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Two Stick Games

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1Two Stick Games Empty Two Stick Games on Tue 17 Apr 2012, 8:29 am

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For some reason, I have an affinity for early arcade games, especially those that made use of two joysticks for player control. I fondly remember walking into an arcade and seeing Crazy Climber for the first time. I was simply amazed by how this game was made even better by its inclusion of two joysticks for the movement of the on-screen avatar. I also have fond memories of playing Battlezone in its vector graphics glory in a laundromat my family frequented (yes, we were poor), and thoroughly loving the reality of the game, especially its twin sticks for the left and right tracks of the player's tank.

With that in mind, here is my short list of two-stick arcade classics:

Battlezone
Robotron 2084
Space Dungeon
Crazy Climber

Each fun in its own right. If anyone comes up with any others, please add to the list.

2Two Stick Games Empty Re: Two Stick Games on Thu 23 Aug 2012, 9:28 am

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Not on arcade, but Stargate (Defender II) on the 2600 also requires two joysticks to play.


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3Two Stick Games Empty Re: Two Stick Games on Thu 23 Aug 2012, 6:13 pm

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I am curious to know if arcade Stargate used two sticks. I think it did.

Also, they sell a foot pedal controller on ebay that I have heard works well for VCS Stargate for the second controller functions.

4Two Stick Games Empty Re: Two Stick Games on Thu 23 Aug 2012, 6:15 pm

TrekMD

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sloan wrote:I am curious to know if arcade Stargate used two sticks. I think it did.

Also, they sell a foot pedal controller on ebay that I have heard works well for VCS Stargate for the second controller functions.

A foot pedal controller? I'd get that if it works with Stargate!


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5Two Stick Games Empty Re: Two Stick Games on Thu 23 Aug 2012, 7:24 pm

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Right here. One of these days, I may spring for one.

6Two Stick Games Empty Re: Two Stick Games on Thu 23 Aug 2012, 8:03 pm

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Cool, thanks! It doesn't appear to be that expensive.


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7Two Stick Games Empty Re: Two Stick Games on Fri 24 Aug 2012, 10:53 pm

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I was curious, so found this picture

Two Stick Games Stargate001

Arcade Stargate only had one joystick, but look at the slew of fire buttons for various functions. No wonder it needed a second controller for the VCS port.

8Two Stick Games Empty Re: Two Stick Games on Fri 24 Aug 2012, 11:26 pm

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That's what I thought. On the Vectrex, Protector is a port of Defender and you use all four buttons on the controller in addition to the joystick. Not really surprising that the 2600 needs the extra controller either. Though they could have taken the Omega Race approach. Wink By the way, I just ordered that foot controller as it will make it much easier to use the smartbombs. Smile


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9Two Stick Games Empty Re: Two Stick Games on Sat 25 Aug 2012, 1:42 am

onthinice

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Cool foot pedal!

Also not an arcade game but Raiders of the Lost Ark for the vcs used both controllers.

10Two Stick Games Empty Re: Two Stick Games on Sat 25 Aug 2012, 10:52 am

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How are the two controllers used on Raiders?


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11Two Stick Games Empty Re: Two Stick Games on Sat 25 Aug 2012, 5:56 pm

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One controller moves you and the other is used for your inventory. Drop and pick up things.

12Two Stick Games Empty Re: Two Stick Games on Sat 25 Aug 2012, 6:02 pm

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onthinice wrote:One controller moves you and the other is used for your inventory. Drop and pick up things.

Cool! Is the game any good? I've never played it but I do know it has a very nice title screen!


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13Two Stick Games Empty Re: Two Stick Games on Sat 25 Aug 2012, 6:11 pm

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For me it has held up well. Always thought it was a neat concept to use two controllers. I beat it years ago. Not sure if I could now without hints.

14Two Stick Games Empty Re: Two Stick Games on Sat 25 Aug 2012, 6:13 pm

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onthinice wrote:For me it has held up well. Always thought it was a neat concept to use two controllers. I beat it years ago. Not sure if I could now without hints.

Nice! Well, that'll keep you going back to it!


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15Two Stick Games Empty Re: Two Stick Games on Sat 25 Aug 2012, 6:17 pm

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Dang nabbit TrekMD. Now I am thinking about that foot pedal instead of DK2. Laughing

16Two Stick Games Empty Re: Two Stick Games on Sat 25 Aug 2012, 6:20 pm

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onthinice wrote:Dang nabbit TrekMD. Now I am thinking about that foot pedal instead of DK2. Laughing

The foot pedal controller is only $20 right now on ebay. I'd snag one if I were you since they normally go for more than that. Nevermind that these are boxed!


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17Two Stick Games Empty Re: Two Stick Games on Sat 25 Aug 2012, 6:29 pm

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They really look nice!

18Two Stick Games Empty Re: Two Stick Games on Sat 25 Aug 2012, 6:29 pm

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onthinice wrote:They really look nice!

They sure do! Smile


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19Two Stick Games Empty Re: Two Stick Games on Sat 25 Aug 2012, 6:38 pm

onthinice

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Planning a review for foot control in the tidbits section?

20Two Stick Games Empty Re: Two Stick Games on Sat 25 Aug 2012, 6:51 pm

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LOL maybe. Check out my review of the Overdrive Controller when it gets posted next week on RVG and let me know what you think.


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21Two Stick Games Empty Re: Two Stick Games on Sat 25 Aug 2012, 9:01 pm

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What is the Overdrive Controller?

22Two Stick Games Empty Re: Two Stick Games on Sat 25 Aug 2012, 9:13 pm

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sloan wrote:What is the Overdrive Controller?

The Overdrive Controller is a new hombebrew made driving controller for the Vectrex that Fury Unlimited is selling. The buttons can be customized to all red or red and green. I got mine with red and green buttons. This is what it looks like:

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Two Stick Games IMG_1503

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23Two Stick Games Empty Re: Two Stick Games on Sat 25 Aug 2012, 11:24 pm

onthinice

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I will and you are such a tease! Laughing

24Two Stick Games Empty Re: Two Stick Games on Sat 15 Sep 2012, 10:07 pm

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TrekMD wrote:By the way, I just ordered that foot controller as it will make it much easier to use the smartbombs. Smile

You never reported on how the foot pedal controller enhances Defender II/Stargate. Can you elaborate? I am thinking I will pick one up in the next week or two.

25Two Stick Games Empty Re: Two Stick Games on Sat 15 Sep 2012, 10:32 pm

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Stargate requires use of two controllers to play the game. Here are the instructions:

Insert the STARGATE cartridge as explained in your 2600 Video
Computer System owner's guide, and turn on your system.

Use Two Joysticks! Plug a joystick controller into BOTH
controller jacks for this one-player game. Use the left
controller for manuevering your ship and firing on the aliens.

Use the right controller to activate SMARTBOMBS and INVISO,
and to jump to HYPERSPACE. Press the fire button to activate
SMARTBOMBS. Move the joystick forward to activate INVISO;
move it back to activate HYPERSPACE. If you run out of
SMARTBOMBS, pressing the fire button will activate INVISO.
Once you run out of INVISO, pressing the fire button will send
you into HYPERSPACE.


You can use the foot pedal controller as joystick 2 so you don't have to worry about how to hold two controllers at once. Smile


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26Two Stick Games Empty Re: Two Stick Games on Sat 15 Sep 2012, 11:12 pm

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Thanks for the update!

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