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vindictr: MAME ROM Information.


Vindicators (c) 1988 Atari Games.

As team commander of the SR-88 Strategic Battle tanks, you must face the evil invading forces of the Tangent Empire. They're invading the galaxy with 14 space stations designed to defeat your team. Turrets and highly mobile armoured tanks are constantly on patrol to protect the fortifications that Tangents have built.

With limited supplies and weapons, you must make a last stand and attempt to defeat the invaders. The most powerful weapon in your arsenal is the SR-88 Battle Tank, but their fuel supply is very volatile. You must constantly replenish its fuel by picking up fuel canisters throughout the stations' many levels.

Battle stars can be found along the way. These are vital to enhancing your tank and adding weapons. Process generators can convert the battle stars into powers and weapons while in transit between levels and stations. Only with these customized tanks can the evil Tangent Empire be conquered.

As you defeat each station, demolish its control room and take the supplies the fleeing Tangents have left behind. Proceed in their mothership to the next station for another battle.


Game ID : 136059

Main CPU : 68010 (@ 7.15909 Mhz), M6502 (@ 1.7895 Mhz)

Sound Chips : YM2151 (@ 3.579 Mhz), POKEY (@ 1.7895 Mhz)

Screen orientation : Horizontal

Video resolution : 336 x 240 pixels

Screen refresh : 60.00 Hz

Palette colors : 16384

Players : 2

Control : Double 2-way joystick (vertical)

Buttons : 4


Released in April 1988. 1988 was quite a year for Atari and tank games, since they also released "Assault" that very same year.

The Vindicators dedicated cabinet is a real favorite among some arcade game collectors. This is probably due to its unique shape, it is shaped a lot like a tank, with tank treads holding up the bottom section of the cabinet. The top half is decorated with sticker sideart that shows scenes from the game, and these same graphics generally carry over to the control panel and the front of the machine. The control panel features four tank handle controllers.

A Vindicators cabinet can be seen in the Nickelodeon show All That (from 1997 to 2000). however it used a fictional marquee which was made for the show.



* Build date : OS : 08APR1988 11 :50 :08 / PG : 11APR1988 16 :34 :40


* Build date : OS : 08APR1988 11 :50 :08 / PG : 12APR1988 14 :53 :35


* Build date : OS : 08APR1988 11 :50 :08 / PG : 20APR1988 11 :21 :49


* Build date : OS : 08APR1988 11 :50 :08 / PG : 26APR1988 10 :49 :46


Designed & programmed by : Kelly Turner (KFT), Norm Avellar (NLA), Russel Dawe (Rusty) (RBD)

Art & animation by : Kris Moser (KEM), Susan G. McBride (SGM)

Audio by : Brad Fuller (BAF), Hal Canon (HAL)


* Consoles :

Nintendo Famicom (1988)

Atari Lynx [Unreleased Prototype]

Sony PlayStation 2 (2003, "Midway Arcade Treasure")

Nintendo GameCube (2003, "Midway Arcade Treasure")

Microsoft XBOX (2003, "Midway Arcade Treasure")

* Computers :

Sinclair ZX Spectrum (1989)

Amstrad CPC (1989)

Atari ST (1989)

Commodore Amiga (1989)

Commodore C64 (1990)

PC [MS Windows, CD-Rom] (1998, "Arcade's Greatest Hits - The Atari Collection 2")

PC [MS Windows, CD-ROM] (2004, "Midway Arcade Treasure")

* Others:

Tiger LCD Handheld Game (1989)


Game's rom.

Machine's picture.

MAME Info:

0.37b15 [Aaron Giles]

0.33b7 [Aaron Giles]


- You need to 'earn' the power to rotate the turret, which you can get with at least 2 stars before you exit the first level. Buy the power up and you can use Buttons 2 and Button 4 on the player to rotate the turret without issue.


- 0.139u1: Aaron Giles changed atarigen_state to be a base class from which all the related Atari drivers derive their state from.

- 0.135u4: Some more Atari driver shuffling [Aaron Giles]: Added atarigen_init() function which allocates all timers and registers for save states. Updated all drivers to call it. Converted some drivers to use device timers.

- 0.135u3: Aaron Giles converted atari drivers over to using driver_data for the most part. Some shared systems still exist with globals, but this tackles the atarigen module and the variables local to each driver.

- 0.133u1: Renamed (vindicte) to (vindictre), (vindictg) to (vindictrg), (vindice4) to (vindictre4), (vindict4) to (vindictr4), (vindice3) to (vindictre3), (vindict2) to (vindictr2) and (vindict1) to (vindictr1).

- 0.122u4: Changed M6502 CPU2 clock speed to 1789772 Hz, YM2151 to 3579545 Hz and POKEY to 1789772 Hz.

- 0.114u2: Aaron Giles and Couriersud added more accurate video timing to most of the Atari 68000-era games. The parameters are from published specs, not derived. The board uses a SYNGEN chip to generate video signals. Changed VSync to 59.922743 Hz.

- 0.114: Couriersud added general save state support to the atarijsa and atarigen modules.

- 0.105u4: Aaron Giles added PLD dumps to Vindicators and clones. Added plds ($0, 200, 400, 600 - pal16l8a-136059).

- 0.76u1: Aaron Giles added clones Vindicators (rev 1), (rev 2), (Europe, rev 3), (Europe, rev 4), (Europe, rev 5) and (German, rev 1). Changed parent description to 'Vindicators (rev 5)' and clone '(4/20/88)' to '(rev 4)'. Renamed (vindicta) to (vindict4).

- 0.60: Changed palettesize from 2048 to 16384 colors.

- 0.37b15: Added Vindicators (4/26/88). Changed 'Vindicators' to clone 'Vindicators (4/20/88)'. Renamed (vindictr) to (vindicta). Changed M6502 CPU2 clock speed to 1789500, YM2151 to 3579000 and Pokey to 1789500 Hz.

- 11th May 2001: Guru - Dumped Vindicators (Atari, newer alternative version).

- 7th May 2001: Aaron Giles added another Vindicators romset.

- 0.36RC2: Aaron Giles fixed Vindicators colors.

- 0.36RC1: Changed 68010 CPU1 clock speed to 7159090 Hz, M6502 CPU2 to 1789772 Hz, YM-2151 to 3579545 and Pokey to 1789772 Hz and palettesize to 2048 colors.

- 0.35b13: Replaced 68000 CPU1 with M68010 and palettesize from 2048 to 2080 colors.

- 3rd May 1999: Aaron Giles sent in a HUGE Atari games update with Vindicators 1 and 2 shadow effects.

- 0.35b12: Removed TMS5220 speech.

- 0.35b11: Added TMS5220 speech.

- 0.33b7: Aaron Giles added Vindicators (Atari Games 1988).


- DATE: The future. Place: Galaxy TR-15. Objective: Intercept and destroy the invading forces of the evil tangent empire. Proceed through multi-level stations, securing each by demolishing its control center.

LEVELS: 70 (5 levels x 14 stations)

Recommended Games (Cyber Tank):

Tron (Tank stage)


Mega Zone


Crater Raider


Heavy Metal



Vindicators Part II


Battle of the Solar System

Cyber Sled

Cyber Commando


Guardian Force

Romset: 1234 kb / 20 files / 498.2 zip

MAME XML Output:

       <game name="vindictr" sourcefile="vindictr.c">
              <description>Vindicators (rev 5)</description>
              <manufacturer>Atari Games</manufacturer>
              <rom name="136059-5117.d1" size="65536" crc="2e5135e4" sha1="804b3ba201088ac2c35cfcbd530acbd73548ea8c" region="maincpu" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="136059-5118.d3" size="65536" crc="e357fa79" sha1="220a10287f4bf9d981fd412c8dd0a9c106eaf342" region="maincpu" offset="1"/>
              <rom name="136059-5119.f1" size="65536" crc="0deb7330" sha1="e9fb311e96bcf57f2136fff87a973a5a3b5208b3" region="maincpu" offset="20000"/>
              <rom name="136059-5120.f3" size="65536" crc="a6ae4753" sha1="e69067ba0f1e5a4e446356e2fee3763dd4bcdd5a" region="maincpu" offset="20001"/>
              <rom name="136059-5121.k1" size="65536" crc="96b150c5" sha1="405c848f7990c981fefd355ca635bfb0ac24eb26" region="maincpu" offset="40000"/>
              <rom name="136059-5122.k3" size="65536" crc="6415d312" sha1="0115e32c1c42421cb3d978cc8642f7f88d492043" region="maincpu" offset="40001"/>
              <rom name="136059-1124.2k" size="65536" crc="d2212c0a" sha1="df11fe76d74abc0cea23f18264cef4b0f33b1ffd" region="jsa" offset="10000"/>
              <rom name="136059-1104.12p" size="131072" crc="062f8e52" sha1="0968b8c822d8fee1cf7ddcf9c3b1bf059e446417" region="gfx1" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="136059-1116.19p" size="65536" crc="0e4366fa" sha1="1891f6b818f7b0e447e8a83ad0c12aade0b776ee" region="gfx1" offset="20000"/>
              <rom name="136059-1103.8p" size="131072" crc="09123b57" sha1="ddd5a4033b5f5ed45f639909364fe5ccd7a0cb53" region="gfx1" offset="40000"/>
              <rom name="136059-1115.2p" size="65536" crc="6b757bca" sha1="2d615b1b42f554bbfebc34928c106c3dd93dc7b2" region="gfx1" offset="60000"/>
              <rom name="136059-1102.12r" size="131072" crc="a5268c4f" sha1="99f1f1f2e88f8b2f235070e525aaed9aff6e91c6" region="gfx1" offset="80000"/>
              <rom name="136059-1114.19r" size="65536" crc="609f619e" sha1="64b5c2b0f5da07a9dd148aa19bb87e2b2cb1c395" region="gfx1" offset="a0000"/>
              <rom name="136059-1101.8r" size="131072" crc="2d07fdaa" sha1="b6772fd764ddc1d2fa1c44c931b269aab9ad5e2b" region="gfx1" offset="c0000"/>
              <rom name="136059-1113.2r" size="65536" crc="0a2aba63" sha1="e4780c790278034f0332697d5f06e6ed6b57d273" region="gfx1" offset="e0000"/>
              <rom name="136059-1123.16n" size="16384" crc="f99b631a" sha1="7a2430b6810c77b0f717d6e9d71823eadbcf6013" region="gfx2" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="pal16l8a-136059-1150.c3" size="260" crc="09d02b00" sha1="3851f0c0958db983ab907f64ac370a1051c2b76a" region="plds" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="pal16l8a-136059-1151.d17" size="260" crc="797dcde7" sha1="0c9db6610c40d3bf58117aa9bc8826d33f063dff" region="plds" offset="200"/>
              <rom name="pal16l8a-136059-1152.e17" size="260" crc="56634c58" sha1="c52db58572d0d8f8eeab6abf891455115b6ed146" region="plds" offset="400"/>
              <rom name="pal16r6a-136059-1153.n7" size="260" crc="61076033" sha1="c860835a8fa48e141f3d24732395ac35a4b908a4" region="plds" offset="600"/>
              <chip type="cpu" tag="maincpu" name="68010" clock="7159090"/>
              <chip type="cpu" tag="jsa" name="M6502" clock="1789772"/>
              <chip type="audio" tag="lspeaker" name="Speaker"/>
              <chip type="audio" tag="rspeaker" name="Speaker"/>
              <chip type="audio" tag="ymsnd" name="YM2151" clock="3579545"/>
              <chip type="audio" tag="pokey" name="POKEYN" clock="1789772"/>
              <display tag="screen" type="raster" rotate="0" width="336" height="240" refresh="59.922743" pixclock="7159090" htotal="456" hbend="0" hbstart="336" vtotal="262" vbend="0" vbstart="240" />
              <sound channels="2"/>
              <input players="2" buttons="4" coins="3">
                     <control type="doublejoy" ways="vertical2" ways2="vertical2"/>
              <dipswitch name="Service Mode" tag="260010" mask="2">
                     <dipvalue name="Off" value="2" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="On" value="0"/>
              <driver status="good" emulation="good" color="good" sound="good" graphic="good" savestate="unsupported" palettesize="16384"/>

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