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Moon Cresta (Nichibutsu)

0.09 [?]

0.05 [Nicola Salmoria, Robert Anschuetz]


- Clone smooncrs: This set (unlike the other eight clones) does not make use of the keys for player 2. Not a bug, the game ALWAYS checks the inputs from player 1 (even in "cocktail" mode) due to game Z80 code at 0x2b1c and 0x3306. stephh


- Side-byside test... This seems fine apart from the stars. Here are the observations. mooncrst37b8ora Gary Walton

- Clone mooncrsb: 3 mooncresta bootlegs (mooncrgx, mooncrsb, mooncrs2): Since 36b16, demo sequence is way out in left. In older versions, when no.1 with no.2 fighter tries to dock no.3, 1+2 crashes on no.3. And this is correct arcade work. After 36b16, 1+2 doesn't crash on no.3 and wonders at the bottom of the screen. This is the same behaviour as SPARCADE and Galemu which use 256x256 resolution not 254x224. So I guess the resolution for these games might have changed to 256x256 in MAME. btw MAME's game info says the resolution is 256x224. mooncrsb055gre Fujix

- Clone smooncrs: In cocktail mode you cant see player 2's shots and enemies bullets go in other direction then your ship but they seem to hit you anyway. smooncrs37b16yel Gmitra

- Clone smooncrs: From when you start the emulation to when you lose your 1st life, a strange insectoid rumbling noise is heard, does not occur in any of the other clones. smooncrs061gre Fever


- 0.105u3: Brian Troha added clone Moon Cresta (bootleg set 3). All Moon Cresta versions use now prom mmi6331.6l (same CRC as l06_prom.bin).

- 0.87u2: Chaneman added clone Eagle (set 3).

- 22nd January 2004: Pierpaolo Prazzoli added the color PROM to clone Fantazia.

- 16th January 2004: Pierpaolo Prazzoli fixed the graphics in the later levels in clone Space Thunderbird.

- 0.78u3: Added clone Space Thunderbird.

- 11th January 2004: Pierpaolo Prazzoli added Space Thunderbird (an alternate version of Moon Cresta) to the Galaxian driver.

- 0.61: MASH added clone Moon Cresta (Nichibutsu, unencrypted).

- 0.59: Added clone Moon Cresta (Nichibutsu, old rev).

- 3rd March 2002: Guru added an alternative version of Moon Cresta to the Galaxians driver.

- 22nd January 2000: Zsolt Vasvari fixed the speed of Moon Cresta.

- 24th November 1999: Tatsuyuki Satoh added more accurate noise sound to the Moon Cresta sound emulation.

- 23rd November 1999: Juergen Buchmueller fixed some problems with the new Moon Cresta sound emulation.

- 22nd November 1999: Juergen Buchmueller modified the way in which mooncrst sound is generated.

- 0.35: Added clone Super Moon Cresta.

- 0.35b12: Zsolt Vasvari added clone Moon Cresta (bootleg set 2).

- 27th April 1999: Zsolt Vasvari added an earlier Moon Cresta romset to the driver

- 0.35b11: Marco Cassili added clone Eagle (set 2).

- 9th April 1999: Marco Cassili added an Eagle clone, a Zaxxon clone and a Mr. Do! Run Run clone.

- 0.34b8: Barry Rodewald fixed clone Moon Cresta (bootleg on Galaxian hardware).

- 0.33b7: Nicola Salmoria added clone Moon Cresta (bootleg on Galaxian hardware). Moon Cresta uses the original gfx ROMs, fixing graphics glitches on the title screen.

- 0.33b5: Nicola Salmoria attempt at making the main Galaxian / Moon Cresta sound channel more accurate.

- 0.31: Al Kossow added clone Eagle (Centuri 1980).

- 0.29: Valerio Verrando added clone Moon Cresta (Gremlin).

- 0.28: Merged mooncrst, moonqsr and scramble vidhrdw into the new 'galaxian.c' driver.

- 0.27: Exchanged the infamous two sprite banks in Moon Cresta.

- 0.25: Robert Anschuetz provided infos about how to enable a shot sample with Moon Quasar, Moon Cresta, Galaxian and clones. Found the meaning of SW1 in Moon Cresta (Thanks to Mikiya Yadohisa).

- 0.19: Changed noise_length and noise_rate values in Moon Cresta audio driver, so now noise is much more noisier!

- 0.18: Nicola added some lousy noise to Moon Cresta.

- 0.16: Added clone Fantazia (bootleg). The highscore should show Gremlin logo. But probably available rom images are corrupted. Not playable yet!

- 0.15: Hiscore save in Moon Cresta.

- 0.12: Gary Walton confirms that the colors in Moon Cresta and Moon Quasar are 100% accurate. Very good!

- 0.09: Added Moon Cresta (Nichibutsu). These ROMs are encrypted, and slightly different from the other version. This is very likely the version Chuck Cochems remembers (with aliens teleporting right in front of your ship). Nicola renamed the other version (which looks like a mix of the code from a bootleg version and the graphics from the Gremlin original version) "mooncrsb".

- 0.06: Nicola Salmoria added star background in Galaxians & co. The way Nicola calculate it is probably not correct, anyway it looks reasonable.

- 0.05: Nicola Salmoria added Moon Cresta (bootleg 1980) (wrong colors, limited sound). Only one sound channel is emulated and the game has no star background. Infos from Robert Anschuetz (Arcade emulator). Some info on Moon Cresta taken from Arcade Emulator by Robert Anschuetz.

LEVELS: 10 (endless)

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