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darkplnt: MAME ROM Information.


Dark Planet (c) 1982 Stern Electronics.

A 3-D space shoot'em up game that takes place on a mysterious planet. Prevent enemies from building bases.


Main CPU : Z80 (@ 3.072 Mhz)

Sound CPU : Z80 (@ 1.78975 Mhz)

Sound Chips : (2x) AY8910 (@ 1.78975 Mhz)

Screen orientation : Horizontal

Video resolution : 256 x 224 pixels

Screen refresh : 60.61 Hz

Palette colors : 98

Players : 2

Control : dial

Buttons : 3


The cabinet features richly detailed 50's sci-fi style artwork.


Released in October 1982.

The game was programmed by Jurich (see 'Staff' section for more information) and was one of two video games he ever made. The other was a pool game for the IBM PC Jr.

Scott Young holds the official record for this game with 9,954,900 points on March 1, 1983.


Designed by : Erickson, Langlois

Software by : Dale Jurich, Jahnke


Game's rom.

Machine's picture.

MAME Info:

0.31 [Mike Balfour]


- Incorrect graphic placement and no 3D. Source (ID 03826)


- 0.122u6: Atari Ace fixed left side of screen has wrapped over to be viewed partially on the right side in Dark Planet.

- 0.109: Changed palettesize to 98 colors (32 for characters, 64 (buffer) for stars and 2 for bullets).

- 0.65: Removed 2nd and 3rd player.

- 0.53: Changed palettesize from 35 to 34 colors.

- 0.37b16: Changed palettesize from 97 to 35 colors.

- 0.37b15: Zsolt Vasvari fixed the spinner in Dark Planet. Changed 8-way Joystick to DIAL.

- 22nd April 2001: Zsolt Vasvari fixed the colors in Dark Planet and added the spinner emulation.

- 0.37b3: Added dipswitches 'Bonus Occurrence' and 'Bonus Life'.

- 0.31: Mike Balfour added Dark Planet (Stern 1982), preliminary.

- 13th February 1998: Kevin Klopp dumped Dark Planet.

LEVELS: 1 (endless)

Other Emulators:

* FB Alpha

Recommended Games (Starfighter 2):

Galaxy Game

Space Wars

Star Cruiser


Star Castle


Omega Race

Solar Quest

Space Fury

Dark Planet


Romset: 41 kb / 12 files / 25.2 zip

MAME XML Output:

       <game name="darkplnt" sourcefile="scobra.c">
              <description>Dark Planet</description>
              <manufacturer>Stern Electronics</manufacturer>
              <rom name="drkplt2c.dat" size="4096" crc="5a0ca559" sha1="cf77bda30bb08633d274c22734a8f186520ddf7d" region="maincpu" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="drkplt2e.dat" size="4096" crc="52e2117d" sha1="774e8ee84316135313c4b66c51d21c1661f345b3" region="maincpu" offset="1000"/>
              <rom name="drkplt2g.dat" size="4096" crc="4093219c" sha1="cc92ec4ec8661993173daedfa521252a6e34073d" region="maincpu" offset="2000"/>
              <rom name="drkplt2j.dat" size="4096" crc="b974c78d" sha1="af4c1b21ca8651bfc343a24a106db4c82f0052e7" region="maincpu" offset="3000"/>
              <rom name="drkplt2k.dat" size="4096" crc="71a37385" sha1="a6a358b2f7daa2eaa5bdf96aa903619376473b20" region="maincpu" offset="4000"/>
              <rom name="drkplt2l.dat" size="4096" crc="5ad25154" sha1="20b1347ed5fca108303132d28ae73fc4d71b4e5a" region="maincpu" offset="5000"/>
              <rom name="drkplt2m.dat" size="4096" crc="8d2f0122" sha1="59280abca22fd3d7af53aebf56a9e37eeb7cb11c" region="maincpu" offset="6000"/>
              <rom name="drkplt2p.dat" size="4096" crc="2d66253b" sha1="445c00a74551732fd02df2d5879688f9984931b5" region="maincpu" offset="7000"/>
              <rom name="5c.snd" size="4096" crc="672b9454" sha1="2b2ec06d62ff5f19a1c802152c798940631fb1d6" region="audiocpu" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="drkplt5f.dat" size="2048" crc="2af0ee66" sha1="a4f32c256c393a18afde5e3f3c67d7df1223999a" region="gfx1" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="drkplt5h.dat" size="2048" crc="66ef3225" sha1="87f36a853c4a8ae40d1e3f0482b6e31c86f834f3" region="gfx1" offset="800"/>
              <rom name="6e.cpu" size="32" crc="86b6e124" sha1="76cc422aeb53a4970f91bd5eb00a3e24a76c09d1" region="proms" offset="0"/>
              <chip type="cpu" tag="maincpu" name="Z80" clock="3072000"/>
              <chip type="cpu" tag="audiocpu" name="Z80" clock="1789750"/>
              <chip type="audio" tag="mono" name="Speaker"/>
              <chip type="audio" tag="ay1" name="AY-3-8910A" clock="1789750"/>
              <chip type="audio" tag="ay2" name="AY-3-8910A" clock="1789750"/>
              <display tag="screen" type="raster" rotate="180" width="256" height="224" refresh="60.606061" />
              <sound channels="1"/>
              <input players="1" buttons="3" coins="2">
                     <control type="dial" minimum="0" maximum="252" sensitivity="25" keydelta="10"/>
              <dipswitch name="Bonus Occurrence" tag="IN1" mask="1">
                     <dipvalue name="Once" value="1" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="Every" value="0"/>
              <dipswitch name="Lives" tag="IN1" mask="2">
                     <dipvalue name="3" value="0" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="5" value="2"/>
              <dipswitch name="Coinage" tag="IN2" mask="6">
                     <dipvalue name="1 Coin/1 Credit" value="2" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="Coin A 1/2 Coin B 2/1" value="0"/>
                     <dipvalue name="Coin A 1/3 Coin B 3/1" value="4"/>
                     <dipvalue name="Coin A 1/4 Coin B 4/1" value="6"/>
              <dipswitch name="Bonus Life" tag="IN2" mask="8">
                     <dipvalue name="100k" value="0" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="200k" value="8"/>
              <driver status="good" emulation="good" color="good" sound="good" graphic="good" savestate="supported" palettesize="98"/>

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