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SINGE

SINGE is an add-on for the Daphne Laserdisc Emulator.  

SINGE (named after the dragon in Dragon's Lair) is a Lua-based scripting system that allows for rapid prototyping of new laserdisc games, or the creation of entirely new games! The langauge is easy to learn, very powerful, and fast. All the features needed to develop your own game are made available through a simple application programming interface (API).

SINGE provides numerous features to the game developer. Some of the more interesting ones are:

  • Object-Oriented Programming Language
  • Easy-to-Use Interface into Daphne
  • Sprites
  • TrueType Font Support
  • 32-bit Color Space with Transparency
  • Multi-channel, Overlapping, Stereo Sound
  • Analog and Digital Input Device Support

ActionMax Emulator

Rather than a few simple demos to show the capabilities of SINGE, we created an emulator for the Worlds of Wonder ActionMax console. From Old-Computers.com:

Action Max from Worlds of Wonder (WoW), released in the US in 1987, was a unique, if simple and ultimately unimpressive game system that used special pre-recorded VHS video tapes for software. The original package came bundled with the base unit, light gun, television sensor, headphones, connection cables, documentation and one game, "Sonic Fury". Batteries or a power supply were not included. After connecting the components to the base unit and the base unit to any standard VCR, the player inserted the videotape game into the VCR and pressed 'play'. After minimal video instruction, the target sensor was placed on the appropriate spot on the television's screen via the included suction cup. A short target practice scenario was displayed, then the game began, with the target sensor glowing red every time a hit was registered, keeping count on the base unit.

While the emulator isn't technically a true emulator, it does allow you to play the five existing ActionMax titles:

  • .38 Ambush Alley (Cop Simulator, Live Action)
  • Blue Thunder (based on 1983 movie Blue Thunder)
  • Hydrosub: 2021 (Underwater Future Sub Simulator)
  • The Rescue of Pops Ghostly (Haunted House)
  • Sonic Fury (Jet Game, included in system package)

One other title has been rumored to exist, but as of yet, we've not been able to find it (if you have it, please let us know!):

  • Fright Night (unreleased)

ActionMax Installation

Installing SINGE and the ActionMax emulator isn't quite as easy as we'd like.  If you just want to play the games, grab the latest daphne-singe-win32 archive and some video files. You'll need at least the ActionMax Intro and the game you want (or grab the torrent!).  Dump all the video files into the Singe/ActionMax folder and then take a look at the batch files in the daphne-singe-win32-x.x folder for how to run it.

Time Traveler Emulator

Time Traveler or Hologram Time Traveler is a stereographic laserdisc FMV arcade game released in 1991 by Sega and designed by Dragon's Lair creator Rick Dyer. It is called the "World's First Holographic Video Game" because it utilizes a special arcade cabinet that projects the game's characters. The holographic effect is an optical illusion using a huge curved mirror and a CRT television set.

Thanks to "rdg2009" from the Daphne IRC channel, SINGE now has a Time Traveler emulator!  Installation is very similar to the ActionMax instructions above.  For more details, see the readme and ripping guide included in the archive.  You will need a Time Traveler (video) DVD from Digital Leisure.

Downloads

SINGE Documentation SINGE Documentation 7/24/2012 2:08 pm 312 B
SINGE Test Script SINGE Test Script 7/24/2012 2:08 pm 313 B
Source Code for SINGE Source Code for SINGE 7/24/2012 2:08 pm 317 B
ActionMax Emulator ActionMax Emulator 7/24/2012 2:08 pm 350 B
SINGE Precompiled Windows Binaries SINGE Precompiled Windows Binaries 7/24/2012 2:08 pm 360 B
ActionMax Intro (for Emulator) ActionMax Intro (for Emulator) 7/24/2012 2:08 pm 353 B
.38 Ambush Alley (Game Video for Emulator) .38 Ambush Alley (Game Video for Emulator) 7/24/2012 2:08 pm 365 B
Blue Thunder  (Game Video for Emulator) Blue Thunder (Game Video for Emulator) 7/24/2012 2:08 pm 353 B
Hydrosub 2021 (Game Video for Emulator) Hydrosub 2021 (Game Video for Emulator) 7/24/2012 2:08 pm 356 B
Pops Ghostly (Game Video for Emulator) Pops Ghostly (Game Video for Emulator) 7/24/2012 2:08 pm 352 B
Sonic Fury (Game Video for Emulator) Sonic Fury (Game Video for Emulator) 7/24/2012 2:08 pm 344 B
daphne-singe-win32-1.0.zip daphne-singe-win32-1.0.zip 7/24/2012 2:08 pm 370 B
SINGE-Action-Max-Emulator-for-DAPHNE.torrent SINGE-Action-Max-Emulator-for-DAPHNE.torrent 7/24/2012 2:08 pm 442 B
singe.zip singe.zip 7/24/2012 2:08 pm 323 B
SINGE-Time-Traveler-Installer.exe SINGE-Time-Traveler-Installer.exe 7/24/2012 2:08 pm 398 B