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This article is about the 1982 arcade game. For the article on the medieval spectacle with knights mounted on horses, see Jousting. Depiction of a late 13th century joust in the Codex Manesse Jousting scene, by Jörg Breu the Elder (1510s, pen and black ink over black chalk) Jousting is a competition between two knights on horse-back, wherein each knight tries to knock the other off his mount. ...


Joust
Joust screenshot
Developer Williams Electronics
Publisher Williams Electronics
Designer John Newcomer
Release date 1982
Genre Retro/Platform
Modes Up to 2 players simultaneously
Cabinet Standard and table
Monitor Horizontal
Raster, standard resolution (Used: 292 x 240)
19 inch
Input Joystick (2-way); 1 button

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Description

The player took the role of a knight with a lance, mounted on a flying ostrich or stork, battling waves of computer-controlled enemy knights. The enemy knights were of three different speed and agility levels and were mounted on giant vultures. The game screen was static; its only features were five platforms hanging in mid-air (some wrapping around the screen), the ground, and a pit of lava below. A silver statue of an armoured knight, created as a trophy in 1850 For the chess piece, see knight (chess). ... The term lance has become a catchall for a variety of different pole weapons based on the spear. ... Binomial name Struthio camelus Linnaeus, 1758 The Ostrich (Struthio camelus, Greek sparrow camel) is the largest living bird, reaching a height of up to 2. ... Genera See text The storks are large, long-legged, long-necked wading birds with long stout bills. ... A Nubian Vulture Vultures are scavenging birds, feeding mostly from carcasses of dead animals. ... Look up Lava, ‘A‘a, or Pāhoehoe in Wiktionary, the free dictionary Lava is molten rock that a volcano expels during an eruption. ...


The game's incredibly simple controls were a factor in its wide appeal. A joystick moved left and right, and a "Flap" button flapped the mount's wings once. Pressing "Flap" in rapid succession would cause a gain in altitude until gravity dragged the player downward. Joystick elements: 1. ... It has been suggested that Law of universal gravitation be merged into this article or section. ...


Gameplay

Each wave began with enemy knights appearing on the screen at one of four "spawn points." To destroy an enemy knight, the player had to collide with the knight while his lance was vertically higher than the enemy knight's lance. After destroying an enemy knight, a giant egg would appear and fall, bouncing on the ground. The player had to go touch (and thus destroy) the egg, gaining additional points; if this act took too long, the egg would hatch and another, more powerful enemy knight would appear and continue the fight against the player. An average Whooping Crane egg is 102 mm long, and weighs 208 grams A baby tortoise emerges from a reptile egg. ...


A wave was cleared when the player would destroy all enemy knights and eggs. If too much time elapsed on a particular wave before this occurred, the dreaded "Unbeatable? Pterodactyl" would appear from one side of the screen and fly around until it collided with the player, destroying him; until the player finished the wave; or until the player destroyed the pterodactyl by hitting it directly in the mouth with his lance, a difficult task. Pterodactyl (derived from the Greek words meaning wing finger) is a common term for the pterosauria, especially the smaller bodied, long tailed varieties. ...


Two players could play Joust, and each player would get points for destroying the enemy knights, and also for destroying his human opponent. Cooperative play was possible by agreement between the players, but they would still kill each other if they were to collide.


A lava troll inhabited the lava pit at the bottom of the screen; if any player or enemy knight flew too close to the lava, the troll's hand would emerge and tug the mount downward toward the lava. Players could get out of the troll's grip by hammering on the "Flap" button. Trolls with an abducted princess (John Bauer, 1915) A troll is a fearsome member of a mythical humanoid race from Scandinavian folklore, and its predecessor Norse mythology, as in The Three Billy Goats Gruff [2], the well-known Scandinavian folk tale in which a troll living under a bridge torments...


Cheats

One "bug" in the program's design turned out to be popular enough for the game's producers to leave it in and call it a "feature." On the right side of the screen, two platforms were situated in such a manner that one was higher than the other, and a player could become stuck in the corner where the two platforms met. However, if a player guided his bird towards this corner at a certain angle, his bird would illogically "squeeze" through the meeting point of the two platforms, and pop out below the platform. Skilled players took advantage of this flaw as a gaming strategy: a player could suddenly pop out below the platform and land on an enemy knight below (or a competing player), catching him by surprise. Game creator John Newcomer stated in interviews that this flaw in the game's design was so popular, they decided to intentionally leave it in and it became a permanent part of the game.


Early ROM revisions of the game included an exploit by which a skilled player could accumulate an infinite number of points on certain waves, with low risk. The player would attempt to maneuver one of the enemy knights too close to the lava, such that the lava troll would grip it—not low enough to the lava so the troll would succeed in pulling it in, and not high enough so the enemy knight could escape the troll's grip. By doing so, the knight could never attack the player and distract him from performing the exploit, and the wave would also never end. Then the player would stand in the middle of the platform in the center of the screen. The pterodactyl would appear from one side below the player and charge right at him; if the player simply stood in the middle of the platform, facing the pterodactyl, the player's lance would strike the pterodactyl in the mouth, killing it. A new pterodactyl would immediately appear from the other side of the screen, and could be killed in the same manner. This could be repeated indefinitely. Rom is also the name of a toy and comic book character Rom (Spaceknight). ...


Legacy

The Joust Series

  • Joust (1982)
  • Joust pinball machine (1983)
  • Joust 2: Survival of the Fittest (1986): Joust 2 added a "Transform" button, allowing the player to switch between an ostrich and a pegasus. Because Joust 2 was released during the waning days of the golden age of arcade games, it did not achieve nearly the level of success that Joust did, and is now considered a collector's item.
  • Joust X: An updated version of Joust for home consoles was planned in the 1990s but never released.
  • Joust keychain (1998): Tiger Electronics created a handheld adaptation of Joust as part of its Extreme Chain Series.
  • Joust the Movie: John Newcomer has said in interviews that he plans one day to produce a film based on Joust.

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Joust tributes and clones

Atari FlapPing cartridge
Atari FlapPing cartridge
  • Balloon Fight (1986): The NES game made by Nintendo features game play inspired by Joust.
  • Text-based Joust (2001): Part of a trend of computer programmers authoring text-based video games based on popular games, Joust was adapted by Jennifer Earl.
  • FlapPing (2002) (Originally named JoustPong but renamed for legal reasons.)
    JoustPong combines the classic video game Pong with the "Flap" feature of Joust, thus creating a very complex game with a simple one-button control. Game designer Kirk Israel originally created JoustPong for Windows, and later wrote JAVA and PalmOS versions. With the help of a network of programmers and designers, Israel has most recently created and distributed Flap-Ping for the Atari 2600.
  • Joust 3: Revenge of the Lava Troll (ca. 2003): Created by Iteration Games, Joust 3 combines elements and graphics from Joust and Joust 2 in a scrolling adventure game.

Image File history File links FlapPing for Atari 2600 FlapPing was created by Kirk Israel for Alien Bill Software; Dave Exton designed this cartridge. ... Image File history File links FlapPing for Atari 2600 FlapPing was created by Kirk Israel for Alien Bill Software; Dave Exton designed this cartridge. ... Monitor Orientation: Horizontal Type: Raster, standard resolution (256 x 480) 320 Colors Balloon Fight is an arcade video game created by Nintendo, and released for the Nintendo Entertainment System. ... 1986 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nes is: A municipality in the county of Akershus in Norway, see Nes, Akershus. ... Nintendo (Japanese: 任天堂; TSE: NTDOY) was originally founded in 1889 by Fusajiro Yamauchi to produce handmade hanafuda cards, for use in a Japanese playing card game of the same name. ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... 2002 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... PONG, an adaptation of table tennis to the video screen, was the first commercially successful video game and is widely regarded as ushering in the video game era. ... Atari 2600 (four-switch version). ... 2003 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Ports

Joust has been ported to the NES, Game Boy, Game Boy Color, PC, and PalmOS as well as Atari's 2600, 5200, 7800, Lynx, ST and BBC Micro systems. This is the cover art for a video game. ... The Nintendo Entertainment System (North America, Europe, and Australia) The Nintendo Entertainment System, or NES, is an 8-bit video game console released by Nintendo in North America, Europe and Australia. ... The original Game Boys design set the standard for handheld gaming consoles. ... The Game Boy Color (also referred to as GBC) was Nintendos successor to the Game Boy. ... IBM PC (IBM 5150) with keyboard and green screen monochrome monitor (IBM 5151), running MS-DOS 5. ... Palm OS is an operating system made by PalmSource, Inc. ... For the concept Atari (当たり) in the board game of Go, see Atari (go term). ... Atari 2600 (four-switch version). ... Atari 5200 System The Atari 5200 is a video game console introduced in 1982 by Atari. ... Atari 7800 System The Atari 7800 is a video game console released by Atari. ... Atari Lynx The Atari Lynx is Ataris only handheld game console, and the first such machine with a color display. ... The Atari 520 ST The Atari ST was a home/personal computer system released by Atari in 1985. ... The BBC Micro, affectionately known as the Beeb, was an early home computer. ...


The Atari 2600 port is extremely simplified, due to its hardware limitations. The Game Boy port, packaged with Defender as Arcade Classic No. 4, is not very close to the original either. The somewhat better Game Boy Color port is also packaged with Defender, as Arcade Hits. The Atari ST port is a near-perfect conversion of the game. Atari 2600 (four-switch version). ... The original Game Boys design set the standard for handheld gaming consoles. ... For the 1980s arcade game Defender, see Defender (arcade game). ... The Game Boy Color (also referred to as GBC) was Nintendos successor to the Game Boy. ... For the 1980s arcade game Defender, see Defender (arcade game). ... The Atari 520 ST The Atari ST was a home/personal computer system released by Atari in 1985. ...


In July 2000, Midway licensed Joust, along with other Williams Electronics games, to Shockwave for use in an online applet to demonstrate the power of the shockwave web content platform, entitled Shockwave Arcade Collection. The conversion was created by Digital Eclipse. It is currently freely available to be played within the Shockwave Web applet. This article is about the year 2000. ... Midway Games NYSE: MWY is a video game publisher known for such game series as Mortal Kombat, NBA Jam, and Spy Hunter. ... Williams is a long-standing electronic gaming and amusement company based in Chicago, Illinois. ... For the vector animation platform, see Macromedia Shockwave. ... For the vector animation platform, see Macromedia Shockwave. ...


Digital Eclipse went on to port Joust, grouped with five other Midway games, as Arcade Greatest Hits: Midway Collection 1 for Nintendo 64, and with four other games as Midway Arcade Classics for PalmOS. The Nintendo 64, commonly called the N64, is Nintendos third home video game console. ... Palm OS is an operating system made by PalmSource, Inc. ...


By far, the most accurate and well-documented Joust port is in Midway Arcade Treasures, a compilation of arcade games available for the Nintendo GameCube, PlayStation 2 and Xbox consoles, as well as a Windows XP version. Midway Arcade Treasures features concept sketches, advertisements, and an interview with John Newcomer. It also includes the previously unavailable Joust 2. Midway Arcade Treasures is a collection of 24 old arcade games that was developed and released by Midway for the GameCube, PlayStation 2, Xbox and PC. A second collection, Midway Arcade Treasures 2, was released for the same consoles in October 2004 and a third compilation, Midway Arcade Treasures 3... The Nintendo GameCube (Japanese: ゲームキューブ; originally code-named Dolphin during development; abbreviated as GCN) is Nintendos fourth home video game console, belonging to the 128-bit era; the same generation as Segas Dreamcast, Sonys PlayStation 2, and Microsofts Xbox. ... The PlayStation 2 (PS2) (Japanese: プレイステーション2) is Sonys second video game console, after the PlayStation. ... The Xbox was Microsofts first game console, released on November 15, 2001. ... As of 2005, Windows XP is the current client version of the Microsoft Windows operating system. ... Midway Arcade Treasures is a collection of 24 old arcade games that was developed and released by Midway for the GameCube, PlayStation 2, Xbox and PC. A second collection, Midway Arcade Treasures 2, was released for the same consoles in October 2004 and a third compilation, Midway Arcade Treasures 3... Joust 2: Survival of the Fittest is a classic arcade game by Williams Electronics that was produced in 1986. ...

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