This is World Rally, a highly influential game released by Gaelco in 1993
This is Blomby Car, a heavily reskinned, partially reprogrammed bootleg of World Rally released by ABM & Gecas in 1994, that doesn’t play anywhere near as well as the original.
Notice anything missing?
Yeah, the Shadow / Highlight effect.
As it happens, the Blomby Car video driver is specifically excluding shadow sprites, not drawing them at all. The game still puts them in spriteram, even still uploads the palettes for them, but the driver does not draw them. If I hack up the World Rally video driver to work with Blomby Car, I get some visible shadow / highlight sprites (but broken priorities)
What I need to know is does the actual Blomby Car PCB display these effects, or are they actually missing on the cloned hardware too (it’s a more advanced effect than a lot of clone / bootleg hardware would have) If they’re present on the PCB then I need to fix up the emulation properly. If they’re not, I need to throw this back on the scrap heap from where it came and leave the driver as it is.
So, does anybody have a Blomby Car PCB, and if so, if the effect is present, can they provide pictures of it in action (and if possible, a video of the game running the night stage in attract mode) so I can see if there’s anything else unusual about it.
*edit* Osso pointed me at this YouTube video
which clearly shows the car shadow, so yes, the PCB implements the effect. I was only finding hundreds of MAME videos (why are there hundreds of MAME videos for this junk anyway?!)
*edit 2* effect is now emulated.