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skydiver: MAME ROM Information.


Skydiver (c) 06/1978 Atari.

This is quite a fun game, where you score points for landing on an ever decreasing patch of 'good' land. Why 'good'? As you descend without opening your parachute your landing point becomes smaller, but the points become higher, just don't leave pulling the ripcord too late because the Newtonian laws concerning gravity is working against you. Each time you successfully land the plane goes lower.


Game ID : 009787

Main CPU : M6800 (@ 750 Khz)

Sound Chips : Discrete (@ 750 Khz)

Screen orientation : Horizontal

Video resolution : 256 x 224 pixels

Screen refresh : 60.00 Hz

Palette Colors : 3

Players : 2

Control : 2-way joystick

Buttons : 6


The designer of this game was a pinball fan, so this is the first video game to have a pinball feature. The lamps behind the marquee for SKYDIVER are software controllable. When you start the game, the letters flash one at a time. When you jump, the lamps stop on whatever letter is on, and if you land successfully, you 'earn' that letter below your score. Spell out Skydiver, and, depending on the options settings, you could earn a free life, a free game, or bonus points.


Designed and programmed by : Owen Rubin


* Consoles :

Atari 2600 (1978)

Sony PlayStation 2 (2004, "Atari Anthology")

Microsoft XBOX (2004, "Atari Anthology")

* Computers :

PC [MS Windows, CD-ROM] (2003, "Atari - 80 Classic Games in One!")

* Others :

Atari Flashback Classic Game Console (2005)


Game's rom.

Machine's picture.

MAME Info:

0.35b2 [Mike Balfour, Brad Oliver]

Artwork available


- 0.128u4: Derived clocks from crystals in Sky Diver [Luigi30]. Changed M6800 CPU1 clock speed to 756000 Hz.

- 0.125u4: Discrete sound update [Couriersud]: Added NODE_RELATIVE(NODE, offset) macro to discrete.h. Fixed driver to use this macro instead of adding directly to the node.

- 0.123u2: Changed palettesize to 8 colors.

- 26th November 2006: Mr. Do - Thanks to Aaron and Addy, we have a nice full bezel for Skydiver now. It's neat to see how the cloud overlay fits in nicely with the bezel. Oh yeah, the lamps work real nice, too.

- 0.106u10: Aaron Giles updated Sky Diver to support the new artwork system.

- 0.88u4: Derrick Renaud added proper watchdog to Sky Diver. Merged memory map and added proper mirroring. Fixed coin input bug skydiver078u3yel. It's not a 100% accurate fix, but will work until I get the exact interrupt time. The current interrupt time was 100% off. It is now less then 25% off.

- 0.80u2: Derrick Renaud updated Sky Diver to use Aaron's DISCRETE_ADJUSTMENT changes.

- 0.80: Derrick Renaud made minor changes in Sky Diver to work with new code.

- 0.78u4: Derrick Renaud added discrete sound to Sky Diver.

- 0.61: Changed visible area to 256x224. Changed input to 6x buttons. Added 'Service Mode' dipswitch.

- 30th May 2002: Zsolt Vasvari cleaned up the Sky Diver driver.

- 28th May 2002: Zsolt Vasvari and Aaron Giles added artwork support to Sky Diver.

- 27th May 2002: Zsolt Vasvari reversed the colors in Skydiver in preparation for adding the artwork.

- 0.35b11: Changed M6800 clock speed to 750000 Hz.

- 0.35b10: Changed M6800 clock speed to 3MHz.

- 0.35b9: Replaced M6802 CPU with M6800.

- 0.35b6: Replaced M6803 CPU with M6802.

- 0.35b2: Mike Balfour and Brad Oliver added Sky Diver (Atari 1978).

Recommended Games (Flying):

Sky Diver

Rip Cord


Midnight Landing

Top Landing

Landing Gear

Prop Cycle

Hang Pilot

Airline Pilots

Airline Pilots Deluxe

Landing High Japan

Romset: 11 kb / 7 files / 6.64 zip

MAME XML Output:

       <game name="skydiver" sourcefile="skydiver.c">
              <description>Sky Diver</description>
              <rom name="33167-02.f1" size="2048" crc="25a5c976" sha1="50fbf5dceab5d78292dc14bf25f2076e8139a594" region="maincpu" offset="2800"/>
              <rom name="33164-02.e1" size="2048" crc="a348ac39" sha1="7401cbd2f7236bd1d6ad0e39eb3de2b7d75e8f45" region="maincpu" offset="3000"/>
              <rom name="33165-02.d1" size="2048" crc="a1fc5504" sha1="febaa78936de7703b708c0d1f350fe288e0a106b" region="maincpu" offset="3800"/>
              <rom name="33166-02.c1" size="2048" crc="3d26da2b" sha1="e515d5c13814b9732a6ca109272500a60edc208a" region="maincpu" offset="7800"/>
              <rom name="33163-01.h5" size="1024" crc="5b9bb7c2" sha1="319f45b6dff96739f73f2089361239da47042dcd" region="gfx1" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="33176-01.l5" size="1024" crc="6b082a01" sha1="8facc94843ea041d205137056bd2035cf968125b" region="gfx2" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="33177-01.k5" size="1024" crc="f5541af0" sha1="0967269518b6eac3c4e9ddaee39303086476c580" region="gfx2" offset="400"/>
              <chip type="cpu" tag="maincpu" name="M6800" clock="756000"/>
              <chip type="audio" tag="mono" name="Speaker"/>
              <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="6" coins="2" tilt="yes">
                     <control type="joy" ways="2"/>
              <dipswitch name="Lives" tag="IN8" mask="192">
                     <dipvalue name="3" value="0" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="4" value="64"/>
                     <dipvalue name="5" value="128"/>
                     <dipvalue name="6" value="192"/>
              <dipswitch name="Coinage" tag="IN9" mask="192">
                     <dipvalue name="2 Coins/1 Credit" value="192"/>
                     <dipvalue name="1 Coin/1 Credit" value="128" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="1 Coin/2 Credits" value="64"/>
                     <dipvalue name="Free Play" value="0"/>
              <dipswitch name="Difficulty" tag="IN10" mask="64">
                     <dipvalue name="Easy" value="64"/>
                     <dipvalue name="Hard" value="0" default="yes"/>
              <dipswitch name="Extended Play" tag="IN10" mask="128">
                     <dipvalue name="No" value="128"/>
                     <dipvalue name="Yes" value="0" default="yes"/>
              <dipswitch name="Language" tag="IN11" mask="192">
                     <dipvalue name="English" value="0" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="French" value="64"/>
                     <dipvalue name="Spanish" value="128"/>
                     <dipvalue name="German" value="192"/>
              <dipswitch name="Service Mode" tag="IN12" mask="64">
                     <dipvalue name="Off" value="64" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="On" value="0"/>
              <adjuster name="Whistle 1 Freq" default="33"/>
              <adjuster name="Whistle 2 Freq" default="25"/>
              <driver status="good" emulation="good" color="good" sound="good" graphic="good" savestate="unsupported" palettesize="8"/>

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