Image courtesy of the Arcade Flyer Archive.
When doing research on Frank Cirocco for the Yars’ Revenge Podcast
I stumbled across this wonderful looking flyer for Ghouls’n Ghosts, the sequel to Ghosts’n Goblins back in 1985. For some reason Capcom decided the first go around wasn’t quite hard enough to play.
[Via] Lowlife Lenny
Thanks as always to The Arcade Flyer Archive for the scanned image you see above.
While cleaning up my computer room, I ran across my Yars’ Revenge cartridge for the Atari 2600.
Nothing special about it; Atari made thousands (maybe millions) of them.
Oh wait, I almost forgot: mine was signed by Howard Scott Warshaw, the creator of Yars’ Revenge.
Someday, if possible, I’d like to also get the cart signed by Ray Kassar, former CEO of Atari. For those of you who don’t know, “Yar” is “Ray” backwards. In the game’s manual, players learn that Yars are from the planet Razak (Kassar, reversed phonetically).
Fans of the game should check out Sean Hartter’s custom Yars’ Revenge artwork and The Retroist’s minimalist Yars’ Revenge Wallpaper. If you would like to know more about the development of Yars’ Revenge, check out the amazing book Racing the Beam. It’s a must read for anyone who has ever wondered how programmers squeezed all that magic out of the Atari 2600.
And, if you want to know how to beat the game … here you go:
In honor of the release of the new Yar’s Revenge reboots release (look for a review here soon). Here is an image of classic Yar by new Retroist Team member, Sean Hartter.
You can find more of Sean’s work at his website and look for more of his work to appear here on the Retroist regularly.
If you are like me, you are excited for the new Yar’s Revenge and would like some info on how the game is going to play and what it will look like. Last week they posted this video from the game developers over on IGN. They call it a Bugs and Weapons trailer, but it pretty much gives an entire overview of the game’s back story and gameplay as well as discussing the enemies and weaponry. It looks pretty good. Although that style of shooter has been known to mess with my head and make me a little dizzy, I will still be picking it up.
While awaiting the next episode of The Walking Dead I happened to stumble upon this YouTube video by chilledbroccoli that has a brief interview with D. Scott Williamson, a fan of the Atari 2600 who didn’t agree with Yar’s Revenge creator, Howard Scott Warshaw, when in interviews stated it would be impossible to port the classic Star Castle to the 2600 home system.