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Tianlei© Paramount Pictures

When developer Chris Oberth died in 2012, at the age of 59, he left a considerable legacy, including Phasor Zap, Anteater, Ardy the Aardvark with Indiana Jones and Temple of Doom Listed in his honor.

He left one more huge Choose floppy disk, hard drive and CD-R, these are donated by his family Video Game History Foundation, It has been filtering data to correctly classify and save data. The hard work paid off because VGHF discovered the Oberth-coded NES game, which was thought to have been lost 30 years ago.

That game was Tianlei, Based on the movie directed by Tony Scott in 1990, and a racing champion starring the then (then) promising Tom Cruise. It was originally intended to be released by Mindscape, but the company released it instead different The version of the game developed by Beam Software on the NES. It seems that Oberth’s version started development earlier, but it has been cancelled. The developer himself only talked about it once in an interview with the retro game newsletter in 2006 Refurbished times.

As you can see from the film, it is slightly different from the release version of Beam, which uses rough 3D graphics to copy the original movement of the film:

Unbelievably, when VGHF browsed Oberth’s disc archives, he discovered the game entirely by accident. The source code is distributed on 21 5.25-inch floppy disks. All these files are still readable. Archivist Rich Whitehouse found the source code, game data and assembler on it. From this, he was able to compile the ROM.

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Without this discovery, Oberss’ work will be lost forever and always – But now it will continue to exist. VGHF plans to provide online source code to those interested in creating their own ROM from the data, and plans to publish the game on a NES shopping cart, and the proceeds will be used for Oberth’s family.

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