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Romset and name:
armora Armor Attack
Short name:
Armor Attack
Manufacturer:
Cinematronics
Year:
Genre:
Category:
Maze / Shooter Small
Serie:
-
Driver source:
Language:
English
Similar games:
Input / Controls
Players:
Up to 2 players (solo, 2 concurrents)
Input:
Joystick 2 ways (horizontal)
Buttons / keys:
Coins:
Cabinet:
-
Free-play:
Not supported
Rankings
Avarage user rating:
AntoPISA BestGame:
70 to 80 (Good)
MASH All-Time:
Video
Display:
ruotato di 180°
Orientation:
Scrolling:
Unknown
Colors:
Black & White Vectorial
CPU:
Cinematronics CPU
Audio
Sound:
Audio chips:
Netlist Sound Device, Speaker
Romset
First release:
Mame 0.35b6 released on mar-15 1999
Last release:
Mame 0.225 released on sep-30 2020
Clone of:
-
Clones:
Bios:
Not required
Use rom of:
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Use sample of:
-
Previous romset:
None
New romset:
None
Files
Dump:
GOOD
Required files:
Status
OVERALL:
GOOD
Emulation:
Good
Graphic:
Good
Color:
Good
Sound:
Good
Cocktail:
Good
Protection:
Good
Save state:
Supported
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  • Arcade Video game published 40 years ago:

    Armor Attack © 1980 Cinematronics.

    A wireframe, top-down shoot-em-up in which the player controls a small jeep and must destroy the many tanks and helicopters that populate the war-torn cityscape that represents the game's single play area. As with many games of the time ("Space Invaders", "Battlezone", etc.), Armor Attack's graphics were simple monochrome, with a colour overlay added to the cabinet to give the impression of multicolour graphics.

    TECHNICAL
    Armor Attack came in an upright white cabinet, with stick-on sideart featuring a tank scene and a yellow 'Armor Attack' logo. This was the same cabinet used for "Star Castle" and a number of other Cinematronics titles. The top of the cabinet is adorned with a rather plain marquee that has the Armor Attack logo in yellow on a black background; together with a few game instructions. The control panel had a picture of a green and yellow tank, and had the player controls which consisted of 10 pushbuttons, without a joystick to be seen anywhere (the game controls are almost exactly the same as "Asteroids" or "Star Castle", except that your jeep stops moving when the player stops pressing the move button). Most of the graphical time was spent on the monitor bezel and overlay, which showed a single scene of a ruined town.

    Upright cabinet dimensions: 70'' (176cm) high x 30'' (76cm) deep x 26,5'' (65cm) wide. Weight: 280 lbs.
    Cocktail cabinet dimensions: 74cm high x 56cm wide x 81 deep. Weight: 76 kg.

    The main motherboard PCB is the same basic design as all other Cinematronics games. It has been modified to accept larger 4k 2732 eproms, up from the original 2k 2716 roms used on previous games. With four 2732 eproms, the program code for Armor Attack is 16k in size.

    As with all other black & white Cinematronics vector games, the CPU was created using TTL chips.

    Buttons: 10

    TRIVIA
    Licensed to Sega for Japan market (July 1980). Also licensed to Rock-ola.

    As mentioned in the 'Description' section, all of the background graphics were created with the addition of a monitor bezel/plastic overlay; with the game itself only generating the jeeps, tanks, helicopters and the shots they fire. Armor Attack was one of two games Skelly created for Cinematronics that required overlay backgrounds, with 'Warrior' being the other. Skelly designed six vector games and programmed five of them during his tenure at Cinematronics.

    According to some, the morse code sound effects in the background actually spell out a message: "Don't Register". This was reportedly a form of protest by Skelly against the fact that draft registration had recently been re-instated.

    Paul Hall and Derek Davis hold the official record for this game on 'Doubles' settings with 2,257,850 points on April 2, 1982.
    Tom Larkin holds the official record for this game on 'Single' settings with 2,009,000 points on September 25, 1982.

    SCORING
    Tank body: 20 points.
    Tank turret: 30 points.
    Helicopter: 100 points.

    Bonus is advanced by 10 points per tank.
    By advancing bonus to 50, player scores an extra jeep which then resets bonus to zero.

    STAFF
    Designed & programmed by: Tim Skelly
    Cabinet Art: Rick Bryant

    PORTS
    • CONSOLES:
    GCE Vectrex (1982)

    • OTHERS:
    LCD handheld game (1982) released by Mattel.

    CONTRIBUTE
    Edit this entry: https://www.arcade-history.com/?&page=detail&id=113&o=2
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