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spectar: MAME ROM Information.


Spectar (c) 1980 Exidy.

Spectar, released by Exidy in 1980, is the follow-up of "Targ". Gameplay is apparently unchanged, you control a vehicle called Whummel into a 9x9 grid maze, chasing down, and being chased by, the alien invaders. Targs have evolved into the more dangerous Rammers, and Spectars appears more often, shooting at player's ship.

You use a 4-Way joystick to guide your vehicle in the maze, and a pushbutton to shoot at enemies. Up to 2 players can alternate in gameplay.

The most noticeable difference from his predecessors is that to complete a level you can now collect all the gems in the maze, in a "Pacman"-like game or destroy all of the Rammers (like in "Targ"). Rammers and Spectars continue to appear from flashing pods, so you cannot rest and plan your course easily, or you will be overwhelmed by the alien force.

Graphic is highly improved compared to his predecessor : The maze now has barricades that must be avoided or can be used as a shielding against the enemies, and has ten environment settings, changing from the 'square-block town' of Targ to a city, a forest, a lunar landscape and many more. The enemies too are smarter and faster, and the fact that they go on spawning from the pods makes the game a even more frenzy challenge.


Main CPU : M6502 (@ 705.562 Khz)

Sound Chips : Samples, DAC

Screen orientation : Horizontal

Video resolution : 248 x 256 pixels

Screen refresh : 57.00 Hz

Palette colors : 8

Players : 2

Control : 4-way joystick

Buttons : 1


Released in November 1980.

'Spectar' stands for 'Special Target'.

A French version of this game is known as "Phantomas" (by Jeutel).

A bootleg is known as "Rallys".


Run over a dot : 20 points.

Hit a targ (red ships) : 10 X rack number.

Hit a spectar (green ships) : 100-500 points.

Finish off rack : 1000 X rack number.


1. Targ (1980)

2. Spectar (1980)


Designed & programmed by : Manuel Campos


* Consoles :

Colecovision (Unreleased prototype)


Game's rom.

Machine's picture.

MAME Info:

0.34b2 [Al Kossow]

0.30 [Dan Boris, Neil Bradley]

Artwork available

Samples required (Targ)


- The original ROM images for Side Track (c) 1980 Exidy have been made available for free, non-commercial use. Authorization from H.R. Kaufmann, president of Xidy.


- 0.135u3: f205v added clones Panzer (bootleg of Spectar). Team Europe and Rades added clone Phantom (bootleg of Spectar). Changed description of clone 'Rallys (bootleg?)' to 'Rallys (bootleg of Spectar)' and 'Phantomas' to 'Phantomas (bootleg of Spectar)'.

- 0.129: MooglyGuy added savestate support to Spectar and clones.

- 16th October 2006: Mr. Do - Bobby Tribble sent me a BUNCH of photographs. I worked on the easy ones first: Spectar bezel.

- 0.93: Removed Custom sound.

- 0.74u2: Pierpaolo Prazzoli added clone Phantomas (Jeutel 1980).

- 1st October 2003: Pierpaolo Prazzoli added Phantomas (a clone of Spectar) to the Exidy driver.

- 0.69: MASH added clone Rallys (bootleg?).

- 0.36b6: Changed description to 'Spectar (revision 3)'.

- 0.36b5: Changed description to 'Spectar (revision 2)'.

- 0.34b2: Al Kossow added Spectar (revision 3). Changed parent description to 'Spectar (revision 1?)'. Renamed (spectar) to (spectar1).

- 0.33RC1: Added DAC sound.

- 0.31: Dan Boris added sound to Spectar (need samples). Mike Balfour added high score saving to Spectar.

- 0.30: Dan Boris added Spectar (Exidy 1980).

LEVELS: 7 (endless)

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Romset: 14 kb / 7 files / 9.41 zip

MAME XML Output:

       <game name="spectar" sourcefile="exidy.c" sampleof="targ">
              <description>Spectar (revision 3)</description>
              <rom name="spl11a-3" size="2048" crc="08880aff" sha1="3becef348245ff4c8b0aae4a14751ab740b7d160" region="maincpu" offset="1000"/>
              <rom name="spl10a-2" size="2048" crc="fca667c1" sha1="168426f9e87c002d2673c0230fceac4d0831d594" region="maincpu" offset="1800"/>
              <rom name="spl9a-3" size="2048" crc="9d4ce8ba" sha1="2ef45c225fe704e49d10247c3eba1ef14141b3b7" region="maincpu" offset="2000"/>
              <rom name="spl8a-2" size="2048" crc="cfacbadf" sha1="77b27cf6f35e8e8dd2fd4f31bba2a96f3076163e" region="maincpu" offset="2800"/>
              <rom name="spl7a-2" size="2048" crc="4c4741ff" sha1="8de72613a385095253bb9e6da76493caec3115e4" region="maincpu" offset="3000"/>
              <rom name="spl6a-2" size="2048" crc="0cb46b25" sha1="65c5d2cc8df67225339dc8781dd29d4b57ded70c" region="maincpu" offset="3800"/>
              <rom name="hrl11d-2" size="2048" crc="c55b645d" sha1="0c18277939d74e3e1281a7f114a34781d30c2baf" region="gfx1" offset="0"/>
              <sample name="expl"/>
              <sample name="shot"/>
              <sample name="sexpl"/>
              <sample name="spslow"/>
              <sample name="spfast"/>
              <chip type="cpu" tag="maincpu" name="M6502" clock="705562"/>
              <chip type="audio" tag="mono" name="Speaker"/>
              <chip type="audio" tag="samples" name="Samples"/>
              <chip type="audio" tag="dac" name="DAC"/>
              <display tag="screen" type="raster" rotate="0" width="256" height="256" refresh="59.996811" pixclock="5644500" htotal="336" hbend="0" hbstart="256" vtotal="280" vbend="0" vbstart="256" />
              <sound channels="1"/>
              <input players="1" buttons="1" coins="2">
                     <control type="joy" ways="4"/>
              <dipswitch name="Pence Coinage" tag="DSW" mask="2">
                     <dipvalue name="10P/1P, 50P Coin/6P" value="0" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="2x10P/1P, 50P Coin/3P" value="2"/>
              <dipswitch name="Top Score Award" tag="DSW" mask="4">
                     <dipvalue name="Credit" value="0" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="Extended Play" value="4"/>
              <dipswitch name="Quarter Coinage" tag="DSW" mask="24">
                     <dipvalue name="2 Coins/1 Credit" value="16"/>
                     <dipvalue name="1 Coin/1 Credit" value="8" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="1C/1C (no display)" value="0"/>
                     <dipvalue name="1 Coin/2 Credits" value="24"/>
              <dipswitch name="Lives" tag="DSW" mask="96">
                     <dipvalue name="2" value="96"/>
                     <dipvalue name="3" value="64" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="4" value="32"/>
                     <dipvalue name="5" value="0"/>
              <dipswitch name="Currency" tag="DSW" mask="128">
                     <dipvalue name="Quarters" value="128" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="Pence" value="0"/>
              <dipswitch name="Language" tag="INTSOURCE" mask="3">
                     <dipvalue name="English" value="0" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="French" value="1"/>
                     <dipvalue name="German" value="2"/>
                     <dipvalue name="Spanish" value="3"/>
              <driver status="imperfect" emulation="good" color="good" sound="imperfect" graphic="good" savestate="supported" palettesize="8"/>

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