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GameGavel
02-06-10, 03:17
Ok. Mixed up the home arcade once again. The NBA Fastbreak pin was traded for a supernice Multi Williams (JROK) and some cash that then paid for the Exidy Max-A-Flex. The Exidy is a pretty rare arcade game that actually has an Atari 600XL mounted inside and it plays four game carts only made for this arcade: Boulderdash, AstroChase, Flip Flop and Bristles - all from First Star software. The Atari is actually bolted to the inside of the cabinet sans keyboard. It has 4 different marquees that reflect which game is currently being featured in the game. I think this was the first Multicade :)

http://www.chasingthechuckwagon.com/photos/maxflex.jpg
http://www.chasingthechuckwagon.com/photos/multiwilliams.jpg

SubaruBrat
02-06-10, 03:45
Well be needing pictures of the interior of the Max-A-Flex, the listeners have got to see how cool this system was. It was a grandfather of multicades as Socal said and helped establish the solution for using multiple games on an existing system integrated into a coin-op machine, the timer! Nintendo later used the same method on the play choice 10. Coins buy you play time.

Did you get a manual with it? I think I have one if you need it.

GameGavel
02-06-10, 04:03
Well be needing pictures of the interior of the Max-A-Flex, the listeners have got to see how cool this system was. It was a grandfather of multicades as Socal said and helped establish the solution for using multiple games on an existing system integrated into a coin-op machine, the timer! Nintendo later used the same method on the play choice 10. Coins buy you play time.

Did you get a manual with it? I think I have one if you need it.

Ya, I will open it up and take a photo or two. No manual with it but I've found one online. Do you have an original manual?

SubaruBrat
02-06-10, 04:28
Digital form, not the printed original sorry.

GameGavel
08-06-10, 10:08
Here is a video of my new Exidy Max-A-Flex. Boulderdash is videogaming crack at its BEST!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NxHUWiK5S-c

retroshaun
08-06-10, 10:59
Damn thats beautiful. I thought I knew a lot of obscure games but this one totally passed me by.

With regards to the Multi Williams - I have one too but with a more Defender-esque button layout, this one doesn't look too friendly for Defender, Stargate etc?

GameGavel
08-06-10, 11:11
Ya, the MW has Defender and Stargate disabled. The center stick is for Sinistar and Blaster. I am not a big Defender or SG fan so wasn't a problem. I love Robotron and Joust though :)

retroshaun
09-06-10, 04:37
Aha that was to be my next question - what is the center stick for. Makes sense. Nice looking cab Mike.

BTW the Tempest cocktail powers up now and plays blind... just needs monitor repair.

GameGavel
03-07-10, 08:36
I answer the question, "Are other 8-bit Atari computer carts compatible with the Max-A-Flex?"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLgfUiQcSec

retroshaun
06-07-10, 04:22
Awesome! Any idea why the 3rd party games don't work then?

SubaruBrat
06-07-10, 05:40
I have sort of the reverse problem with my multi williams, It is in a Defender that was a home use only that is MINT other than having the MW board in it. I can't bring myself to modify the CP so I have the games other than Defender I and II turned off.

retroshaun
07-07-10, 02:14
Sounds like you need a second CP to butcher there Scott :)

GameGavel
07-07-10, 02:36
Awesome! Any idea why the 3rd party games don't work then?

Someone on AtariAge said it turned out that particular game wasn't compatible with any 600XL. Protector II is an OS-B cartridge. That's the problem :)

retroshaun
07-07-10, 04:34
Someone on AtariAge said it turned out that particular game wasn't compatible with any 600XL. Protector II is an OS-B cartridge. That's the problem :)

Oh yeah that makes sense! Seems that the majority will be workers then which is fantastic. I need me one of those cabs!
It would be even nicer if there was some sort of multi cart or cartridge "bank" selector (there was something like this one the 2600 wasn't there?) so you didn't have to go inside the game every time you wanted to switch carts.

EDIT: Something like THIS (http://www.atarimax.com/flashcart/documentation/)in fact :)

GameGavel
07-07-10, 06:34
Oh yeah that makes sense! Seems that the majority will be workers then which is fantastic. I need me one of those cabs!
It would be even nicer if there was some sort of multi cart or cartridge "bank" selector (there was something like this one the 2600 wasn't there?) so you didn't have to go inside the game every time you wanted to switch carts.

EDIT: Something like THIS (http://www.atarimax.com/flashcart/documentation/)in fact :)

Ya, there are multicart options available but they require doing some sort of ram upgrade to the 600XL which would mean I need to remove it and do it which makes me very nervous that I won't get it hooked back up correctly or something. So I am going to leave it all original and just buy the carts that I want to play in it :)

retroshaun
07-07-10, 09:20
Sounds like a good plan... I think I will pick up one of these for my "regular" Atari 600/800XL though.