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Choose one of the following four options:
Easy Version: Four 2716 eproms, or two 2732 eproms
This is the easier version with high scores recorded of over 10,000,000.
Identified by display of “SHIPS LEFT” after destroying Star Castle only if player died.
Star Castle (older) (starcas1) in M.A.M.E.
Hard Version: Four 2716 eproms, or two 2732 eproms
This is the harder version with high scores recorded less than 30,000.
Identified by game always displaying “SHIPS LEFT” after destroying Star Castle.
Star Castle (Version 3) (starcas) in M.A.M.E.
The Star Castle Free Play adds the following features to the Star Castle roms:
There is very little free space available in the original Star Castle roms. The code for the test pattern has been removed in order to have space to add the free play option.
In free play attract mode, the Star Castle Demo remains on screen twice as long as in the coin operated mode. The video below shows the free play attract mode cycling a few times before a game is started:
The Star Castle Free Play is a simple rom swap.
Power off the machine and insert the new eproms maintaining the same orientation (the notch on the chip) as in the previous chips. Since the roms are sent on new eproms, the legs may need to be bent inward slightly to properly fit in to the sockets on the Cinematronics PCB.
On a 8k board, replace P7,R7,T7,U7.
On a 16k board, replace P7 and T7.
R7 and U7 are not accessed and can be unpopulated or can contain eproms left from another game.
Before powering up, verify that all the chip legs are in the sockets and that all the chips are oriented correctly. Inserting the chip backwards and powering up the game can destroy the chip.
Switching between Free Play and Coin Operation
Original Star Castle Option Switches:
ON = NORMAL OPERATION
OFF = TEST PATTERN
Star Castle Free Play Option Switches:
ON = COIN OPERATION
OFF = FREE PLAY
All others are identical.
Click here to download a pdf manual with the information above plus information on setting the initial high score.
(Updated August 31, 2016)