Vindicators is a one or two player arcade game released by Atari Games in 1988. Home ports were by Tengen. Vindicators was not licensed by Nintendo and used an alternate chip to defeat the 10NES lockout system. Ports were planned for the Atari Lynx and Apple IIGS, with the latter even completed, but both were cancelled. The arcade original was released for Windows PCs on Midway Arcade Treasures (2004).
The NES port was developed by Westwood Associates, although it was uncredited. The game was done by only four developers, which were game programmer Marco Herrera, graphic artist Joseph B. Hewitt IV, and music/sounds by Paul Mudra and Dwight Okahara.
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As expected, the music is taken from the arcade version composed by Atari's Hal Canon and Brad Fuller. It was ported to the NES by Westwood's Paul S. Mudra and Dwight Okahara. Paul said the following about the music:
According to Paul, he used Deluxe Music Construction Set on the Amiga to write his music for the NES. It is most likely Dwight used the same method. Their MIDI files were converted to Westwood's NES sound driver.
There are issues with the timing of this recording.
|01||Title Screen||Hal Canon, Brad Fuller||Paul Mudra, Dwight Okahara||Paul Mudra||0:31||Download|
|02||Target Select||Hal Canon, Brad Fuller||Paul Mudra, Dwight Okahara||Paul Mudra||0:22||Download|
|03||Level 1||Hal Canon, Brad Fuller||Paul Mudra, Dwight Okahara||Paul Mudra||3:00||Download|
|04||Level 2||Hal Canon, Brad Fuller||Paul Mudra, Dwight Okahara||Paul Mudra||3:00||Download|
|05||Level 3||Hal Canon, Brad Fuller||Paul Mudra, Dwight Okahara||Paul Mudra||3:00||Download|
|06||Level 4||Hal Canon, Brad Fuller||Paul Mudra, Dwight Okahara||Paul Mudra||3:00||Download|
|07||Ending / High Scores||Hal Canon, Brad Fuller||Paul Mudra, Dwight Okahara||Paul Mudra||0:52||Download|
- Ripper: Unknown (Title screen), Zophar's Domain (The rest)
- Recorder: Doommaster1994 (Title screen), Duc4Wikmedia (The rest)
- Game Credits:
(Sources: Arcade, verification from composers, game lacks credits.)
We have verified that Paul Mudra and Dwight Okahara composed the music. It is unknown why the game does not have credits, but it is presumably because the game was unlicensed and Westwood didn't want to burn bridges with Nintendo. However, Pac-Mania, released around the same time and was also published by Tengen, contains a credits scroll.
This rip is missing songs.
Ripping NES music is an arduous process that is beyond the scope of this site.