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Faster, Harder, More Challenging Q*bert

Arcade Video game published 36 years ago by Mylstar Electronics, Inc.

Faster, Harder, More Challenging Q*bert screenshot

Listed and emulated in MAME !
Information for the following ROM(s): sqbert

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Faster, Harder, More Challenging Q*bert © 1983 Mylstar Electronics.


Main CPU : I8086 (@ 5 Mhz)
Sound CPU : MOS Technology M6502 (@ 894.886 Khz)
Sound Chips : DAC, Votrax SC-01

Screen orientation : Vertical
Video resolution : 256 x 240 pixels
Screen refresh : 61.419025 Hz
Palette colors : 16

Players : 2
Control : 4-way joystick (diagonal)


This game is an unreleased prototype, never went into production, and no dedicated cabinets are known to exist.

A Votrax SC-01 speech synthesis chip is used to generate the incoherent speech of Q*bert swearing, Slick and Sam (high pitch) and Wrong Way and Ugg (low pitch). The only true speech ever generated is 'Hello, I'm turned on' when the game is first powered up and 'Bye Bye' after entering your initials at the end of a game.


Differences between FHMC Q*bert and Q*bert :
* As the name implies, it is faster.
* Platforms shift position.
* There are bonus rounds after levels two and five.
* New enemy Q*bertha (acts the same as Coily).


Programming by : Warren Davis
Video graphics by : Jeff Lee
Sound by : David D. Thiel

Game's ROM.