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Romset and name:
spacewar Space Wars
Short name:
Space Wars
Manufacturer:
Cinematronics
Year:
Genre:
Shooter
Category:
Shooter / Field
Serie:
-
Driver source:
cinematronics/cinemat.cpp
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
Average user rating:
AntoPISA BestGame:
70 to 80 (Good)
MASH All-Time:
-
Video
Display:
ruotato di 180°
Orientation:
Horizontal
Scrolling:
Unknown
Colors:
Black & White Vectorial
CPU:
Cinematronics CPU
Audio
Sound:
Audio chips:
Netlist Sound Device, Space Wars Sound Board, Speaker
Romset
First release:
Mame 0.35b6 released on mar-15 1999
Last release:
Mame 0.248 released on sep-28 2022
Clone of:
-
Clones:
Bios:
Not required
Use rom of:
-
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 45 years ago:

    Space Wars © 1977 Cinematronics.

    Space Wars is a battle between 2 opposing space ships in a hostile spacefield.

    TECHNICAL
    Main CPU: CCPU (@ 5 Mhz)

    Players: 2
    Buttons: 5
    → LEFT, RIGHT, THRUST, FIRE, HYPERSPACE

    TRIVIA
    Released in October 1977.

    Space Wars was the first vector game, and introduced the concept of 'fuel for money', in which the player could insert more coins and buy more fuel during the current game in play.

    Rosenthal began working on Space Wars in 1973. He realized he had a commercially viable product on his hands in December of 1976 when he put the game in a friend's arcade before leaving on a trip to Boston. When he returned, he found that the game had made $500 in 6 days and he began looking for a company to license his game. He hit the streets carrying a demonstration unit (along with a "Lunar Lander" game he'd created) but was rejected by most companies until he struck a deal with Cinematronics, who had been around since 1975 but had produced only 3 games, none of them hits. Space Wars was the hit of the 1977 AMOA show and went on to sell at least 10,000 units (some sources put the figure at 3 times that).

    Atari reportedly offered Cinematronics $5 million to license the game but the offer was refused (though Cinematronics would launch an unsuccessful lawsuit against Atari for patent violation after the release of "Asteroids").

    A Space Wars unit appears in the 1982 movie 'Tron'.

    Michael D. Mize has been the "High Score" holder for this Arcade Unit since 8/21/1982. At 19 points it is considered the "Lowest" High Score of all time.

    SCORING
    Once a ship is destroyed: 1 point

    TIPS AND TRICKS
    • Temporary invincibility: Either ship will become invincible after being hit as long as their pieces are still floating in space. This can be used as an advantage by skimming the edge of the middle star in the middle to knock off a piece of the ship. Then, fly into your opponent while invincible.

    STAFF
    Original design (Spacewar!) by: Steve Russell (on a PDP-1 mainframe in 1962).
    Hardware design & game program for Cinematronics by: Larry Rosenthal (Founder of Cinematronics).

    PORTS
    • CONSOLES:
    GCE Vectrex [US] (1982) "Space Wars [Model VT-3105]"
    GCE Vectrex [EU] (1982) "Space Wars [Model 8130]" by Milton Bradley

    CONTRIBUTE
    Edit this entry: https://www.arcade-history.com/?&page=detail&id=2564&o=2
    Informations provided by © Alexis Bousiges
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    NOTICE: The short version was discontinued in November 2019
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