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« on: March 28, 2010, 03:47:05 PM »

Favourite game centre has a cabinet with 'Super Locomotive', Sega game, view from track side on bottom part of screen, map view of track switching and enemies on top half of screen.

Very close to a Commodore game I had/have (?). soundtrack by J. M. Jarre, '[something-or-other] Express', I think. Couldn't work out which was the original, the Sega game is copyright 1982, but am sure the C-64 one was released the year before (expensive but I bought it and worth every penny). Sega game does have one major difference, transforming the locomotive (steam to modern) and a cost in energy for that.

Questions: Title; which was 1st?
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« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2010, 01:09:51 PM »

Managed to track it down myself with a lot of searching .  Super Locomotive (http://www.arcade-museum.com/game_detail.php?game_id=9910) was a couple of years earlier.

The C-64 game was Suicide Express, don't know if it can really be called a SHMUP so posting the video here. It was later than I thought (must have confused one shopping trip with another) and has the sub-screens the other way around. Both have soundtracks by good electronic artists of the time (Yellow Magic Orchestra for Super Loco, J.M. Jarre for Suicide Express).

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mi7A3N6LhMU" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mi7A3N6LhMU</a>

Eminently suitable concept for the DS, perhaps Sega should be contacted.
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« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2010, 02:27:13 PM »

This was quite an impressive C64 game in it's time, written by veteran Tony 'Ratt' Crowther of Blagger fame (amongst tons more).
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« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2010, 02:40:53 PM »

Indeed so, enjoyed wasting many hours on it (then realised the reason I didn't remember the title was because some bastard stole my copy long ago so I hadn't seen it for a long time). Thought the concept was a 64/Gremlin/Crowther original until I saw Super Loco a couple of weeks ago, still, sprite design and sounds are better on Suicide Express.
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« Reply #4 on: April 02, 2010, 03:41:10 PM »

Suicide Express was the semi-followup to LOCO.
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLQQlQl2G40" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLQQlQl2G40</a>
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« Reply #5 on: April 04, 2010, 11:35:08 AM »

Never saw that one at the time, but it's clearly a direct take on Super Locomotive (same colours and all).
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