Catalogue of Arcade Emulation Software - the Absolute Reference

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Star Fire 2

Star Fire (c) 12/1978 Exidy.


Main CPU : Z80 (@ 2.5 Mhz)

Screen orientation : Horizontal

Video resolution : 256 x 224 pixels

Screen refresh : 57.00 Hz

Palette Colors : 64

Players : 1

Control : stick

Buttons : 1


Star Fire was the first environmental game, featuring a viewer window. This is the first arcade coin-operated video game to maintain a high score table by accepting and displaying the names of winning players.

A ''Star Fire II'' update was intended to go into the last run of Star Fire units, it features a more refined high score display and easier high score input.

A mockup of Star Fire as an upright machine appears in the 1980 movie ''Midnight Madness'', but the game was only released as a cockpit. Exidy wanted to get their game into the movie as a marketing tool, but the screen in the cockpit version was too hard to film. So an upright mockup was fabricated.


* Secret messages :

1) If you enter ''DBR'' it will put ''HI DAVE'' on the screen; It's David Rolfe.

2) If you enter ''TZM'' it will put ''HI TED'' on the screen; It's Ted Michon.

3) If you enter ''SKO'' it will put ''HI SUSAN'' on the screen for a second or two before showing the high-score table; It's Susan K. Owen, the graphics artists girlfriend (and she also worked for this game as a graphics artist).


Programmed by : David Rolfe

Graphics by : Ted Michon, Susan Owen

Environmental cabinet designed by : Michael Cooper-Hart


* Computers :

Atari 800 (1983)

Commodore C64 (1983)