Scott Stilphen - 12/02/2017
Here's the correct link to Fandal's site for Ixion: http://a8.fandal.cz/detail.php?files_id=2083
littleman jack - 20/11/2010
Very fun game. It's also very addicting, one of those games where you keep hitting start to try and do a little better.
Wow nice to hear from the author of one of my all time favourite Atari games! The version here has some additional corruption, there is a better copy of the game here http://atari.fandal.cz/detail.php?files_id=2083 which was the 'happy hero hacked version' that now has the proper text re-added. We played ixion in the high score club on atariage recently http://www.atariage.com/forums/forum/60-8-bit-high-score-club/ would be nice to hear from you!
The corrupted graphics Gwobby refers to is an artifact of using character graphics to display the player, enemy tank, and background tiles. Before each new tile pattern is displayed the code combines the player and enemy tank graphics with the background tile. This is done for all possible positions of the player/enemy as it moves over tiles. But it does not take into account that player and enemy can occasionally occupy the same character cell. It was not practical to generate all possible combinations of player and enemy tank occupying the same cell. So when they get close you can see one overwriting the other and get a cell that should have both player and enemy tank but only has one.
Great game, really playable, check it out! The copy here has some corruption on the graphics but this doesn't spoil things too much. There is another earlier(?) version available elsewhere that has transparent balls and less bullets and is missing a few sound effects but it doesn't have the corrupted graphics. Both excellent!
Does Fred Mack still love Colleen Lorenz? If you type WHO DOES FRED MACK LOVE? this is what it says!
In the original version the copywrite line read "(C) 1982 SEGA". I don't know if they still work in this version but there are 3 Easter eggs in the original version. Type "Who programmed this game?" (without quotes, with question mark) at the startup screen and the copyright line changes to "PROGRAMMED BY FRED MACK". There are 2 similar things you can type. Sega never put our names on the boxes so I had to sneak it in. I am still making games today.