> >> I'm curious about something: is this game truly a bootleg?
> >> The reason that I ask is that it was released by a licensee of the original
> >> (Gremlin/Sega). Wouldn't that just make the game an update of sorts, rather than a
> >> bootleg? Midway did something similar with Space Invaders 2 cocktail, where it was
> >> in-house project rather than a release of Taito code.
> > well the set in MAME is definitely a bootleg, the 'POR' you see in the corner
> > points at an earlier bootlegger before Gremlin got it.
> > specifically, it's originally part of the Spanish bootleg by Sonic where it says
> > Sonic' which translates to 'By Sonic' The rest of the string was blanked out.
> > I suspect Gremlin just bootlegged it from another bootleg to be perfectly honest, a
> > of companies had shady beginnings. You'll find people swearing blind it's original
> > because it came from an original PCB or whatever, but it isn't, not even slightly.
> Any chance that whoever sent that Gremlin set in and was supported many years ago,
> may have come from a modified/poorly repaired pcb that had a mixed set of roms on the
> With Gremlin Industries already established in mid 1970s with their wall games they
> first marketed, I can't picture the company even after being acquired by Sega around
> 1979 doing something of using a competitors work to make their own version. True that
> things were not corrected until about 1980 with US laws involving copyrights also
> including videogames to the copyright protected list besides movies, music and
> I can't imagine Gremlin Industries, by the time it was acquired/merged with Sega in
> 1980 doing any kind of partial bootlegging of some videogame.
> If we're talking pong clone type games during mid 1970s where companies (Fun Games
> cheating off of Atari with Tank example) did copy from each other, then I can see it
> happening....but not by the time 1980 and following years after where an established
> Gremlin/Sega would do something like that.
Apparently 'Ali Baba and 40 Thieves' which claims to be a 1982 Sega game is full of code lifted straight from Pacman with various hacks applied.
I haven't verified that myself, but, you know...
there's still a bit of a mystery surrounding the protection on that one too.