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Bill Loguidice's picture

The MSX Lode Runner TRS-80 Model 4/4P Bootleg Project

Mark McDougall, of The Space Invaders TRS-80 'Bootleg' Project fame, has taken another big leap with a port of the MSX version of Lode Runner to the TRS-80 Model 4/4P equipped with a MicroLabs/RadioShack hires graphics board. While it would be cooler without the need for a hardware add-on that few collectors have (I sure don't), it's still a great technical accomplishment and a very interesting story. Be sure to check out this awesome bitmap image of all the levels in the game! (Thanks to Matthew Reed for bringing this project to my attention.)

Matt Barton's picture

Space Invaders: Birth of the SHMUP

Okay, folks. This damn book was due like a week ago, so ante up with your thoughts on Space Invaders. I know Mark has posted some great stuff on shmups that I intend to look at for this chapter, but if you have any "YOU GOTTA MENTION THIS" type crap, type it up. What I'm probably going to focus on is how the game was so appealing to the general public (instead of "hardcore" gamers), the importance of the high score, and a bit about how it inspired a whole genre of games that is still around today. Just to let you know now, though, there is no way in hell this is going to be a comprehensive look at all shmups, or even all the really good ones. I'll be lucky to get in the top five, so help me out with that if you will.

Bill Loguidice's picture

The Space Invaders TRS-80 'Bootleg' Project

This looks a bit old, but this person apparently successfully ported the real Space Invaders arcade game to a TRS-80 Model 4/4P with hi-res board (the board being the x-factor here and something few of us with TRS-80 collections have (I don't)).

Pretty extraordinary stuff and as the author says, probably the first of its kind ever attempted. As we know, someone did something similar on the far more capable (though no less impressive of a technical achievement) TRS-80 Color Computer 3 with arcade Donkey Kong.

Keep in mind that the Model 4 came out in 1983, based off of a platform first released in 1977, and the Color Computer 3 came out in 1987, based off of a platform first released in 1980!

larzini's picture

I bet these murals would look good in my basement

kong invaderskong invadersYours too, I'm sure. Here's the link. It may take awhile, and I should probably waterproof the place first, but of course it would be worth it. This certainly would entertain the spiders. Hopefully even keep them occupied, so they no longer visit us on the first floor.

As I write this I realize I am posting this 4th generation. But I'm guessing there's plenty of people who still haven't seen it. And I'm pretty sure my three friends who actually read my blog haven't seen it.

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