Gremlins (PCB)

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Gremlins
Gremlins - PCB.jpg
Platform: PC Boot Loader
Year: 1984
Developer: Atarisoft

Gremlins is a PC Boot Loader hack-and-slay game, ported from Gremlins (A52).

Some graphics have been retouched to look slightly less blocky, the controls keep you walking until you hit an obstacle or press ENTER, and night 1 is the default (rather than night 3). Gremlins (A2) seems ported from this.

Starting with night 9, the gameplay harshly speeds up (whereas later, get-ready slows down). After you lose your last life, the current high score shows on the bottom.

Screenshots

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One-time title screen.

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The main menu and setup.

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Cage the last mogwai before the (black) sun is up!

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Out of time.

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The F key may bring stunning color.

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CGA + F8 = just other colors.

Music

This port includes all original audio (except harmony) from Gremlins (A52) and converts its data from POKEY to PC Speaker just as it plays. Naturally, we hear only one sound at a time. Unfortunately, their priorities are fully unconverted: Your walk is annoyingly loud and cuts off more notable cues, like mogwai escaping.

Recording

To record every song once, the game was played:

  1. in DOSBox 0.74 with machine=cga.
  2. on a real Pentium 60 MHz with a microphone standing in front of the PC Speaker.
# Title ComposerArranger Length Listen Download
101 Start Robert VieiraUnknown 0:09
Download
102 Get Ready Robert VieiraUnknown 0:04
Download
103 Sunlight Robert VieiraUnknown 0:03
Download
104 Level Completed Robert VieiraUnknown 0:01
Download
105 Game Over Robert VieiraUnknown 0:09
Download
# Title ComposerArranger Length Listen Download
201 Start Robert VieiraUnknown 0:16
Download
202 Get Ready Robert VieiraUnknown 0:08
Download
203 Sunlight Robert VieiraUnknown 0:06
Download
204 Level Completed Robert VieiraUnknown 0:02
Download
205 Game Over Robert VieiraUnknown 0:17
Download

Credits

(Source for composer: Gremlins (A52). Game lacks credits.)


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Source verification is needed.

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Game Rip

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This rip is missing songs.

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Format

Download

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N/A


All audio is hard-coded and requires a programmatic or log format that outputs to the PC Speaker. However, this is beyond the scope of this site.

Audio Devices

Music

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Sound

Icon - PC Speaker.png

Pressing the S key mutes or unmutes all audio. Starting with VGA, everything is only 58% as fast. This is because the game tries to synchronize with the screen refresh, which apparently turns out different on old and new graphics hardware.

Releases

  USA.svg   USA
Gremlins - PCB.jpg
Title: Gremlins
Platform: PC Boot Loader
Released: 1984-??-??
Publisher: Atarisoft

Links


Gremlins
Gremlins Platform - A26.png
Gremlins Platform - A2.png • Platform - C64.png • Platform - PCB.png • Platform - A52.png
Gremlins Platform - C64.png
Gremlins 2: The New Batch Platform - AMI.png • Platform - AST.png • Platform - C64.png • Platform - DOS.png • Platform - GB.png • Platform - NES.png
Gremlins: Unleashed Platform - GBC.png
Gremlins: Gizmo vs Stripe Platform - GBA.png