News: Estoerica Treasure Cove Reproduction for Bally Astrocade now Available!
The original 1983 third party cartridge release for the Bally Astrocade, Treasure Cove, from Estoerica, is now available in a new homebrew reproduction, complete with box, manual, and cartridge. Head on over to 2600 Connection for ordering details. It’s a steal at just $25 plus shipping!
Per Tim’s announcement on AtariAge:
“I am proud to announce that I have been working with Brent H. AKA “bah” here on Atari Age and we are offering a remake of the Estoerica release of TREASURE COVE for the Bally Astrocade.
Please note this is a reproduction cartridge and it has been fitted with an existing Astrocade Videocade style box from a different release.“
If you’re interested about the legality of this release, check out Bally Alley maestro Adam Trionfo’s analysis and comments on other recent homebrew releases:
“In case anyone is wondering about the legality of this Treasure Cove release, there is no need to worry: this release is perfectly okay. Back in 2001, Treasure Cove was placed into the public domain by by Brett Bilbrey, Mike Toth and Marian Nalepa (Spectre Systems, the people who wrote the game– although they didn’t publish it). You can read an article about the game’s PD release here:
For those that are curious, Treasure Cove is an 8K cartridge (the largest available for the system). The game was released in 1983. It was written by Brett Bilbrey, with sound by Marion Nelepa.
For those who are interested in the technical side of this game, the source code is available here:
The manual for Treasure Cove is here:
For anyone with a keen interest in the game-before-the-game, the Treasure Cove concept art (which is pretty cool!) can be viewed here:
I noticed that someone asked if War could be re-released. It’s available (with permission) on the most recent Astrocade multicarts, but I’m not aware of Michael Garber, the programmer of Crazy Climber and War, being asked to have a re-release of either of his two Astrocade games.“