The game features two alternating levels based on the first two levels of Aztec Challenge, called "The Gauntlet" and "The Stairs". In the first level, the player dodges spears while running toward a pyramid displayed on the horizon. In the second level, the player climbs to the top of the pyramid while avoiding rocks that fall from above. If the top is successfully reached, the gameplay starts over.
A-VCS-tec Challenge was first released in 2006 as a limited run of 55 boxed, numbered and signed copies. Following the run of the limited edition, the game was sold unboxed as a standalone cartridge with a manual. Separate versions were created for NTSC (North American) and PAL (European) regions.
The Video Game Critic gave A-VCS-tec Challenge a mixed review, praising the game for "some of the best graphics and audio you'll experience on your 2600", but criticizing it for its single difficulty level and lack of pay-off once the two game levels are completed. The Video Game Critic gave the game a "C" rating, but noted that despite the repetitive gameplay, the "amazing soundtrack" "totally rock[s]".