Do you remember playing this game at Arcades?

vladaymir

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For some reason, I always like playing this game at arcades. These weird fuzzy little clown heads that you would throw balls lol
 

Ike Savage

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How does one throw the balls, anyway. By trackball?

I don't recognise the game, but I'm guessing mid-90's? I can't remember seeing it in MAME, anyway. Similar ones, but not this one exactly.

In any case, I don't think I ever did see this type in arcades. That would date me to the mid-aughts or so. Can't really tell if it's played for score or redemption.
 

vladaymir

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haha @Ike Savage I laughed at "Can't really tell if it's played for score or redemption."! This is actually a screenshot from Carnival Games by 2K. It has a bunch of little mini games and I saw this one it and had to play it!
 

Ike Savage

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haha @Ike Savage I laughed at "Can't really tell if it's played for score or redemption."! This is actually a screenshot from Carnival Games by 2K. It has a bunch of little mini games and I saw this one it and had to play it!
Ah, I see it's out on consoles, too. Even the DS (I have one of those).

Looks fun!
 

AnonTet

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First time I've played Bank Panic was on the zx spectrum.

Still love it today and on my favourites list in MAME :)
 

Ike Savage

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First time I've played Bank Panic was on the zx spectrum.

Still love it today and on my favourites list in MAME :)
It's also one of my MAME favorites, and what I'd almost call a 'hidden MAME gem.' I never saw it in the Philly area, and the arcade museum claims that only... ~500 unit were produced?

One thing I didn't even realise until just now is that Bank Panic is a light gun game! In MAME I always had it set up with three keys for the three visible doors, making it far easier. Unfortunately, that's probably going to have to remain my experience, as a mouse / trackball / joystick just aren't the same.

That said, the game still gets pretty damn hard at the higher levels.

I think I saw an alternate version of this game in MAME, but will have to go back and look again, someday. Sometimes games like that can be a tonne of fun, like playing "Fire Trap" if you're a "Crazy Climber" fan.
 
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AnonTet

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As far as I know even the original arcade was to be played with a 2-way (left/right) joystick and 3 buttons.
MAME doesn't let me set it up with a lightgun either.

Crazy climber is also cool with its dual controller gameplay. I suck at it :D Maybe firetrap is better for me but I don't recall that one.
 

Ike Savage

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As far as I know even the original arcade was to be played with a 2-way (left/right) joystick and 3 buttons.
MAME doesn't let me set it up with a lightgun either.
Ah, wait... according to the arcade-museum, you're right!

I guess the WP entry is wrong, then. Huh. Okay, I feel a bit better, now! :)


Crazy climber is also cool with its dual controller gameplay. I suck at it :D Maybe firetrap is better for me but I don't recall that one.
Crazy Climber is definitely annoying, the way your man can get stuck in places with imperfect climbing technique. One of those things that probably made a lot more sense to the Japanese market, but not for us Westerners.

Fortunately, Fire Trap has smoother control, and IIRC, Crazy Climber 2 does as well.

Here's a 53-sec preview that will give you a quick taste. Interestingly, you can also shoot fire retardant at the flames, making this a truly worthy variation of CC.

 
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