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Console Living Room: Atari 2600

The Atari 2600 is a video game console released in September 1977 by Atari, Inc. It is credited with popularizing the use of microprocessor-based hardware and ROM cartridges containing game code, a format first used with the Fairchild Channel F, instead of having non-microprocessor dedicated hardware with all games built in. The console was originally sold as the Atari VCS, for Video Computer System. Following the release of the Atari 5200, in 1982, the VCS was renamed "Atari 2600", after the unit's Atari part number, CX2600. The 2600 was typically bundled with two joystick controllers, a conjoined pair of paddle controllers, and a cartridge game—initially Combat and later Pac-Man. The Atari 2600 was wildly successful, and during much of the 1980s, "Atari" was a synonym for this model in mainstream media and, by extension, for video games in general. The Atari 2600 was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame at The Strong in Rochester, New York in 2007. In 2009, the Atari 2600 was named the second greatest video game console of all time by IGN, who cited its remarkable role as the console behind both the first video game boom and the video game crash of 1983, and called it "the console that our entire industry is built upon."


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A collection of hacks, mods, and rebuilds of Atari 2600 games, usually adding difficulty or unusual aspects.
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Collections of simple demonstrations of manipulating the Atari 2600 for various effects. Rarely full programs or games.
Console Living Room: Atari 2600
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Pitfall! is a video game released by Activision for the Atari 2600 in 1982. It is the second best-selling game made for the Atari 2600 (after Pac-Man), with over 4 million copies sold. The player must maneuver a character (Pitfall Harry) through a maze-like jungle in an attempt to recover 32 treasures in a 20-minute time period. Along the way, he must negotiate numerous hazards, including pits, quicksand, rolling logs, fire, rattlesnakes, scorpions, and crocodiles. Harry may jump over or...
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Console Living Room: Atari 2600
by Rob Kudla
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Everyone's familiar with the now infamous version of Pac-Man that Atari unleashed to its legions of 2600 fans. If you've ever wished for a version of Pac-Man truer to the original, Rob Kudla has modified the much better Ms. Pac-Man and turned it into the Pac-Man Atari should have released. This is a fairly significant hack, and here are the changes Rob made to Ms. Pac-Man: Changed the graphics Altered the theme music Changed audio code to improve authenticity Changed playfield color and layout...
Topics: Pac-Man, Atari 2600
Console Living Room: Atari 2600
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Custer's Revenge is a controversial video game made for the Atari 2600 by Mystique, a company that produced a number of adult video game titles for the system. The player character is based on General George Armstrong Custer. The game was first released on October 13, 1982, and has received significant criticism because of its crude simulation of a rape of a Native American woman. In the game, the player controls the character of Custer, depicted as a man wearing nothing but a cavalry hat,...
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Console Living Room: Atari 2600
by Atari
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In 1981, a sequel to Pac-Man  was introduced in the form of his girlfriend,  Ms. Pac-Man . This sequel continued on the "eat the dots/avoid the ghosts" gameplay of the original game, but added new features to keep the title fresh. Like her boyfriend, Ms. Pac-Man attempts to clear four various and challenging mazes filled with dots and ever-moving bouncing fruit while avoiding Inky, Blinky, Pinky and Sue, each with their own personalities and tactics. One touch from any of these...
Topics: Pac-Man, Ms. Pac-Man, Atari 2600
Console Living Room: Atari 2600
by Parker Brothers
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Q*bert  is a popular arcade game. The goal is to change all of the tiles on a pyramid to the target color. To do this you guide Q*bert around the pyramid, and every tile he hops on will change color. On early levels, a single hop will change the tile to the desired color, but on later levels you may need to hop on a tile multiple times or even avoid hopping on a tile multiple times! Trying to stop Q*bert are many different creatures which wander around the board, including Coily the snake,...
Topics: Q*Bert, Atari 2600
Console Living Room: Atari 2600
by Atari
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Click here to view the manual to this game. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (also referred to simply as E.T.) is a 1982 adventure video game developed and published by Atari, Inc. for the Atari 2600 video game console. It is based on the film of the same name, and was designed by Howard Scott Warshaw. The objective of the game is to guide the eponymous character through various screens to collect three pieces of an interplanetary telephone that will allow him to contact his home planet. Warshaw...
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Console Living Room: Atari 2600
by Another World
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Based on the fictional retro arcade game featured in the 2012 Disney animated film Wreck-It Ralph, Fix-It Felix Jr. draws inspiration from Donkey Kong and other arcade classics in its defictionalized arcade cabinet. After having his stump moved by a construction company, Wreck-It Ralph seeks revenge by damaging the apartment building built on his land. The citizens of Niceland call on Fix-It Felix Jr. and his magic hammer to repair the damage Ralph is dishing out and force him off the building,...
Topics: Fix-It-Felix, Atari 2600
Console Living Room: Atari 2600
by Parker Brothers
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In  Frogger II: ThreeeDeep! , you need to guide your frog to safety in three different locations. Starting out underwater, reach the top of the pond while avoiding dangerous alligators and fish (you can ride a turtle for safety!). Once on top of the pond, hop across logs, birds, and even a whale to the life preserver trailing behind a tugboat. In the third location you have to hop across a flock of birds to reach a cloud at the top of the screen. Each frog has a time limit to safely reach one...
Topics: Frogger, Atari 2600
Console Living Room: Atari 2600
by Activision
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Click here to view the manual to this game. River Raid is a scrolling shooter video game designed and developed by Carol Shaw, and published by Activision in 1982 for the Atari 2600 video game console. Activision later ported the title to the Atari 5200, ColecoVision, and Intellivision game consoles, as well as to the Commodore 64, IBM PCjr, MSX, ZX Spectrum, and Atari 8-bit family home computers. Viewing from a top-down perspective, the player flies a fighter jet over the River of No Return in...
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Console Living Room: Atari 2600
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Return of the Jedi: Death Star Battle is a Shoot 'em up video game published by Parker Brothers in 1983 for various Atari platforms and in 1984 for the Sinclair ZX Spectrum. It was the first released video game to be based on the movie Return of the Jedi. In the game, the player controls the Millennium Falcon with the aim of destroying the second Death Star. The game is split into two stages. In the first, the player must shoot enemy TIE fighters while waiting for an opportunity to pass through...
Console Living Room: Atari 2600
by Ed Fries
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Halo 2600 is an action-adventure video game developed for the Atari 2600 video game console, inspired by the Halo series of video games. The player uses the joystick to control the character of Master Chief as he makes his way through 64 screens, divided into four zones: outdoors, Covenant base, ice world, and a final boss area. Weapons and power-ups are available to combat the many enemies that appear. The player and enemies can each be killed by one hit unless a shield is collected. There are...
Console Living Room: Atari 2600
by Nintendo
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Mario has kidnapped Junior's Papa! Donkey Kong Jr.  was originally released in the arcades in 1982 as a sequel to Donkey Kong. In this game, Mario plays the antagonist, finally having captured Donkey Kong, and has put the ape in a locked cage. As Donkey Kong Jr., players will have to make their way through four different levels (Vines, Springboard, Chains and Mario's Hideout) in an attempt to find keys to free the little monkey's father. Along the way, Mario will send out Snapjaws, swooping...
Topics: Nintendo, Donkey Kong, Atari 2600
Console Living Room: Atari 2600
by CCW
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Big Bird wants to win the county fair egg contest and you can help him. A chicken at the top will lay and egg and it will go down a chute. You must get Big Bird under the correct chute to catch the egg. Game one is one player only. Games two through ten are one or two player. All games have two rounds. Game one is a practice round. There are two chickens, straight chutes and when you move Big Bird left or right, he pops right under the chute. Games two and three have three then four chutes and...
Topics: Atari 2600, Sesame Street, Big Bird
Console Living Room: Atari 2600
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Some random "SpongeBob" homebrew 2600 game.
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Topics: SpongeBob, Atari 2600
Console Living Room: Atari 2600
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Push (2007) (Sarah Clark)
Pole Position (RealSports Driving) (1983) (Atari GCC, Betty Ryan Tylko, Douglas B. Macrae) (CX2694) [a]
Console Living Room: Atari 2600
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Star Wars is an arcade game produced by Atari Inc. and released in 1983. The game is a first person space simulator, simulating the attack on the Death Star from the final act of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. The game is composed of 3D color vector graphics. The player assumes the role of Luke Skywalker ("Red Five"), as he pilots an X-wing fighter from a first-person perspective. Unlike other arcade games of similar nature, the player does not have to destroy every enemy in order...
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Console Living Room: Atari 2600
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Rain (2007) (Chris Read) (WIP)
Console Living Room: Atari 2600
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Star Wars: Jedi Arena is a 2D overhead shooter video game published by Parker Brothers in 1983 for the Atari 2600. In the game, two Jedi Knights, one blue and one red, face each other during lightsaber training. Player one is blue, the red Jedi is either a human or computer controlled opponent. The player controls his lightsaber with the paddle controller, defending himself from the laser blasts coming from the Seeker ball, fired by the opponent. The Seeker will regularly go wild and fire laser...
Extra Terrestrials (1984) (Skill Screen Games, Herman Quast)
Console Living Room: Atari 2600
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Road Runner (CCE)
Console Living Room: Atari 2600
by Atari
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Jr. Pac-Man  features gameplay similar to the original Pac-Man , but with a few changes. As Jr., you need to eat all of the dots in a maze without running into the four ghosts that are trying to get you. The maze is now much larger, and no longer fits on a single screen. The maze will scroll around to follow the action. From time to time a tasty bonus will bounce around the screen which can be eaten for extra points. There are tricycles, kites, drums, balloons, trains, root beers, and other...
Topics: Pac-Man, Jr. Pac-Man, Atari 2600
Console Living Room: Atari 2600
by Atari
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Dig Dug  is a 1-2 player arcade game in which you have to use your shovel to dig your way through the earth. Stopping you from doing this are two monsters, called Pooka and Fygar, who will continually chase you around. The only weapon that you carry is an air pump, which you can use to inflate the monsters to the point where they explode. (if you start to inflate them but stop doing so, the monsters will get turned back to their normal selves). Furthermore, rocks are scattered throughout the...
Topics: Dig Dug, Atari 2600
Console Living Room: Atari 2600
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Click here to view the manual to this game. Dig Dug is an arcade game developed and published by Namco in Japan in 1982 for Namco Galaga hardware. It was later published outside of Japan by Atari, Inc.. A popular game based on a simple concept, it was also released as a video game on many consoles. The objective of Dig Dug is to eliminate underground-dwelling monsters by inflating them with an air pump until they pop, or by dropping rocks on them.
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Console Living Room: Atari 2600
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Blue Screen of Death (2008) (Michael S. Rideout) (WIP)
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Console Living Room: Atari 2600
by Atari
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In  Centipede , the player is trapped in the Enchanted Forest. Armed with only a magic wand to ward off the forest's insect denizens, all of which apparently are attacking in the player in continuous waves. The player must use the magic wand to shoot sparks at approaching insects to score points by pressing the controller button. Holding down the controller button will set the wand to rapid fire shots. If the player is bitten by an insect, the player will be temporarily paralyzed and lose one...
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Topics: Atari 2600, Centipede
Console Living Room: Atari 2600
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Pac Man (1983) (CCE) (C 812) [a]
Congo Bongo (1983) (Sega, Steve Beck, Phat Ho Beck Tech) (006 01) [a]
Console Living Room: Atari 2600
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(Summarized from the manual) You are an Ewok in the hang glider corps. Your mission is to destroy the Imperial shield generator. You must avoid enemy fire, get rock piles and explosives to use against your enemies, and then fly through the doors of the shield generator bunker to blow it up. You fly your hang glider with the joystick. You can tell your altitude by how far you are above your shadow. Left is bank left, right is bank right. With difficulty switch A in the "B" position,...
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Quick Step! (Hop To It, Kwibble) (1983) (Imagic, Dave Johnson) (720119 1A, 03211)
Console Living Room: Atari 2600
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Sea Hunt (AKA Skindiver) (CCE)
Console Living Room: Atari 2600
by Atari
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The  32 in 1 cartridge  was Atari's second attempt to make a multi-cart for the 2600. Their first attempt (the 4 in  1 ) never got past the prototype stage before Atari decided that four classic titles on  one cartridge  weren't enough to entice frugal gamers into buying ten year old games.
Topic: Atari 2600
Unknown Activision Game #2 (1983) (Activision) (Prototype)
Console Living Room: Atari 2600
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Click here to view the manual to this game. Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back is a scrolling shooter video game published by Parker Brothers in 1982 for the Atari 2600 and in 1983 for the Mattel Intellivision. It was the first Star Wars video game. In the game, the player controls a snowspeeder to battle against Imperial AT-AT walkers on the planet Hoth. The goal is to hold off the walkers as long as possible before they blow up the power generator at the Rebels' Echo Base. The difficulty...
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Console Living Room: Atari 2600
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Click here to view the manual to this game. Spider-Man is an action video game released in 1982 by Parker Brothers for the Atari 2600. It was the first video game to feature Spider-Man and also the first Marvel Comics based video game. The game involves players controlling Spider-Man to scale a building using his web shooters in order to defuse bombs planted by the Green Goblin. Spider-Man is only able to use his web lines to move up the building, and if touched by enemies they will cut the...
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Laser Gate (AKA Innerspace) (1983) (CCE) (C 860)
Console Living Room: Atari 2600
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Click here to view the manual for this game. Alien is based on the classic thriller film of the same name, although you'd be hard pressed to recognize it if not for the cart label with its artwork depicting the movie. Fox Video Games basically took the movie and translated it into game action through a maze format that's very reminiscent of Pac-Man. The maze is supposed to represent the inside of a spaceship that has been infested with alien beings. Adult aliens are loose in the ship, laying...
Super Ferrari (AKA Enduro) (2600 Screen Search Console) (Jone Yuan Telephonic Enterprise Co)
Console Living Room: Atari 2600
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Puckman (2007) (Chris Read) (WIP)
Console Living Room: Atari 2600
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River Raid II (AKA River Raid) (Supergame)
Console Living Room: Atari 2600
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Moon Patrol (1983) (CCE) (C 1006)
Console Living Room: Atari 2600
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Alien (CCE)
Console Living Room: Atari 2600
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Mario's Bros. (AKA Mario Bros.) (1983) (CCE) (C 1004)
Console Living Room: Atari 2600
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Click here to view the manual to this game. H.E.R.O. (an acronym standing for Helicopter Emergency Rescue Operation) is a single-player video game published by Activision. First developed for the Atari 2600 and released in March 1984, the game was ported to many of the home computers and gaming consoles of that era. The player assumes control of Roderick Hero (sometimes styled as "R. Hero", a play on "our hero"), a one-man rescue team. Miners working in Mount Leone are...
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Console Living Room: Atari 2600
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Lord of the Rings: Journey to Rivendell was a video game that was scheduled to be released on the Atari 2600 and published by Parker Brothers. It was announced in 1983 in Parker Brothers catalog. However, it was never released, and it was believed to have had little or no work done on the game's coding. Twenty years later, a former Parker Brothers employee gave a prototype of the game to the operator of the AtariAge website. Surprisingly, the game was quite complex and seemed to be complete....
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Console Living Room: Atari 2600
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Automaton (2004) (Derek Ledbetter)
Challenge of.... Nexar, The (1982) (Spectsion, Spectdeo, d Lubar) (SA 206)
Console Living Room: Atari 2600
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Mr. Do! (1983) (Coleco, Ed English) (2656)
Console Living Room: Atari 2600
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Click here to view the manual to this game. In 1978 John Carpenter terrified movie audiences and gave birth to the slasher genre with Halloween, an independent film following the blood trail of Michael Meyrs, psychotic serial killer being hunted by his psychiatrist, Dr. Lumas (Donald Pleasence), as he slaughters his way to innocent teenage babysitter Lori Strode's (Jamie Lee Curtis) life. Five years later, Charles Band, the owner of home video distribution company Wizard Video, got his hands on...
Console Living Room: Atari 2600
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In this game, you are Leatherface. Some tourists have trespassed onto your land. They have been mostly eliminated but a few remain. The object is to chase down the remaining tourists and kill them. You chase the tourists with your chainsaw. When you get next to them, you press the fire button to rev up your saw and make cold-cuts out of them. Try to avoid obstacles like hedges, fences, cow skulls and wheelchairs. Try not to rev the chainsaw unnecessarily as you only have 3 tanks of fuel and...
Console Living Room: Atari 2600
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Space Battle (2006) (Dave Neuman)
Console Living Room: Atari 2600
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Color Tweaker V1.0 (2001) (Brian Watson)
Console Living Room: Atari 2600
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Surf's Up (Joyboard) (1983) (Amiga) (3125) (Prototype)
Console Living Room: Atari 2600
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Popeye is a 1982 arcade game developed and released by Nintendo based on the Popeye cartoon characters licensed from King Features Syndicate. Some sources claim that Ikegami Tsushinki also did design work on Popeye. The Atari version was developed by Nintendo, and published by Parker Brothers in 1983.
Console Living Room: Atari 2600
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Fat Eddie (2007) (Chris Read) (WIP)
Console Living Room: Atari 2600
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Pitfall (AKA Pitfall!) (Genus)
Console Living Room: Atari 2600
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Pac Man 4K (2007) (Dennis Debro)
Console Living Room: Atari 2600
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Seaquest (1983) (CCE) (C 815) [a]
Console Living Room: Atari 2600
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Running Man (2005) (Bob Montgomery) (WIP)
Crystal Castles (01 04 1984) (Atari, Michael Kosaka, Peter C. Niday, Robert Vieira) (CX26110) (Prototype)
Castle Crusaders (2007) (Tim van de Vall, Michelle Vela, Susan Queen)
Console Living Room: Atari 2600
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Donkey Kong Jr. (AKA Donkey Kong Junior) (Tron)
Console Living Room: Atari 2600
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E.T. The Extra Terrestrial (CCE)
Console Living Room: Atari 2600
by Activision
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To read the manual for this game, click here . Pitfall II: Lost Caverns is a platforming video game originally released for the Atari 2600 video game console in 1984. It is the sequel to the popular Pitfall!. Both games were designed and written by David Crane and published by Activision. The star of the games is Pitfall Harry, an 8-bit jungle explorer. The game's plot was later remade loosely into Super Pitfall. The original Pitfall! has Harry exploring a jungle, collecting treasures, and...
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BreakBack (2005) (Max Anderson, Michael Boyce, Patrick Jarrett)
Squoosh (Vat's Incredible!, The Grape Escape) (1983) (Apollo) (AP 2012) (Prototype) [a]
Star Wars The Arcade Game (12 05 1983) (Parker Brothers, Wilfredo 'Willy' Aguilar, Michael Becker, Neil McKenzie, Bob Smith, Brad Stewart) (PB5540) (Prototype)
Console Living Room: Atari 2600
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Acid Fish (2008) (yuppicide) (WIP)
Console Living Room: Atari 2600
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Seaquest (1983) (Dynacom)
Console Living Room: Atari 2600
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Run! (2005) (Broch, Bucket) (WIP)
Console Living Room: Atari 2600
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Jumping (2007) (Michael S. Rideout) (WIP)
Console Living Room: Atari 2600
by Atari
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In  Pengo , you must defeat the enemy by pushing ice blocks together to crush them. You also can capture one if they are shocked and dizzy. There is also a time limit to make it a bit more difficult (you must do it in one minute).
Topics: Pengo, Atari 2600
Console Living Room: Atari 2600
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Open, Sesame! Abre te, Sesamo! (1983) (CCE) (C 804)