Invisible Monsters - Arcade Heroes

Check Out Invisible Monsters – The Lost Wizard Of Wor Arcade Prototype!

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.
Invisible Monsters

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!

Bit Brigade

Bit Brigade Powered Up At The Arkadia Retrocade!

I am sure for most of you it might feel like I’ve gone on ad nauseam about how wonderful it is working at a retro arcade. The simple fact of the matter is however that is 100% the truth. Constantly being around not just the shining and warm glow of the arcade games of the Golden Age. But seeing happy Players outweighs the few times it might start to feel like work.


In particular though there are those moments when the bar of awesomeness is raised even higher. Like last evening when we had very special musical guests drop into the arcade. Thanks to local musician Robert Baldomero aka LucioPro who performed at MagFest last year. He was able to get the ball rolling to have none other than the Bit Brigade perform at the arcade this year.
Bit Brigade - Title Screen

LucioPro has been a guest performer at the arcade in the past but last evening was the first time he actually revealed he was also secretly Soundwave of the Decepticons!

Now Bit Brigade as well as LucioPro had also just performed at PAX South four days previously. But they totally brought their A game to say the very least. One of the mind-blowing aspects of Bit Brigade is a member of the group is actually playing the game live. The band is playing the music for the level that is being projected behind them. In the case of this video for the opening level of the classic Castlevania!

Bit Brigade

I do apologize about my tablet’s inability to truly get a great image. I was standing on a chair holding it up over Sinistar while Bit Brigade was rocking out.

Now for those of you that have been or are now rightfully swayed by the power of the Bit Brigade. I have some very good news. They totally have an incredible amount of merchandise that you can purchase from their official store. Items include not just CD’s but Vinyl, T-Shirts, and digital downloads.

Now that you’ve seen the Bit Brigade entertain at the smaller venue that was the arcade. Check out this video from the 2012 MagFest to see some glorious Mega Man 2 action and music!


There is a bit of salty language from the legions enjoying the concert – just a heads up.

[Via] Infinite Bacon’s Channel

Diary Of An Arcade Employee Podcast Episode 023 (Congo Bongo)

For the 23rd episode of the Diary of an Arcade Employee Podcast the subject is 1983’s Congo Bongo by SEGA – sort of. On this show I talk a little about who actually designed and programmed the game as well as it’s success in the Golden Age of arcades. As always I’ve made sure to share some vintage audio treats for your listening pleasure!
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If you have any suggestions for future games to cover or comments on the show itself you may email them to me at VicSage@Retroist.com. You can also contact me on Twitter and of course on Facebook. You can also keep up to date on what is going down at the Arkadia Retrocade by making sure to “Like” their Facebook Page. If you need a daily fix you can check out the Official Diary of An Arcade Employee Facebook Page!.

Our ending theme entitled “River Raid” was graciously provided by the talented Tony Longworth. You can listen to more of his work on SoundCloud!

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Diary Of An Arcade Employee Podcast – Episode 011 (Ghosts ‘N Goblins)

Welcome friends to the eleventh episode of the Diary of An Arcade Employee podcast! Each show I will not only discuss a particular classic arcade game but share some behind the scenes information of what it’s like to work at a retro arcade. Since it’s October it felt like we should talk about Capcom’s 1985 arcade hit “Ghosts ‘N Goblins”!

If you have any suggestions for future games to cover or comments on the show itself you may email them to me at VicSage@Retroist.com. You can also contact me on Twitter and of course on Facebook. You can also keep up to date on what is going down at the Arkadia Retrocade by making sure to “Like” their Facebook page.

Our new ending theme entitled “River Raid” was graciously provided by the talented Tony Longworth, you can visit his official site by clicking that link or hopping over to his Soundcloud Page!

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The A-Z of the Atari 2600

Amazon.com recommendations are hit and miss for me. A couple of weeks ago, they got a hit. They recommended a little ebook called The A-Z of the Atari 2600 (Retro Gaming A-Z) by Justin Kyle.
A-Z of the Atari 2600
The A-Z of the Atari 2600 is pretty much like my own ANESthetized. While ANESthetized talked about the Nintendo Entertainment System console and games, The A-Z of the Atari 2600 talks about the 2600 (or VCS for you old-timers) console and games. It covers some 30 or so of the best 2600 games, giving full-color pictures of the box art and screen shots as well.
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I bought and read The A-Z of the Atari 2600 and loved it so much that I contacted the author for an interview. He graciously agreed to join me in a podcast about the 2600. You can find that podcast here, and if you’d like to buy the book, you can get that here.