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sqbert: MAME ROM Information.


Faster, Harder, More Challenging Q*bert (c) 1983 Mylstar Electronics.


Main CPU : I8086 (@ 5 Mhz)

Sound CPU : M6502 (@ 894.886 Khz)

Sound Chips : DAC, Votrax SC-01

Screen orientation : Vertical

Video resolution : 256 x 240 pixels

Screen refresh : 61.419025 Hz

Palette colors : 16

Players : 2

Control : 4-way joystick (diagonal)


This game is an unreleased prototype, never went into production, and no dedicated cabinets are known to exist.

A Votrax SC-01 speech synthesis chip is used to generate the incoherent speech of Q*bert swearing, Slick and Sam (high pitch) and Wrong Way and Ugg (low pitch). The only true speech ever generated is 'Hello, I'm turned on' when the game is first powered up and 'Bye Bye' after entering your initials at the end of a game.


Differences between FHMC Q*bert and Q*bert :

* As the name implies, it is faster.

* Platforms shift position.

* There are bonus rounds after levels two and five.

* New enemy Q*bertha (acts the same as Coily).


Programming by : Warren Davis

Video graphics by : Jeff Lee

Sound by : David D. Thiel


Game's rom.

MAME Info:

0.33b2 [Fred Sookiasian, Warren Davis]

Samples required (Q*bert)


- 0.125u3: Added dipswitches 'SW5', 'SW7' and 'SW8'.

- 0.122u5: Fixed cpu2 roms addresses.

- 0.37b7: Added Q*bert samples.

- 0.37b2: Changed description to 'Faster, Harder, More Challenging Q*bert (prototype)'.

- 0.36b2: Added samples (fx_17a-fx_36.wav and knocker).

- 22nd July 1999: Fabrice Frances added quite some new samples to Q*Bert and Reactor.

- 0.35RC1: Added dipswitches 'Demo Sounds' and 'Cabinet'.

- 0.35b13: Changed description to 'Faster, Harder, More Challenging Q*bert'.

- 0.33b2: Fred Sookiasian and Warren Davis added 'FHMC Q*Bert' (Mylstar 1983). This is a sequel to Q*Bert which was never released to the public. You can find its story, as recalled by the author, Warren Davis, at http://www.coinop.org/coinop/features/qbstory.html. Thanks to everyone who made this possible.


- Jump on squares to change them to the target color.

- Use spinning disks to escape from Coily and Q*Bertha and lure them off the playfield!

- Be careful when using disks! They Move!

- Special bonus round after levels 2 and 5!!

- Extra life at 10000 and each additional 20000

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Romset: 68 kb / 11 files / 32.1 zip

MAME XML Output:

       <game name="sqbert" sourcefile="gottlieb.c" sampleof="qbert">
              <description>Faster, Harder, More Challenging Q*bert (prototype)</description>
              <rom name="qb-rom2.bin" size="8192" crc="1e3d4038" sha1="d4402c5d16c0aa55efbceb83f0b30082b8434df7" region="maincpu" offset="a000"/>
              <rom name="qb-rom1.bin" size="8192" crc="eaf3076c" sha1="749a87b3c40ba0a2ecd2ca962786e066daf63e30" region="maincpu" offset="c000"/>
              <rom name="qb-rom0.bin" size="8192" crc="61260a7e" sha1="e2028a453aa34aaffa2c465f64a963504315df3c" region="maincpu" offset="e000"/>
              <rom name="qb-snd1.bin" size="2048" crc="15787c07" sha1="8b7d03fbf2ebaa71b3a7e2f636a0d1bb9b796e43" region="r1sound:audiocpu" offset="7000"/>
              <rom name="qb-snd2.bin" size="2048" crc="58437508" sha1="09d8053e7e99679b602dcda230d64db7fe6cb7f5" region="r1sound:audiocpu" offset="7800"/>
              <rom name="qb-bg0.bin" size="4096" crc="c3118eef" sha1="2c320eb8aae8841046ac3fca3bdaeeba778360e4" region="bgtiles" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="qb-bg1.bin" size="4096" crc="4f6d8075" sha1="dc1897f939c8d837627ff6e06609afe305566a3b" region="bgtiles" offset="1000"/>
              <rom name="qb-fg3.bin" size="8192" crc="ee595eda" sha1="11777d95ba79bd0ec7b964b76c1dc129db857816" region="sprites" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="qb-fg2.bin" size="8192" crc="59884c78" sha1="5e77ef46ccd55f79a5fa90521baa7c22e3783fe5" region="sprites" offset="2000"/>
              <rom name="qb-fg1.bin" size="8192" crc="2a60e3ad" sha1="9ed83017f6c8e44337ad76c68b095f2c3300aadb" region="sprites" offset="4000"/>
              <rom name="qb-fg0.bin" size="8192" crc="b11ad9d8" sha1="5264598f33aa76455ae4107d0f265c2a372ed67a" region="sprites" offset="6000"/>
              <sample name="fx_17a"/>
              <sample name="fx_17b"/>
              <sample name="fx_17c"/>
              <sample name="fx_17d"/>
              <sample name="fx_17e"/>
              <sample name="fx_17f"/>
              <sample name="fx_17g"/>
              <sample name="fx_17h"/>
              <sample name="fx_18a"/>
              <sample name="fx_18b"/>
              <sample name="fx_18c"/>
              <sample name="fx_18d"/>
              <sample name="fx_18e"/>
              <sample name="fx_18f"/>
              <sample name="fx_18g"/>
              <sample name="fx_18h"/>
              <sample name="fx_19a"/>
              <sample name="fx_19b"/>
              <sample name="fx_19c"/>
              <sample name="fx_19d"/>
              <sample name="fx_19e"/>
              <sample name="fx_19f"/>
              <sample name="fx_19g"/>
              <sample name="fx_19h"/>
              <sample name="fx_20a"/>
              <sample name="fx_20b"/>
              <sample name="fx_20c"/>
              <sample name="fx_20d"/>
              <sample name="fx_20e"/>
              <sample name="fx_20f"/>
              <sample name="fx_20g"/>
              <sample name="fx_20h"/>
              <sample name="fx_21a"/>
              <sample name="fx_21b"/>
              <sample name="fx_21c"/>
              <sample name="fx_21d"/>
              <sample name="fx_21e"/>
              <sample name="fx_21f"/>
              <sample name="fx_21g"/>
              <sample name="fx_21h"/>
              <sample name="fx_22"/>
              <sample name="fx_23"/>
              <sample name="fx_28"/>
              <sample name="fx_36"/>
              <sample name="knocker"/>
              <chip type="cpu" tag="maincpu" name="8088" clock="5000000"/>
              <chip type="cpu" tag="r1sound:audiocpu" name="M6502" clock="894886"/>
              <chip type="audio" tag="mono" name="Speaker"/>
              <chip type="audio" tag="r1sound" name="Gottlieb Sound rev. 1"/>
              <chip type="audio" tag="r1sound:dac" name="DAC"/>
              <chip type="audio" tag="samples" name="Samples"/>
              <display tag="screen" type="raster" rotate="270" width="256" height="240" refresh="61.419025" pixclock="5000000" htotal="318" hbend="0" hbstart="256" vtotal="256" vbend="0" vbstart="240" />
              <sound channels="1"/>
              <input players="2" coins="2" service="yes">
                     <control type="joy" ways="8"/>
              <dipswitch name="Demo Sounds" tag="DSW" mask="1">
                     <dipvalue name="Off" value="1"/>
                     <dipvalue name="On" value="0" default="yes"/>
              <dipswitch name="Kicker" tag="DSW" mask="2">
                     <dipvalue name="Off" value="0"/>
                     <dipvalue name="On" value="2" default="yes"/>
              <dipswitch name="Cabinet" tag="DSW" mask="4">
                     <dipvalue name="Upright" value="0" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="Cocktail" value="4"/>
              <dipswitch name="Demo Mode (Unlim Lives, Start=Adv (Cheat)" tag="DSW" mask="8">
                     <dipvalue name="Off" value="0" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="On" value="8"/>
              <dipswitch name="Free Play" tag="DSW" mask="16">
                     <dipvalue name="Off" value="0" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="On" value="16"/>
              <dipswitch name="Unused" tag="DSW" mask="32">
                     <dipvalue name="Off" value="0" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="On" value="32"/>
              <dipswitch name="Unused" tag="DSW" mask="64">
                     <dipvalue name="Off" value="0" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="On" value="64"/>
              <dipswitch name="Unused" tag="DSW" mask="128">
                     <dipvalue name="Off" value="0" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="On" value="128"/>
              <dipswitch name="Service Mode" tag="IN1" mask="64">
                     <dipvalue name="Off" value="64" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="On" value="0"/>
              <dipswitch name="Unknown" tag="r1sound:SB1" mask="1">
                     <dipvalue name="Off" value="1" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="On" value="0"/>
              <dipswitch name="Unknown" tag="r1sound:SB1" mask="2">
                     <dipvalue name="Off" value="2" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="On" value="0"/>
              <dipswitch name="Unknown" tag="r1sound:SB1" mask="4">
                     <dipvalue name="Off" value="4" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="On" value="0"/>
              <dipswitch name="Unknown" tag="r1sound:SB1" mask="8">
                     <dipvalue name="Off" value="8" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="On" value="0"/>
              <dipswitch name="Unknown" tag="r1sound:SB1" mask="16">
                     <dipvalue name="Off" value="16" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="On" value="0"/>
              <dipswitch name="Unknown" tag="r1sound:SB1" mask="32">
                     <dipvalue name="Off" value="32" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="On" value="0"/>
              <dipswitch name="Sound Test" tag="r1sound:SB1" mask="64">
                     <dipvalue name="Off" value="64" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="On" value="0"/>
              <driver status="imperfect" emulation="good" color="good" sound="imperfect" graphic="good" savestate="unsupported" palettesize="16"/>

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