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Name this Arcade game - 80's sci-fi series

by Anapan Tue Feb 21, 2012 5:13 am

I just watched a 1984 BBC sci-fi mini-series filmed in New Zeland called "Children of the Dog Star".
The weather vane used to creep me out when it was broadcast on the Knowledge Network when I was 7-9 years old so it was necessary to watch it. Surprisingly, it was good, despite the low budget.
You can start watching it here and some footage of the game is here.

There's an arcade cabinet that is prominent in the show to prove that the protagonist is a geek, proficient at science and an amatuer astronomer - it has marquee art that says "Video Game" - not very helpful.
It appears to be an spinoff of Dig Dug, Mr. Do! and if you're into DOS - Digger; You can tunnel through the soil in the playfield and drop boulders on enemies. There seems to be a goal at the bottom of the screen and your character is spawned from a flying saucer. It's obviously not a C=64 bluescreen overlay because it's in 'tate mode. For the life of me I can't find/figure out what it is.

Here's some screen caps - the main character wears yellow&red, the enemies wear purple:
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Google isn't helping at all, so I decided to turn to the Racketboy community for help! I gotta know - What is it?
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Re: Name this Arcade game - 80's sci-fi series

by ExedExes Tue Feb 21, 2012 1:15 pm

The Pit

Created by Zilec, licensed to Centuri in the US and to Taito in Japan.
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Re: Name this Arcade game - 80's sci-fi series

by fastbilly1 Tue Feb 21, 2012 1:26 pm

Good call Exed Eyes, and yes it works in MAME:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNeWm2fH ... re=related

But now I am curious about that show. It cant be better than Spellbinder (but I think that was Aussie)
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Re: Name this Arcade game - 80's sci-fi series

by CRTGAMER Tue Feb 21, 2012 1:30 pm

ExedExes wrote:The Pit

Created by Zilec, licensed to Centuri in the US and to Taito in Japan.

Thankyou! I was looking for a Rockford look alike, going nuts on this. Oh this is a hard game in Mame, its no Mr Do.
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Re: Name this Arcade game - 80's sci-fi series

by Anapan Tue Feb 21, 2012 1:57 pm

Sweet! Thanks ExedExes! Gonna fire it up right now!
Cheers!
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