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    Hi there. I created a "walkthrough" video of the incredible, largely forgotten masterpiece, Atari Gravitar (1982). It's my all-time favorite arcade game and it has kept its appeal through the decades.

    I hope these video(s) give you some good playing tips. It's a video capture of one full game played (everything completed, full loop, game "clocked"). I used AAE Vector emulator which is the best substitute for the real thing.

    Enjoy!

    PART I:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLmAIyTOqGQ

    PART II:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZv-9R2fPjI

    PART III:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JvLcrlKmNy4

    PART IV:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1iVWrcEMorA

    PART V:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1lsAqPfgSU
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    I'm not a Gravitar expert like you are, but I always liked this game. Looking forward to going through your videos and hopefully learning a few things.

    What do you think of the 2600 port? I might not be skilled enough to realize flaws with it, but I thought it was a amazing job considering the underpowered nature of the hardware.

    Wish every arcade port on the 2600 turned out as nicely as that one did.

    Edit - "As you can see, there's plenty of time to escape the first reactor."

    You escaped just as the counter was a frame or so away from switching away from 3 seconds to 2 seconds...

    I'd hate to see what you think a difficult timed sequence would be if 2 seconds left is "plenty of time".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Leo_A View Post
    I'm not a Gravitar expert like you are, but I always liked this game. Looking forward to going through your videos and hopefully learning a few things.

    What do you think of the 2600 port? I might not be skilled enough to realize flaws with it, but I thought it was a amazing job considering the underpowered nature of the hardware.
    I agree. It was a brave effort. I had the original 2600 back in its day but never saw Gravitar. I've played it in the emulator though.

    Edit - "As you can see, there's plenty of time to escape the first reactor."

    You escaped just as the counter was a frame or so away from switching away from 3 seconds to 2 seconds...

    I'd hate to see what you think a difficult timed sequence would be if 2 seconds left is "plenty of time".
    But I wasted a lot of time when shooting it. You can normally exit with 7 seconds left. The third reactor is possible as well, but it has gun turrets already when you enter it. After that it becomes too difficult... and impossible in later rounds.

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    Very nice! I'll have to watch these when I get a chance. Gravitar has also been one of my favorite games for a LONG time, and one of my favorites in my personal collection. I'd say I'm better than average, but certainly no expert, but I'm sure some tips will help.

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    Thanks all.

    I edited the 1st post videos because I managed to complete the game fully. I also recorded one full loop.

    It's now 100% perfect walkthrough (all universes & solar systems until the game "clocks" and starts over).

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