Cameltry

The Arcade PCB by Taito Corp.

Cameltry screenshot

Emulated in MAME !

DESCRIPTION

[ARCADE] Arcade PCB

Cameltry © 1989 Taito Corp.


The player must guide a ball through a number of mazes, rotating the maze through 180 degrees to get the ball to move in the desired direction - much like the bonus levels in the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive console title, "Sonic the Hedgehog". Each maze must be completed within a tight time limit and a number of traps and obstacles litter the mazes to slow players down.

There are, however, a number of positive targets to be hit, and bonuses - such as additional time - can be found hidden away within the mazes. When the ball is stuck or the player would like to speed up, the JUMP button can be used. If the player runs out of time before reaching the goal, a random matching game is run to allow the player more time to complete the maze. This challenge, however is very difficult to win.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

PICTURE :
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Cameltry the  Arcade PCB
Click to enlarge
(members only)
Runs on the "Taito F2 System" hardware. It used a graphics extension on the board, the so called Taito F2 Expanded System.

Prom Stickers : C38

Players : 2
Control : Spinner
Buttons : 1

An alternate US version uses a YM2203 @ 3 Mhz instead of the YM2610 @ 8 Mhz.

TRIVIA

Even if the titlescreen says 1989, Cameltry was released in April 1990.

This game uses inertia and gravity to simulate how an actual ball in a maze would roll, under real-life conditions. This is what makes this game fun to play.

Pony Canyon / Scitron released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (Cameltry, Cadash - PCCB-00043) on October 21, 1990.

Zuntata Records released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (Zuntata History L'ab-normal 1st - ZTTL-0038) on April 1, 1999.

UPDATES

The US version has the "Winners Don't Use Drugs" screen.

TIPS AND TRICKS

• Obtain a very high time and you can gain 1000 points, featuring Tiki (the Kiwi Bird of "The New Zealand Story" game) or another character of Taito.

• If you complete a stage with less than 10 seconds remaining, a slot machine appears. The numbers on all 3 reels will be added as a bonus time. This does not happen on the special courses.

• Round Select : Hold Service Switch at boot.
Input : Start(x3), Service Switch, Start on Service Switch Error message screen. This code (Taito Command) is used in many Taito games, G-Darius, Rastan Saga II, Gunlock/Ray Force etc.

• Ball Selection : If you hold down the START button while selecting a course (except the training course) you can change the appearance of the ball.

• Secret Bonus : If the 3 digits on the timer is the same at goal (eg 11.1, 22.2, 33.3, etc), secret bonus is added.

• Staff Credits : When seeing the ending, hold the JUMP button. NOTE : It's disabled when you select Training course.

SERIES

1) Cameltry (1990)
2) Mawashite Koron (2006, Nintendo DS JAP) / Labyrinth (2007, Nintendo DS EUR/USA)

STAFF

Produce & Game Designer: PPR Kaito
Software Programming: Magician Kaz, Teddy Koike, Tack Karube
Bit Graphics: Zak Munn, Zenzy Miya, PPR Kaito
Hardware: K. Fujimoto, M. Yamaguchi
Sound (Zuntata): Hisayoshi Ogura, Yasuhisa Watanabe
Cabinet Decoration: Hiroyasu Nagai (Super Star Nagai)

PORTS

Consoles:


Nintendo Super Famicom japan (1992) "Cameltry [Model SHVC-CT]"
Nintendo SNES usa (nov.1992) "On the Ball [Model SNS-CT-USA]"
Nintendo SNES europe (1993) "On the Ball [Model SNSP-CT-EUR]"
Sony PlayStation 2 japan (jul.28, 2005) "Taito Memories Joukan [Model SLPM-66057]"
Sony PlayStation 2 australia (mar.30, 2006) "Taito Legends 2 [Model SLES-53852]"
Microsoft XBOX europe (mar.31, 2006) "Taito Legends 2"
Sony PlayStation 2 europe (mar.31, 2006) "Taito Legends 2 [Model SLES-53852]"
Sony PlayStation 2 usa (may.16, 2007) "Taito Legends 2 [Model SLUS-21349]"

Handhelds:


Sony PSP [AS] (jan.3, 2006) "Taito Memories Pocket [Model UCAS-40040]"
Sony PSP japan (jan.5, 2006) "Taito Memories Pocket [Model ULJM-50706]"
Sony PSP korea (feb.10, 2006) "Taito Memories Pocket"
Sony PSP europe (oct.6, 2006) "Taito Legends Power-Up [Model ULES-00473]"
Sony PSP australia (nov.9, 2006) "Taito Legends Power-Up [Model ULES-00473]"
Sony PSP usa (may.17, 2007) "Taito Legends Power-Up [Model ULUS-10208]"

Computers:


Sharp X68000 japan (sept.25, 1991)
FM Towns PC japan (1993)
PC [MS Windows, CD-ROM] europe (mar.31, 2006) "Taito Legends 2"
PC [MS Windows, CD-ROM] usa (jul.10, 2007) "Taito Legends 2"

Others:


Nokia N-Gage usa "Taito Memories" : Release cancelled
Apple iPhone/iPod usa (june.8, 2009) [Model 306654093]

SOURCES
Game's picture.
Game's ROMs.
Game's screenshots.
See goodies section.

Page last modified on November 17, 2015