Donkey Kong – C64 vs Arcade

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I’ve been thinking a bit about content to post since my games are all in storage and there obviously is no work being done on them. As you may know from my previous posts, I recently dug the Commodore 64 out of storage to give me something to occupy my time. So, for the next few posts, I’m going to take a look at original arcade games and how the Commodore 64 version compares.

Since my games aren’t accessible to me and I don’t have a video capture device for the Commodore, I’m going to do all of my comparisons via emulators. MAME for the arcade portion and VICE for the C64 portion. I chose my favorite game, Donkey Kong as the first candidate. I’m going to try and hit the games I own first, so we’ll be taking a look at the C64 ports of Dig Dug, Donkey Kong Jr., Ms. Pac-man, Track & Field and Centipede first, and then games I previously owned like Elevator Action, Missile Command and Jungle Hunt...

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All Cleaned Up

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Last Saturday, I started disassembling the play field on World Cup Soccer for a good cleaning.  This wasn’t a complete tear down, but about 90% of the items were removed.  I did not remove the pop bumpers or goalie assembly but everything else essentially came off.  I cleaned the play field with Novus 2, the plastics with Novus 1 and then installed a coat of wax to the playable areas of the play field.  New rubbers were installed as well as a new set of balls.  You can see what 30 years of gunk looks like once I removed the apron at the bottom of the play field:

Someone had waxed the table previously.  Unfotunately, they didn’t do a very good job of applying or removing the wax.  Here is a shot of one of the posts with wax residue encased in the grooves...

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Light ‘Em Up

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On Friday while playing a few games, I realized that I had a number of games with bad, unlit marquee lights.  I did some work on Saturday to rectify this.  Here are the results:

Everything is finally illuminated!  I may have some news in the next day or two about my next “project”.  Stay tuned….

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It Kicks!

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As promised, here are some additional pictures of my recently acquired World Cup Soccer pinball.  This thing is in great shape! The cabinet is clean and the play field will be perfect once it’s had a good cleaning. Here are the original marketing flyers for World Cup Soccer:

An interesting note about the flyer; it features Soldier Field in Chicago which was one of the host sites for the ’94 World Cup.  Unfortunately, it shows an American football game being played instead of football as it is known internationally. Here are a few shots of the table as seen from the front, a close up of the back box and a close up of the manufacturer’s tag on the back of the table:

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