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Feeding My Atari #4; Home Brew Report #2; PAL Atari Log #2

Well, it's finally happened. I received an Invoice from Packrat Video Games for 2 of the games that I ordered. But there are additional games that I have ordered from them. There's Important news on the Packrat front further down the page. For the first order of business I'd like to make mention of a PAL Exclusive that I received the other day from the U.K., and that's Meteor Defense, published by ITT Home Vision in 1983. This game was released in different countries under different titles.

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Game Review #8: Tapeworm

Game: Tapeworm System: Atari 2600/VCS/Sears Video Arcade Publisher: Spectravision Catalog Number: SA-205 Programmer: ? Cartridge Size: ? Copyright: 1982 I like to credit the programmer when I do a review, but I couldn't find out who it was through my research. Genre: Snake Controller: Joystick (Sega Game Pad Compatible) Players: 1; 2 (alternating) Rarity Rating: 3 FROM THE MANUAL Please welcome to your T.V. set our hero "SLINKY" the SPECTRA-WORM. Good OL' SLINKY loves fruit, and knows w

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Atari PAL Log #1

Or, Atari PAL Log: My Experiences Playing PAL Games On My NTSC Atari #1 Kind of a long title for an on-going series, so I shortened it a tad bit. I know that I can't possibly be the only one living in an NTSC country collecting PAL releases for their Atari, so I thought that I'd share my experiences with these games. Oh, I've only begun to collect PAL games for Atari platforms to be sure, but I figured that this would be a great time to start covering these releases. I've certainly got a long

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Home Brew Report: Packrat Video Games For Your Atari

There are a couple of new games coming for the 2600 from Packrat Video Games. RAM-Pong doesn't have any info on it yet, so I'll focus on the one that does. In fact I've already ordered a copy. Funds are short at the moment for me and all but Packrat builds everything by hand and is a one-man operation, so hopefully he won't send an invoice to our Pay Pal account until late next week. Game: Spaceman Splorf: Planet of Doom System: Atari 2600/VCS/Sears Video Arcade Publisher: Packrat Video

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Game Review #7: Allia Quest

Game: Allia Quest System: Atari 2600/VCS/Sears Video Arcade Publisher: Atari Age Original Publisher: ebivision Programmer: Igor Barzilai Cartridge Size: 4K Copyright: 2001 Genre: Shooter (Vertical) Controller: Joystick (Sega Game Pad Compatible) Players: 1 Rarity Rating: H (Home Brew) In this review I will be borrowing heavily from my review of Allia Quest that I posted to the Atari Age Store Page. Full disclosure - I rated it 5.0 out of 5.0. FROM THE MANUAL It was a simple enough miss

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Feeding My Atari: A Look Into The Future

Here's a sneak peak at the games that I have ordered, so they will probably appear in future installments of Feeding My Atari. And of course, future installments of Game Review. I currently have 5 Atari Age and 2 Pack Rat orders being processed, and some eBay stuff. ATARI 2600 / HOME BREWS All Games From Atari Age Unless Stated Otherwise 2005 Mutigame Multicart Hunchy Jetman M-4 Marble Jumper Nightrider Rocket Command Zirconium Astronomer (Pack Rat Video Games) Th

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My Youtube Channel Is Active Again

Just thought that I would mention that my Youtube channel cessnaace is again active. Ok, so I've just uploaded one new video. I'm currently limited to the use of my Smart Phone, but it's a start. Thanks to all who have commented to my video so far. Oh, most of the old videos are still up, but I received a Copyright Strike some time back and so that video was deleted. I took the extra step of deleting all videos that had been flagged as being potential Copy Right offenders. There are still alot

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Feeding My Atari #3

Not much added since my last entry, although I still have several Home Brew orders still being processed by Atari Age and Pack Rat Video Games, and a PAL standard 2-in-1 winging its way here from Germany. Here's what I've just added. All are for the Atari 2600. All are purchases made via eBay: Bermuda Triangle (Data Age, 1982). Developed in-house at Data Age. Complete Boxed Copy. The Challenge of Nexar (Spectravision; 1982). This game was actually developed by Sirius Software

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Game Review #6: Naughty List (2600)

Game: Naughty List System: Atari 2600/VCS/Sears Video Arcade Publisher: Atari Age Programmer: Mike Saarna Cartridge Size: 32K w/SARA RAM Copyright: 2011 Genre: Action Controller: Joystick (Sega Game Pad Compatible) Players: 1 Rarity Rating: H (Home Brew) One of four games included on the Multi-cart "The Byte Before Christmas" Bell Hopper See Game Review #5 Christmas Adventure Naughty List Santa's Scabs GAME DESCRIPTION The Elf Union has gone on strike! In Naughty List y

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Game Review #5: Bell Hopper (Atari 2600)

Game: Bell Hopper System: Atari 2600/VCS/Sears Video Arcade Publisher: Atari Age Programmer: Tomas Härdin Cartridge Size: 32K w/SARA RAM Copyright: 2011 Genre: Action Controller: Paddle; Joystick Players: 1 Rarity Rating: H (Homebrew) Bell Hopper is one of four homebrew games released on the multi-cart The Byte Before Christmas Bell Hopper Christmas Adventure Naughty List Santa's Scabs I will review each game separately. I've mentioned before that I intend to review every Ata

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Game Review #4: Fire Fly (Atari 2600)

Game: Fire Fly System: Atari 2600/VCS/Sears Video Arcade Publisher: Mythicon Programmer: Bruce de Graaf Serial/Catalog Number: MA1002 Copyright: 1983 Genre: Shoot 'em Up Controller: Joystick (Sega Game Pad compatible); Ball Controller Players: 1 or 2 (Alternating) Game Variations: 5 RARITY RATING: 4 (Scarce+) Also published in Brazil by Canal 3 on tape. The manual has a long and rather silly story of the events that lead up to the game. Basics. The date is March 17, 2093. You're a

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Game Review #3: Worm War I (Atari 2600)

Game: Worm War I System: Atari 2600/VCS/Sears Video Arcade Developer: Serius Software Publisher: 20th Century-Fox Programmer: David Lubar Serial/Catalog Number: 11001 Copyright: 1982 Genre: Shooter Controller: Joystick (Sega Game Pad compatible) Players: 1 or 2 (Competitive or Cooperative) Game Variations: 9 RARITY RATING: 3 (Scarce) Your mission, as a master tank commander, is to drive through the city of Teriyaki and blast away as many Worms and Blocks as possible without running out o

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Game Review #2: Alligator People (Atari 2600)

Game: Alligator People System: Atari 2600/VCS/Sears Video Arcade Unreleased by 20th Century-Fox Programmer: John Russel Serial/Catalog Number: None Copyright: 1983 Prototype discovered in 2002 by collector Ben Liashenko Genre: Shooter Controller: Joystick (Sega Game Pad compatible) Players: 1 Game Variations: 9 This game was finished, but was cancelled before a manual could be written, so I'm going by my own playing experience and the entry for this game at AtariProtos. I bought my repro

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Game Review #1: Demolition Herby (Atari 2600)

Game: Demolition Herby System: Atari 2600/VCS/Sears Video Arcade Published by Telesys Programmer: Don Ruffcorn Serial/Catalog Number: 1006 Copyright: 1983 Genre: Arcade - Paint It Controller: Joystick (Sega Game Pad compatible) Players: 1 or 2 Rarity Rating: 6 (B&W label); 7 (Color label) Also released in the USA by Romox on a reusable cartridge. In Europe it was released by Telesys. In Brazil it was released by Genus and Dynacom. My copy is a Custom Reproduction Cartridge from Atari A

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Feeding My Atari #2

Well, today was a big day package wise. My wife informed me that I "had a tower' on the front porch. This referred to 3 packages containing a total of 7 games. Package 1 @eBay Deadly Duck (2600) An enjoyable shooter that I had only played via emulation. Package 2 @eBay Thunderground (2600) Published by Sega (w/manual). Port of part of the Sega Arcade game Borderline. I already own the SG-1000 port, which contains more elements of the Arcade original (based on the catalog number and year of r

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Game That I'd Like To See Released On The 2600 #1

Here's the thing. A user at http://highscore.com posted a play video of a game for the Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Actually, this shoot 'em up has all the makings of a great homebrew conversion for the Atari 2600. The Game is called The Pyramid. It was designed by Bob Hamilton, Darren Hamilton, Ian Hamilton, and published for the Speccy in 1983 by Fantasy Software. Here's the video. Take a look and please comment on this idea:

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Feeding My Atari

It's not easy keeping my Atari 7800 ProSystem well fed with 2600 and 7800 games that it has never experienced before while staying on a budget. I received 3 emails from Atari Age today confirming that three of my orders have shipped, leaving 2 still being processed. So what did I do? Placed another order of course. Plus which, I buy games on eBay. I'm not as mobile as I once was, so I do most of my game shopping online. Here's some of what's coming: Atari Age (Homebrews/Hacks) Bentley Bear's

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Mappy Makes Me Happy

I bought my copy of Mappy earlier this month, and I find myself unable to stop playing it for any appreciable length of time. John W. Champeau and his team at Champ Games have really done an excellent job at porting this arcade game to the 2600. John W. Champeau has done a marvelous job with the Coding and Design work. The Music and Sound Effects, by Mike Haas, are standouts as well. Darrell Spice, Jr. provided the Music driver. Not wishing to leave anyone out, Thomas Jentzsch worked on opti

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