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Off the Wall for Game Gear (and PC Engine)
Post Posted: Sun Jul 23, 2017 3:48 pm
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We are on a roll! After our previous set of releases for the 20th anniversary, I managed to get hold of another unreleased game.




Off the Wall for the Game Gear is an adaptation of the Atari arcade game, something between Breakout and Atari's Warlords, a multiplayer brick breaking game. The game was only released in the arcades, and this Game Gear version was ported by Teeny Weeny Games. This version appears to support 2 players via the Gear-to-Gear cable, but I haven't tried that yet. It's unfortunately lacking in the graphics development, and the developer decision to use 4x4 tiles for ease of deelopment makes for a very small playfield. Perhaps they could have managed to use 6x6 tiles?

I got hold of this 9 years after we first spotted the game in retro reviews, and 7 years after someone showed up with a prototype cartridge for it, which eventually got sold and went through other hands. Here it is today!

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We are going to break tradition here, because I also got hold of a PC Engine version of Off the Wall. This has been teased a few times over the years. first by Nekofan a long time ago, then more recently by Jun Amanai who programmed that port and apparently own some versions of it. Comparing the version I obtained with Jun's, it seems that Jun's version is more recent and complete. This PC Engine build here seems to be a work-in-progress debug version, where you can skip levels at the press of a button, and not all features have been implemented. Still a cool thing! The files are below.

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PC Engine version screenshots
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Screenshots of the PC Engine version (taken with Magic Engine).

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Post Posted: Sun Jul 23, 2017 4:39 pm
Thank you for all your efforts. Without you, games like these could have been lost forever ´cause nobody ever discovered them.
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Post Posted: Sun Jul 23, 2017 9:21 pm
Thank you so much!

edit: And GG2SMS conversion posted ;)
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Post Posted: Mon Jul 31, 2017 5:22 am
Very cool! This game was at my local arcade. So much fun.
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Post Posted: Tue Aug 01, 2017 3:22 am
As always, thanks for all your work. :)
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Post Posted: Sat Aug 19, 2017 5:17 am
Is this any relation to the Atari 2600 game with the same name?
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Post Posted: Sat Aug 19, 2017 6:21 am
Gamegearguy wrote
Is this any relation to the Atari 2600 game with the same name?

No
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Post Posted: Sat Aug 19, 2017 11:19 am
Gamegearguy wrote
Is this any relation to the Atari 2600 game with the same name?


Yes it is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ze6azP0FZI8
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Post Posted: Sat Aug 19, 2017 1:38 pm
No, that's the arcade game this is a port of. There's also a 2600 game that is completely unrelated.
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Post Posted: Sat Aug 19, 2017 2:17 pm
Ok, I guess the title of that video is a bit misleading.
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Post Posted: Wed Aug 23, 2017 10:15 pm
Gordman wrote
Ok, I guess the title of that video is a bit misleading.

Related: Atari game of same name made in 1989

Unrelated: game of same name released for Atari 2600 console
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Post Posted: Thu Aug 24, 2017 3:24 pm
Ah thanks Matt, that Atari word was the problem :D
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