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searchar: MAME ROM Information.


SAR - Search and Rescue (c) 1989 SNK.

When a pioneer spaceship vanishes mysteriously. An investigation reveals that the spaceship crashed near a ravine due to unknown circumstances. Now two SAR (Search and Rescue) operatives are on a mission to find out what happened, and eliminate the alien threat.


Game ID : A8007 'BH'

Main CPU : 68000 (@ 12 Mhz)

Sound CPU : Z80 (@ 4 Mhz)

Sound Chips : YM3812 (@ 4 Mhz), UPD7759 (@ 640 Khz)

Screen orientation : Vertical

Video resolution : 224 x 256 pixels

Screen refresh : 60.00 Hz

Palette colors : 2048

Players : 2

Control : dial

Buttons : 2


This was SNK's last game to use rotary joysticks.

Despite the game having an 1989 copyright, SAR - Search and Rescue was actually released sometime in 1990. A few months after SAR's release, SNK began to focus on the Neo-Geo hardware


The US version is slightly different, it has the "Winners Don't Use Drugs" screen.


Producer : Yanbaru

Graphic designers : Sick Of, U-Rakuchou, Chagera No2, Marochie, Tulip Nao

Music composer : Hinjakun

Boss : Eikichi Kawasaki

Programmers : Takoguti Kamen 001, Cock-A-Doodle-Doo

Hardware engineer : Crasher H.T.


* Consoles :

Sony PSP (2011, "SNK Arcade Classic 0")


Game's rom.

Machine's picture.

MAME Info:

0.36b11 [?]

0.35RC2 [Bryan McPhail]


- 0.133u1: Renamed (sercharu) to (searcharu) and (sercharj) to (searcharj).

- 0.126u1: Fixed gfx2 rom loading. Changed VSync to 59.185606 Hz.

- 0.122u5: Corrado Tomaselli changed/verified frequencies in SAR. Changed 68000 CPU1 clock speed to 9MHz.

- 0.99u5: f205v added clone 'SAR - Search And Rescue (Japan)'.

- 24th August 2005: f205v and Corrado Tomaselli dumped SAR - Search And Rescue (Japan).

- 0.98u3: Corrado Tomaselli added 'Joystick' dipswitch in SAR.

- 0.36b11: Added 'SAR - Search And Rescue (World)' (SNK 1989). Renamed (searchar) to (sercharu).

- 0.35RC2: Bryan McPhail added SAR - Search And Rescue (US) (SNK 1989).

- 15th June 1999: Bryan McPhail submitted Search And Rescue driver.


Other Emulators:

* FB Alpha

Recommended Games (Aliens):

Heiankyo Alien

Victory Road

Alien Syndrome

Alien Syndrome (Mega-Tech)


SAR - Search and Rescue

Uncle Fester's Quest: The Addams Family (PlayChoice-10)


Alien 3

Alien vs. Predator

Alien Storm

Alien Storm (Mega-Tech)

Space Gun

Mutation Nation

Chaos Heat


Invasion - The Abductors

Alien Front

Romset: 3840 kb / 14 files / 1.46 zip

MAME XML Output:

       <game name="searchar" sourcefile="snk68.c">
              <description>SAR - Search And Rescue (World)</description>
              <rom name="bhw.2" size="131072" crc="e1430138" sha1="eddc192524a13b2c09bd2bddcd5f8e8b771ceb21" region="maincpu" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="bhw.3" size="131072" crc="ee1f9374" sha1="fd41c74fd69d65713d8e1a9b8078328381119379" region="maincpu" offset="1"/>
              <rom name="bh.5" size="65536" crc="53e2fa76" sha1="cf25b1def82545a1fd013822ab3cf02483074623" region="soundcpu" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="bh.7" size="32768" crc="b0f1b049" sha1="ec276984d91b5759a5e2b6815d1db2abc37b99f8" region="gfx1" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="bh.8" size="32768" crc="174ddba7" sha1="7b19087cd2ccc409878aefe7fa08bb2e9953d352" region="gfx1" offset="8000"/>
              <rom name="bh.c1" size="524288" crc="1fb8f0ae" sha1="d63c7376aa5f01bc009176b23324e720bada4286" region="gfx2" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="bh.c3" size="524288" crc="fd8bc407" sha1="88d750293808bf6ea23864b22070314b14fbee3c" region="gfx2" offset="80000"/>
              <rom name="bh.c5" size="524288" crc="1d30acc3" sha1="e5ca39853779475b83fe37304e7bed2c293bd587" region="gfx2" offset="100000"/>
              <rom name="bh.c2" size="524288" crc="7c803767" sha1="992516fbb28d00feabbed5769fa3a5748199a7d8" region="gfx2" offset="200000"/>
              <rom name="bh.c4" size="524288" crc="eede7c43" sha1="7645acf0beb4fff9ec92205dcf34124360cd52f6" region="gfx2" offset="280000"/>
              <rom name="bh.c6" size="524288" crc="9f785cd9" sha1="e5c7797ae7a3139e1814b068c5ecfe5c6bf30d0f" region="gfx2" offset="300000"/>
              <rom name="bh.v1" size="131072" crc="07a6114b" sha1="224df4616b77a56f33974d3b1793473d48ad52ca" region="upd" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="bhw.1" size="131072" crc="62b60066" sha1="f7e7985c8f5f8191c580e777e1b7ed29d944d23f" region="user1" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="bhw.4" size="131072" crc="16d8525c" sha1="0098b0a7fcb23de2661bbec9a05254aa46579bb2" region="user1" offset="1"/>
              <chip type="cpu" tag="maincpu" name="68000" clock="9000000"/>
              <chip type="cpu" tag="soundcpu" name="Z80" clock="4000000"/>
              <chip type="audio" tag="mono" name="Speaker"/>
              <chip type="audio" tag="ymsnd" name="YM3812" clock="4000000"/>
              <chip type="audio" tag="upd" name="UPD7759" clock="640000"/>
              <display tag="screen" type="raster" rotate="90" width="256" height="224" refresh="59.185606" pixclock="6000000" htotal="384" hbend="0" hbstart="256" vtotal="264" vbend="16" vbstart="240" />
              <sound channels="1"/>
              <input players="2" buttons="2" coins="2" service="yes">
                     <control type="joy" ways="8"/>
                     <control type="positional" minimum="0" maximum="12" sensitivity="5" keydelta="5" reverse="yes"/>
              <dipswitch name="Joystick" tag="DSW1" mask="256">
                     <dipvalue name="Rotary Joystick" value="0" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="Standard Joystick" value="256"/>
              <dipswitch name="Unknown" tag="DSW1" mask="512">
                     <dipvalue name="Off" value="0" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="On" value="512"/>
              <dipswitch name="Lives" tag="DSW1" mask="3072">
                     <dipvalue name="2" value="2048"/>
                     <dipvalue name="3" value="0" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="4" value="1024"/>
                     <dipvalue name="5" value="3072"/>
              <dipswitch name="Coin A &amp; B" tag="DSW1" mask="12288">
                     <dipvalue name="2 Coins/1 Credit" value="8192"/>
                     <dipvalue name="1 Coin/1 Credit" value="0" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="1 Coin/2 Credits" value="4096"/>
                     <dipvalue name="Free Play" value="12288"/>
              <dipswitch name="Bonus Occurrence" tag="DSW1" mask="16384">
                     <dipvalue name="1st &amp; 2nd only" value="0" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="1st &amp; every 2nd" value="16384"/>
              <dipswitch name="Flip Screen" tag="DSW1" mask="32768">
                     <dipvalue name="Off" value="0" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="On" value="32768"/>
              <dipswitch name="Service Mode" tag="DSW2" mask="256">
                     <dipvalue name="Off" value="0" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="On" value="256"/>
              <dipswitch name="Allow Continue" tag="DSW2" mask="512">
                     <dipvalue name="No" value="512"/>
                     <dipvalue name="Yes" value="0" default="yes"/>
              <dipswitch name="Bonus Life" tag="DSW2" mask="3072">
                     <dipvalue name="50k 200k" value="0" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="70k 270k" value="2048"/>
                     <dipvalue name="90k 350k" value="1024"/>
                     <dipvalue name="None" value="3072"/>
              <dipswitch name="Game Mode" tag="DSW2" mask="12288">
                     <dipvalue name="Demo Sounds Off" value="8192"/>
                     <dipvalue name="Demo Sounds On" value="0" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="Freeze" value="12288"/>
                     <dipvalue name="Infinite Lives (Cheat)" value="4096"/>
              <dipswitch name="Difficulty" tag="DSW2" mask="49152">
                     <dipvalue name="Easy" value="32768"/>
                     <dipvalue name="Normal" value="0" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="Hard" value="16384"/>
                     <dipvalue name="Hardest" value="49152"/>
              <driver status="good" emulation="good" color="good" sound="good" graphic="good" savestate="unsupported" palettesize="2048"/>

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