The Atari Times has a really nice article “Arcade to Lynx”. It shows a graphical list of games that once lived as a standalone arcade machine and got converted to a game for the Atari Lynx. I had no idea there were that many arcade games. It is not surprising to see Atari’s own games, such as Xybots and Gauntlet, in the list. These Arcade games were new to me:
- Road Riot
- Tournament Cyberball
At least, I had not seen them in the arcade halls (when those were still around).
Here’s is a sample from the site: Ms. Pac-man
Original Ms. Pac-man arcade machine
Atari Lynx conversion of Ms. Pac-man
The beauty of most conversion to the Lynx is the addition of extras. Take Ms. Pac-man again as an example. Besides the original gameplay including the intermissions between different level types, there are also new levels that are larger and landscape oriented instead of the normal portrait ones. Moreover, every round has a new level layout. I found at least 17 unique layouts.
New levels in Lynx version of Ms. Pac-Man
Also, there are cheats and easter eggs all over the place. In the case of Ms. Pac-Man you can get extra lives and lightning speed, plus you can skip levels. Obviously not available in the arcade machine.
For your convenience, here are the actions required to activate the cheats.
- 5 Extra lives:
PAUSE, OPTION 1, B, B, A, A, OPTION 1
- Lightning speed:
PAUSE, OPTION 1, A, and OPTION 1. A lightning bolt will appear. Press B to use it.
- Skip levels:
PAUSE, OPTION 1, B, B, B, OPTION 1, PAUSE and skip levels with OPTION 1
TIP: When pausing on the Handy emulator, make sure you use Q to pause instead of F5. “Pause” should appear on-screen.