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Title: The History of Kangaroo
Post by: TrekMD on February 05, 2020, 02:44:44 AM
PatmanQC brings us the history of one of my favorite arcade games, Kangaroo!  Can mamma Kangaroo save her baby?

https://youtu.be/FHo6-aBrbuY
Title: Re: The History of Kangaroo
Post by: PatmanQC on February 06, 2020, 22:27:05 PM
Thanks for sharing, is one of my favorite arcade games as well  :-)
Title: Re: The History of Kangaroo
Post by: zapiy on February 06, 2020, 22:39:19 PM
Not a game I know anything about. Looks good though.


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Title: Re: The History of Kangaroo
Post by: TrekMD on February 06, 2020, 22:40:12 PM
Really Zap?  You never saw Kangaroo before? 
Title: Re: The History of Kangaroo
Post by: zapiy on February 06, 2020, 23:29:15 PM
Never mate, at least I don’t remember it lol.


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Title: Re: The History of Kangaroo
Post by: TrekMD on February 07, 2020, 03:47:06 AM
Well, time to acquaint yourself with it!  ;)  Of the home versions, the 2600 version would have looked better with a black background.  That version does indeed exist as a hack.

Original
(https://i.imgur.com/3qQAfJR.png)

Black Background
(https://i.imgur.com/zK1HVXK.png)
Title: Re: The History of Kangaroo
Post by: PatmanQC on February 07, 2020, 13:07:43 PM
Well, time to acquaint yourself with it!  ;)  Of the home versions, the 2600 version would have looked better with a black background.  That version does indeed exist as a hack.

Original
(https://i.imgur.com/3qQAfJR.png)

Black Background
(https://i.imgur.com/zK1HVXK.png)
Wow, that looks so much better with the black background. I wonder why they didn't do this in the first place?
Title: Re: The History of Kangaroo
Post by: TrekMD on February 07, 2020, 13:21:04 PM
I know there was a time at Atari where they wanted to feature colors on the games and they added background colors to games just for that reason.  That's why Pac-Man has the blue background.  By the time Kangaroo was released, though, I don't think they were pushing for that anymore so it is anyone's guess as to why they chose a blue background.  The game certainly looks much better with the black background, which is the background color of the arcade original.

You can get the hack here:  Kangaroo Black? - hack request (https://atariage.com/forums/topic/75092-kangaroo-black-hack-request/)
Title: Re: The History of Kangaroo
Post by: PatmanQC on February 10, 2020, 01:37:18 AM
I know there was a time at Atari where they wanted to feature colors on the games and they added background colors to games just for that reason.  That's why Pac-Man has the blue background.  By the time Kangaroo was released, though, I don't think they were pushing for that anymore so it is anyone's guess as to why they chose a blue background.  The game certainly looks much better with the black background, which is the background color of the arcade original.

You can get the hack here:  Kangaroo Black? - hack request (https://atariage.com/forums/topic/75092-kangaroo-black-hack-request/)
I never knew that about Atari wanting more colors in their games . I never noticed the bbackground color of Pac-Man until you just mentioned this  LOL   I just assumed there is a problem with putting a black background into the game for some reason
Title: Re: The History of Kangaroo
Post by: TrekMD on February 10, 2020, 01:38:56 AM
Oh no, Atari wanted to show colors.  Remember not everyone had color TV's, so it was a big deal having colors.  They wanted to showcase the system's ability to display many colors.  :)
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