What many people have been waiting for, got into my hands today for testing purposes. The Namco System 1
emulator being worked on by none other than JROK of
JAS fame, is close to being released in public beta
form. I got a chance to test this today, and I can say
it plays incredibly well. I had a couple of chats with
the author in the new #retrogamers channel on EfNet and
came up with a few news bits you might be interested in
reading about this new and upcoming emulator.
|Jas-Sys1 coming soon! - January 12, '99 by JoseQ
The emulator, which will be called JAS-SYS1, will
come in stand alone form, initially with Pac-Mania support.
I played this game and it played great, full speed using
about 70% of the CPU on my PII-400. So expect to need more
or less a PII-266 to play near close to full speed.
It requires the Scitech Display Doctor since it runs in
400x300 resolution. I recommend downloading the DOS version
since that's all you will need and many people have had
bad experiences with Scitech messing up with the Windows
As far cs sound is concerned, it didn't play the music
but had the sound effects enabled. The emulator in itself
runs through a setup screen much like those found in Doom
and Duke3d for DOS. From it you can setup your sound card,
joystick and/or keys to play using the keyboard.
For an alpha, I must say it plays real good. And I have
been told by the author himself, that we could expect that
beta release pretty soon. It seems that once again JROK
will be the pioneer with a much awaited game. First it was
with JAS and its Gaplus / Pac-Land emulation, and now PacMania. Kudos to JROK on his incredible work, and keep your eye on EmuViews for an upcoming InterView with him.
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