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Arcadia VI Unreleased Prototype Dumped – Origionally purchased for $1,500.00, Arcadia VI is an unfinished multi-cart that was intended to be released on the NES with 6 games. This is the only know proto with four games, only one of which is complete. The four games on the cart are Tennis (which is complete), Xerxes, Ghurka and Twin Cam Turbo.

The first game is an interesting pseudo-clone of pong. It supports up to 2 players and the single player mode has 4 difficulty levels. The players compete in a pong like game, but are allowed to move in all directions as opposed to just up and down. There are 2 “Arcadia Men” located on the screen which make faces depending on how well a player is doing. The game is scored in the same way as Tennis, the first player to win the match is the victor.

The second game, Xerxes, is a vertical space shooter. This game is incomplete, but is playable in a demo form. There is no music (although there are sound effects), some enemies can be shot while others cannot, you can be damaged but not destroyed, there are a few power ups, and the only level is on a continuous loop.

The third game, Ghurka, is an unfinished Commando clone. Again, there is no music, but there are sound effects. You cannot be damaged by enemy fire, but you can destroy most of the bad guys. You have a limited number of bullets (the amount is unknown to the player) but an infinite number of grenades. The “game” ends when you reach an unpassable bridge.

The final game, Twin Cam Turbo, is a top down Spy Hunter like racer. There are various power ups and obstacles to avoid, but no enemies and the one and only playable level is on a very short loop. Of all the games available, this is the least complete.

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