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transfrm: MAME ROM Information.


Transformer (c) 1986 Sega.

A horizontally scrolling shoot'em up.


Sega System E hardware

Game ID : 834-5803

Main CPU : Z80 (@ 5.3693 Mhz)

Sound Chips : (2x) SN76496 (@ 4 Mhz)

Players : 2

Control : 8-way joystick

Buttons : 2


Released in May 1986.

This game is known in Japan as "Astro Flash".

This game is not based on The Transformer toys by Takara and Hasbro, which were very popular at the time. The name change from "Astro Flash" to "Transformer" was probably an attempt to cash in on the popularity of The Transformers.

This game is a port from an original game created and released in 1985 on the Sega Master System.


Game's rom.

MAME Info:

0.37b16 [David Haywood, Charles MacDonald, Stephane Humbert, Mike Beaver]


- 0.126u4: Aaron Giles fixed access violation in clone Astro Flash (Japan).

- 3rd July 2001: Nicola Salmoria decrypted Astro Flash.

- 0.37b16: David Haywood added Transformer (Sega 1986) and clone Astro Flash (Japan). TODO: Decrypt Astro Flash (its the japanese version of transformer so we have a decrypted version as reference, similar encryption to system 1 games).

- 12th June 2001: David Haywood wrote a Sega System E driver, Hang-On Jr. and Transformer are playable and also have sound.

- 4th June 2001: Transformer (Sega 1986) is showing signs of life, the RAM / ROM check info can clearly be seen in VRAM, now to try and get some rendering code working. Tiles (SEGA logo, Font etc, now also appear in VRAM).


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Romset: 160 kb / 5 files / 52.7 zip

MAME XML Output:

       <game name="transfrm" sourcefile="segae.c">
              <rom name="ic7.top" size="32768" crc="ccf1d123" sha1="5ade9b00e2a36d034fafdf1902d47a9a00e96fc4" region="maincpu" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="epr-7347.ic5" size="32768" crc="df0f639f" sha1="a09a9841b66de246a585be63d911b9a42a323503" region="maincpu" offset="10000"/>
              <rom name="epr-7348.ic4" size="32768" crc="0f38ea96" sha1="d4d421c5d93832e2bc1f22f39dffb6b80f2750bd" region="maincpu" offset="18000"/>
              <rom name="ic3.top" size="32768" crc="9d485df6" sha1="b25f04803c8f7188021f3039aa13aac80d480823" region="maincpu" offset="20000"/>
              <rom name="epr-7350.ic2" size="32768" crc="0052165d" sha1="cf4b5dffa54238e513515b3fc90faa7ce0b65d34" region="maincpu" offset="28000"/>
              <chip type="cpu" tag="maincpu" name="Z80" clock="5369317"/>
              <chip type="audio" tag="mono" name="Speaker"/>
              <chip type="audio" tag="sn1" name="SEGA VDP PSG" clock="3579545"/>
              <chip type="audio" tag="sn2" name="SEGA VDP PSG" clock="3579545"/>
              <display tag="screen" type="raster" rotate="0" width="256" height="192" refresh="59.922738" pixclock="5369317" htotal="342" hbend="38" hbstart="294" vtotal="262" vbend="43" vbstart="235" />
              <sound channels="1"/>
              <input players="1" buttons="2" coins="2" service="yes">
                     <control type="joy" ways="8"/>
              <dipswitch name="Coin A" tag="f2" mask="15">
                     <dipvalue name="4 Coins/1 Credit" value="7"/>
                     <dipvalue name="3 Coins/1 Credit" value="8"/>
                     <dipvalue name="2 Coins/1 Credit" value="9"/>
                     <dipvalue name="2 Coins/1 Credit, 5/3, 6/4" value="5"/>
                     <dipvalue name="2 Coins/1 Credit, 4/3" value="4"/>
                     <dipvalue name="1 Coin/1 Credit" value="15" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name=" 1 Coin/1 Credit" value="0"/>
                     <dipvalue name="1 Coin/1 Credit, 5/6" value="3"/>
                     <dipvalue name="1 Coin/1 Credit, 4/5" value="2"/>
                     <dipvalue name="1 Coin/1 Credit, 2/3" value="1"/>
                     <dipvalue name="2 Coins/3 Credits" value="6"/>
                     <dipvalue name="1 Coin/2 Credits" value="14"/>
                     <dipvalue name="1 Coin/3 Credits" value="13"/>
                     <dipvalue name="1 Coin/4 Credits" value="12"/>
                     <dipvalue name="1 Coin/5 Credits" value="11"/>
                     <dipvalue name="1 Coin/6 Credits" value="10"/>
              <dipswitch name="Coin B" tag="f2" mask="240">
                     <dipvalue name="4 Coins/1 Credit" value="112"/>
                     <dipvalue name="3 Coins/1 Credit" value="128"/>
                     <dipvalue name="2 Coins/1 Credit" value="144"/>
                     <dipvalue name="2 Coins/1 Credit, 5/3, 6/4" value="80"/>
                     <dipvalue name="2 Coins/1 Credit, 4/3" value="64"/>
                     <dipvalue name="1 Coin/1 Credit" value="240" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name=" 1 Coin/1 Credit" value="0"/>
                     <dipvalue name="1 Coin/1 Credit, 5/6" value="48"/>
                     <dipvalue name="1 Coin/1 Credit, 4/5" value="32"/>
                     <dipvalue name="1 Coin/1 Credit, 2/3" value="16"/>
                     <dipvalue name="2 Coins/3 Credits" value="96"/>
                     <dipvalue name="1 Coin/2 Credits" value="224"/>
                     <dipvalue name="1 Coin/3 Credits" value="208"/>
                     <dipvalue name="1 Coin/4 Credits" value="192"/>
                     <dipvalue name="1 Coin/5 Credits" value="176"/>
                     <dipvalue name="1 Coin/6 Credits" value="160"/>
              <dipswitch name="1 Player Only" tag="f3" mask="1">
                     <dipvalue name="Off" value="0" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="On" value="1"/>
              <dipswitch name="Demo Sounds" tag="f3" mask="2">
                     <dipvalue name="Off" value="2"/>
                     <dipvalue name="On" value="0" default="yes"/>
              <dipswitch name="Lives" tag="f3" mask="12">
                     <dipvalue name="3" value="12" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="4" value="8"/>
                     <dipvalue name="5" value="4"/>
                     <dipvalue name="Infinite (Cheat)" value="0"/>
              <dipswitch name="Bonus Life" tag="f3" mask="48">
                     <dipvalue name="10k, 30k, 50k and 70k" value="32"/>
                     <dipvalue name="20k, 60k, 100k and 140k" value="48" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="30k, 80k, 130k and 180k" value="16"/>
                     <dipvalue name="50k, 150k and 250k" value="0"/>
              <dipswitch name="Difficulty" tag="f3" mask="192">
                     <dipvalue name="Easy" value="64"/>
                     <dipvalue name="Medium" value="192" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="Hard" value="128"/>
                     <dipvalue name="Hardest" value="0"/>
              <driver status="good" emulation="good" color="good" sound="good" graphic="good" savestate="unsupported" palettesize="80"/>

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