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|The Q*Bert Multigame
is a hardware/software combination that allows
all three 'official' US Q*Bert releases-- Q*Bert,
Faster Harder More Challenging Q*Bert, and
Q*Bert's Qubes-- to be played in a single cabinet
and a single boardset simply by selecting them
from an onscreen menu system.
In addition, with the kit installed you
have access to numerous fun and useful
enhancements and features:
- Start the machine with the
menu system to pick a game, or set a
"default" game to jump to
automatically on power-up.
- Press P1 and P2 start
simultaneously to return to the menu
- Retains high-score
information for all games!
- Q*Bert's Qubes has many
enhancements-- on onscreen menu for
setting difficulty, coinage, knocker, and
- Colorful, animated menu
system with sound effects.
- Hypnotic automatic screen
saver for the menu system.
- Field upgradable to run
more new or classic games-- just replace
some socketed chips when an upgrade is
(Menu page for the Multigame Menu
System. The "FHMC Q*BERT" is dancing up
and down, kinda hard to tell from the still
Options menu in Q*Bert's Qubes)
Installation is about as simple as this type of
thing can be. You remove about a dozen socketed
chips from the board and simply plug in three
daughterboards that make up the kit. One
capacitor must be soldered in place and if you
want to have P1 Start + P2 Start call the menu,
six more wires must be soldered in place.
The MultiGame Menu is called on
power-up, and can be recalled by pressing both
the P1 and P2 "start" buttons
New game features (such as
on-screen difficulty setting) are accomplished
through the standard setup-screens for each game
or the dip switches.
© 2002, Clayton Cowgill