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quasar: MAME ROM Information.


Quasar (c) 1980 Zaccaria.


Main CPU : S2650 (@ 3.5795 Mhz)

Sound CPU : I8035 (@ 400 Khz)

Sound Chips : DAC (@ 400 Khz)

Screen orientation : Vertical

Video resolution : 240 x 223 pixels

Screen refresh : 50.00 Hz

Palette Colors : 1024

Players : 2

Control : 2-way joystick

Buttons : 4


Quasar is the first original game created by Zaccaria.

Zaccaria went bankrupt in 1988. The three brothers Marino, Franco and Natale Zaccaria (hence the symbol of the manufacturer, three Z with the initial of the name of the brothers on each Z) went in San Marino republic and founded Tecnoplay, a distributor of Sega arcade games in Italy among others.


Game's rom.

MAME Info:

0.79u3 [Mike Coates, Pierpaolo Prazzoli]


* Fix DAC sound (NE555V circuit)


- Missing sound effects. MASH (ID 04061)


- 0.145u5: Give quasar driver separate include [hap]. Changed description to 'Quasar (set 1)' and clone to '(set 2)'.

- 0.143u1: Tafoid fixed 3 players start mapped even though it is a 2 player game in Quasar. Changed input from 4 to 2 buttons.

- 0.141u4: Breaks some driver entanglements to simplify future driver_device conversion efforts [Atari Ace]: Several drivers are made into explicit subclasses of other drivers: Quasar from CVS.

- 0.136u1: Quench fixed massive slowdown in Quasar.

- 0.135u4: Fabio Priuli added driver data struct and save states to Quasar and fixed all sets in drivers using S2636 video chip.

- 0.135u3: Fabio Priuli converted Signetics 2636 video chip to be a MAME device and updated drivers using it accordingly.

- 0.135: Fabio Priuli fixed segmentation fault after OK in Quasar and clone.

- 0.123u1: Changed palettesize to 1544 colors.

- 0.122u6: Zsolt Vasvari fixed crash on startup. Changed I8035 CPU2 clock speed to 6MHz.

- 0.89u6: Changed S2650 CPU1 clock speed to 3579500 Hz.

- 0.79u4: Pierpaolo Prazzoli fixed some Quasar dipswitches - Game now playable.

- 0.79u3: Mike Coates and Pierpaolo Prazzoli added Quasar (Zaccaria 1980) and clone (Alternate). Other Zaccaria games are still being worked on. TODO: Sound (missing invader effect). Still not sure all noise in correct places and dipsettings.

- 25th February 2004: Mike Coates sent in a driver for Quasar by him and Pierpaolo Prazzoli. Other Zaccaria games like Astro Wars and Galaxia are still being worked on.

LEVELS: 3 (endless)

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Astro Fighter

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Astro Wars

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Mad Alien

Magical Spot

Magical Spot II

Moon Cresta

Moon Quasar


Space Trek

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UniWar S



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Terranean (DECO Cassette)


Romset: 24 kb / 15 files / 17.8 zip

MAME XML Output:

       <game name="quasar" sourcefile="quasar.c">
              <description>Quasar (set 1)</description>
              <manufacturer>Zaccaria / Zelco</manufacturer>
              <rom name="7b_01.bin" size="2048" crc="20a7feaf" sha1="ab89087efca2fcb9568f49ba117755ae2c1bd3a3" region="maincpu" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="6b_02.bin" size="2048" crc="c14af4a1" sha1="ca2d3aff94db43aa7c25d33b345a53f484f679cd" region="maincpu" offset="400"/>
              <rom name="5b_03.bin" size="2048" crc="3f051d8b" sha1="1dd7a5eddfb0d7871705ac9ec1b9c16c2b80ddf0" region="maincpu" offset="800"/>
              <rom name="3b_04.bin" size="2048" crc="e14d04ed" sha1="3176902e3efd72946468c7e7a221d88fcbf63c97" region="maincpu" offset="c00"/>
              <rom name="2b_05.bin" size="2048" crc="f2113222" sha1="576e0ac92ba076e00eeeae73892246f92fff252a" region="maincpu" offset="1000"/>
              <rom name="7c_06.bin" size="1024" crc="f7f1267d" sha1="29c99191b0b6186af6772d04543a5fd235f5eafd" region="maincpu" offset="2000"/>
              <rom name="6c_07.bin" size="1024" crc="772004eb" sha1="bfafb6005a1a0cff39b76ec0ad4ea1f438a2f174" region="maincpu" offset="2400"/>
              <rom name="5c_08.bin" size="1024" crc="7a87b6f3" sha1="213b8ccd7bdd650e19d2746b2d617c1950ba3d2b" region="maincpu" offset="2800"/>
              <rom name="3c_09.bin" size="1024" crc="ef87c2cb" sha1="1ba10dd3996c047e595c54a37c1abb44df3b63c6" region="maincpu" offset="2c00"/>
              <rom name="2c_10.bin" size="1024" crc="be6c4f84" sha1="b3a779457bd0d33ccb23c21a7e7cd4a6fc78bb7f" region="maincpu" offset="3000"/>
              <rom name="quasar.snd" size="2048" crc="9e489768" sha1="a9f01ef0a6512543bbdfec56037f37a0440b2b94" region="soundcpu" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="6g.bin" size="2048" crc="deb2f4a9" sha1="9a15d07a9b35bef34ce923973fc59fbd911f8111" region="gfx1" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="7g.bin" size="2048" crc="76222f30" sha1="937286fcb50bd0a61db9e71e04b5eb1a0746e1c0" region="gfx1" offset="800"/>
              <rom name="9g.bin" size="2048" crc="fd0a36e9" sha1="93f1207a36418b9ab15a25163a092308b9916528" region="gfx1" offset="1000"/>
              <rom name="12m_q.bin" size="512" crc="1ab8633d" sha1="3aed29f2326676a8d8a5de6f6bb923b6510896d8" region="proms" offset="0"/>
              <chip type="cpu" tag="maincpu" name="S2650" clock="3579500"/>
              <chip type="cpu" tag="soundcpu" name="I8035" clock="6000000"/>
              <chip type="audio" tag="mono" name="Speaker"/>
              <chip type="audio" tag="dac" name="DAC"/>
              <display tag="screen" type="raster" rotate="90" width="223" height="240" refresh="50.000000" />
              <sound channels="1"/>
              <input players="2" buttons="2" coins="2" service="yes" tilt="yes">
                     <control type="joy" ways="2"/>
              <dipswitch name="Coin B" tag="DSW0" mask="3">
                     <dipvalue name="1 Coin/1 Credit" value="0" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="1 Coin/2 Credits" value="1"/>
                     <dipvalue name="1 Coin/3 Credits" value="2"/>
                     <dipvalue name="1 Coin/5 Credits" value="3"/>
              <dipswitch name="Coin A" tag="DSW0" mask="12">
                     <dipvalue name="2 Coins/1 Credit" value="0"/>
                     <dipvalue name="1 Coin/1 Credit" value="4" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="1 Coin/2 Credits" value="8"/>
                     <dipvalue name="1 Coin/3 Credits" value="12"/>
              <dipswitch name="Number of Rockets" tag="DSW0" mask="48">
                     <dipvalue name="3" value="0" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="4" value="16"/>
                     <dipvalue name="5" value="32"/>
                     <dipvalue name="6" value="48"/>
              <dipswitch name="Free Play" tag="DSW0" mask="64">
                     <dipvalue name="Off" value="64" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="On" value="0"/>
              <dipswitch name="Test Mode" tag="DSW0" mask="128">
                     <dipvalue name="Collisions excluded" value="0"/>
                     <dipvalue name="Collisions included" value="128" default="yes"/>
              <dipswitch name="High Score" tag="DSW1" mask="7">
                     <dipvalue name="No H.S." value="0"/>
                     <dipvalue name="Normal H.S." value="1" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="Low H.S." value="3"/>
                     <dipvalue name="Medium H.S." value="5"/>
                     <dipvalue name="High H.S." value="7"/>
              <dipswitch name="Difficulty" tag="DSW1" mask="24">
                     <dipvalue name="Easy" value="24"/>
                     <dipvalue name="Medium" value="16" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="Difficult" value="8"/>
                     <dipvalue name="Very Difficult" value="0"/>
              <dipswitch name="Extended Play" tag="DSW1" mask="96">
                     <dipvalue name="5500" value="32" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="7500" value="64"/>
                     <dipvalue name="9500" value="96"/>
                     <dipvalue name="17500" value="0"/>
              <dipswitch name="Full Screen Rocket" tag="DSW1" mask="128">
                     <dipvalue name="Stop at edge" value="128" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="Wrap Around" value="0"/>
              <dipswitch name="Sound Test" tag="DSW2" mask="16">
                     <dipvalue name="Off" value="16" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="On" value="0"/>
              <dipswitch name="Unused" tag="DSW2" mask="32">
                     <dipvalue name="Off" value="32" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="On" value="0"/>
              <driver status="imperfect" emulation="good" color="good" sound="imperfect" graphic="imperfect" savestate="supported" palettesize="1544"/>

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