Atari Program Exchange

Air-Raid!

Air-Raid!

Atari 800 - Released - 1982

Air Raid! is a side-scrolling shooter which puts you in control of an aircraft and charged with the task of defending a city against waves of incoming bombers. Each level starts with your plane fully fueled and loaded with ammo, waiting for take-off. The bombers appear on radar in the distance to your left, and you must destroy them all before they take out your radar and both of your landing areas. There are a total of nine levels, or "strikes" of increasing difficulty. On the first, there are only a small number of bombers, which cannot return fire. Subsequent levels have increasing...

Atari Invaders

Atari 800 - Released - 1981

Atari Invaders is a wonderfully simple, smooth, and colorful adaptation of the classic game Space Invaders. Better than many others. It says "Insert JJoystick" on this screenshot, but that's not a typo. If you wait long enough, an Invader comes out on screen to bomb the extra J away. This is an homage to the original "Space Invaders" coin-operated arcade game in which the writing "Insert CCoin" gets its extra C bombed. That's how truer to the arcade this one is than the others.

Attank!

Atari 800 - Released - 1981

Attank! is a 2-player tank game for the 8-bit Atari computer. Played from a top-down perspective, each player controls 2 tanks, and tries to destroy the enemy vehicles. Terrain is randomized, but includes tunnels that allow a player to warp across the field, heavy impenetrable forests, lighter forests, impassable swamps and large rocks. Hidden mines can destroy tanks, and terrain can be destroyed if shot or run over. The player can customize the number of hits each tank can receive, shell range, and tunnel configuration. There are options for random bombings, that can destroy sections of...

Babel

Babel

Atari 800 - Released - 1981

Babel is an arcade two-players game, referring to the biblical story. The goal of both opponents is to reach as many stars as possible to outscore the opponent. The players lay the bricks that let them climb to the stars. Each touched star disappears after giving points. The game features 3 difficulty levels - first two start with built towers, last one starts at ground level, additionally the fall of the brick on the last two levels causes loss of all gained points! Random celestial events add extra stars in the sky and may result in lightning strike - if the player is hit his score plummets...

Caterpiggle

Caterpiggle

Atari 800 - Released - 1982

Caterpiggle is an action arcade game set in a Pac-Man-like maze. Unlike Pac-Man this maze has no dots scattered around for the player to collect. Instead there are snakes moving around and the player's task as the titular creature is to eat them all. The snakes grow in size as the game goes on and if the player attacks one in the middle it will split and the two halves go in different directions. Like in Pac-Man there are guards, the Serpent Security Force, that are out to get the player. There are three of them roaming the maze and if they make contact with the player a life is lost. There is...

Caverns of Mars

Caverns of Mars

Atari 800 - Released - 1981

You control a ship descending into a narrow cavern lined with glowing emplacements and fuel silos. Using your ship's twin cannons you can destroy all of them for points, but every fuel silo destroyed also gives you 5 units of fuel. Fuel decreases over time from 100, so destroying fuel silos is necessary to make it out alive. You control your rate of descent by moving closer to the edge of the screen, but this is much more dangerous and could result in destruction. If you have extra lives remaining you respawn, but are still limited by the fuel you have. After descending far enough you are...

Checker King

Atari 800 - 1990

Checker King is a computer adaptation of the board game Checkers. The game is for one player who competes against an AI opponent. It is played by using the keyboard to type in commands. To move a piece the player simply enters the number of the square it is on followed by the number of the square it should be moved to. Multiple moves can be made in a single text line, for example 25-18-9. The game follows official rules and when a capturing move is available the player is forced to make it. At any time it is possible to exchange positions with the AI opponent and it is also possible to have...

Counter

Atari 800 - Released - 1982

Counter is an educational math counting game developed by Al Casper and published by Atari Program Exchange in 1982.

Eastern Front 1941

Eastern Front 1941

Atari 800 - Released - 1981

A strategic turn-based wargame for the Atari 8-Bit computer line. Eastern Front puts you in charge of the German armada as they start their infamous Russian campaign, or as it was known at the time "Operation Barbarossa". The game is played from an overhead scrolling map that encompasses the entire eastern European theater, and from which you select your units and issue orders based on their action points and strength which are defined by their appropriate control zones. Isolate units, and their strength starts to go down proportionally. Only 1-player mode is supported against an AI that...

Galahad and the Holy Grail

Galahad and the Holy Grail

Atari 800 - Released - 1982

Galahad and the Holy Grail is an action-adventure game for the Atari 8-bit family designed and programmed by Douglas Crockford and published by the Atari Program Exchange in 1982. It contains almost 100 rooms which are switched between with a flip screen technique.

Getaway!

Getaway!

Atari 800 - Released - 1982

Stealing money is the aim of the driver you play in Getaway!, in an overhead-view city spread across 35 screens. The player controls a car which moves constantly in the direction it faces, unless you hit fire button for the brake. Drive over the $ signs, special items (depending on the level they may be hearts, rings or chalices) and white vans to collect money, and return it to your hideout (in the south-east, represented by an H). You have limited gas, but can top this up by stopping at one of the gas stations. As time goes on, you will encounter roadblocks (which cause you to lose fuel...

Mars Mission II

Atari 800 - Released - 1981

Mars Mission II is a side scrolling shooter featuring rockets that launch upwards from the ground. Mars Mission II was originally developed as a sequel to Caverns of Mars, programmed by Greg Christensen and published by Atari Program Exchange in 1981. Caverns of Mars II was completed in 1981, but released was delayed several years until published by Antic Software under the title of Mars Mission II.

Salmon Run

Salmon Run

Atari 800 - Released - 1982

Salmon Run can be thought of as Alley Salmon - like the same programmer's Alley Cat you play an animal ultimately seeking a mate, although this interaction is not part of the gameplay. As a salmon, you must swim (at variable speed) up a river full of jagged edges, avoiding too much contact with these. Other hazards include waterfalls (you must jump over these), bears (dive underwater to prevent them spotting you), birds (dart around them by adjusting your speed) and fishermen (stay away from the edges to avoid being entangled). Points are awarded based on how far upstream you can progress....

Sleazy Adventure

Atari 800 - 1981

Wizard's Gold

Atari 800 - Released - 1981

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