Choose from the following list of laserdisc game manufacturers to see their prototype games.

SEGA / BALLY / MIDWAY

Albegas / Cybernaut - Probably one of the most common prototype laserdisc games.  Many laserdiscs for this game are in circulation, but unfortunately no ROM images exist.  We can speculate that the discs were pressed right before the coin-op crash in 1984, so work on the game stopped before ROM images were created.  The game was most likely to be released as a dedicated cabinet and a conversion kit for Astron Belt and Galaxy Ranger.  Below are a few screen shots and video clips taken from the laserdisc.

       

Video 01 | Video 02 | Video 03 | Video 04 | Video 05
Video 06 | Video 07 | Video 08

Star Trek III: The Search for Spock - This was another arcade laser disc game designed by Sega, to be distributed by Bally/Midway.

Marty Foulger, who worked on the game, said in an interview:

I started my game design career as a writer for Advanced Microcomputer Systems in 1981, but soon developed a talent for game design. I designed games for a variety of platforms, including handheld vacuum-fluorescent games (Reactor & The Ewok Adventure), raster graphics arcade games (Zzyzzyxx & Sprockets), and a proprietary system developed by AMS called the Fantasy Machine. FM eventually morphed into a home laserdisc game playing system (much later to become the Halcyon System by RDI), and it was in 1982-93 that we developed Dragon's Lair, the first laserdisc arcade game. I was one of three game designers. DL was quite successful, and in 1983 I left AMS to work for Sega Enterprises, the American division of Sega Japan that was developing all of the next generation of arcade laserdisc games. We completed the pre-production phase of a Star Trek laserdisc game, when the arcade laserdisc bubble burst in 1984, and the project was cancelled (an annoying theme in my career). I continued as a game design consultant to Sega until 1985, when the division was sold to Bally-Midway, then finally folded.

Below is an image from a Sega booth of the 80s in which the game was presented.


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