Arcade - Released - December 1, 1986
Skate through a ramp-filled world doing jumps for points in this timed game. Buy equipment at shops or enter tournaments to win cash prizes. When time runs out player must "Skate or Die!" -- run to the nearest tournament! 720 Degrees, or 720°, is a 1986 arcade game by Atari Games. 720°, a skateboarding game, is notable in that along with BMX Simulator, it is one of the first extreme sports video games, and has a unique timed structure that requires the player score points in order to keep the game going. The game's name comes from the "ultimate" trick, turning a full 720° (two complete...
Atari Lynx - Released - 1991
In this real arcade game you and Officer Bob must search out and collar the perps who've engaged in such heinous criminal activities as littering, speeding, and assorted other forms of misconduct too despicable to mention! But while you're out there, patrolling the streets in Officer Bob's police car, don't forget to refuel! Stop in at your friendly neighborhood donut shop and gain extra time.
Arcade - Released - 1987
The overhead view of Officer Bob's police car scrolls in every direction. Catch wanted criminals and force them to confess. Eat doughnuts for extra time, avoid demerits and be sure to meet your quota of arrests! Join Officer Bob on a very politcally-incorrect, never-ending quest to meet his daily quota by arresting hitchhikers, litterbugs, honkers, dopers, speeders, assaulters, murderers, and the A.P.B.'s themselves. Bring in A.P.B.'s for questioning but do not get caught or else they will be released because of police brutality. Officer Bob starts each day at one of several police...
Arcade - January 1, 1995
Area 51 is a light gun arcade game released by Atari Games in 1995. It takes its name from the Area 51 military facility. The plot of the game involves the player (Peterson) taking part in a STAAR (Strategic Tactical Advanced Alien Response) military incursion to prevent aliens, known as the Kronn, and alien-created zombies from taking over the Area 51 military facility.
Arcade - January 1, 1998
Area 51: Site 4 is a light gun arcade game developed by Atari Games in 1998. It is a sequel to the original Area 51, picking up where that game left off. Though the graphics have been improved, they rely on the same FMV streaming technology as the original, and the gameplay remains largely the same as the original game.
Arcade - Released - 1989
Badlands is a 1989 arcade game published by Atari Games. It was ported by Domark under the Tengen label to a number of home computers. It is set in the aftermath of a nuclear war and races around abandoned wastelands with many hazards. Three gun-equipped cars race around a track to win prizes.
Atari 2600 - Released - December 1, 1978
Basketball is an Atari 2600 game loosely based on the sport of the same name. The game features a simple game of one-on-one basketball playable by one or two players, one of the few early Atari 2600 to have a true single player feature with an AI-controlled opponent.
Arcade - Unreleased - 1993
Beat Head was produced by Atari Games in 1993, it was a prototype. Jump on the tiles that match your color or that have your color and your opponent's color. Jump on enough to fill your spaces before your opponent fills his.
Arcade - Unreleased - 1993
Here is another Atari prototype that never made it to market. This is a fighting game with cool robot characters. The PCB is of a type that I have never seen before this hardware was rumored to have cost over $1,000,000 to design. No games were every released on this type of hardware. Another prototype called 'Bounty Hunter' also runs on similar hardware. This is supposed to be one of three dedicated units that exist. I know of one other boardset, but I have not been able to locate any of the other dedicated units. The other board may have come out of a dedicated unit that was converted to...
Nintendo Entertainment System - January 1, 1991
Cyberball is an Atari Games arcade game of 7-man American football, using robotic avatars of different speeds, sizes, and skill sets. The game replaced the standard downs system with an explosive ball that progresses from "cool" to "warm", "hot", and "critical" status as it is used. Players can only defuse the ball, resetting it from its current state back to "cool" by crossing the 50 yard line or by change of possession, whether through touchdown, interception or fumble. A robot holding a critical ball while being tackled is destroyed along with the ball. The robots also possess finite...
Arcade - Released - 1987
Final Lap by Namco is considered by many to be the spiritual successor to Pole Position. This fairly straightforward Formula 1 racing game features a single track like the first Pole Position, this time a replica of the Suzuka Circuit which had just been added to Formula 1. Final Lap's claim to fame was the ability to link up to eight cabinets together for a massive race, unheard of at the time and commonplace on many racing games made afterward. The NES version has different features and mechanics, and could be considered a separate game in its own right. There is a one or two player mode...
Arcade - Unreleased - 1996
The following info comes from the "Unreleased Atari arcade games" web site. Freeze! is an unreleased 1996 Atari game that was on display at the 1998 and 1999 [California Extreme] show. It's a puzzle game where the goal is to match at least three same-colored fish in a row. The twists in the game are as follows: You throw one fish at a time up into the playfield, which is pressed back down at you until the field is completely full. If you are "attacked" from the other player making a horizontal match, pieces towards the top are frozen and cannot be matched. To thaw a piece you need to make a...
Arcade - Released - 1985
Up to four people can play at once, exploring dungeons and fighting monsters from a top-view perspective. Each player's character has different strengths and weaknesses. The players collect food, potions, and treasure in return for points, health, magic and power-ups. In this fantasy adventure maze game, there are four different player characters who each have different powers and/or weapons. The Warrior who wields a battle axe; the Elf who carries a bow and arrows; the Wizard who uses magic; and the Valkyrie who uses a sword and a shield. The four players move through mazes searching for...
Arcade - Released - October 1, 1998
Gauntlet Legends is an arcade game released in 1998 by Atari Games. It is a fantasy themed hack and slash styled dungeon crawl game, a sequel to 1985's popular Gauntlet and 1986's Gauntlet II and marks the final game in the series to be produced by Atari Games. Its unusual features for an arcade game included passwords and characters that could be saved, enabling players to play over the course of a long period.
Arcade - Unreleased - 1993
Hard Drivin's Airborne was a prototype produced by Atari Games in 1993. You control a car that transforms into a glider in this racing game.
MS-DOS - Released - December 4, 1988
The computer versions of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom are conversions of the Atari arcade game based on the second movie in the series. As Indy, the player must complete several cycles of the following three types of levels: Mine level: Whip your way through a mine in order to free children that are held captive. Use your whip to swing across chasms, climb ladders, ride along conveyor belts and defend yourself against attacks from Thuggee guards, bats, snakes and the fireball-throwing Mola ram. Escape with the mine cart after you've freed all children. Mine cart level: Pick the...
Atari ST - Released
The player assumes the role of Indiana Jones as he infiltrates the lair of the evil Thuggee cult, armed only with his trademark whip. The player's ultimate goal is to free the children the cult has kidnapped as slaves, recover the stolen relics known as "Sankara Stones," and escape from the titular temple. Throughout Temple of Doom's several modes of gameplay, Indy loses a life if hit once (sustaining physical contact with enemies or other hazards), or from falling onto a walkable surface from too far a height. After choosing a difficulty level, the player begins the game, initially composed...
Arcade - Unreleased - 1984
This Prototype was never released to the general public. An alien entrepreneur has placed Starfighter games machines on Earth as a test for prospective Starfighters. Although Starfighter appears to be another arcade game, it contacts the alien when the high score record is broken. Alex, a 19-year old who lives in a trailer park, is an ace at Starfighter and gets whisked off to the planet Rylos as a draftee to combat the evil Xur and the Ko-Dan armada. Having been fooled into coming, Alex refuses and is returned to Earth. While Alex is gone from Rylos, a Ko-Dan attack destroys all the...
Arcade - Released - December 1, 1984
Marble Madness is an isometric platform game where the player manipulates an onscreen marble from a third-person perspective. The player controls the marble's movements with a trackball, though most home versions use game controllers with directional pads. The aim of the game is for the player to traverse six maze-like, isometric courses before a set amount of time expires. Each course has its own time limit, with the remaining time left over from completing a course added to the succeeding one.
Arcade - Released - 1997
Maximum Force is a light gun shooter arcade game developed by Mesa Logic for Atari Games in 1997. In 1998, Atari Games re-released the game as part of one machine called Area 51/Maximum Force Duo that also included Area 51, and later ported the game to both the Sony PlayStation and Sega Saturn game consoles. Like its predecessor Area 51, Maximum Force is notable for its use of digitized video stored on an on-board hard disk, and the bizarrely contrasting unrealistic gibs into which every enemy blows apart when shot, in exactly the same way. While enemies, innocents, and explosions are 2D...
Atari ST - 1987
Moon Patrol is a side-scrolling game where the player must drive a moon buggy from one station on the Moon to another, all while avoiding crashing or getting destroyed by alien ships. The vehicle is constantly moving right and the player can speed up or slow down, jump, and shoot (simultaneously firing upwards and forwards.) There are 25 checkpoints along the way, each symbolized with a letter from A to Z, and serving as a respawn point. Every five checkpoints mark a separate "stage" within the entire course; reaching the end of a stage under the par time grants a large score bonus....
ColecoVision - 1980
Pac-Man (Japanese: ????? Hepburn: Pakkuman?) is an arcade game developed by Namco and first released in Japan in May 1980. It was created by Japanese video game designer Toru Iwatani. It was licensed for distribution in the United States by Midway and released in October 1980. Immensely popular from its original release to the present day, Pac-Man is considered one of the classics of the medium, and an icon of 1980s popular culture. Upon its release, the game—and, subsequently, Pac-Man derivatives—became a social phenomenon that yielded high sales of merchandise and...
Apple II - Released - April 1, 1985
Paperboy is a 1985 arcade game developed and published by Atari Games. The player takes the role of a paperboy who delivers a fictional newspaper called "The Daily Sun" along a suburban street on his bicycle. The game was ported to a wide range of video game consoles and personal computers. The Nintendo Entertainment System version is the first NES game developed in the United States, and the Sega Master System version represented the first SMS game developed in the United Kingdom. Paperboy is notable for its unusual theme, which extends to using bike handlebars as the controller.
Nintendo Game Boy - Released - December 12, 1990
A fairly good adaptation of a classic game for the Nintendo Game Boy. Paperboy is a 1984 arcade game by Atari Games. The players take the role of a paperboy who delivers newspapers along a suburban street on his bicycle. The game was ported to numerous video game consoles and personal computers. The Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) version represented the first NES game developed in the United States. Paperboy was innovative for its theme and novel controls.
Arcade - Released - July 1, 1985
A platform game with three different boards Junk Yard, Cavern, and Tree. The object is to collect items like bottles, watches, hats, balls, and cans and bring them back to your nest. However, you must avoid a variety of animals such as rats, cats, dogs, bats and owls who are either in your way or are out to get you. The game play is quite simple: pick up one or more objects and return them to the nest. You can throw any number of objects that you've collected to stun animals. Flying animals that have been stunned can be ridden around the screen for a short period of time. A round ends when...
Arcade - Released - 1990
Race Drivin' Panorama was released in May 1991 in the USA (even if the title screen says 1990). Only 50 units were produced in the USA and 50 others in Ireland. The original selling price was $13995 at its time of release. The game utilized 3 to 5 Monitors to give you a 180 Degree View. Several 3 and 5-screen versions of this game were modified for use as driving simulators for use by human performance researchers. For a time the 5-screen version served as a platform for a police high-performance driving trainer program.
Arcade - Released - 1985
Road Runner was produced by Atari Games in 1985. In Road Runner, the player takes control of the Road Runner. The Road Runner must run along the road, avoiding trucks, landmines, falling rocks, etc. and also not get caught by Wile E. Coyote. The Road Runner must also eat birdseed along the way or he will become faint and Wile E. will catch him. The Road Runner can earn points for eating the birdseed and also by making Wile E. get hit by trucks, falling rocks, etc. The Atari 2600 version has a difference from the other versions, in that the Road Runner isn't required to eat the...
Arcade - Released - January 1, 1987
Road Blasters was produced by Atari Games in 1987. RoadBlasters is a futuristic racing action game. The goal is to reach the finish line in one piece throughout each of 50 levels. Numerous enemies are out on the road to try and stop you, including armored cars, motorcycles, cannons on the side of the road, landmines, and more. Your vehicle is equipped with a machine gun to help you out, and occasionally a weapons plane will fly in and drop additional power ups that can be collected. Some of these are the U.Z. canon, cruise missiles, and speed boost. Your car has a very limited amount of...
Arcade - Released - 1996
The original San Francisco Rush was released in 1996 in the arcades and included 3 tracks and 8 cars. The gameplay is very arcade-like: You fly through the air with the greatest of ease, and when you hit a wall your car bursts into flames. You can customize your car with different colors, racing stripes, tire rims and much more.
Arcade - Released - 1992
Space Lords was produced by Atari Games in 1992. First person fly through space game. You shoot or nuke various opponents with a gunner to help. Balance your ship's attributes between speed, agility, shields, and firepower. This game is divided into four areas. In all modes you receive a final Rating Score. However, only by completing all 15 missions do you receive an actual RANK (see Missions 1 thru 15): Missions 1 thru 15: In this mode the object is to complete each mission by destroying the stated number of enemy ships. The first eight are against a single species opponent and the...
Atari ST - Released - 1987
Super Sprint is a racing game for one or two players, with the Arcade version allowing three players to race at the same time. Gameplay is from an overhead view of the racetrack. The racetracks start simple and gradually get more complicated, and may also feature obstacles ranging from traffic cones to tornadoes. Occasionally wrenches will appear in the roadway, and when collected they can be used after a race to power up your car with better tires, better acceleration or a higher top speed.
Atari's Tenth Degree, originally Juko Thread, was to combine the elements of the Tekken and Street Fighter style fighting games with an emphasis on speed. Videogames.com got a chance to see Tenth Degree in its early stages, and even played a few rounds on the arcade machine. The characters were designed in a 3D anime style, with both male and female fighters available. In the early stages, developers were discussing having a super deform mode and some other surprises as well. The characters would have had a variety of fighting styles, all designed under the creative awning of James Goddard,...
Atari Jaguar CD
In Vid Grid, the video of a music video is chopped up into a grid (like a 3x3 square) and randomly rearranged. Some pieces may be flipped vertically or horizontally. As the music video plays it is up to the player to reassemble the pieces into a coherent image. Once the video has been reassembled the player can watch the rest of the music video in its unscrambled form. The music videos contained in Vid Grid are mainly popular MTV fare from the mid-1990s. Some of the bands represented include Aerosmith, Van Halen and Jimi Hendrix.
Arcade - Released - 1988
Vindicators Part II was produced by Atari Games in 1988. This is a stripped-down version of the original tank game. This game plays identically to Vindicators with some exceptions: Only 10 of the 14 original levels are included. No T-shirt contest appears nor are there any contest-related items. Changes were made to the original weapons.