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Hi!... My name is Roberto Fresca, and I'm part of the MAME Dev Team since 1998. Here you can find some technical things about rare hardware. This site is intended to avoid duplicated efforts. This page is *always* in construction... :-)




--- 2018/09/10 16:40 ---

Novo Poker II...

Grull Osgo got access to a board that turned out to be Novo Poker II. It's an Argentine hack of American Poker II with some differences and spanish language.

However, the game is not working ATM. Will try to find why...

Novo Poker II



***** EDIT 2018/09/13 *****

After play with the game status and the inputs system, We got the game finally working...

Here some snaps...

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Now we have an extra set emulated thanks to reverse-engineering the code... :-)





--- 2018/08/24 23:05 ---

Lucky Ball 96...

This is a brilliant development. It's a nice LED's roulette based on a Z180 + MCU + DAC + TMS9938 VDP platform. The game has an attractive big bonus jackpot, and very good graphics keeping in count the graphics VDP type used.

Now, thanks to:

1) Daniel Gallimberti (CEO of Sielcon, programmer and owner of this roulette) that kindly agreed to add this game to MAME and share it for non-profit purposes, releasing sources and schematics. And...

2) Grull Osgo, that returned to the scene (welcome back, BTW!) doing some workarounds for unimplemented things in the Z180 core and helped in the driver development,

We're proud to say that we have a new working game, preserved for the further generations: Lucky Ball 96.

Here some snaps...

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Nice to see devs like Grull back in the scene, and people like Daniel, understanding the preservation and contributing to the cause... :-)





--- 2018/08/14 09:11 ---

Master Boy 87...

More rarities... One doesn't find often rare things on the wild. This time we made a trip with Tomas Garcia-Meras (aka ClawGrip), to buy some boards from a former small arcade company owner (almost burned a car in middle of it).

To our surprise, we got a couple of Gaelco's Master Boy 97 PCB's. One matches the supported set, but the remaining one turned to be a better set, with the addressing seen in the schematics, plus some extra questions banks that the former set lacks. So we have a new parent!

Here some snaps...

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--- 2018/07/31 22:27 ---

Night Mare...

Well... Talking about rare games, a PCB appeared thanks to the big efforts of recreativas.org. It's a very rare EFO game running in a 2x CDP1802 CPU, plus two customs EFO90501 VDPs (turned to be TMS9928 remarked), and a speech system through another custom IC EFO90503 (TMS5220).

Also proud of working side by side with Tomasz Slanina and be the bridge that brought him back to the scene. Devs like Tomasz are so necessary... :-)

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Welcome back Dox!!!...





--- 2018/06/02 23:50 ---

El Fin Del Tiempo...

Long time since my last post, but I was moving back to Europe.

This is the "Spanish Polybius". The Holy Grial of spanish games. There were only a couple of flyers laying around, but it always was in doubt whether the game has ever been released, or even made...

So... After a hard work, recreativas.org got the impossible: Find, document and dump this legend. You can see the story at their site. I'm proud of having been part of this milestone, teaming with ElSemi to bring this game back to life.

Here some snaps...

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:-).



--- 2018/04/01 19:15 ---

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o_O

Could be possible after 20 years trying to catch a ghost?



--- 2018/01/26 14:45 ---

When a submarine starts to bite...

After hooked the new graphics ROMs to the second set of Ypovrixio, it turned out to be...

Tiger

And here some tiles from the game...

Tiger tiles

o_O

The program and palette encryption is similar to the one found in "Missing In Action".



--- 2018/01/23 3:10 ---

Ypovrixio / Missing In Action...

Just received a couple of dumps from two rare boards. The owner told me that the game is called "Ypovrixio" (greek for "submarine"). Looks like a sub-marine thematic game running in a protected Bordun/Rolla type hardware. Program ROMs are encrypted, but I'm working on them...

After decrypt the program and spent some hours working in the emulation, I found the real title:

Missing In Action

Colors are wrong due to palette encryption.



**** EDIT ****

Decrypted also the palette. :)

The game is not currently working and need more work in the emulation. Here you can see the title and some tiles with the correct palette...

Missing In Action

Missing In Action





--- 2017/12/17 22:15 ---

Last batch of MkV games...

New Aristocrat MkV titles dumped. These are the last ones of the a big planification started more than one year ago. There is another source, but I think is unreachable for now. Unfortunately the owners are close to destroy everything, so only a miracle could give us access to their machines. Cross the fingers and pray...

- Enchanted Forest (JHG0415-99, US).
- Enchanted Forest (AHG1615, US).
- Mine, Mine, Mine (NHG0416-99, US).
- Penguin Pays - Cash Express (AHG1544, US).
- Queen of the Nile (GHG4091-03, US).
- Queen of the Nile (AHG1608, US).
- Wild Cougar (NHG0296-07, US).
- Wild Cougar (NHG0296-99, US).
- Wild Cougar (AHG1531, US).

snaps...

Enchanted Forest (JHG0415-99, US) and (AHG1615, US).

Aristocrat MkV games

Aristocrat MkV games

Aristocrat MkV games

Aristocrat MkV games

Mine, Mine, Mine (NHG0416-99, US).

Aristocrat MkV games

Aristocrat MkV games

Aristocrat MkV games

Penguin Pays - Cash Express (AHG1544, US).

Aristocrat MkV games

Queen of the Nile (GHG4091-03, US) and (AHG1608, US).

Aristocrat MkV games

Aristocrat MkV games

Wild Cougar (NHG0296-07, US) and (NHG0296-99, US).

Aristocrat MkV games

Aristocrat MkV games

Aristocrat MkV games

Wild Cougar (AHG1531, US).

Aristocrat MkV games







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