming, Games and database integration)

 - Paul 'Mclane' Irvine (Software test and feature recommendation)

 - Greyfox (Logo creation, General advice)


Table of Contents

I. Software Objective

II. Basic Information

  1. Run front end

  2. Game Selection

  3. Speed Search

  4. Favorite List

  5. General Information

III. Extra Information

  1. Atarimania

  2. Gamebase

IV. Screenshot and Comments

  1. Screenshot

  2. Comments

V. Front end Command

  1. Play Game

  2. Random Game

  3. Random Extra

  4. Game Browser

  5. High Score Club

  6. Search & Playlist

  7. Play History

  8. Web Links

  9. Option

  10. About


MANUAL MAIN BODY

I. Software Objective

  - Preservation of best Atari 8-bit games and their database

  - Providing user friendly front end for running games and accessing database


II. Basic Information

  1. Run front end

     Double click  'a8_best_gamepack.exe' to run the front end


  2. Game Selection

Click a game you want to play in the game list box.


  3. Speed Search

Enter the full or part of string of the game name in the edit box. Left side label of the edit box shows the number of the matched game. If the number is more than one, press 'Enter' to see the next matched game.


  4. Favorite List

Select a game you want to add to 'favorite game list' and then click 'Add to Fav.' button to add it to 'favorite game list'.


Click 'Favorite' check box to see 'favorite game list.'


If you want to remove a game from 'favorite game list', select a game and then click 'Remove from Fav.'.


  5. General Information

You can always see the general information of a selected game in the list box.


Click 'Atarimania Page' button to see the full information of game from atarimania.com.


(Atarimania page)


Click 'youtube', 'google image' or 'google' button to see the additional information from the internet.


(Youtube page)


(Google image page)


(Google page)


III. Extra Information

  1. Atarimania

Double click the item in the atarimania extra list box to open and see the file.


  2. Gamebase

Double click the item in the gamebase extra list box to open and see the file.


IV. Screenshot and Comments

  1. Screenshot

Click the screenshot to see the larger picture.


  2. Comments

Click 'Atarimania Comments' to see the user comments from the atarimania page and click 'My Comments' to see your comments you can enter. Click 'Expand' button to see larger memo box.


Click 'Shrink' button to see smaller memo box.


You can enter your comments. The comment is saved automatically.


V. Front end Command

  1. Play Game

Click 'Play' button to play a selected game. Emulator can be changed in the option.




  2. Random Game

Click 'Random Game' button to select a game randomly.


  3. Random Extra

Click 'Random Extra' button to see the atarimania extra data such as covers, ads and catalogs.





  4. Game Browser

Click 'Game Browser' button to see the multiple screenshots.


(All games)


(Select a starting alphabet of games)


(Random games)


  5. High Score Club

Click 'High Score Club' button to search and see the high score list from High Scores Spread Sheet(Microsoft Excel File).


(Select a season which has a high score list of a selected game)


(Sample high score list)


  6. Search & Playlist

Click 'Search & Playlist' button to search games and make your own playlist.


(New playlist)


(Search games)


(Select a game)


(Add a selected game)


(A game added)


(Write comments of your own playlist)


  7. Play History

Click 'Play History' button to see the recent played games.


(Sample play history)


(Uncheck 'History Mode' check box to see a summarized game list.)


  8. Web Links

Click 'Web Links' button to sea the important web links. You can edit the information in the ini files.(ini\web_link_games.ini, ini\web_link_review_sites.ini)


(Specific game review)


(General Review Site)


  9. Option

Click 'Option' button to modify options.


(Options which can be modified)


(You can change the skin of front end user interface.)


(Changed skin)


  10. About

Click 'About' button to sea the general information of this software.


(Hotkeys are also shown.)


- End of Document -

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