Orb-3D (NES)

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Platform: NES
Year: 1990
Developer: The Software Toolworks, Inc.

Orb-3D is the NES version of the game Beyond the Black Hole, which was originally released for home computers in 1989. The player is a scientific officer sent to investigate some strange phenomena. Using cartography orbs, the player must examine a variety of objects in space. Two rebound fields are located on the left and right side of the screen make certain the cartography orb is reflected back into the middle of the screen when it reaches the outermost edges of the current screen. The orbs require fuel as the player dives from the peak of orbit into the objects center-screen. The player garners points by striking an object with the orb. Pirates can steal fuel, and the player must maneuver the orb through the fueling pods to reach the service center itself.

The game would be playable using 3-D glasses. The player commands the "craft" through space using the NES controller. The game is playable without the glasses, as the game uses motion, not color, to generate the 3-D effect.


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The title screen.

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For 1990, Peter Stone of The Chessmaster fame did a good job writing the music of the game. The music was composed on Dr. T's KCS for the Atari ST as MIDI files, then converted to a sound engine programmed by Nick Eastridge.

Peter should be contacted for official titles.


# Title ComposerArrangerProgrammer Length Listen Download
01 Title Screen Peter StoneNick EastridgeNick Eastridge 2:46
02 Level Intro Peter StoneNick EastridgeNick Eastridge 0:42
03 Level Theme Peter StoneNick EastridgeNick Eastridge 1:30
04 Vern's Orb-O-Rama Peter StoneNick EastridgeNick Eastridge 1:30
05 Boss Battle Peter StoneNick EastridgeNick Eastridge 1:30
06 Ending / Credits Peter StoneNick EastridgeNick Eastridge 1:15
07 Level Clear Tommy WalkerPeter Stone, Nick EastridgeNick Eastridge 0:01
08 Enemy Mine Peter StoneNick EastridgeNick Eastridge 0:02
09 Enemy Mine Appearing John WilliamsPeter Stone, Nick EastridgeNick Eastridge 0:03
10 Out of Fuel Peter StoneNick EastridgeNick Eastridge 0:05



The credits can be shown at the end of the game. This game used Nick Eastridge's sound driver, but he was uncredited.

Game Rip

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This rip is missing songs.





Ripping NES music is an arduous process that is beyond the scope of this site.

Audio Devices

The game uses the 2A03 of the NES. The DPCM channel is never used. This game used the third version of Nick Eastridge's NES sound driver.


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Orb•3D - NES.jpg
Title: Orb-3D
Platform: NES
Released: 1990-10-??
Publisher: Hi-Tech Expressions