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blasto: MAME ROM Information.


Blasto (c) 1978 Gremlin.

Your are in control of your spaceship as you maneuver it through a mine field. Beat the clock to explode all the mines. With two players, Blasto gets even more challenging, more exciting, as each one battles for the most mines and ultimately-for each other!


Upright cabinet dimensions : 26'' Wide x 67'' High x 28'' Deep. Weight : 290 Lbs.

Cocktail dimensions : 36,75'' Wide x 36'' High. Weight : 185 Lbs.

Prom stickers : 95-100

Main CPU : 8080 (@ 2.079 Mhz)

Sound Chips : Discrete circuitry.

Screen orientation : Horizontal

Video resolution : 256 x 224 pixels

Screen refresh : 60.00 Hz

Palette colors : 2

Players : 2

Control : 4-way joystick

Buttons : 1


Released in June 1978.

Bert Ankrom holds the official record for this game with 8,730 points on September 8, 2002.


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Game's rom.

Machine's picture.

MAME Info:

0.33b3 [Frank Palazzolo]

Samples required (Blockade)


- 0.92: Frank Palazzolo added discrete sound to Blasto. Fixed cpu1/gfx1 rom loading.

- 0.76: Re-added a bit of code that was removed from Blockade driver when it was converted to use tilemap (Blasto needed it).

- 0.36b14: Changed palettesize to 2 colors.

- 0.36b7: Changed Double 4-way Joystick to 4-way.

- 0.34b8: Howie Cohen added high score saving to Blasto.

- 0.34b4: Juergen Buchmueller fixed Blasto.

- 0.33b3: Frank Palazzolo added Blasto (Gremlin 1978).

- 25th March 1998: Dumped Blasto.

LEVELS: 1 (endless)


- Single Player Challenge: You are in control of your spaceship as you maneuver it through a mine field. Beat the clock to explode all the mines and win a FREE game. High score indication brings them back for more. Two Player Frenzy: With two players, BLASTO gets even more challenging, more exciting, as each one battles for the most mines and ultimately - for each other! If there ever was a 'cabinet rattler', this is it. That's why we put special care into making the controls rugged.

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Space Lords

Romset: 5 kb / 6 files / 2.79 zip

MAME XML Output:

       <game name="blasto" sourcefile="blockade.c" sampleof="blockade">
              <rom name="blasto.u2" size="1024" crc="ec99d043" sha1="10650e54bf55f3ace5c199215c2fce211916d3b7" region="maincpu" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="blasto.u3" size="1024" crc="be333415" sha1="386cab720f0c2da16b9ec84f67ccebf23406c58d" region="maincpu" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="blasto.u4" size="1024" crc="1c889993" sha1="e23c72d075cf3d209081bca5a953c33c8ae042ea" region="maincpu" offset="400"/>
              <rom name="blasto.u5" size="1024" crc="efb640cb" sha1="2dff5b249f876d7d13cc6dfad652ce7e5af10370" region="maincpu" offset="400"/>
              <rom name="blasto.u29" size="512" crc="4dd69499" sha1="34f097477a297bf5f986804e5967c92f9292be29" region="gfx1" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="blasto.u43" size="512" crc="104051a4" sha1="cae6b9d48e3eda5ba12ff5d9835ce2733e90f774" region="gfx1" offset="0"/>
              <sample name="boom"/>
              <chip type="cpu" tag="maincpu" name="8080" clock="2079000"/>
              <chip type="audio" tag="mono" name="Speaker"/>
              <chip type="audio" tag="samples" name="Samples"/>
              <chip type="audio" tag="discrete" name="DISCRETE"/>
              <display tag="screen" type="raster" rotate="0" width="256" height="224" refresh="60.000000" />
              <sound channels="1"/>
              <input players="2" buttons="1" coins="1">
                     <control type="joy" ways="4"/>
              <configuration name="Coinage" tag="IN0" mask="3">
                     <confsetting name="4 Coins/1 Credit" value="0"/>
                     <confsetting name="3 Coins/1 Credit" value="1"/>
                     <confsetting name="2 Coins/1 Credit" value="2"/>
                     <confsetting name="1 Coin/1 Credit" value="3" default="yes"/>
              <configuration name="Attract Sound" tag="IN0" mask="4">
                     <confsetting name="Off" value="0"/>
                     <confsetting name="On" value="4" default="yes"/>
              <configuration name="Game Time" tag="IN0" mask="8">
                     <confsetting name="70 Secs" value="0"/>
                     <confsetting name="90 Secs" value="8" default="yes"/>
              <driver status="imperfect" emulation="good" color="good" sound="imperfect" graphic="good" savestate="supported" palettesize="2"/>

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