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Confirmed To be conf. MAME Emulated
Original Under License Bootleg

Sidam / Sipem


  • A company in Turin: before videogames it produced fussball tables, photo cabinets and such.
  • It began to copy video games, made especially by Atari, in 1978.
  • A short time later he was taken to court by Bertolino for plagiarism.
  • Sidam was condemned in 1983, the judgment was confirmed in various degrees. See page "The Bertolino-Sidam sentence" for details.
  • Acknowledged its modus operandi was illegal, Sidam started to build and distribute games on a regular license.
  • Later its name was changed from Sidam to Sipem.
  • It went on to distribute the games until 2010.
  • It still exists. It is based in Turin, in strada Francese, but now produces industrial ventilation systems.
  • PaTrYcK compiled a table reporting all known Sidam PCBs: see here
Name Orig. Year Emul. Info
Cascade
1978 Copy of Avalanche (Atari)
Invasion
1978
Copy of Space Invaders (Taito)
Astro Battle
1979
Copy of Astro Fighter (Data East)
Asterock / Asteroide
1979
Copy of Asteroids (Atari)
Astro Pal
1979 Partially hacked from Asteroids
Rugby
1979

Copy of Video Pinball (Atari)
Crashing Car / Crash
1979
Copy of Sega's Head on - also with name Crash and "Fraber" brand
Crashing Car 2
1979
Copy of Sega original
Missile Combat / Missile Storm
1980
Copy of Atari original
Condor
1980
Copy of Phoenix (Amstar)
Magic Worm
1980
Copy of Centipede (Atari)
Off / Take off
1981
Copy of The End (Konami)
Explorer
1981
Copy of Scramble (Konami)
Borderline
1981
Copy of Sega original
Bosconian 1981
Copy of Namco original
Galaga 1981
Copy of Namco original
Crush Roller
1981
Copy of Kural / Alpha D. original
Dig Dug
1982
Licensed from Namco
Phozon

1983

Licensed from Namco
Mappy 1983
Licensed from Namco
Pac-Man & Chomp-Chomp 1983
Licensed from Namco
Krull
1983

Licensed from Gottlieb
Mad Planets
1983

Licensed from Gottlieb
Dragon's Lair
1983
Licensed from Cinematronics, harder
The Tower of Druaga 1984 Licensed from Namco
Gaplus 1984
Licensed from Namco
GZ



Cascade

Emulated in MAME.

Invasion

Production year is uncertain.

Astro Battle

Emulated in MAME.

Asterock / Asteroide

This game has been cited by Bertolino in the complaint: the software is identical to Asteroids' one, except for some modifications to get rid of the "Pokey" chip, protected by copyright.

Astro Pal

In fact, even this game is a hack of Asteroids with many modifications, in order to make it work with a normal b/w CRT monitor, instead of Atari Quadrascan vector screen.

Rugby

A working unit at the Spazio Tilt arcade in Bologna

There's a working version of this game waiting for dumping. Compared to Atari Video Pinball, ambientation changes completely, and then the background on which was reflected the image of the monitor. At the time, American football was almost unknown in Italy, and was identified as "a sort of Rugby football", hence probably the name.

Crashing Car / Crash

A clone of Head On by Sega, this is very probably unauthorized.
MAME emulates two different versions, one with a monochrome screen, and another with a color screen.
Since the name appears only on the game's mobile, MAME names these two games as "Sidam's Head On bootleg".


Picture taken from flyer

Crashing Car 2 ?

Clone - also probably illegal - of Head On 2, successor to Head On.
MAME emulates it and calls it "Sidam's Head On 2 bootleg" because the name does not appear on the screen. 

We are not 100% sure that the game emulated is actually this Crashing Car 2

Missile Combat / Missile Storm

Other game specifically mentioned in the complaint of Bertolino.

Condor


Clone of Phoenix with an additional element: the fuel bar (which disfigures the graphics). Emulated in MAME, without any mention of the name Sidam.

Magic Worm

Emulated in MAME, without any mention of the name Sidam too.

Off / Take off

Version of The End (Konami), emulated in MAME. The aliens try the compose the word OFF instead of END.

Explorer

Another game emulated in MAME, without any mention of the name Sidam.

Phozon

This is one of the many Namco games distributed by Sidam under regular license. The text, as you can see, is fully traslated.

GZ

In this Belgian site  of an exibition-museum, this game appears on a list. Maybe is a case of wrong transcription.