[The 2600er] Secret Quest


Copyright: 1989 Release Date: December 1989 Developer: Axlon Publisher: Atari Deisgner: Nolan Bushnell (Designer), Steve DeFrisco (Programmer) Code: CX26170 Description It’s been a long time since I’ve last tackled the hostory of Atari 2600 games and it looked fair to me to give the farewell to year 2019 with another game for the platform, although…

[The 2600er] Double Dragon


Copyright: 1989 Release Date: October 1989 Developer: Technos Japan Corporation Publisher: Activision Deisgner: Dan Kitchen (programmer) Code: AK-050 Description If you’re thinking “how the hell they did manage to fit an arcade experience like Double Dragon into an Atari 2600 cartridge???” you’re probably a normal person who can’t believe they ported this game on the…

[The 2600er] Superman


Copyright: 1983 (Atari Corp.), 1988 (John Palevich) Release Date: August 1979 Developer: Atari Publisher: Atari Deisgner: John Dunn (programmer) Code: CX2631 Description Nowadays, licensed videogames are something we take for granted and, moreover, they’re ofter part of the hype surrounding an opera and in some cases its complimemntary, adding sub-plots and characters not present in…

[The 2600er] Dark Chambers


Copyright: 1983 (Atari Corp.), 1988 (John Palevich) Release Date: May 1984 Developer: Sculptured Software Publisher: Atari Deisgner: John Palevich (Programmer) Code: CX26151 Description When you think about the humble Atari 2600 probably the first things that comes to mind are the late 70s and the video game crash, so you think about a period of…

[The 2600er] River Patrol


Release Date: May 1984 (supposed) Developer: TigerVision Publisher: TigerVision Deisgner: ??? Code: 7-004 Description River Patrol can be considered the Holy Grail of every Atari collector. The game was released in 1984 (probably) by Tigervision as a port of the aracde game of the same name made by the bscure company Orca and today only…

[The 2600er] Front Line


Copyright: 1982 (Taito), 1984 (Coleco) Release Date: April 1984 Developer: Indievideo Publisher: Coleco Deisgner: Ed Temple (progrmamer) Code: 2665 Description Porting a populat coin-op game on an home console back in 1984 wasn’t surely an easy task, therefore a lot of compromises had to be made in recreating the pace of an arcade shooter on…

[The 2600er] Crystal Castles


Copyright: 1984 Release Date: April 1984 Developer: Atari Publisher: Atari Deisgner: Robert Vieira (Sound), Michael Kosaka (Graphics), Peter C. Niday (Programmer) Code: CX26110 Description Crystal Castles came out in the middle on the video game crash in 1983. The original game benefitted from the power of the arcade cabinetas and showed a polished and clean…

[The 2600er] Mario Bros.


Copyright: 1983 Release Date: December 1983 Developer: Nintendo) Publisher: Nintendo Deisgner: Shigeru Miyamoto Code: CX2697 Description   Below you find other two images related to the game: the back of the box and the label of the cartridge itself. We read from the back of the box: Mario the carpenter, and his brother, Luigi, are at it…

[The 2600er] Galaxian


Copyright: 1983 Release Date: April 1983 Developer: Namco (original) Publisher: Atari Inc. Deisgner: Mark Ackerman, Glenn Parker, Tom Calderwood Code: CX2684 Description Galaxian is in a few word a variation of Space Invaders concept. This time the game has a bit more depth since the aliens instead of moving slowly to the spaceship, somethime thay can…

[The 2600er] Keystone Kapers


Copyright: 1983 Release Date: April 1983 Developer: Activision Publisher: Activision Deisgner: Garry Kitchen Code: AX-025 Description Keystone Kapers is an action-platform game in which the protagonist, officer Keystone Kelly is on the trail of the fugitive Harry Hooligan inside a shopping mall. The task for him is to get Hooligan within 50 seconds. There are…

[The 2600er] Raiders of the Lost Ark


Copyright: 1982 Release Date: November1982 Developer: Atari Inc. Publisher: Atari Inc. Deisgner: Howard Scott Warshaw Code: CX2659 Description Below you find other two images related to the game: the back of the box and the label of the cartridge itself. We read from the back of the box You and Indiana Jones have a mission:…

[The 2600er] Pac-Man


Copyright: 1981 Release Date: March 1982 Developer: Atari Inc. Publisher: Atari Inc. Deisgner: Code: CX2646 Description Below you find other two images related to the game: the back of the box and the label of the cartridge itself. We read from the back of the box It’s your job to keep PAC-MAN as happy as…