Invisible Monsters. That name shouldn’t ring any bells for fans of the Golden Age of Arcade games. Until just a few weeks ago in fact no one had heard of such an arcade title. Of course word spreads fast in classic gaming circles. Especially when it’s a rather groundbreaking find like with Invisible Monsters. An unknown 1980 prototype for Bally/Midway’s Wizard of Wor which was released in 1981!
[Via] Retro Gameplay
I must give all credit to the exceptional Arcade Heroes site. They are the ones that gave me the heads up on Invisible Monsters. In addition to supplying the image of the prototype at the top of the page.
I don’t think I can properly put into words how exciting this discovery truly is. There are of course a few differences between the prototype and Wizard of Wor. For one thing you have the designs used for the game’s marquee.
Invisible Monsters still sort of has the same art style but instead of the dastardly Wizard. The prototype appears to have focused on the digital avatar of the Player, known as a Worrior.
In addition to the marquee, the maze itself is different in the prototype. It is larger in fact than the one presented in Wizard of Wor. The Worriors are slightly altered in Invisible Monsters as well. With the radar taking up more space at the bottom of the screen than in the 1981 release.
Now having mentioned a few of the minor differences I must point out some of the major ones. For one thing, in the Invisible Monsters prototype, there is no Wizard of Wor of course. Nor are there any variation of enemies beyond what would be called the Thorwor. The most obvious difference however between the prototype and the 1981 arcade classic is the absence of synthesized speech.
Invisible Monsters is certainly a rare find. One that sadly the majority of us arcade gaming fans will simply not be able to experience for ourselves. I am very thankful then the Mad Conservative has uploaded a nearly 20 minute long video showcasing the prototype!
When Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hit theaters in December of 2016. It kind of became a big deal. Like over a billion dollars worth of a big deal in fact at the box office. Of course it was easy to see why, a likeable collection of rascals. As well as being an entertaining movie that helped to give a backstory to the events of 1977’s Star Wars.
[Via] Star Wars
Now for myself I absolutely enjoyed this different, grittier look at the Star Wars universe. Having said that I would certainly not want every single new film in the franchise to echo this type of tale. I found Rogue One to be not only thrilling but a moving story of hope. I would point out that in addition to its message of hope it included the awesome new character that is Admiral Raddus. Of course as I have demonstrated in past posts – I am rather partial to the Mon Calamari.
Read: You Can’t Repel Cosplay Of That Magnitude!
Overall I felt that Rogue One managed to capture a little of the feel of the original Star Wars. That was helped and occasionally…hindered…by unexpected cameos. However with the film available right this minute on digital with DVD and Blu-Ray expected to hit shelves on April 4th. An enterprising artist, Damien Kazan, decided to put together a trailer.
A trailer I should add that looks like it was released in the early days of VHS trailers. If you have not seen the film for yourself yet, there are some things that might be considered SPOILERS!
I want to thank the one and only Daniel XIII, for the heads up on this fan trailer for Rogue One. After watching it I felt I needed to share it with you all – hopefully it will give your day a little boost.
How close was the Rogue One VHS trailer to the original Star Wars home trailer?
Thanks to Plains Video
you can see for yourself. I can recall seeing a similar running announcement at a local video store of my youth!
On Earth, everyone can hear you scream when you watch this Alien commercial for the Atari 2600. Screams of joy at viewing a vintage television advertisement I might add. It is once again the 26th of the month, which means it is Atari Day. That single moment of every month when we gather to celebrate the many things that make Atari stand out. With the upcoming Alien: Covenant I felt this would be a great time to share the 1982 Alien commercial.
[Via] Magnetic Tape Head
I will admit that Alien commercial was certainly short. However I think I should point out though it captured some of the atmosphere of 1979 film. Not just with the iconic egg of course. But if you listen closely they also used some of the otherworldly and haunting sounds from the 1979 trailer itself.
[Via] Movieclips Trailers
For myself I wasn’t able to get my hands on Alien back in 1982. I found a copy of the game at a garage sale a couple of years after it’s original release. I think it is safe to say that Alien on the 2600 is a Pac-Man clone. Okay. It’s totally a rip-off of Pac-Man if we are being completely honest.
[Via] World of Longplays
Having said that, I will admit I like the game. It might be a clone of Pac-Man but it has a few worthy additions. In particular the flame thrower that can chase off the Xenomorphs hot on your trail or stun them in some cases.
Of course the Retroist has a slightly different memory of playing the game.
Read: A Review of Alien for the Atari 2600
So what are you waiting for? Get out there and celebrate Atari Day!
Image courtesy of Atari I/O’s Facebook page.
To learn even more about the fun of Atari Day be sure to hop on over and check out fellow Retroist writer Atari I/O’s
site by following the link hhere
There are quite a few people who suffer from Coulrophobia, the fear of clowns. However maybe they never were able to play with Mego’s Clown Around PVC figurines. Before I go further into the joy of the fantasy world of Clown Around. I need to thank Michael R. Johnson of the Retroist Clubhouse for reminding me of these awesome toys.
Image courtesy of the Mego Clown Around Blog.
It is an honest fact that I had plumb let the Clown Around figurines slip from my mind. Having sad that though I can add I was a fan of the collectibles. Back in 1981 you must remember that The Smurfs were making lots of money. Thanks in no small part to their animated series as well as their awesome figurines.
Read: My Review Of The Excellent ‘World Of Smurfs’ by Matt. Murray
It of course is no wonder why Mego would decide to throw their hat into the collectibles market. I would very much like to know how they decided on clowns though however. Furthermore they ran with the ball in naming the Clown Around characters. For example you had the likes of President Ronald Reaclown and Bad Bad Leroy Clown as well.
Image courtesy of the Mego Clown Around Blog.
While I never owned a large collection of the figurines. It should be no shock that the two I fondly recall and long for to own again to this day. Were two PVC figures from the Universal Monsters inspired Monster Clowns.
Image courtesy of the Mego Clown Around Blog.
I think we should start with that Dark Prince of Puns. Clownula.
And let us not forget the jolly lycanthrope, Clownman.
I never obtained Clownenstein I am sad to say. But in addition to those two wonderful figures. I also owned the Clown of Steel – Superclown!
Now I have some pretty great news for you if you want to know more about the Clown Around characters!
The Mego Clown Around Blog is chock full of images of the PVC collectibles. Not to mention it has information on the various playsets that were made available in 1981. So make sure to hop on over and check the site out by following the link provided here
That is totally not Mayor Ed Clown! That is Saturday Night Clown!
Here is some exciting news that will certainly get your day started right. Netflix has just unleashed Voltron 84 on their streaming service. 12 classic handpicked episodes from some of those responsible for the hit Voltron: Legendary Defender by Dreamworks.
Furthermore, each of these episodes is introduced by one of those creative forces. As well as explaining why the choice of that particular episode, why it stayed with them through the years. In addition to how Voltron 84 helped them usher the property to a brand new generation of fans, a mere 32 years later.
Of course you might be interested in just what episodes have been picked for the Voltron 84 ‘special’:
- Joaquim Dos Santos (Executive Producer)
“The Stolen Lion”
- Lauren Montgomery (Co-Executive Producer)
“The Sleeping Princess”
- Tim Hedrick (Story Editor)
“Doom Boycotts the Space Olympics”
- Mitch Iverson (Writer)
“Space Explorers Captured”
- Josh Keaton (voice of Shiro)
“Escape to Another Planet“
- Steve Ahn (Director)
“The Missing Key”
- Christine Bian (Design Supervisor)
“The Right Arm of Voltron”
- Kimberly Brooks (voice of Allura)
“The Lion Has New Claws”
- Benjamin Kaltenecker (Line Producer)
“Secret of the White Lion”
- Jeff Adams (Supervising Picture Editor)
“The Witch Gets A Facelift”
- Chris Palmer (Director)
“Give me Your Princess”
- Josh Hamilton (Story Editor)
“The Treasure of Planet Tyrus”
I think that you fans of Voltron will agree that is a nice selction of episodes. In addition if you would like to read a bit more about why Voltron 84 came about – you can in fact read this interview over on io9.
Now that you know of Voltron 84, watch the intro to the original series!
[Via] Skully the Hypno Skull