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Old 14 September 2014, 00:09   #1
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Different Conversions of the Same Game

Found out today that there are two different version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for the Amiga - one by Unlimited Software (US version) and the otehr by Probe (UK version and sporting Hero instead of Ninja). This got me thinking. Are there other Amiga games that have been converted (comercially) by more than one developer (and not just had a name change)? If there are, it would be fun to compare the 2 versions.

Different styles of the same game don't count - they must be exactly the same game but have been programmed by different companies.

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Old 14 September 2014, 00:17   #2
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Another one that springs to mind is Super Street Fighter 2 and Super Streetfighter Turbo (basically the same game):

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IN this instance, both games are pretty poor!
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Yes, there are other games. A good example ist Afterburner. The Activision version sucks, while the US version by Weebee games is quite nice for the Amiga. Same is valid for the C64 version.
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Outrun has two version too. Not that many differences though.
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Found out today that there are two different version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for the Amiga - one by Unlimited Software (US version) and the otehr by Probe (UK version and sporting Hero instead of Ninja). This got me thinking. Are there other Amiga games that have been converted (comercially) by more than one developer (and not just had a name change)? If there are, it would be fun to compare the 2 versions.
IIRC one is a coin-op conversion, and the other isn't. The same applies for Terminator 2.

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Different styles of the same game don't count - they must be exactly the same game but have been programmed by different companies.
I was going to say Indiana Jones & the Last Crusade but I think your criteria rules it out.
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Slightly off topic, but the C64 versions of Bionic Commando and Streetfighter both had different US and UK versions!
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Old 14 September 2014, 09:34   #9
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IIRC one is a coin-op conversion, and the other isn't. The same applies for Terminator 2.



I was going to say Indiana Jones & the Last Crusade but I think your criteria rules it out.
Nb - both different games are conversions of the NES original turtles game. Exactly the same game but one programmed in US the other programme D in UK. Check out video. Neither is a conversion of the arcade game.

And you are right about Indian Jones - one waa an arcade game and one was an adventure. Totally different games.

It is interesting to see how different companies approached graphics, sound etc. Who was better at using the hardware? Super Street Fighter 2 is a really good example - US Gold version used small sprites but played quickly (still not great) and Gametek version really looks the business, great graphics and sound. Also includes proper parallax floor (unlike other version) but animation is terrible and everything is slow and jerky. I guess with second game there were serious memory limitations because with more frames and more speed, looks like it could be brilliant.

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Slightly off topic, but the C64 versions of Bionic Commando and Streetfighter both had different US and UK versions!
On the C64 there's tonnes of other examples, even Double Dragon had 2 attempts in the UK:

720 Degrees (US Gold) and 720 Degrees (USA)
Afterburner (Activision) and Afterburner (USA)
Cabal (Ocean) and Cabal (USA)
Double Dragon (Melbourne House) and Double Dragon (Ocean)
Ikari Warriors (Elite) and Ikari Warriors (USA)
Jackal (Ocean) and Jackal (USA)
Rampage (Activision) and Rampage (USA)
Street Fighter (Go!) and Street Fighter (USA)
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On the C64 there's tonnes of other examples, even Double Dragon had 2 attempts in the UK:
i suspect it tends to be more common on the C64 because the differences between PAL and NTSC C64s are more pronounced (especially when going from PAL to NTSC), but in some cases it will just have been down to Publisher B not liking what Publisher A did! Another one for the C64 list is Flying Shark (UK) and Sky Shark (US) which were, ironically, both developed in the UK. =-)
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IIRC one is a coin-op conversion, and the other isn't. The same applies for Terminator 2.
T2 had a difference didn't it? The puzzle game was changed to not show Arnie's face if I remember correctly.
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