Post by Baker on Jan 24, 2016 3:56:12 GMT
I don't know if anyone here has heard about this find yet, but I thought I'd share, even if you have. There is another Star Raiders II, other than the one released by Atari, that we all know and most love (including myself)
A bit of History first. Which you may already know, maybe not, but indulge me if I repeat old news, it's a bit of background needed first.
The Star Raiders II that we all know of, was originally designed as The Last Starfighter, to go along with the movie from 1984 by the same name. A classic I'm sure you have all at least heard of, a favorite of mine. Well, when the movie bombed at the U.S. box office, Atari quickly made a few changes and re-dubbed it Star Raiders 2, first released on Disk (and maybe tape in the U.K.?) and later on XEGS cart, as shown recently in one of The Lairds videos on this site. Anyway, a number of years back, the original game, The Last Starfighter, was found and circulated. Just in case anyone here missed out, Youtube video here:
And the actual game can be downloaded here: www.atarimania.com/game-atari-400-800-xl-xe-last-starfighter_2927.html
That's it for the history of Star Raiders II, the one that was released.
Now, about a month ago, something popped up in the Atari 8-bit world. Apparently, way back in 1984 there was another Star Raiders II in development, (and you will see the true similarities with it and the original Star Raiders straight away), that got abandoned and disappeared when Atari, in all it's finite wisdom, decided to release The Last Starfighter as Star Raiders II. The original programmer found a copy, made a video, and released the REAL Star Raiders II to the Atari world, though maybe not everyone has heard about it yet, so I just wanted to make sure you all have now.
The REAL Star Raiders II on Youtube, (game shown and explained):
Another posted by Aric Wilmunder, the original programmer, but not as good a video:
Unlike what the guy in the video states, the actual game has been released, and I have it attached below. I also have JP2 images of controls for the game, but they are too large to upload here ( )
Here is a thread about it, with even more info and instructions/controls that I couldn't post here, on AtariAge: atariage.com/forums/topic/246591-wilmunders-star-raiders-ii-released/
Star_Raiders_II_REAL8-2.atr (90.01 KB)