You can find more information or download the latest version of Pantheon here.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Pantheon 2.646 has been released

New Pantheon is available for download. 72 Atari 2600 games will keep you busy during this new years holiday: Asterix, Bee-Ball, BMX Air Master, Boing!, Brain Games, Bridge, BurgerTime, Commando, Cookie Monster Munch, Cosmic Commuter, Cosmic Swarm, Crack'ed, Crazy Balloon, Crazy Valet, Crypts of Chaos, Dolphin, Double Dragon, Double Dunk, Dragonfire, Dukes of Hazzard, Espial, Euchre, Fatal Run, Frogs and Flie, Funky Fish, Gangster Alley, Gauntlet, Gingerbread Man, Go Fish!, Great Escape, Grover's Music Maker, Marble Craze, Mental Kombat, Mondo Pong, Motocross Racer, My Golf, Oscar's Trash Race, Pick & Pile, Pigs in Space, Polo, Porky's, Power Off!, Roc 'n Rope, Room of Doom, Sea Battle, Skeet Shoot, Skeleton, Sky Patrol, Solar Plexus, Space Robot, Spacechase, Spitfire Attack, Springer, Sssnake, Star Ship, Star Voyager, Stargunner, Steeple Chase, Stellar Track, Strawberry Shortcake Musical Matchups, Stuntman, Sub Scan, Submarine Commander, Summer Games, Surf's Up, Surround, Sword of Saros, Tempest, The Music Machine, Tomcat: The F-14 Fighter Simulator, Tunnel Runner, Video Jogger

Crazy Balloon for Atari 2600

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Sega Genesis/Mega Drive emulator in development

Genesis/Mega Drive was one of the most popular video game console of all time, with a lot of great games, like Sonic the Hedgehog, Shining Force and Phantasy Star. Genesis/Mega Driveis is 16-bit console that also provides backwards compatibility with the Master System. The system produces sound by way of a Yamaha YM2612 FM synthesizer, has 64KB of RAM and can display up to 64 colors at once from a palette of 512.

I have been developing Genesis/Mega Drive emulator for quite some time and even that it's still far from perfect, it is capable to run a few games. There is still a lot of work to do and things to improve, but I hope that several Genesis/Mega Drive games will be available in Pantheon, next year.

Ishido for Sega Genesis/Mega Drive

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Back to the roots

Emulator of Atari 2600 video gaming console was the first emulator that I've made and it has been almost four years since the first Pantheon, which included 48 Atari 2600 games, was released. Pantheon now has more than 400 Atari 2600 games in its library, and I plan to add more games for the next release.

Atari 2600 was very popular for years and has hundreds of games available. Despite the fact, that its hardware capabilities were quite poor (128 bytes of RAM), programmers soon learned how to push its hardware's capabilities and made some incredible and unique games. Activision released Dolphin in 1983, and the game was not very successful. It is fast-paced action game, where you control a dolphin, haunted by a giant squid. There are barriers in the sea and if you hit a barrier, you will slow down for a moment. There is a gap in each barrier, and you must swim through it, but the game is fast and you will not have a time to react, once the barrier comes on screen. So you must focus on the tone, that is played a few seconds before the barrier comes on screen: the higher the frequency of the tone, the higher the gap in the barrier will be.

Dolphin by Activision for Atari 2600