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The theory, of course, was that kids would develop a taste for these high spec games at their local arcade and consequently go home and pester mum and dad for either more money to play the game that little bit longer or demand a version that they could play at home - although a more expensive short term investment, buying the right arcade conversion could prove to be a better long term prospect for the prudent household!  
 
The theory, of course, was that kids would develop a taste for these high spec games at their local arcade and consequently go home and pester mum and dad for either more money to play the game that little bit longer or demand a version that they could play at home - although a more expensive short term investment, buying the right arcade conversion could prove to be a better long term prospect for the prudent household!  
  
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= Technical aspect  =
 
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== Hardwares  ==
 
== Hardwares  ==
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*Black Tiger (Black Dragon) (Capcom) uses a Z80 as main CPU and a second Z80 as sound-CPU to manage the YM2203 soundchip.
 
*Black Tiger (Black Dragon) (Capcom) uses a Z80 as main CPU and a second Z80 as sound-CPU to manage the YM2203 soundchip.
  
<br> '''As a result, the earlier Arcade Games/Systems are not especially more powerfull than an Amstrad CPC computer, but were Discrete Logic and Hardware based while a CPC is mostly Software based.'''  
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'''As a result, the earlier Arcade Games/Systems are not especially more powerfull than an Amstrad CPC computer, but were Discrete Logic and Hardware based while a CPC is mostly Software based.'''  
  
<br> Later Arcade system were more often fit with 16bit CPU (68000 is a common example) yet some were still equipped with Z80 as co-CPU.  
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Later Arcade system were more often fit with 16bit CPU (68000 is a common example) yet some were still equipped with Z80 as co-CPU.  
  
 
*Sega MegaDrive/Genesis is basically a downgraded arcade system, with a 68000 as main CPU and a Z80 as sound co-CPU. While the Z80 could mostly only used for sounds as a MegaDrive, it was also used to emulate Retro-Compatibility with SegaMaster System console (Z80 based system), provided the right cartridge adaptator.
 
*Sega MegaDrive/Genesis is basically a downgraded arcade system, with a 68000 as main CPU and a Z80 as sound co-CPU. While the Z80 could mostly only used for sounds as a MegaDrive, it was also used to emulate Retro-Compatibility with SegaMaster System console (Z80 based system), provided the right cartridge adaptator.
 
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== Gameplay  ==
 
== Gameplay  ==
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*'''Joystick with in-built Circular Potentiometer&nbsp;:''' Forgotten Worlds or Midnight Resistance.
 
*'''Joystick with in-built Circular Potentiometer&nbsp;:''' Forgotten Worlds or Midnight Resistance.
 
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== Execution of the ports  ==
 
== Execution of the ports  ==
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It is quite well known that while many european ports weren't good/well done, some Japneses Cartridges ports done by the original manufacturer for the demanding Japanese market on Japanese computers would be considered great ports. Some '''MSX''' cartridge games had the honnor of such attention.  
 
It is quite well known that while many european ports weren't good/well done, some Japneses Cartridges ports done by the original manufacturer for the demanding Japanese market on Japanese computers would be considered great ports. Some '''MSX''' cartridge games had the honnor of such attention.  
  
<br> Many Arcade Manufacturer saw in the port of their arcade Hits only a way to get some extra cash from the licenses and franchise. Being mostly '''Japanese''', the Arcade Industry knew nothing about the European Home-Computer market and machines.  
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Many Arcade Manufacturer saw in the port of their arcade Hits only a way to get some extra cash from the licenses and franchise.  
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*Being mostly '''Japanese''', the Arcade Industry knew nothing about the European Home-Computer market and machines.  
  
But '''American''' companies also knew nothing about the Amstrad CPC.  
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*But '''American''' companies also knew nothing about the Amstrad CPC.  
  
And they actually had few interest to have Home-Computer ports being as good as the Arcade original, as peoples would then no more pay for Arcade and only play at home.  
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Arcade manufacturers actually had few interest to have Home-Computer ports being as good as the Arcade original, as peoples would then no more pay for Arcade and only play at home.  
  
 
Also the success in Europe/Western World of software based machines such as Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, IBM compatibles (MS-DOS PC) or ZX spectrum would not ease the portage of such games.  
 
Also the success in Europe/Western World of software based machines such as Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, IBM compatibles (MS-DOS PC) or ZX spectrum would not ease the portage of such games.  
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*It is also to notice that on the Amstrad CPC a lot of great arcade hits had the honnor to be hastly [[Speccy Port|Speccy Ported]].
 
*It is also to notice that on the Amstrad CPC a lot of great arcade hits had the honnor to be hastly [[Speccy Port|Speccy Ported]].
  
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= List by manufacturer =
 
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= List by manufacturer<br>  =
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The following games were ported onto the CPC (or inspired a similar game '''[*]''', based in the original idea) and have been split into groupings based on their original arcade developer or manufacturer&nbsp;:  
 
The following games were ported onto the CPC (or inspired a similar game '''[*]''', based in the original idea) and have been split into groupings based on their original arcade developer or manufacturer&nbsp;:  
  
== Alpha Denshi<br>  ==
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== Alpha Denshi ==
  
*Kyros --&gt; Desolator - Halls Of Kyros (US Gold - 1987)<br>
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*Kyros --&gt; Desolator - Halls Of Kyros (US Gold - 1987)
  
== Arcadia<br>  ==
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== Arcadia ==
  
*Ninja Mission --&gt; Ninja (Mastertronic - 1987)<br>
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*Ninja Mission --&gt; Ninja (Mastertronic - 1987)
*Xenon (Melbourne House - 1988)<br>
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*Xenon (Melbourne House - 1988)
  
 
== Atari  ==
 
== Atari  ==
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*[[720º]] ([[US Gold]] - 1988)  
 
*[[720º]] ([[US Gold]] - 1988)  
 
*[[APB]] ([[Domark]] - 1989)  
 
*[[APB]] ([[Domark]] - 1989)  
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*Asteroids '''[*]''' Space Eggs (Your Computer) '''[*]''' Amstroids (Your Computer)
 
*Bad Lands (Domark - 1990)  
 
*Bad Lands (Domark - 1990)  
 
*Basketball --&gt; Basket Master '''[*]''' (Dinamic - 1987)  
 
*Basketball --&gt; Basket Master '''[*]''' (Dinamic - 1987)  
 
*Batman &lt;-- Batman the movie (Ocean - 1989) * first on computer  
 
*Batman &lt;-- Batman the movie (Ocean - 1989) * first on computer  
 
*Blasteroids (Image Works-Mirrorsoft - 1989)  
 
*Blasteroids (Image Works-Mirrorsoft - 1989)  
*Canyon Bomber --&gt; Blitz '''[*]''' (Sybex - 1984) / Bomber-Bombardero '''[*]''' (Amstrad Computer User/Amsoft - 1984)<br>
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*Canyon Bomber --&gt; Blitz '''[*]''' (Sybex - 1984) / Bomber-Bombardero '''[*]''' (Amstrad Computer User/Amsoft - 1984)
*Centipede --&gt; Killapede (Players - 1986)<br>  
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*Centipede --&gt; Killapede (Players - 1986) --> Caterpede (Your Computer)
*Championship Sprint (Activision - 1988)<br>  
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*Championship Sprint (Activision - 1988)
*Crystal Castles (U.S.Gold - 1986)<br>
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*Choplifter --> Army Moves (Dinamic) --> Fire! --> Protector
*Cyberball (Domark - 1990)<br>
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*Crystal Castles (U.S.Gold - 1986)
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*Cyberball (Domark - 1990)
 
*Empire Strikes Back, The (Domark - 1988)  
 
*Empire Strikes Back, The (Domark - 1988)  
*Escape from the Planet of the Robot Monsters (Domark - 1990) <br>
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*Escape from the Planet of the Robot Monsters (Domark - 1990)
*Gauntlet (U.S.Gold - 1985)  
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*[[Gauntlet]] (U.S.Gold - 1985)  
*Gauntlet II (US Gold - 1986)<br>
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*Gauntlet II (US Gold - 1986)
 
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*[[Hard Drivin']] ([[Domark]] - 1989)  
 
*[[Hard Drivin']] ([[Domark]] - 1989)  
 
*[[Hydra]] ([[Domark]] - 1991)  
 
*[[Hydra]] ([[Domark]] - 1991)  
*Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (US Gold - 1987)<br>
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*Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (US Gold - 1987)
 
*[[Klax]]/[[Klax ( Cartridge )]] ([[Domark]] - 1990)  
 
*[[Klax]]/[[Klax ( Cartridge )]] ([[Domark]] - 1990)  
*Marble Madness (Melbourne House - 1986)<br>
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*Marble Madness (Melbourne House - 1986)
*Paperboy (Elite - 1986)<br>
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*Paperboy (Elite - 1986)
*Peter Pack-Rat (Firebird - 1988)<br>
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*Peter Pack-Rat (Firebird - 1988)
 
*[[Pit-Fighter]] ([[Domark]] - 1991)  
 
*[[Pit-Fighter]] ([[Domark]] - 1991)  
*Pong --&gt; TeleTenis (Rasidic/Amsoft - 1984) / Blip (Silverbird - 1988)<br>
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*Pong --&gt; TeleTenis (Rasidic/Amsoft - 1984) / Blip (Silverbird - 1988)
*Pong Double --&gt; Bat n' Ball (Design Design - 1985)<br>
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*Pong Double --&gt; Bat n' Ball (Design Design - 1985)
 
*[[Return of the Jedi]] ([[Domark]] - 1989)  
 
*[[Return of the Jedi]] ([[Domark]] - 1989)  
*Road Blasters (US Gold 1988)<br>
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*Road Blasters (US Gold 1988)
*Road Runner (US Gold - 1985)<br>
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*Road Runner (US Gold - 1985)  
 
*[[Skull & Crossbones]] ([[Domark]] - 1989)  
 
*[[Skull & Crossbones]] ([[Domark]] - 1989)  
 
*[[Star Wars]] ([[Domark]] - 1987)  
 
*[[Star Wars]] ([[Domark]] - 1987)  
*S.T.U.N. Runner (Domark - 1991)<br>
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*S.T.U.N. Runner (Domark - 1991)
*Super Breakout --&gt; BustOut/Rebotes '''[*]''' (A.C.U./Amsoft - 1984) // Crack-Up '''[*]''' (Atlantis - 1989)<br>
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*Super Breakout --&gt; BustOut/Rebotes '''[*]''' (A.C.U./Amsoft - 1984) // Crack-Up '''[*]''' (Atlantis - 1989)
*Super Sprint (Activision - 1987)<br>
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*Super Sprint (Activision - 1987)
 
*[[Tempest]] ([[Activision|Electric Dreams]] - 1987)  
 
*[[Tempest]] ([[Activision|Electric Dreams]] - 1987)  
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*Tetris (Mirrorsoft 1987) --> Tetris (Frederic) --> Tetris 2 --> Tetris 95 --> Tetrix --> Perestroika --> Perestroika 2 --> Power Tetris
 
*[[Thunder Jaws]] ([[Domark]] - 1991)  
 
*[[Thunder Jaws]] ([[Domark]] - 1991)  
 
*[[Toobin']] ([[Domark]] - 1989)  
 
*[[Toobin']] ([[Domark]] - 1989)  
 
*[[Vindicators]] ([[Domark]] - 1989)  
 
*[[Vindicators]] ([[Domark]] - 1989)  
 
*[[Xybots]] ([[Domark]] - 1989)  
 
*[[Xybots]] ([[Domark]] - 1989)  
*Vs. Atari RBI Baseball --&gt; Rbi Two Baseball (Tengen/Domark - 1991)<br>
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*Vs. Atari RBI Baseball --&gt; Rbi Two Baseball (Tengen/Domark - 1991)
  
== Bally Midway<br>  ==
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== Bally Midway ==
  
*Discs of Tron --&gt; Disc (Loriciels - 1990)<br>
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*Discs of Tron --&gt; Disc (Loriciels - 1990)
*Rampage (Activision - 1987)<br>
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*Rampage (Activision - 1987)
*Spy Hunter (Choice/Sega/Amsoft - 1986)<br>
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*Spy Hunter (Choice/Sega/Amsoft - 1986)
*Tapper (Choice/Sega/Amsoft - 1986)<br>  
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*Tapper (Choice/Sega/Amsoft - 1986)  
*Xenophobe (Micro Style - 1989)<br>
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*Tron (Cycles Race) --> Blokker (Your Computer) --> Zona 0 --> Tron
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*Xenophobe (Micro Style - 1989)
  
== Bally Sente<br>  ==
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== Bally Sente ==
  
*Trivial Pursuit --&gt; Trivial Pursuit Edition Genus '''[*]''' (Domark - 1986)<br>
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*Trivial Pursuit --&gt; Trivial Pursuit Edition Genus '''[*]''' (Domark - 1986)
  
 
== Capcom  ==
 
== Capcom  ==
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*[[Black Tiger]] ([[Tiertex]] for [[US Gold]] - 1990)  
 
*[[Black Tiger]] ([[Tiertex]] for [[US Gold]] - 1990)  
 
*[[Commando]] = Space Invasion ([[Elite Systems|Elite]] - 1986)  
 
*[[Commando]] = Space Invasion ([[Elite Systems|Elite]] - 1986)  
*Dynasty Wars ([[Tiertex]] for US Gold - 1990)<br>
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*Dynasty Wars ([[Tiertex]] for US Gold - 1990)
*Final Fight (US Gold - 1991)<br>
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*Final Fight (US Gold - 1991)
*Forgotten Worlds (US Gold - 1989)<br>
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*Forgotten Worlds (US Gold - 1989)
*[[Ghosts 'n' Goblins]] ([[Elite Systems|Elite]] - 1986)  
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*[[Ghosts 'n' Goblins]] ([[Elite Systems|Elite]] - 1986) --> Deadly Evil
 
*[[Ghouls 'n' Ghosts]] ([[US Gold]] - 1989)  
 
*[[Ghouls 'n' Ghosts]] ([[US Gold]] - 1989)  
*GunSmoke --&gt; GunSmoke / Desperado (Topo - 1987)<br>  
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*GunSmoke --&gt; GunSmoke / Desperado (Topo - 1987) --> Outlaw
*Last Duel ([[Tiertex]] for US Gold - 1989)<br>
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*Last Duel ([[Tiertex]] for US Gold - 1989)
*Led Storm (Go! - 1988)<br>
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*Led Storm (Go! - 1988)
*Mercs (US Gold - 1991)<br>
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*Mercs (US Gold - 1991)  
*Side Arms (Probe/Go! - 1987)<br>
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*Side Arms (Probe/Go! - 1987)
*Street Fighter ([[Tiertex]] for Go!/US Gold - 1988)<br>
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*Street Fighter ([[Tiertex]] for Go!/US Gold - 1988)
*Street Fighter II "The World Warrior" --&gt; Street Warriors (Kasumba - 1995)<br>
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*Street Fighter II "The World Warrior" --&gt; Street Warriors (Kasumba - 1995)
 
*[[Strider]] ([[Tiertex]] for [[U.S. Gold]] - 1989)  
 
*[[Strider]] ([[Tiertex]] for [[U.S. Gold]] - 1989)  
*Tiger Road (Probe/Go! - 1987)<br>  
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*Tiger Road (Probe/Go! - 1987)
*U.N. Squadron (US Gold - 1990)<br>
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*Trojan --> Metropolis (Topo Soft) --> Street Gang
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*U.N. Squadron (US Gold - 1990)
  
 
== Century  ==
 
== Century  ==
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*[[Hunchback]] ([[Ocean]]/[[Amsoft]] - 1984)
 
*[[Hunchback]] ([[Ocean]]/[[Amsoft]] - 1984)
  
== Cinematronics<br>  ==
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== Cinematronics ==
  
*Dragon's Lair (Software Projects - 1985)<br>
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*Dragon's Lair (Software Projects - 1985)
*Dragon's Lair 2 "Escape From Singe's Castle" (Software Projects - 1987)<br>
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*Dragon's Lair 2 "Escape From Singe's Castle" (Software Projects - 1987)
  
== Daehyun<br>  ==
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== Daehyun ==
  
*Pipeline &lt;-- Pipeline/Oil Mania (DreamSoft/SoftIce - 1990) / SuperPipeline (II) (Taskset/Amsoft - 1985) * first on Computer<br>
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*Pipeline &lt;-- Pipeline/Oil Mania (DreamSoft/SoftIce - 1990) / SuperPipeline (II) (Taskset/Amsoft - 1985) * first on Computer
  
 
== Data East  ==
 
== Data East  ==
  
*Breakthru (US Gold - 1986)<br>
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*Breakthru (US Gold - 1986)
*Boulder Dash (Mirrorsoft - 1984)<br>
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*Boulder Dash (Mirrorsoft - 1984) --> Boldeur --> Diamants de la Peur (les) --> Lost caves --> Rockford --> Splatch!
*Burger Time (Hebdogiciel - 1985)<br>
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*Burger Time (Hebdogiciel - 1985)
 
*[[Dragon Ninja]] ([[Ocean|Imagine]] - 1988)  
 
*[[Dragon Ninja]] ([[Ocean|Imagine]] - 1988)  
*Express Raider (US Gold - 1987)<br>
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*Express Raider (US Gold - 1987)  
*Firetrap (Activision - 1987)<br>
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*Firetrap (Activision - 1987)
*Karate Champ --&gt; The Way of the Exploding Fist '''[*]''' ( Melbourne House - 1985) / International Karate Plus - IK+ '''[*]''' (System 3 - 1988)<br>
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*Karate Champ --&gt; The Way of the Exploding Fist '''[*]''' ( Melbourne House - 1985) / International Karate Plus - IK+ '''[*]''' (System 3 - 1988)
 
*[[Karnov]] ([[Activision]] -1988)  
 
*[[Karnov]] ([[Activision]] -1988)  
*Lemmings (Psygnosis - 1991) *first on Computer<br>
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*Lemmings (Psygnosis - 1991) *first on Computer
*Magical Drop / Chain Reaction (Mochilote/CpcMania - 2007)<br>
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*Magical Drop / Chain Reaction (Mochilote/CpcMania - 2007)
*Midnight Resistance (Ocean - 1990)<br>
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*Midnight Resistance (Ocean - 1990)
*Real Ghostbusters (Activision - 1988)<br>
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*Real Ghostbusters (Activision - 1988)
*RoboCop "The Future of Law Enforcement" --&gt; Robocop ( Ocean - 1989)<br>
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*RoboCop "The Future of Law Enforcement" --&gt; Robocop ( Ocean - 1989)
*Shackled (US Gold - 1988)<br>
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*Shackled (US Gold - 1988)
*Sly Spy _ Secret Agent (Ocean - 1990)<br>
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*Sly Spy _ Secret Agent (Ocean - 1990)
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*Two Crude --> After the war
  
== Exidy / First Star<br> ==
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== Exidy / First Star  ==
  
*Boulder Dash (Mirrorsoft - 1984)<br>
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*Boulder Dash (Mirrorsoft - 1984)
*Crash --&gt; Auto-Choc (CPC magazine - 1987)<br>
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*Crash --&gt; Auto-Choc (CPC magazine - 1987)
  
 
== Gottlieb / Premier  ==
 
== Gottlieb / Premier  ==
  
*Exterminator (Audiogenic - 1991)<br>
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*Exterminator (Audiogenic - 1991)
*Q*Bert --&gt; Er*Bert (Microbyte - 1984)
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*Q*Bert --&gt; Er*Bert (Microbyte - 1984) --> Englebert --> Screwball
  
 
== Irem  ==
 
== Irem  ==
  
*Battle Chopper --&gt; Mr Heli (Firebird - 1988)<br>
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*Battle Chopper --&gt; Mr Heli (Firebird - 1988)
 
*[[Dragon Breed]] ([[Activision]] - 1989)  
 
*[[Dragon Breed]] ([[Activision]] - 1989)  
*Kung-Fu Master (US Gold - 1986)<br>
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*Kung-Fu Master (US Gold - 1986)
*Moon Patrol --&gt; Moon Buggy (Anirog - 1985)<br>
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*Moon Patrol --&gt; Moon Buggy (Anirog - 1985)
*Ninja Spirit (Activision - 1990)<br>
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*Ninja Spirit (Activision - 1990)
*[[R-Type]] (Activision/Electric Dreams - 1987)  
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*[[R-Type]] (Activision/Electric Dreams - 1987) --> R-Type (Easter Egg - 2012)
*Vigilante (US Gold - 1989)<br>
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*Vigilante (US Gold - 1989) --> Freddy Hardest in South Manhattan
  
 
== Jaleco  ==
 
== Jaleco  ==
  
*Butasan ("Mr.Pig") --&gt; Psycho Pigs UXB (US Gold - 1988) *Jaleco licensed from NMK<br>
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*Butasan ("Mr.Pig") --&gt; Psycho Pigs UXB (US Gold - 1988) *Jaleco licensed from NMK
*Cisco Heat (Image Works - 1991)<br>
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*Cisco Heat (Image Works - 1991)
*P-47 _ The Phantom Fighter --&gt; P47 Thunderbolt (Firebird - 1989)<br>
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*P-47 _ The Phantom Fighter --&gt; P47 Thunderbolt (Firebird - 1989)
*Rod-Land (Storm Software - 1991)<br>
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*Rod-Land (Storm Software - 1991)
 
*[[Saint Dragon]] ([[Storm Software]] - 1990)
 
*[[Saint Dragon]] ([[Storm Software]] - 1990)
  
 
== Konami  ==
 
== Konami  ==
  
*Asterix &lt;-- [[Asterix and the Magic Cauldron]] ([[Melbourne House]] - 1987) *first at Computer<br>
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*Asterix &lt;-- [[Asterix and the Magic Cauldron]] ([[Melbourne House]] - 1987) *first at Computer
*[[Combat School]] ([[Ocean]] -1987)<br>  
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*[[Combat School]] ([[Ocean]] -1987) --> Para Assault Curse
*Frogger --&gt; [[Froggy]] ([[R & B Marketing]] - 1985)<br>
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*Frogger --&gt; [[Froggy]] ([[R & B Marketing]] - 1985) / Frogger ([[Executioner]] - 2007) [cpc+]
 
*[[Green Beret]] ([[Ocean|Imagine]] - 1986)  
 
*[[Green Beret]] ([[Ocean|Imagine]] - 1986)  
*[[Gryzor]] ([[Ocean]] - 1987)<br>
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*[[Gryzor]] ([[Ocean]] - 1987)
*Hyper Olympic=Track &amp; Field --&gt; [[Daley Thompson's Decathlon]] ([[Ocean]] - 1985)<br>  
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*Hyper Olympic=Track &amp; Field --&gt; [[Daley Thompson's Decathlon]] ([[Ocean]] - 1985) --> Daley Thompson's Olympic Challenge
 
*[[Hyper Sports]] ([[Ocean|Imagine]] - 1985)  
 
*[[Hyper Sports]] ([[Ocean|Imagine]] - 1985)  
 
*[[Jackal]] ([[Konami]] - 1987)  
 
*[[Jackal]] ([[Konami]] - 1987)  
*[[Jail Break]] ([[Konami]] - 1986)<br>  
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*[[Jail Break]] ([[Konami]] - 1986)
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*Jungler --> Crazy Worm
 
*Loco-Motion --&gt; [[Locomotion]] ([[Mastertronic]] - 1985)  
 
*Loco-Motion --&gt; [[Locomotion]] ([[Mastertronic]] - 1985)  
 
*[[Mikie]] ([[Ocean|Imagine]] - 1986)  
 
*[[Mikie]] ([[Ocean|Imagine]] - 1986)  
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*Nemesis 2 = [[Salamander]] ([[Imagine]] - 1988)  
 
*Nemesis 2 = [[Salamander]] ([[Imagine]] - 1988)  
 
*[[Ping-Pong]] ([[Ocean|Imagine]] - 1986)  
 
*[[Ping-Pong]] ([[Ocean|Imagine]] - 1986)  
*Pooyan --&gt; [[Jungle Jane]] ([[Bug-Byte]] - 1986)<br>
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*Pooyan --&gt; [[Jungle Jane]] ([[Bug-Byte]] - 1986)
*[[Shao Lin's Road]] ([[The Edge]] - 1986)<br>  
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*[[Shao Lin's Road]] ([[The Edge]] - 1986)
*Super Cobra --&gt; [[Killer Cobra]] ([[Mastertronic]] - 1987)<br>
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*Sunset Riders --> Desperado 2 (Topo Soft)
*[[Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles (2) - The Coin Op]] ([[Probe]]/[[ImageWorks]]-[[Mirrorsoft]] - 1991)<br>
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*Super Cobra --&gt; [[Killer Cobra]] ([[Mastertronic]] - 1987)
*[[Typhoon]] ([[Imagine]] - 1988)<br>
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*[[Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles (2) - The Coin Op]] ([[Probe]]/[[ImageWorks]]-[[Mirrorsoft]] - 1991)
*Wec Le Mans 24 --&gt; Wec Le Mans (Imagine - 1988) / Burnin' Rubber (Ocean - 1990) [*.cpr]<br>
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*[[Typhoon]] ([[Imagine]] - 1988)
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*Wec Le Mans 24 --&gt; Wec Le Mans (Imagine - 1988) / Burnin' Rubber (Ocean - 1990) [*.cpr]
 
*[[Yie Ar Kung-Fu]] ([[Ocean|Imagine]] - 1985)
 
*[[Yie Ar Kung-Fu]] ([[Ocean|Imagine]] - 1985)
  
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*[[John Elway's Quarterback]] ([[Virgin Games]] - 1990)
 
*[[John Elway's Quarterback]] ([[Virgin Games]] - 1990)
  
== LiquidMedia / MegaNudge<br>  ==
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== LiquidMedia / MegaNudge ==
  
*3D Pong / Curveball / 3D Spinball &lt;-- Room Ten (CRL - 1986) *first on Computer to web/flash/iPhone<br>
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*3D Pong / Curveball / 3D Spinball &lt;-- Room Ten (CRL - 1986) *first on Computer to web/flash/iPhone
  
== Mitchell<br>  ==
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== Mitchell ==
  
*Pang (Ocean - 1990) [*.cpr]<br>
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*Pang (Ocean - 1990) [*.cpr] --> Zap t balls
  
 
== Namco  ==
 
== Namco  ==
  
 
*[[Dragon Spirit]] ([[Consult software]] =[[Domark]] - 1989)  
 
*[[Dragon Spirit]] ([[Consult software]] =[[Domark]] - 1989)  
*Metro Cross (Probe/US Gold - 1987)<br>
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*Metro Cross (Probe/US Gold - 1987)
*Motos (Mastertronic - 1987)<br>
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*Motos (Mastertronic - 1987)
 
*[[Pac-Land]] ([[QuickSilva]] / [[Grandslam]] - 1989)  
 
*[[Pac-Land]] ([[QuickSilva]] / [[Grandslam]] - 1989)  
*Pac-Man (T and T - 1986)<br>  
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*Pac-Man (T and T - 1986) --> Munch It  --> Pac Ball 2 --> Pac Boy --> Pac-Man (J. Martin) --> Pac Man (T and T) --> Pac Girl --> Pac Man (Frederic Carbonero) --> Pac-Man -emulator- (TotO/Syx)
 
*[[Pac-Mania]] ([[Grandslam]] - 1988)  
 
*[[Pac-Mania]] ([[Grandslam]] - 1988)  
*Pole Position / Pole Position II --&gt; 3D Grand Prix '''[*]''' (Amsoft - 1985) / Nigel Mansell's Grand Prix '''[*]''' (Martech - 1988)<br>
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*Pole Position / Pole Position II --&gt; 3D Grand Prix '''[*]''' (Amsoft - 1985) / Nigel Mansell's Grand Prix '''[*]''' (Martech - 1988)
*Rolling Thunder (US Gold - 1987)<br>
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*Rally X --> Atomic Driver --> Rock N Roller
*Soukoban / BoxyBoy --&gt; Soko-Ban (Ritter/Schick) / Balldozer (Erkens - 1991) / Soko Bam (CPC infos - 1993) / Small Games For Smart Minds (ESP - 2007)<br>
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*Rolling Thunder (US Gold - 1987)
*Vs. Atari RBI Baseball --&gt; Rbi Two Baseball (Tengen/Domark - 1991)<br>
+
*Soukoban / BoxyBoy --&gt; Soko-Ban (Ritter/Schick) / Balldozer (Erkens - 1991) / Soko Bam (CPC infos - 1993) / Small Games For Smart Minds (ESP - 2007)
*Xevious (US Gold - 1986)<br>
+
*Vs. Atari RBI Baseball --&gt; Rbi Two Baseball (Tengen/Domark - 1991)
 +
*Xevious (US Gold - 1986)
  
== Nichibutsu<br> ==
+
== Nichibutsu  ==
  
*Galivan - Cosmo Police (Ocean - 1986)<br>
+
*Galivan - Cosmo Police (Ocean - 1986)
*Mag Max (Imagine - 1986)<br>
+
*Mag Max (Imagine - 1986)
*Moon Cresta (Incentive - 1986)<br>
+
*Moon Cresta (Incentive - 1986)
  
 
== Nintendo  ==
 
== Nintendo  ==
  
*[[Donkey Kong]] ([[Ocean]] - 1987)  
+
*[[Donkey Kong]] ([[Ocean]] - 1987) --> Killer Gorilla
*Mario Bros (Choice/Ocean - 1987)<br>
+
*Mario Bros (Choice/Ocean - 1987)
*Punch-Out!! / Super Punch-Out!! --&gt; [[Frank Bruno's Boxing]] ([[Elite]] - 1985)<br>
+
*Punch-Out!! / Super Punch-Out!! --&gt; [[Frank Bruno's Boxing]] ([[Elite]] - 1985)
*Space Firebird --&gt; Star Firebirds (Insight - 1986)<br>
+
*Space Firebird --&gt; Star Firebirds (Insight - 1986)
*[[Addams Family, The]] ([[Ocean]] - 1992) *first at Computer, licensed later to Nintendo.<br>
+
*[[Addams Family, The]] ([[Ocean]] - 1992) *first at Computer, licensed later to Nintendo.
  
== PopCap / Success<br> ==
+
== PopCap / Success  ==
  
*Bejeweled! / Zookeeper --&gt; BeTiled! (CEZ - 2009) *web/flash/console to CPC<br>
+
*Bejeweled! / Zookeeper --&gt; BeTiled! (CEZ - 2009) *web/flash/console to CPC
  
== Rock-Ola<br> ==
+
== Rock-Ola  ==
  
*Nibbler (Rainbow Arts - 1985)<br>
+
*Nibbler (Rainbow Arts - 1985)
  
 
== Sega  ==
 
== Sega  ==
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*Bank Panic --&gt; [[West Bank]] ([[Dinamic]] - 1985)  
 
*Bank Panic --&gt; [[West Bank]] ([[Dinamic]] - 1985)  
 
*Bonanza Bros. (US Gold - 1991)  
 
*Bonanza Bros. (US Gold - 1991)  
*Buck Rogers --&gt; [[3D Fight]] ([[Loriciels]] - 1985)<br>
+
*Buck Rogers --&gt; [[3D Fight]] ([[Loriciels]] - 1985)
 
*Columns (CEZ / ESP - 2004)  
 
*Columns (CEZ / ESP - 2004)  
*Crack Down (US Gold - 1990)<br>
+
*Crack Down (US Gold - 1990)
*Dynamite Düx (Activision - 1989)<br>
+
*Dynamite Düx (Activision - 1989)
*Enduro Racer (Activision - 1987)<br>
+
*Enduro Racer (Activision - 1987)
*Eswat - Cyber Police (US Gold - 1990)<br>
+
*Eswat - Cyber Police (US Gold - 1990)
*G-Loc - Air Battle --&gt; G-Loc R360 (U.S.Gold - 1991)<br>
+
*G-Loc - Air Battle --&gt; G-Loc R360 (U.S.Gold - 1991)
*Galaxy Force (Activision - 1989)<br>
+
*Galaxy Force (Activision - 1989)
 
*[[Golden Axe]] ([[Virgin Games]] - 1988)  
 
*[[Golden Axe]] ([[Virgin Games]] - 1988)  
*Head On / Head On 2 --&gt; Auto-Choc (CPC magazine - 1987)<br>
+
*Head On / Head On 2 --&gt; Auto-Choc (CPC magazine - 1987)
*Hot-Rod (Activision - 1989)<br>
+
*Hot-Rod (Activision - 1989)
*Line Of Fire (US Gold - 1990)<br>
+
*Line Of Fire (US Gold - 1990)
*Moonwalker (US Gold - 1990)<br>
+
*Moonwalker (US Gold - 1990)
*Out Run (US Gold - 1987)<br>
+
*Out Run (US Gold - 1987)
*Passing Shot (Image Works - 1988)<br>
+
*Passing Shot (Image Works - 1988)
*Pengo --&gt; Troglo (Ace - 1986) / Mange Cailloux (Ubi - 1987) / Penggy (Chip - 1987)<br>
+
*Pengo --&gt; Troglo (Ace - 1986) / Mange Cailloux (Ubi - 1987) / Penggy (Chip - 1987)
*Power Drift (Activision - 1989)<br>
+
*Power Drift (Activision - 1989)
*Quartet (Probe/Activision - 1987)<br>
+
*Quartet (Probe/Activision - 1987)
*[[Scramble Spirits]] ([[Grandslam]] - 1990)  
+
*[[Scramble Spirits]] ([[Grandslam]] - 1990) --> Killer Cobra
*SDI "Strategic Defence Initiative" (Activision - 1988)<br>
+
*SDI "Strategic Defence Initiative" (Activision - 1988)
*Shadow Dancer [Shinobi II] (US Gold - 1991)<br>
+
*Shadow Dancer [Shinobi II] (US Gold - 1991)
 
*[[Shinobi]] ([[Virgin Games]] - 1989)  
 
*[[Shinobi]] ([[Virgin Games]] - 1989)  
*Sonic Boom --&gt; Silent Shadow (Topo - 1988)<br>
+
*Sonic Boom --&gt; Silent Shadow (Topo - 1988)
 
*[[Space Harrier]] ([[Elite Systems|Elite]] - 1986)  
 
*[[Space Harrier]] ([[Elite Systems|Elite]] - 1986)  
 
*[[Space Harrier II]] ([[Grandslam]] - 1990)  
 
*[[Space Harrier II]] ([[Grandslam]] - 1990)  
*Super Hang-On (Activision/Electric Dreams - 1986)<br>
+
*Super Hang-On (Activision/Electric Dreams - 1986)
*Super Monaco Gp (US Gold - 1991)<br>
+
*Super Monaco Gp (US Gold - 1991)
*Super Wonderboy In Monster Land [Wonder Boy II ] (Activision - 1989)<br>
+
*Super Wonderboy In Monster Land [Wonder Boy II ] (Activision - 1989)
*Thunder Blade (US Gold - 1988)<br>
+
*Thunder Blade (US Gold - 1988)
*Time Scanner (Activision - 1988)<br>  
+
*Time Scanner (Activision - 1988) --> Score 3020
*Turbo Outrun (US Gold - 1989)<br>
+
*Turbo Outrun (US Gold - 1989)
*Wonder Boy (Activision - 1987)<br>
+
*Wonder Boy (Activision - 1987)
*Zaxxon --&gt; Zaxx (Chip - 1986)<br>
+
*Zaxxon --&gt; Zaxx (Chip - 1986)
  
== Seibu Kaihatsu<br> ==
+
== Seibu Kaihatsu  ==
  
*Empire City 1931 --&gt; Prohibition (Infogrames 1987)<br>
+
*Empire City 1931 --&gt; Prohibition (Infogrames 1987)
  
== Snk<br>  ==
+
== Snk ==
  
*Fighting Soccer (Activision - 1989)<br>
+
*Fighting Soccer (Activision - 1989)
*Guerrilla War (Imagine - 1988)<br>
+
*Guerrilla War (Imagine - 1988)  
*Ikari Warriors (Elite - 1986)<br>  
+
*[[Ikari Warriors]] (Elite - 1986)
*Psycho Soldier (Imagine - 1988)<br>
+
*Prehistoric Isle in 1930 (1989) --> Prehistoric Island (R.Ortega, for Dinamic? -not released-Demo-) [http://www.fasebonus.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=164:prehistoric-island-demo-exclusiva&catid=35:2010]
*T.A.N.K (Choice/Ocean - 1987)<br>
+
*Psycho Soldier (Imagine - 1988)
*Victory Road (Imagine - 1988)<br>
+
*T.A.N.K (Choice/Ocean - 1987)
 +
*[[Victory Road]] (Imagine - 1988)
  
== Sun Electronics<br> ==
+
== Sun Electronics  ==
  
*Arabian --&gt; Tales Of The Arabian Nights (Interceptor - 1985)<br>
+
*Arabian --&gt; Tales Of The Arabian Nights (Interceptor - 1985)
  
== Sunsoft<br> ==
+
== Sunsoft  ==
  
*Vs Platoon &lt;-- Platoon (Ocean - 1987) *first at Computer<br>
+
*Vs Platoon &lt;-- Platoon (Ocean - 1987) *first at Computer
  
 
== Tad  ==
 
== Tad  ==
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*[[Arkanoid]] ([[Ocean]] - 1987)  
 
*[[Arkanoid]] ([[Ocean]] - 1987)  
*Arkanoid (2) - Revenge of DOH (Imagine - 1988)<br>
+
*Arkanoid (2) - Revenge of DOH (Imagine - 1988)
*[[Bubble Bobble]] ([[Firebird]] - 1987)  
+
*[[Bubble Bobble]] ([[Firebird]] - 1987) --> Plumpy --> Bubble Bobble 4 CPC (CNG -2012)
*Chase H.Q. (Ocean - 1989)<br>
+
*Chase H.Q. (Ocean - 1989)
 
*[[Continental Circus]] ([[Virgin Games]] - 1989)  
 
*[[Continental Circus]] ([[Virgin Games]] - 1989)  
*Double Dragon (Virgin Games - 1988)<br>
+
*Double Dragon (Virgin Games - 1988)
*Double Dragon II (Virgin Games - 1989)<br>
+
*Double Dragon II (Virgin Games - 1989)
*Double Dragon 3 "The Rosetta Stone" (Storm - 1991)<br>
+
*Double Dragon 3 "The Rosetta Stone" (Storm - 1991)
*Elevator Action (Quicksilva - 1987)<br>
+
*Elevator Action (Quicksilva - 1987)
*Flying Shark (Firebird - 1987)<br>
+
*Flying Shark (Firebird - 1987)
*Great Gurianos (Elite Systems - 1987)<br>
+
*Great Gurianos (Elite Systems - 1987)
*Legend Of Kage, The (Imagine - 1986)<br>
+
*Legend Of Kage, The (Imagine - 1986)
*NewZealand Story, The (Ocean - 1989)<br>
+
*NewZealand Story, The (Ocean - 1989)
 
*[[The Ninja Warriors|Ninja Warriors]] ([[Virgin Games]] - 1989)  
 
*[[The Ninja Warriors|Ninja Warriors]] ([[Virgin Games]] - 1989)  
*Operation Thunderbolt (Ocean - 1989)<br>
+
*Operation Thunderbolt (Ocean - 1989)  
*Operation Wolf (Ocean - 1988)<br>
+
*Operation Wolf (Ocean - 1988)
*Plotting (Ocean - 1990)<br>
+
*Plotting (Ocean - 1990)
*Puzznic (Ocean - 1990)<br>
+
*Puzznic (Ocean - 1990)  
*Rainbow Islands "The Story of Bubble Bobble 2" --&gt; Rainbow Islands (Ocean - 1989)<br>
+
*Rainbow Islands "The Story of Bubble Bobble 2" --&gt; Rainbow Islands (Ocean - 1989)
*Rastan (Imagine - 1987)<br>
+
*Rastan (Imagine - 1987)
*Renegade (Imagine - 1987)<br>  
+
*Renegade (Imagine - 1987) --> Subway Vigilante
*Slap Fight (Probe / Imagine - 1987)<br>
+
*Slap Fight (Probe / Imagine - 1987)
*Solar Warrior / Xain'd Sleena --&gt; Soldier Of Light (Animagic - 1989)<br>
+
*Solar Warrior / Xain'd Sleena --&gt; Soldier Of Light (Animagic - 1989)
*Space Gun (Ocean - 1992) [CPC+]<br>
+
*Space Gun (Ocean - 1992) [CPC+]
*Space Invaders (Design Design - 1985)<br>
+
*Space Invaders (Design Design - 1985)
*Super Space Invaders '91 --&gt; Super Space Invaders (Domark - 1991)<br>
+
*Super Space Invaders '91 --&gt; Super Space Invaders (Domark - 1991)
 +
*Tiger Heli --> Havoc
  
== Tatsumi<br> ==
+
== Tatsumi  ==
  
 
*Buggy Boy (Elite - 1985)
 
*Buggy Boy (Elite - 1985)
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*[[Gemini Wing]] ([[Virgin Games]] - 1989)  
 
*[[Gemini Wing]] ([[Virgin Games]] - 1989)  
*[[Rygar]] ([[US Gold]] -1987)  
+
*[[Rygar]] ([[US Gold]] -1987) --> Vixen
*Shadow Warriors (Ocean - 1990)<br>
+
*Shadow Warriors (Ocean - 1990)
*[[Silkworm]] ([[Virgin Games]] - 1989)  
+
*[[Silkworm]] ([[Virgin Games]] - 1989) --> Fire --> Zone
*Solomon's Key (Probe/US Gold - 1987)<br>
+
*Solomon's Key (Probe/US Gold - 1987)
 +
*Star Force --> Light Force
  
 
== Tehkan  ==
 
== Tehkan  ==
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*[[Bomb Jack II]] ([[Elite Systems|Elite]] - 1987)
 
*[[Bomb Jack II]] ([[Elite Systems|Elite]] - 1987)
  
== Titus<br> ==
+
== Titus  ==
  
*Fire &amp; Forget II (Titus - 1990)<br>
+
*Fire &amp; Forget II (Titus - 1990)
  
== Universal<br> ==
+
== Universal  ==
  
*Mr. Do! --&gt; Fruity Frank (Kuma - 1984)<br>
+
*Mr. Do! --&gt; Fruity Frank (Kuma - 1984)
*Mr. Do's Wild Ride --&gt; Kong Strikes Back (Ocean - 1984)<br>
+
*Mr. Do's Wild Ride --&gt; Kong Strikes Back (Ocean - 1984)
 
*Space Panic --&gt; [[Roland goes Digging]] ([[Gem]]/[[Amsoft]] - 1984)
 
*Space Panic --&gt; [[Roland goes Digging]] ([[Gem]]/[[Amsoft]] - 1984)
  
 
== Video System  ==
 
== Video System  ==
  
*Pipe Dream --&gt; Pipe Mania (Empire - 1990)
+
*Pipe Dream --&gt; Pipe Mania (Empire - 1990) --> Pipe Crazy
  
== Williams<br> ==
+
== Williams  ==
  
*Defender --&gt; [[Defend or die]] ([[Alligata]]/[[Amsoft]] -1985)  
+
*Defender --&gt; [[Defend or die]] ([[Alligata]]/[[Amsoft]] -1985) --> Gauntlet (Micropower) --> Guardian II
*Joust (Quality - 1986)<br>
+
*Joust (Quality - 1986)
*Narc (Ocean - 1990)<br>
+
*Narc (Ocean - 1990)  
*Smash T.V. (Ocean - 1991)<br>
+
*Smash T.V. (Ocean - 1991)
  
== Wood Place<br> ==
+
== Wood Place  ==
  
*Deep, The (US Gold - 1989)<br>
+
*Deep, The (US Gold - 1989)  
*Firetrap (Activision - 1987)<br>
+
*Firetrap (Activision - 1987)
 
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= Play these at Arcade version  =
 
= Play these at Arcade version  =
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and compare with CPC version.  
 
and compare with CPC version.  
  
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*[[CPCfolderMAMEini.zip]]'''&nbsp; _cpc.ini''' file for a CPC complete ''Favorites'' folder list of original Arcade games of these ports.
 
 
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Put in ''MAMEui32/Folders'' and play they. Then later go to your CPC system terminal (RetroWare or Emu) and tell us your preferences...&nbsp;;-)<br>
 
 
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238 aprox. MAMEd CPC games (''Pong'' &amp; ''Dragon's Lair'' not in MAME, see DICE &amp; DAPHNE)<br>
 
 
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= Links<br>  =
 
 
[http://www.cpc-power.com/index.php?page=jeux&lenom=coin-op http://www.cpc-power.com/index.php?page=jeux&amp;lenom=coin-op]<br>
 
  
[http://www.arcade-history.com/ http://www.arcade-history.com/]<br>
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*[[Media:CPCfolderMAMEini.zip]]'''&nbsp; _cpc.ini''' file for a CPC complete ''Favorites'' folder list of original Arcade games of these ports.
  
[http://www.tomheroes.com/Video%20Games%20FS/Arcade/arcadecon.htm http://www.tomheroes.com/Video%20Games%20FS/Arcade/arcadecon.htm]<br>
 
  
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Put in ''MAMEui32/Folders'' and play they. Then later go to your CPC system terminal (RetroWare or Emu) and tell us your preferences... Which version do you prefer?&nbsp;&nbsp;;-)
  
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* [http://www.cpc-power.com/index.php?page=jeux&lenom=coin-op http://www.cpc-power.com/index.php?page=jeux&amp;lenom=coin-op]
  
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* [http://www.tomheroes.com/Video%20Games%20FS/Arcade/arcadecon.htm http://www.tomheroes.com/Video%20Games%20FS/Arcade/arcadecon.htm]
  
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As is fitting for the golden age of arcade games, a large portion of the CPC range was made up of conversions of one classic coin-op or another. The major British based software houses of the time would bid for some of the biggest arcade games of the time and a number of key relationships between arcade game manufacturers and companies were established.

The theory, of course, was that kids would develop a taste for these high spec games at their local arcade and consequently go home and pester mum and dad for either more money to play the game that little bit longer or demand a version that they could play at home - although a more expensive short term investment, buying the right arcade conversion could prove to be a better long term prospect for the prudent household!

Technical aspect

Hardwares

Arcade Cabinets and games were often a close combinaison between a game ROM and a Hardware especially designed around it and for it.

While the main CPU were often quite common chips, the Video was generaly (if not always) based on a heavy use of Hardwired Sprites and Harwired Scrollings in a custom fashion.

A good share of earlier 80's Arcade games were Z80 based.

Example :

  • PacMan : it uses a single Z80 as CPU.
  • Namco 8-bit Galaxian arcade system board : also use a single Z80 CPU.

As Arcade games were to become the more and more complex, the number of CPU also increased.

  • The Namco 8-bit Galaga per example used three Z80 CPU (as main CPU, Video Co-CPU and Sound co-CPU)
  • 1942 (Capcom) : uses a Z80 as main CPU and a second Z80 to manage additionnal 2x AY8910 Sound processors.
  • Black Tiger (Black Dragon) (Capcom) uses a Z80 as main CPU and a second Z80 as sound-CPU to manage the YM2203 soundchip.

As a result, the earlier Arcade Games/Systems are not especially more powerfull than an Amstrad CPC computer, but were Discrete Logic and Hardware based while a CPC is mostly Software based.

Later Arcade system were more often fit with 16bit CPU (68000 is a common example) yet some were still equipped with Z80 as co-CPU.

  • Sega MegaDrive/Genesis is basically a downgraded arcade system, with a 68000 as main CPU and a Z80 as sound co-CPU. While the Z80 could mostly only used for sounds as a MegaDrive, it was also used to emulate Retro-Compatibility with SegaMaster System console (Z80 based system), provided the right cartridge adaptator.

Gameplay

Arcade systems and games were mostly centered around Hardwired Sprites and scrolls.

This make a good proportion of Shoot'hem Ups (vertical or horizontal), Platformers, Beat'hem Up/All.

And quite always action oriented games. Adventure and text based games (or even point and click) were not well represented genres and mostly typically Computer Games.

Custom Game controller could be used.

  • Trackballs : Marble Madness kind of games.
  • Circular Potentiometer : Arkanoid.
  • Steering Wheel : OutRun and quite all Car-Games
  • Joystick with in-built Circular Potentiometer : Forgotten Worlds or Midnight Resistance.

Execution of the ports

Being ROM based, Arcade games could be far heavier than what a home computer's RAM could handle. While a good 8bit sytem with 128K RAM and fast Disk Drive multiloading (=CPC6128) would be good enough to get accurate ports, the popularity of 64K RAM + Tape configuration (=CPC464 or ZX Spectrum) made accurate ports far more difficult.

It is quite well known that while many european ports weren't good/well done, some Japneses Cartridges ports done by the original manufacturer for the demanding Japanese market on Japanese computers would be considered great ports. Some MSX cartridge games had the honnor of such attention.

Many Arcade Manufacturer saw in the port of their arcade Hits only a way to get some extra cash from the licenses and franchise.

  • Being mostly Japanese, the Arcade Industry knew nothing about the European Home-Computer market and machines.
  • But American companies also knew nothing about the Amstrad CPC.

Arcade manufacturers actually had few interest to have Home-Computer ports being as good as the Arcade original, as peoples would then no more pay for Arcade and only play at home.

Also the success in Europe/Western World of software based machines such as Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, IBM compatibles (MS-DOS PC) or ZX spectrum would not ease the portage of such games.

The Companies which bought the Licenses for the games often only wanted to use the Arcade's success as a good publicity to get fast selling games. They rarely tried to get actually good games but indeed fastly developped cheap games.

  • Sometimes the original Manufacturer would supply Codes, Datas and/or Arcade cabinet to the porting company... This may lead to a good port.
  • Other times the porting team would even have to go to the next arcade house and pay to play the original game to see how the game is (= no help from companies). Hence largely unaccurate ports ensues.
  • It is also to notice that on the Amstrad CPC a lot of great arcade hits had the honnor to be hastly Speccy Ported.

List by manufacturer

The following games were ported onto the CPC (or inspired a similar game [*], based in the original idea) and have been split into groupings based on their original arcade developer or manufacturer :

Alpha Denshi

  • Kyros --> Desolator - Halls Of Kyros (US Gold - 1987)

Arcadia

  • Ninja Mission --> Ninja (Mastertronic - 1987)
  • Xenon (Melbourne House - 1988)

Atari

  • 720º (US Gold - 1988)
  • APB (Domark - 1989)
  • Asteroids [*] Space Eggs (Your Computer) [*] Amstroids (Your Computer)
  • Bad Lands (Domark - 1990)
  • Basketball --> Basket Master [*] (Dinamic - 1987)
  • Batman <-- Batman the movie (Ocean - 1989) * first on computer
  • Blasteroids (Image Works-Mirrorsoft - 1989)
  • Canyon Bomber --> Blitz [*] (Sybex - 1984) / Bomber-Bombardero [*] (Amstrad Computer User/Amsoft - 1984)
  • Centipede --> Killapede (Players - 1986) --> Caterpede (Your Computer)
  • Championship Sprint (Activision - 1988)
  • Choplifter --> Army Moves (Dinamic) --> Fire! --> Protector
  • Crystal Castles (U.S.Gold - 1986)
  • Cyberball (Domark - 1990)
  • Empire Strikes Back, The (Domark - 1988)
  • Escape from the Planet of the Robot Monsters (Domark - 1990)
  • Gauntlet (U.S.Gold - 1985)
  • Gauntlet II (US Gold - 1986)
  • Hard Drivin' (Domark - 1989)
  • Hydra (Domark - 1991)
  • Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (US Gold - 1987)
  • Klax/Klax ( Cartridge ) (Domark - 1990)
  • Marble Madness (Melbourne House - 1986)
  • Paperboy (Elite - 1986)
  • Peter Pack-Rat (Firebird - 1988)
  • Pit-Fighter (Domark - 1991)
  • Pong --> TeleTenis (Rasidic/Amsoft - 1984) / Blip (Silverbird - 1988)
  • Pong Double --> Bat n' Ball (Design Design - 1985)
  • Return of the Jedi (Domark - 1989)
  • Road Blasters (US Gold 1988)
  • Road Runner (US Gold - 1985)
  • Skull & Crossbones (Domark - 1989)
  • Star Wars (Domark - 1987)
  • S.T.U.N. Runner (Domark - 1991)
  • Super Breakout --> BustOut/Rebotes [*] (A.C.U./Amsoft - 1984) // Crack-Up [*] (Atlantis - 1989)
  • Super Sprint (Activision - 1987)
  • Tempest (Electric Dreams - 1987)
  • Tetris (Mirrorsoft 1987) --> Tetris (Frederic) --> Tetris 2 --> Tetris 95 --> Tetrix --> Perestroika --> Perestroika 2 --> Power Tetris
  • Thunder Jaws (Domark - 1991)
  • Toobin' (Domark - 1989)
  • Vindicators (Domark - 1989)
  • Xybots (Domark - 1989)
  • Vs. Atari RBI Baseball --> Rbi Two Baseball (Tengen/Domark - 1991)

Bally Midway

  • Discs of Tron --> Disc (Loriciels - 1990)
  • Rampage (Activision - 1987)
  • Spy Hunter (Choice/Sega/Amsoft - 1986)
  • Tapper (Choice/Sega/Amsoft - 1986)
  • Tron (Cycles Race) --> Blokker (Your Computer) --> Zona 0 --> Tron
  • Xenophobe (Micro Style - 1989)

Bally Sente

  • Trivial Pursuit --> Trivial Pursuit Edition Genus [*] (Domark - 1986)

Capcom

  • 1942 (Elite - 1986)
  • 1943 (Probe/Go!/US Gold) - 1988)
  • Bionic Commando (Go! - 1988)
  • Black Tiger (Tiertex for US Gold - 1990)
  • Commando = Space Invasion (Elite - 1986)
  • Dynasty Wars (Tiertex for US Gold - 1990)
  • Final Fight (US Gold - 1991)
  • Forgotten Worlds (US Gold - 1989)
  • Ghosts 'n' Goblins (Elite - 1986) --> Deadly Evil
  • Ghouls 'n' Ghosts (US Gold - 1989)
  • GunSmoke --> GunSmoke / Desperado (Topo - 1987) --> Outlaw
  • Last Duel (Tiertex for US Gold - 1989)
  • Led Storm (Go! - 1988)
  • Mercs (US Gold - 1991)
  • Side Arms (Probe/Go! - 1987)
  • Street Fighter (Tiertex for Go!/US Gold - 1988)
  • Street Fighter II "The World Warrior" --> Street Warriors (Kasumba - 1995)
  • Strider (Tiertex for U.S. Gold - 1989)
  • Tiger Road (Probe/Go! - 1987)
  • Trojan --> Metropolis (Topo Soft) --> Street Gang
  • U.N. Squadron (US Gold - 1990)

Century

Cinematronics

  • Dragon's Lair (Software Projects - 1985)
  • Dragon's Lair 2 "Escape From Singe's Castle" (Software Projects - 1987)

Daehyun

  • Pipeline <-- Pipeline/Oil Mania (DreamSoft/SoftIce - 1990) / SuperPipeline (II) (Taskset/Amsoft - 1985) * first on Computer

Data East

  • Breakthru (US Gold - 1986)
  • Boulder Dash (Mirrorsoft - 1984) --> Boldeur --> Diamants de la Peur (les) --> Lost caves --> Rockford --> Splatch!
  • Burger Time (Hebdogiciel - 1985)
  • Dragon Ninja (Imagine - 1988)
  • Express Raider (US Gold - 1987)
  • Firetrap (Activision - 1987)
  • Karate Champ --> The Way of the Exploding Fist [*] ( Melbourne House - 1985) / International Karate Plus - IK+ [*] (System 3 - 1988)
  • Karnov (Activision -1988)
  • Lemmings (Psygnosis - 1991) *first on Computer
  • Magical Drop / Chain Reaction (Mochilote/CpcMania - 2007)
  • Midnight Resistance (Ocean - 1990)
  • Real Ghostbusters (Activision - 1988)
  • RoboCop "The Future of Law Enforcement" --> Robocop ( Ocean - 1989)
  • Shackled (US Gold - 1988)
  • Sly Spy _ Secret Agent (Ocean - 1990)
  • Two Crude --> After the war

Exidy / First Star

  • Boulder Dash (Mirrorsoft - 1984)
  • Crash --> Auto-Choc (CPC magazine - 1987)

Gottlieb / Premier

  • Exterminator (Audiogenic - 1991)
  • Q*Bert --> Er*Bert (Microbyte - 1984) --> Englebert --> Screwball

Irem

  • Battle Chopper --> Mr Heli (Firebird - 1988)
  • Dragon Breed (Activision - 1989)
  • Kung-Fu Master (US Gold - 1986)
  • Moon Patrol --> Moon Buggy (Anirog - 1985)
  • Ninja Spirit (Activision - 1990)
  • R-Type (Activision/Electric Dreams - 1987) --> R-Type (Easter Egg - 2012)
  • Vigilante (US Gold - 1989) --> Freddy Hardest in South Manhattan

Jaleco

  • Butasan ("Mr.Pig") --> Psycho Pigs UXB (US Gold - 1988) *Jaleco licensed from NMK
  • Cisco Heat (Image Works - 1991)
  • P-47 _ The Phantom Fighter --> P47 Thunderbolt (Firebird - 1989)
  • Rod-Land (Storm Software - 1991)
  • Saint Dragon (Storm Software - 1990)

Konami

Leland

LiquidMedia / MegaNudge

  • 3D Pong / Curveball / 3D Spinball <-- Room Ten (CRL - 1986) *first on Computer to web/flash/iPhone

Mitchell

  • Pang (Ocean - 1990) [*.cpr] --> Zap t balls

Namco

  • Dragon Spirit (Consult software =Domark - 1989)
  • Metro Cross (Probe/US Gold - 1987)
  • Motos (Mastertronic - 1987)
  • Pac-Land (QuickSilva / Grandslam - 1989)
  • Pac-Man (T and T - 1986) --> Munch It --> Pac Ball 2 --> Pac Boy --> Pac-Man (J. Martin) --> Pac Man (T and T) --> Pac Girl --> Pac Man (Frederic Carbonero) --> Pac-Man -emulator- (TotO/Syx)
  • Pac-Mania (Grandslam - 1988)
  • Pole Position / Pole Position II --> 3D Grand Prix [*] (Amsoft - 1985) / Nigel Mansell's Grand Prix [*] (Martech - 1988)
  • Rally X --> Atomic Driver --> Rock N Roller
  • Rolling Thunder (US Gold - 1987)
  • Soukoban / BoxyBoy --> Soko-Ban (Ritter/Schick) / Balldozer (Erkens - 1991) / Soko Bam (CPC infos - 1993) / Small Games For Smart Minds (ESP - 2007)
  • Vs. Atari RBI Baseball --> Rbi Two Baseball (Tengen/Domark - 1991)
  • Xevious (US Gold - 1986)

Nichibutsu

  • Galivan - Cosmo Police (Ocean - 1986)
  • Mag Max (Imagine - 1986)
  • Moon Cresta (Incentive - 1986)

Nintendo

PopCap / Success

  • Bejeweled! / Zookeeper --> BeTiled! (CEZ - 2009) *web/flash/console to CPC

Rock-Ola

  • Nibbler (Rainbow Arts - 1985)

Sega

  • Action Fighter (Firebird - 1989)
  • After Burner (Activision - 1988)
  • Alien Storm (US Gold - 1991)
  • Alien Syndrome (Ace - 1987)
  • Altered Beast (Activision - 1989)
  • Bank Panic --> West Bank (Dinamic - 1985)
  • Bonanza Bros. (US Gold - 1991)
  • Buck Rogers --> 3D Fight (Loriciels - 1985)
  • Columns (CEZ / ESP - 2004)
  • Crack Down (US Gold - 1990)
  • Dynamite Düx (Activision - 1989)
  • Enduro Racer (Activision - 1987)
  • Eswat - Cyber Police (US Gold - 1990)
  • G-Loc - Air Battle --> G-Loc R360 (U.S.Gold - 1991)
  • Galaxy Force (Activision - 1989)
  • Golden Axe (Virgin Games - 1988)
  • Head On / Head On 2 --> Auto-Choc (CPC magazine - 1987)
  • Hot-Rod (Activision - 1989)
  • Line Of Fire (US Gold - 1990)
  • Moonwalker (US Gold - 1990)
  • Out Run (US Gold - 1987)
  • Passing Shot (Image Works - 1988)
  • Pengo --> Troglo (Ace - 1986) / Mange Cailloux (Ubi - 1987) / Penggy (Chip - 1987)
  • Power Drift (Activision - 1989)
  • Quartet (Probe/Activision - 1987)
  • Scramble Spirits (Grandslam - 1990) --> Killer Cobra
  • SDI "Strategic Defence Initiative" (Activision - 1988)
  • Shadow Dancer [Shinobi II] (US Gold - 1991)
  • Shinobi (Virgin Games - 1989)
  • Sonic Boom --> Silent Shadow (Topo - 1988)
  • Space Harrier (Elite - 1986)
  • Space Harrier II (Grandslam - 1990)
  • Super Hang-On (Activision/Electric Dreams - 1986)
  • Super Monaco Gp (US Gold - 1991)
  • Super Wonderboy In Monster Land [Wonder Boy II ] (Activision - 1989)
  • Thunder Blade (US Gold - 1988)
  • Time Scanner (Activision - 1988) --> Score 3020
  • Turbo Outrun (US Gold - 1989)
  • Wonder Boy (Activision - 1987)
  • Zaxxon --> Zaxx (Chip - 1986)

Seibu Kaihatsu

  • Empire City 1931 --> Prohibition (Infogrames 1987)

Snk

  • Fighting Soccer (Activision - 1989)
  • Guerrilla War (Imagine - 1988)
  • Ikari Warriors (Elite - 1986)
  • Prehistoric Isle in 1930 (1989) --> Prehistoric Island (R.Ortega, for Dinamic? -not released-Demo-) [1]
  • Psycho Soldier (Imagine - 1988)
  • T.A.N.K (Choice/Ocean - 1987)
  • Victory Road (Imagine - 1988)

Sun Electronics

  • Arabian --> Tales Of The Arabian Nights (Interceptor - 1985)

Sunsoft

  • Vs Platoon <-- Platoon (Ocean - 1987) *first at Computer

Tad

  • Cabal (Ocean - 1989)

Taito / Technos

  • Arkanoid (Ocean - 1987)
  • Arkanoid (2) - Revenge of DOH (Imagine - 1988)
  • Bubble Bobble (Firebird - 1987) --> Plumpy --> Bubble Bobble 4 CPC (CNG -2012)
  • Chase H.Q. (Ocean - 1989)
  • Continental Circus (Virgin Games - 1989)
  • Double Dragon (Virgin Games - 1988)
  • Double Dragon II (Virgin Games - 1989)
  • Double Dragon 3 "The Rosetta Stone" (Storm - 1991)
  • Elevator Action (Quicksilva - 1987)
  • Flying Shark (Firebird - 1987)
  • Great Gurianos (Elite Systems - 1987)
  • Legend Of Kage, The (Imagine - 1986)
  • NewZealand Story, The (Ocean - 1989)
  • Ninja Warriors (Virgin Games - 1989)
  • Operation Thunderbolt (Ocean - 1989)
  • Operation Wolf (Ocean - 1988)
  • Plotting (Ocean - 1990)
  • Puzznic (Ocean - 1990)
  • Rainbow Islands "The Story of Bubble Bobble 2" --> Rainbow Islands (Ocean - 1989)
  • Rastan (Imagine - 1987)
  • Renegade (Imagine - 1987) --> Subway Vigilante
  • Slap Fight (Probe / Imagine - 1987)
  • Solar Warrior / Xain'd Sleena --> Soldier Of Light (Animagic - 1989)
  • Space Gun (Ocean - 1992) [CPC+]
  • Space Invaders (Design Design - 1985)
  • Super Space Invaders '91 --> Super Space Invaders (Domark - 1991)
  • Tiger Heli --> Havoc

Tatsumi

  • Buggy Boy (Elite - 1985)

Tecmo

Tehkan

Titus

  • Fire & Forget II (Titus - 1990)

Universal

  • Mr. Do! --> Fruity Frank (Kuma - 1984)
  • Mr. Do's Wild Ride --> Kong Strikes Back (Ocean - 1984)
  • Space Panic --> Roland goes Digging (Gem/Amsoft - 1984)

Video System

  • Pipe Dream --> Pipe Mania (Empire - 1990) --> Pipe Crazy

Williams

  • Defender --> Defend or die (Alligata/Amsoft -1985) --> Gauntlet (Micropower) --> Guardian II
  • Joust (Quality - 1986)
  • Narc (Ocean - 1990)
  • Smash T.V. (Ocean - 1991)

Wood Place

  • Deep, The (US Gold - 1989)
  • Firetrap (Activision - 1987)

Play these at Arcade version

and compare with CPC version.



Put in MAMEui32/Folders and play they. Then later go to your CPC system terminal (RetroWare or Emu) and tell us your preferences... Which version do you prefer?  ;-)


238 aprox. MAMEd CPC games (Pong & Dragon's Lair not in MAME, see DICE & DAPHNE)

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