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« on: April 02, 2017, 02:19:40 PM »


I recently won a Zero Hour Universal game on eBay Germany. The ad mentioned that the seller had hundreds of arcade games and parts for sale. His warehouses were indeed filled with games, around 900 (!) of them. 90% of them were the typical bartop casino games that you find in German road stop restaurants. The other 10% were a mixed bag, with some classics here and there.

After going through the warehouses and when I was about to leave, I spotted an unusual shaped cab in a corner of the building. I then spotted a Universal logo, and a game's name that I had given up on ever finding: Get A Way!



I quickly turned to the seller. I couldn't manage to stay calm, so it was obvious to him that he had something of value. We agreed upon the price and he promised that he would keep it for me (I had not enough cash money on me). A week of nervousness passed (the seller listed several other cabs on eBay, but luckily not the Get a Way; so glad that he kept his word!) and I went back to the warehouse to pick up the cab.

The seller had moved the cab a bit so I was able to check it out some more. I wasn't sure if the game still had its guts - people had pointed out to me that the game had not been dumped so far - and was thrilled to find out that the pcb was still there. I'm sending the pcb to a tech wizzard for inspection; hopefully he can dump the ROM.



When I was at the warehouse the first time I realized that the seat of the game was missing. I had sent the seller a picture of the flyer and he promised to search the warehouse for the seat. Unfortunately, he wasn't able to locate it.

When we had moved the game out of the warehouse, I saw something that looked like the base of a big arcade game behind it. We took it out, but it turned out to be part of a bowling game. So, bad luck on that... I think I'll try to recreate it from the pic in the flyer.



It will take quite some time and effort to get this up and running, but for now, I'm just  happy to have saved this puppy  Smiley

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« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2017, 02:27:06 PM »

Never seen that game before  Shocked
Great find! So it still possible to find some gems nowadays.
Thanks for the story  Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2017, 02:57:58 PM »

fantastic find - congratulations. which universal cabs are you still missing? oh, and i love the monitor in the iceberg salad box on top of the game Grin
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« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2017, 03:26:36 PM »

Thanks guys!

I still need plenty of Universal games, mostly Japanese ones. Some have been found, like Computer R3 and Scratch, others have not been found yet, like Mrs. Dynamite, Space Raider, Fantastic Voyage and Limbo. Also Top Gear, of which there are two prototypes in the USA. After this find I'm thinking that some of the others may be still out there too. Germany turns out to be a Universal paradise, because of ADP that released several rare titles there.

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« Reply #4 on: April 02, 2017, 03:52:52 PM »

all i want is a MR DO!!!
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« Reply #5 on: April 02, 2017, 06:55:34 PM »

Great find, ive never seen that game before. Congrats!
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« Reply #6 on: April 03, 2017, 12:04:39 PM »

Nice catch, congrats. Wink
Do you have more pics from the warehouse, or it is not public?
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« Reply #7 on: April 04, 2017, 12:56:20 AM »

I didn't take any pics of the warehouse, it's another man's private property and it felt a bit strange to take pics of it.

The seller has several auctions listed on eBay though: http://www.ebay.de/sch/dj-erp/m.html?item=292054798268&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2562
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« Reply #8 on: April 04, 2017, 08:39:52 PM »

Nice find Marco!  Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: April 05, 2017, 01:33:05 PM »

Yeah, great find....congrats! Smiley
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« Reply #10 on: April 06, 2017, 10:35:29 PM »

Very cool!

I want a Cosmic Monsters, Snap Jack and Cosmic Avenger
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