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Author Topic: Chuby, A nightmare under the sea?/Clean Octopus?/Octopus? (Playmatic / Cidelsa?)  (Read 4097 times)

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Spanish forums discussed about an arcade video game called "Chuby, A nightmare under the sea", here's a description:

http://petacos.forumcommunity.net/?t=48248361

Summary data of "Chuby , A nightmare under the sea":

To complete level we had to collect a number of objects scattered around the level.

Two buttons:

Shot button: You are using a kind of electrified trident that can kill more than one enemy at a time.

Turbo button: Lets go through enemies, run faster through electrified areas.

Areas Electrified : In the corridors you existed some areas you could not step on, except if you crossed using the turbo, these areas could be a simple square that you crossed using the turbo or a large hall in which you Metlas using the turbo once and you had to press the turbo button continuously to completely cross it.

To give you an idea of ​​the graphic used in these areas, reminds me of when i used zx spectrum in a loop in which a cursor and print what we do discolor through all the colors.

The graphics were much more elaborate than the piranha (note: referred to the hack of pacman) , and unlike the piranha, the piranhas are your enemies and the player controls a squid, when the time runs out to complete the level an indestructible whale was chasing you (similar to "Puzzle Booble") .

If leeching were you doing with these piranhas evolved to another more difficult to kill to become indestructible color, shooting them to change direction .

The sound drew attention at the time, mostly because the machine "spoke" something new for that time , said "excelente" or "especial" when you kill 4 or 5 piranhas whit a single shot.

And the image danced as djalvaro says , as if we were underwater.

At start we can choose a general map of all levels to finish a level, once completed goes to the general map to choose again the next level .

Date of game: Principle (early) 80'."

The game is in spanish language. It seems a Cidelsa's game (video game branch of spanish pinball manufacturer "Playmatic"), as high scores allows to put large amount of characters by the time, some people said about up to 15 characters, others 21 as the others Cidelsa games: "Destroyer", "Altair" and "Draco".

A person dedicated a blog about things he remember and a search of the game (in spanish):

http://nightmarechuby.blogspot.com.es/search?updated-min=2012-01-01T00:00:00-08:00&updated-max=2013-01-01T00:00:00-08:00&max-results=12

But the real title of the game is uncertain and maybe is a diferent game than "Octopus", but somewhere other spanish forum/s rumored the title might be "Clean Octopus" and claimed as the 4th (not counting Altair II) -and lastest- Cidelsa's game, (strange for a game starred whit a squid).

P.D: Sorry for the lot of editions.
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I can't imagine there is a game from Cidelsa named Octopus, and a different game starring a squid! Unlikely, but maybe it is true!

We have "Octopus" in the Playmatic / Cidelsa list but without a page, maybe I will put a page with this info there.. the fact that we don't even know the right name is sad...

Here's what I put so far. Please let me know if I made a mistake.
http://mamedev.emulab.it/undumped/index.php?title=Octopus_/_Chuby_/_Nightmare_Under_The_Sea_/_Clean_Octopus

BTW, I did not understand this sentence. "Leeching"?
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If leeching were you doing with these piranhas evolved to another more difficult to kill to become indestructible color, shooting them to change direction .
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@Stiletto: You mispeled the title game, it's supossed: "Chuby, a nightmare under the sea" not *Chuby or *A nightmare under the sea. About "leeching" is a word used in the original spanish post but in the context i undestand as "if abuse/leech to shoting too many times the enemy (piranha) evolve in indestructible".

-Today i talked (phone-call) whit the person who created the spanish blog "in search of Chuby", he told me not take a look into our blog since several months, anyway he confirmed what manufacturer is NOT Cidelsa, their investigations got to know the name of the Chuby's manufacturer but he forgot it anyway he said will take a look where he stored the info and will send to me, he said the company was located in Barcelona or other near city . He told too about the game and said it looks like more advanced in general terms (gfx and sounds) than the Cidelsa games. So it can be confirmed the max charaters input to hi-score is 15, not 21 as in Cidelsa's games.

-So at this point it seems Octopus/Clean Octopus is a different game or who know if is a Pinball, according whit some info i readed somewwhere it seems Playmatic manufactured Pinballs and Cidelsa is their branch created for made video-games. (i don't found any info describing the Octopus/ Clean Octopus video-game trought internet). Edit: http://www.ehowenespanol.com/lista-maquinas-pinball-playmatic-info_72868/ (list of all Pinballs released by Playmatic whitout any reference to Octopus). Another posibility is what "Octopus/Clean Octopus" was the same game as "Chuby" but distribuited into other sets (bootleg/hack) or some other set licensed to other manufacturer whit modified (gfx, different hardware, etc...), or somebody gets confused and claims what Octopus/Clean Octopus is a game by Cidelsa and really never was.

-Finally to say, the main reason to phone-call him was becouse i post a comment in our blog about two job profiles found on internet of two persons worked on Cidelsa from 1978 to 1986), but unfortunately the comment was not displayed awaiting aproval and i missed the concrete info and from where i found it, so maybe in a future it might be posible contact whit those two persons and ask directly about Altair II and Octopus/Clean Octopus). Edited: I don't remembered correctly the comment, are not reffered to Cidelsa ex-employes is about the company ELECTRONICA FUNCIONAL OPERATIVA SA from Barcelona city (after a revisit it seems a hardware designer for arcade machines and/or technical repair) now i remember a search some time ago searching something located in this city as was rumored the company was located in Barcelona city (for example "Tecfri" was another company from this city).

http://www.einforma.com/servlet/app/prod/DATOS_DE/EMPRESA/ELECTRONICA-FUNCIONAL-OPERATIVA-SA-C_QTA4MzA0ODkx_de-BARCELONA.html

http://es.linkedin.com/pub/eusebi-aubareda/30/173/805

http://es.linkedin.com/pub/maximo-romero-ruiz/15/6a9/81
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Related to Octopus/Clean Octopus.

I don't know from where is taken the info about the existence of the game but i've found this:

http://user.tninet.se/~awb466s/Collection/Videoflyer.htm#playmatic

According whit this collector he owns a Flyer of the game "Octopus". Altrought last update is 2005/Jul/23 i send an e-mail asking about it for a posible, photo, scan, or elsewere info. The site maybe can provide some info about other games not listed in undumped. Updated: His name is Kristian Goransson, Phone number: +46 410 26487 (Sweeden).

http://www.pin-games.se/arcade/arcade-info.htm

http://user.tninet.se/~xyg435c/arcade-info.htm

To remark something about other spanish arcade game, anybody knows what happened to http://flyers.arcade-museum.com/ ? is not more updated since september 2012, i've found a small image about the game "Botanic" (Itisa, 1984) but searching i didn't find in it.

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-pp4VpI46wbs/UjNuBMIBArI/AAAAAAAAA1k/eiYAHAh3vvk/s1600/botanicflyer.jpg

Altrought is imposible to read any letter it seems related to the same game.
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Impressions after take a look on Altair's Flyer.
Quote from: Udirnel
Seeing that  marquee i reaffirm further into the theory of "Altair II" had the marquee in black and yellow with red letters (and logo Cidelsa, of course).

"Electronica Funcional Operativa" ... look what I've wondered sometimes asked myself to the letters that had labeled "EFO" in Playmatic and Altair boards.


Source:
http://foromarciano.org/foro/thread/05/47/00547_7.html

So according whit some sites, "Electronica Funcional Operativa" developed the games for Cidelsa:
http://www.webxprs.com/blogpunisher/patitos-26-arcades/

http://computeremuzone.com/ficha.php?id=826&pg=media

http://www.imdb.com/company/co0360881/

So time to revise and re-post the previous entry whit the addition of a one more propile of "Electronica Funcional Operativa" ex-employes:

Company:
http://www.einforma.com/servlet/app/prod/DATOS_DE/EMPRESA/ELECTRONICA-FUNCIONAL-OPERATIVA-SA-C_QTA4MzA0ODkx_de-BARCELONA.html

Ex-employes profiles (EFO from finals 70' to mid 80'):
http://es.linkedin.com/pub/maximo-romero-ruiz/15/6a9/81

http://es.linkedin.com/pub/eusebi-aubareda/30/173/805

http://es.linkedin.com/pub/joaquim-agramunt-gonz%C3%A1lez/18/177/36
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