Posted tagged ‘The Act’

Double your pleasure, double your fun! 2 video reviews in one post with The Act and Blazing Angels!

July 5, 2008

As promised here are more video reviews. I’m sorry that the quality on these is well, youtube quality. I still don’t understand why certain videos make the cut for their “high quality” setting and others seem not to as these were recorded in HD and uploaded untouched. I would have put them on Vimeo but you only get 500MB a week there and I’ve pretty much used up my limit this week.

Anyways here is a review of The Act and Blazing Angels. Both are excellent games although The Act gets props for originality and for getting people into the game moreso than I have seen with other games at my place. The only other game I have seen people so addicted to is Indiana Jones to be honest. Blazing Angels and Big Buck Safari aren’t far behind though.

The Act by Cecropia (UPDATED WITH THE HIGHER QUALITY VERSION, youtube version after the break)

Blazing Angels by GlobalVR

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Want in on The Act?

November 27, 2007

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I have received word from Cecropia that a full cabinet as well as a kit are up on eBay for their cancelled coin-op title The Act. You have probably already seen the footage I’ve taken of the game and you probably know as well that these things are super rare. With only ten kits going up for sale and knowing that a few have already been sold demonstrates that there are only a few left. Getting the cabinet would be nice since it sports a unique design and a large LCD monitor but that will likely command a high price but that remains to be seen. Either way I have felt that the kit is worth it and I should be installing mine into a cabinet this next month. I’ll have to document that and post it for fun.
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The Act Part 2 – Physical movement sequence

November 17, 2007

OK here is the next part of The Act that I promised to record for everyone, a part where you control the main character Edgar and his movement through the hospital hallways. It is fairly challenging as you must avoid colling with various objects and people but at the same time it’s a lot of fun. This is also the most graphically impressive part of the game. I apologize for the cheap monitor – I would have run it on my HDTV but I need the right converters to do that. Anyways, here is the video. If you missed the first video, it’s here on Arcade Heroes or Youtube (I will be adding this video to Youtube as well).

PS: I am going to use the Youtube version of this video at the moment as WordPress is not letting me upload it directly to their server. I will try and get a WP version up as I know that some places block Youtube.

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Video: The Act gameplay

October 26, 2007

So I finally managed to get some sound on The Act by hooking up a speaker that I pulled from one of my JAMMA cabinets. I am considering looking for a cabinet to put the game into this weekend but I don’t really have any more space for a cabinet at this point. I found a cabinet at a thrift store today (Time Soldiers) but they were asking $300 for it which was too much. Anyways, here is a video of The Act – I apologize for the horrible sound, all I had was the built-in mic on my digital camera and as you’ll be able to tell, it’s cheap. UPDATE: If you enjoyed this part, also check out another more interesting part of the game where you actually steer Edgar through a chase scene, physically controlling the movement of a cartoon character.

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First thoughts on The Act (my review for the week)

October 25, 2007

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The reason why I am calling this my first thoughts and not my final review is because I am having a little issue with the sound – nothing comes through the on-board PC sound port for standard PC speakers. I have not yet had a chance to hook it up to a JAMMA cabinet (I attempted to do so with my Superman cabinet but the kit wouldn’t fit in the space due to the way the cabinet is setup) so until I can do so, I’ll have to go without sound.

Still, the game is playable and after playing it, I am even more disappointed that this game is not coming to arcades en mass. It is quite fun, very entertaining and unique. In0160.jpg fact there is nothing quite like it on any game market. The knob controller controls the main character Edgar and his actions/reactions. By twisting the knob in a certain direction it invokes his emotional response. It seems that twisting it to the left invokes more serious or negative reactions (depending on the situation) and to the right more positive or fun reactions. On top of that, the more you twist, the more intense the reaction. You have to be careful in twisting the knob however, sometimes it’s a small difference between each reaction.

The game is split into a story-mode that the player cannot control and then the interactive mode where the player takes control. This is represented by a slate in the lower left hand corner of the screen. The operator can adjust how many chances you get, if you screw up by contrasting the wrong emotions you loose a slate. Loose them all and it’s game over. I am not 100% sure how many different scenarios there are but all of them are quite entertaining and some are hilarious as you attempt to do things such as win over the girl of your dreams.

Hit the break for more, including news on the cancellation of the game we just received from The Stinger Report.

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The Act Conversion Kit purchased!

October 15, 2007

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Recently we mentioned that Cecropia, makers of the coin-op title called The Act had cancelled that game for the arcade market. I was pleased to find out however that a number of kits were produced and they have been selling them off on eBay. After some bidding I am now the proud owner of a conversion kit for The Act, which kit I will certainly put to good use in my arcade so many others can play it. I’m not sure how many kits they have left, but there aren’t many as several kits were sold off to the Cecropia staff so there are only a few left of what is a rare game already. I know there are going to be more auctions on eBay, so keep an eye on that if you’re interested in this game.

I will definently be posting some pictures and impressions once I receive the kit. Then I’ll have to figure out what to do for a cabinet – I don’t have my hands on any generic cabinets at the moment, perhaps I’ll have to keep an eye out for one in great condition or build my own. That should be a fun experience. 🙂

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