Enjoying A “Lengthy Misplaced” Laserdisc Prototype: The Spectre Information: Deathstalker

Approach again in 2013, I wrote up a few articles that detailed the historical past of unreleased arcade video games that have been within the works at one time by Halfway. Related posts had been created for Atari and Taito, so Halfway was simply as deserving of that focus.

In researching the 2nd unreleased prototypes publish, I used to be capable of speak with Brian Colin, an artist and sport designer who had labored at Halfway for the reason that early 80’s. His identify is connected to quite a lot of video games you need to acknowledge and have seemingly performed: Spy Hunter, Discs of Tron, Rampage, Arch Rivals, Xenophobe and extra.

Within the revelations of that publish, Brian introduced up a number of video games that I had by no means even seen talked about on unreleased sport lists, however one actually stood out to me – a laserdisc choose-your-own journey type sport by the identify of The Spectre Information. I performed a number of FMV journey video games again in my day (TBH, I by no means actually understood why everybody was so into Myst…Return To Zork was a much more entertaining sport), so seeing one thing that might have been a predecessor to these sorts of 90’s video games – and in arcades – was fairly one thing.

Quick ahead to 2016, and information got here alongside that Mr. Colin together with Galloping Ghost Productions was seeking to resurrect and restore The Spectre FIles mission in order that the avid gamers of right now may get pleasure from a title that in any other case would have been misplaced to time. If you want to learn a particularly detailed historical past of how the sport got here into being, then I’d extremely advocate this text over at The Every day Grindhouse

This wouldn’t be a straightforward or fast course of – whereas the footage had been discovered, the script and another belongings have been lacking. However with some persistence and energy, the reconstruction course of went ahead, the footage preserved digitally and on the finish of 2018,  sport cupboards produced to ship out to a handful of areas which can be curious about having a chunk of historical past on their sport flooring.

An early model of the Deathstalker marquee (it was modified for the ultimate launch)

The Galloping Ghost has had one obtainable to play for a short while now, with a few different areas out east additionally grabbing one. With a cupboard arriving in my possession final week, it is just becoming to take it for a spin and movie the hassle, though as talked about within the video, this sport can be uncommon for the way a lot sport time you may squeeze out of it – one thing very uncommon in right now’s market, however even for an 80’s sport. That mentioned, this sport has a number of replay worth to it; since I performed what you see beneath, I performed it a number of different occasions and had a unique expertise every play as I attempted out different decisions. I got here throughout a hippie (performed by Brian Colin), a psychopath and a werewolf…however nonetheless have loads to discover.

(Notice: The sport doesn’t use a laserdisc now…that might not be possible nor very logical given right now’s know-how)

What do you consider this distinctive sport?

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I am a lifelong fan of video video games and I’ve been working my very own arcade, The Sport Grid Arcade in West Valley Metropolis, Utah since 2008.


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