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Old 18 March 2021, 12:40   #1
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Was Tube Warriors really released as a complete game?

I was searching for a fate of this game: https://hol.abime.net/1522

Tube Warriors from Dynabyte. The game seems to be complete, except there are no credits, I have no clue who the authors are.

Today (thanks to dlfrsilver) I came across this article: https://genesistemple.com/the-big-it...abyte-software

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After Nippon Safes Inc. and the changes in organisation, Dynabyte tried to further enlarge its portfolio by working on two drastically different experiences. The first was a one-on-one fighting title, Tube Warriors, exclusively developed for AGA Amigas.

It was, again, based in Japan, with all fights taking place in the underground (as the title might suggest), where the player must defeat all the leaders of the other rival gangs so as to take over their territory. Similarly to Fatal Fury, the characters can alternate between fighting in foreground and background. Costabel tells me it wasn’t a great idea, since the fighting genre wasn’t something they had experience with and, graphically, it didn’t really make full use of the power of AGAs. Bruno Boz told me it never seemed to work and was never published, with only a few test copies produced.
So shall the HOL status be "unreleased"?
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exactly.
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No scans, only 1 cracked copy exists, no ipfs, so nothing to contradict the article. I've marked it accordingly. Thanks for the info.
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No scans, only 1 cracked copy exists, no ipfs, so nothing to contradict the article. I've marked it accordingly. Thanks for the info.
Belga, just my 2 cents : I saw The game boxed sold on ebay italia, quite a few years ago, and the price was like 350 euros or more.
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Meh, and if I'd looked a bit more carefully I would have seen the scans on mobygames... So, question remains, was it released or not? According to that article the CEO himself says it wasn't, and a boxed copy doesn't mean it was actually published.

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Belga, just my 2 cents : I saw The game boxed sold on ebay italia, quite a few years ago, and the price was like 350 euros or more.
Could that be one of those few test copies mentioned in the article?
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Meh, and if I'd looked a bit more carefully I would have seen the scans on mobygames... So, question remains, was it released or not? According to that article the CEO himself says it wasn't, and a boxed copy doesn't mean it was actually published.

Thoughts please?
Very honestly, they said that Nippon Safes was not officially sold out of Italy.
In reality, it was not true. Because Ubisoft was the distributor for the game.
Nippon Safes is a game easy to find, so there's no way only 1.000s of copies were sold. Much more were.

Very bizarre, it looks like the same case as turrican. you listen to the devs, they tell you it sold badly with 20.000 copies, and when you look on ebay or elsewhere, the game is common like mud ! Games that sold only 20.000 copies are not this easy to find. nevermind games sold 5.000 copies.

My guess very honestly ? The publisher and the distributor got their shit together at the expense of the developers. Like they sold 30-40.000 copies, and they come to the devs with : "look only 1.000 copies sold!, take your royalties!".
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Disgusting, but not uncommon approach. But in case of Tube Warriors there is really lack of any information and I have never seen the game boxed on sale.
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