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Scared Stiff (Bally 1996) - DMD 64 colors - Serum format

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764.03 kB File Size
ss_15 ROM Name
dtatane Created by
dtatane Artwork by
Bally Manufacturer
1996 Year

11 Screenshots

About This File

Hi all !


I'm very excited and pleased to share with you the first release of a serum colorization project !

As you might know, it's a new open source format for DMD colors than will be able to run on Virtual DMD and devices.


I would like to special thank @zedrummer who develop the file format and the tools to use it, @ebor @peskopat @KRAKEN who are the early birds like me working on the format and spending hours debugging and improving the tools with zedrummer !


To use serum files, you can have a look here : 



For authors, and all the others, that might have some interest in DMD colorization, I am sharing the project files for you to review and to help you get started with these new tools and format, you can download them here https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1WqwoOBHlv9btdH-3EUakSqrZ4CfdpbKg?usp=share_link


A discord channel is also here to help you get started, so do not hesitate to join us or look for help there : https://discord.gg/aK2dNaB6xR 


ROM version : ss_15

Language : ENGLISH


If you like what you see, do not hesitate to beer me : https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/dtatane image.png.9a0f3551df749d5222379dccd04ebc62.png


Here's a preview of what you see : 



And a more complete in-game demonstration


What's New in Version 1.1.0   See changelog


Thank you all for your positive feedbacks !


Here's an update with a lot of adjustements and improvements. Hope you will enjoy !


Changelog : 

- scared stiff ramps / enter the crate with moving heads

- improved squash leapers 

- another missing frame on bonnie beast

- crate jackpot changed colors

- fixed player enter initials (not long enough)

- secret passage

- improved Player X is up

- boogie man colored

- added missing frames for "empty" screens

- fixed bonnie beast hurry-up (after spider web)

- added missing frames on dead head (sleepy)

- added missing frames on boogie man intro

- fixed elvira eyes in extra-ball

- improved free play animation

- scared stiff intro (red over laps the top line)

- Beat the crate - mixed coloer between title and countdown

- 1 frame missing on snale / bonnie beast

- buy-in + player X is in

- default score with 1/2 credit

- meat head - fixed chewing cow

- added frames for leaper countdown to score

- added frames for skillshot countdown to score

- added sprite detection for bat on hit leapers countdown

- coffin multiball extended

- you are the X th scared stiff" adjusted (was always displayed 1st)

- impoved bonnies beast with fire

- changed a lot of score hurry-up of info screen to bring constancy in color choice (score in red, action in green, info in white)

- fixed s-o-m masks for level 4

- fixed s-o-m level - removed dynamic color

- added one missing frame on bonnie beast run

- added missing sprites for bat passing over the score

- fixed end bonus (white or green pixels showing here and there)

- improved leapers countdown

- improved multiball sequence

- shoot again detection mask updated

- new colors for leapers countdown

- fixed scared stiff white logo for stiff-o-meter end

- attract elvira favorite stiff - new detection mask (might still have an issue, I only have 6 stiff.. I don't know what is the max amount.. might need more dump)

- added one frame on extraball sequence

- new hair color for bad head

- fixed one pixel blinking on fat head

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   6 of 6 members found this review helpful 6 / 6 members

I can't really describe just how good this format looks. This and Tron are just phenomenal. Looking forward to seeing LaserCue too!


@dtatane thank you for supporting the new format!! Great, great work.

Response from the author:

Stay tuned with serum.. more projects are coming, and the more we look at it, the more we find ideas to make DMD colorization even better !

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   4 of 4 members found this review helpful 4 / 4 members

Excellent job.


But Dmddevice.dll from the last dmdextension 2.0 (06/03/2023) doesn´t work with other color rom .pac, .vni, .pal

The dmddevice.dll from color plugin (18/08/2023) works for other color rom but not for this cRZ format.

Maybe the next Dmddevice.dll could be for all formats.





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   4 of 4 members found this review helpful 4 / 4 members

Looks fantastic!


This new format "Serum" is amazing on a real DMD - colors are rich, clean, no ghosting or bleeding.


This is a game changer for sure. Thank you for everyone involved's hard work!

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   2 of 2 members found this review helpful 2 / 2 members

Fantastic. The developer is pro open source and that is good but you will need to go here if you want to be able to use all formats. 


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   2 of 2 members found this review helpful 2 / 2 members

Wow that looks amazing. First I thought "not another format please" but this is more than worth it. Great job.

Here's a gameplay video with the new mikcab Mod and the colorization by dtatane.


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   2 of 2 members found this review helpful 2 / 2 members

Wow, it really does look incredible! Updating was as simple as copying and pasting over files. The excitement is real, this is really neat stuff you're doing. Thank you! My eyes👀 also thank you 😁

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   2 of 2 members found this review helpful 2 / 2 members

This is awesome work. I am loving this and Tron as well!


The coloring is amazing and really adds to a fun table! I am always amazed by folks who love the hobby this much that they will spend hundreds of hours to make these awesome DMD.'s.


Kudos to everyone who developed and also to lucky to getting us the support for this new format so we have need for only one "driver" for all current formats!


I hope more and more people jump on the color bandwagon. 

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   1 of 1 member found this review helpful 1 / 1 member

Love the work!

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   1 of 1 member found this review helpful 1 / 1 member

C'est du très bon boulot !! merci beaucoup :) 

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   1 of 1 member found this review helpful 1 / 1 member

This is really next-level colorization! Update your Freezy and Lucky1 files and try this out! Thanks to everyone who made this happen!

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   1 of 1 member found this review helpful 1 / 1 member

This looks amazing and really ties everything together for my Scared Stiff VPX.  Excellent work!!!  

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   1 of 1 member found this review helpful 1 / 1 member

Thanks a lot you are the best!

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   1 of 1 member found this review helpful 1 / 1 member

@dtatane Truly outstanding work here, brother.  I look forward to seeing more.  @zedrummer Thank you so much for all your work.  I look forward to a day when all ROM colorizations are open source.  Bravo to both of you!

Response from the author:

Many thanks for your comment and support ! 

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   1 of 1 member found this review helpful 1 / 1 member

Amazing work. Thank you

Response from the author:

Thanks, I'm happy you enjoy !

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   1 of 1 member found this review helpful 1 / 1 member

Excellent work and the cRZ colorization files are working like a charm.  Thank you so much

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Wow, it just looks amazing.
Haven't discovered any problems, but it gives Scared Stiff another boost in the right direction.

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· Edited by mrtr32


Looks great on my Pixelcade LED Display!


Thank you for all your work!😁


Merci pour ce nouveau format qui va certainement aller loin!

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Fantastic, great job on this and I appreciate the information on how to install this (really helps a newb like me).

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Looks fantastic! Thank you so much for sharing the result of your hard work! Love this community!

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Very impressive work done here.

Loving and amazing coloring done with this new open source techlology for an open world full of hobbies but empty of dark bussines.

I feel this is the way virtual pinball must go.

Thankyou @dtatane @freezy @zedrummer and many all involved in this great project!!!



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