This custom controller was built for the Bally Arcade/Astrocade for use with the game "Space Fortress."
"Space Fortress" ("Space Zap") Custom Controller.|
for the Bally Arcade/Astrocade.
Created by Mike ("doubledown" on AtariAge.com).
The top picture shows the custom controller created for "Space Fortress" for the Astrocade, while the bottom picture shows the original "Space Zap" arcade panel for comparison.
On May 4, 2023, "doubledown" wrote: "my newest controller features probably the least amount of artwork of any of the controllers I've built, but that's how the arcade cabinet was, so without further ado, introducing my: Space Fortress (Space Zap) - VVG Enhanced Controller"
"While I couldn't source the original arcade buttons, the Suzo HAPP Large Round buttons are very close in size to the originals, and with my modifications to them (changed out the microswitches for leaf switches, and shortened the plunger springs), they feel very similar to the originals. Artwork-wise...what little there is of it, I took cues from the full-size upright and cabaret arcade cabinets, as well as details from the Bally/Astrocade port of Space Fortress itself."
- "Space Zap Arcade Controller" (Discussion Thread) - This is the thread on the Astrocade discussion forum on groups.io that was started on April 25, 2023. Many details about this controller are in this thread.
- "Crazy Climber/Space Zap Arcade Controller" (Discussion Thread) - This is the thread on the Astrocade discussion forum on groups.io that was started on April 25, 2023. Many details about this "Space Zap" controller start in this thread, in particular, in this post.
- Viking Video Games - This is Mike's website where he provides console upgrades, modifications, and custom hardware since 2004.
- Crazy Climber Custom Controller (Text) - This is the original post sent to the Astrocade discussion group on April 22, 2023 about this controller.