Super Zapper Recharge!

Use virtualjaguar to play some old favorites, or to discover some new faves you just missed!
gamereleasedate: 
Saturday, June 10, 2017 - 1:45am
Unfortunately, some of these titles do rely on the Jaguar's numerical gamepad (the original controller had an Intellivision like numpad which allowed players to slide game-specific plastic templates on top to control the game), so your mileage may vary absent this functionality. However, "Tempest 2000," and a whole slew of the other excellent titles listed above should give you hundreds of hours of complaint free gaming.

BLGC 2017-06-10

Head: Super Zapper Recharge!

Sub: Use virtualjaguar to play some old favorites, or to discover some new faves you just missed!

With the release schedule for new games currently in a bit of a lull, we'd like to take this moment to introduce you to an all-time classic title finally playable on an emulator that's (very likely) lurking within your Linux distro's default repositories, just waiting to be installed and fired up!

The game is the inimitable classic "Tempest 2000," one of the flagship titles for the short-lived Atari Jaguar. The emulator is called virtualjaguar, and if you run Mint 18 (and by extension, likely any Ubuntu derived distro) the odds are very good that its available straight up through your default repositories. Just fire up Synaptic Package Manager and do a search for it. The version you want (if you have to go searching the interwebs for a .deb) is 2.1.2-2.

Be patient the first dozen times you open virtualjaguar, though, as it seems to like to crash a lot BEFORE/when its not actually running a game; but once you have a ROM loaded, it is rock solid - we've experienced zero in-game crashes, but were initially kind of disconcerted by the crashes we experienced while configuring our controls etc.

You can read a step-by-step about how to get ROMs we wrote for our buddy (a windows user) Captainford, here:

http://sethbarkan.tumblr.com/post/160982167782/super-zapper-recharge-bit...

Other games that you might want to grab for the platform are:

Trevor McFur in the Crescent Galaxy

Rayman

Raiden

Cybermorph

Defender 2000

Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure

Iron Soldier 2

Flashback: The Quest For Identity

Club Drive World

Alien Versus Predator

Unfortunately, some of these titles do rely on the Jaguar's numerical gamepad (the original controller had an Intellivision like numpad which allowed players to slide game-specific plastic templates on top to control the game), so your mileage may vary absent this functionality. However, "Tempest 2000," and a whole slew of the other excellent titles listed above should give you hundreds of hours of complaint free gaming.

Super Zapper Recharge, bitches!

-Seth "Fingers" Flynn Barkan is the author of "Blue Wizard Is About To Die," and is the host of the Best Linux Games Podcast, a weekly audio podcast covering only the best games available for the GNU/Linux Operating System. Which will own you, SUCKAH! (he can be contacted via twitter @Vegaswriter or by sending a message directly through Steam to "skookiesprite")