The non-video games we emulate don’t really get the coverage they deserve, in this case even I almost didn’t notice the progress made on this one so I thought it was worth highlighting.
The game is Wacky Gator, a Whack-a-mole style game created by Data East in 1990. The driver was started by Felipe Sanches, and quietly finished by Sandro Ronco who brought it up to a playable state using the MAME internal artwork system to represent the various elements of the game. The progress shown here will be available in tomorrow’s 0.167 release.
It doesn’t currently have clickable artwork (that would be a next step) but can be played using keys to represent each gator.
A video of the real unit can be seen on YouTube too
This type of thing is a prime candidate for interactive 3D models if we ever do get that far (hopefully we will)