List of Atari 2600 games

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The Atari 2600 console with joystick

This is a list of games for the Atari 2600 video game console, totaling more than 565 games, divided into the following sections: games published by Atari and Sears, games published by third parties during the 2600's production run, and later homebrew releases. The Atari 2600 was first released in North America in September 1977 and featured nine launch titles: Air-Sea Battle, Basic Math, Blackjack, Combat, Indy 500, Star Ship, Street Racer, Surround and Video Olympics. The final licensed Atari 2600 game released in North America was Secret Quest in 1989, and the final licensed game released in Europe was Klax and Acid Drop in 1990 and 1992.

Games published by Atari and Sears[edit]

All 136 of the initial era[when?] of Atari 2600 games were developed and manufactured by Atari, Inc. These games were published by Atari, and many were also licensed to Sears, which released these games under its Tele-Games brand, often with different titles.[1] Sears's Tele-Games brand was unrelated to the company Telegames, which also produced cartridges for the Atari 2600 (mostly re-issues of M Network games.)[2]

Three games were also produced by Atari Inc. for Sears as exclusive releases under the Tele-Games brand: Steeplechase, Stellar Track, and Submarine Commander.[1]

Atari Title Sears Title Designer(s) / Programmer(s) Year Genre Notes and references
32 in 1 - 1988 Educational, Sports A multi-genre cartridge. It was a PAL-only release and is compatible with the Atari 7800.[3] 32 games are included, including games by Atari, Inc., Activision, CommaVid and US Games.
3-D Tic-Tac-Toe 3-D Tic-Tac-Toe Carol Shaw 1980 Strategy
Action Pak - 1981 Action, Strategy value priced re-release of Othello, Dodge 'Em, and Breakout.
Adventure Adventure Warren Robinett 1979 Adventure
Air-Sea Battle Target Fun Larry Kaplan 1977 Action One of the nine Atari 2600 launch titles
Alpha Beam with Ernie - Michael Callahan (Programmer) Preston Stuart (Graphics) 1983 Educational licensed by Children's Computer Workshop, Inc.,
Asterix - Steve Woita 1983 (PAL)
Asteroids Asteroids Brad Stewart 1981 Action
Atari Video Cube - 1982 Strategy
Backgammon Backgammon Craig Nelson 1979 Strategy
Back To School Pak - 1978 Educational, Strategy
Basic Math AKA Fun With Numbers Math Gary Palmer 1977 Educational One of the nine Atari 2600 launch titles
Basic Programming - Warren Robinett 1979
Basketball Basketball Alan Miller 1978 Sports
Battlezone - Mike Feinstein and Brad Rice 1983 Action, Simulation
Berzerk Berzerk Dan Hitchens 1982 Action licensed by Stern Electronics, Inc.
Big Bird's Egg Catch - Christopher Omarzu 1983 Educational, Strategy licensed by Children's Computer Workshop, Inc.,
Blackjack Blackjack Bob Whitehead 1977 Simulation One of the nine Atari 2600 launch titles
Bowling Bowling Larry Kaplan 1979 Sports
Brain Games Brain Games Larry Kaplan 1978 Educational, Strategy
Breakout Breakaway IV Brad Stewart 1978 Action
Canyon Bomber Canyon Bomber David Crane 1979 Action
Casino Poker Plus Bob Whitehead 1978 Strategy
Centipede - 1982 Action
Circus Atari Circus Mike Lorenzen 1980 Action based on Circus by Exidy
Codebreaker Codebreaker 1978 Strategy
Combat Tank Plus Larry Wagner, Joe Decuir 1977 Action One of the nine Atari 2600 launch titles
Concentration aka A Game of Concentration Memory Match Jim Huether 1978 Atari version originally titled Hunt & Score
Cookie Monster Munch - Gary Stark 1983 Educational licensed by Children's Computer Workshop, Inc.
Crazy Climber Alex Leavens 1983 Action licensed by Nihon Bussan Co., Ltd.
Crossbow - 1988 Action licensed by Exidy
Crystal Castles - Peter C. Niday (Programmer) Robert Vieira (Sound) Michael Kosaka (Graphics) 1983 Action
Dark Chambers - John Palevich 1988 Action
Defender Defender Bob Polaro 1982 Action licensed by Williams Electronics Inc.
Defender II - Bill Aspromonte (Programmer) Andrew Fuchs (Sound) 1988
Demons to Diamonds Demons to Diamonds Nick Turner 1982 Action
Desert Falcon - Bob Polaro 1987 Action
Diagnostic Cartridge -  ?
Dig Dug - 1983 Action licensed by Namco Limited
Dodge 'Em Dodger Cars Carla Meninsky 1980 Action, Racing / Driving
Double Dunk - Matthew Hubbard 1989 Sports
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial - Howard Scott Warshaw 1982 Adventure
Fatal Run - Steve Aguirre 1990 Action, Racing / Driving licensed by Sculptured Software, Inc.
Flag Capture Capture Jim Huether 1978 Strategy
Football Football Bob Whitehead 1978 Sports
Galaxian - Mark Ackerman, Glen Parker and Tom Calderwood 1983 Action licensed by Namco Limited
Golf Golf 1980 Sports
Gravitar - 1983 Action
Gremlins - Scott Smith (Programmer) Mimi Nyden (Graphics) Robert Vieira (Sound) 1984 Action
Hangman Spelling Alan Miller 1978 Strategy
Haunted House Haunted House James Andreasen 1982 Action, Adventure
Home Run Baseball Bob Whitehead 1978 Sports
Human Cannonball Cannon Man 1979 Strategy
Hunt & Score (see Concentration) - Jim Huether 1978 Strategy
Ikari Warriors - 1989 Action licensed by SNK Corporation
Indy 500 Race Ed Riddle 1977 Racing / Driving One of the nine Atari 2600 launch titles
Joust - Mike Feinstein and Kevin Osborn 1983 Action licensed by Williams Electronics Inc.
Jr. Pac-Man - Ava-Robin Cohen 1986 Action licensed by Bally Midway Manufacturing Co., Inc.
Jungle Hunt - Mike Feinstein and John Allred 1983 3rd-Person Perspective, Platform licensed by Taito Corporation
Kangaroo - Kevin Osborn 1983 Action licensed by Sun Electronics Corp.
Klax - Steve DeFrisco 1990 Action, Strategy Last official game released for 2600
Krull - Dave Staugas 1983 Action
Mario Bros. - Dan Hitchens 1983 Action licensed by Nintendo
Math Gran Prix Math Gran Prix Suki Lee 1982 Educational, Racing / Driving
Maze Craze: A Game of Cops and Robbers Maze Mania Rick Maurer 1978 Action
Midnight Magic - Glenn Axworthy 1987 Action see also David's Midnight Magic by Brøderbund Software, Inc.
Millipede - Dave Staugas (Programmer) Jerome Domurat (Graphics) Andrew Fuchs (Sound) Robert Vieira (Sound) 1984
Miniature Golf Arcade Golf[4] Tom Reuterdahl 1979 Simulation, Sports, Strategy
Missile Command Missile Command Rob Fulop 1981 Action
Moon Patrol - 1983 Action licensed by Irem Corp.
MotoRodeo - Steve DeFrisco 1990 Racing / Driving, Sports licensed by Axlon
Ms. Pac-Man - Mike Horowitz and Josh Littlefield 1983 Action licensed by General Computer Corporation, Midway
Night Driver Night Driver Rob Fulop 1978 Action, Racing / Driving
Obelix - Suki Lee (Programmer) Dave Jolly (Graphics) Jeff Gusman (Sound) Andrew Fuchs (Sound) 1983 Action
Off the Wall - 1989 Action
Oscar's Trash Race - Christopher Omarzu (Programmer) Preston Stuart (Graphics) 1983 Educational, Racing / Driving licensed by Children's Computer Workshop, Inc.,
Othello Othello Ed Logg 1980 Strategy
Outlaw Gunslinger David Crane 1978 Action
Pac-Man Pac-Man Tod Frye 1982 Action licensed by Namco Limited
Pelé's Soccer Championship Soccer, Soccer Steve Wright 1980 Action, Sports
Pengo - Mark R. Hahn (Programmer) Andrew Fuchs (Sound) Jeff Gusman (Sound) Courtney Granner (Unknown) 1984 Action licensed by Coreland, SEGA Enterprises Ltd.
Pepsi Invaders - Christopher Omarzu 1983 Action A special version of Space Invaders commissioned by Coca-Cola.
Phoenix - Mike Feinstein and John Mracek 1983 Action licensed by Amstar Electronics
Pigs in Space - Rob Zdybel (Programmer) John Russell (Programmer) Bill Aspromonte (Programmer) Michael Sierchio(Designer) 1983 Action
Pole Position - Doug Macare 1983 Racing / Driving licensed by Namco Limited
Quadrun - Steve Woita 1983 Action
Racing Pak - 1982 Racing / Driving
Radar Lock - Doug Neubauer 1989 Action
Raiders of the Lost Ark - Howard Scott Warshaw 1982 Adventure
RealSports Baseball - Joseph Tung 1982 Action, Sports
RealSports Boxing - 1987 Action, Sports
RealSports Football - Robert Zdybel 1982 Sports
RealSports Soccer - Michael Sierchio 1983 Sports
RealSports Tennis - 1983 Sports
RealSports Volleyball - Bob Polaro (Programmer) Alan Murphy (Graphics) 1982 Sports
Road Runner - Bob Polaro 1989 Action, Racing / Driving
Rubik's Cube -Rare re-release of the Atari Video Cube 1983
Secret Quest - Steve DeFrisco (Programmer) and Nolan Bushnell (Designer) 1989 Adventure, Role-Playing (RPG) licensed by Axlon
Sentinel - David Lubar (Programmer) 1990 Action
Signal Tracing Cartridge -  ?
Sky Diver Dare Diver Jim Huether 1979 Action
Slot Machine Slots David Crane 1979 Simulation
Slot Racers Maze Warren Robinett 1978 Action
Snoopy and the Red Baron - Richard Dobbis (Programmer) Sam Comstock (Graphics) 1983 Action
Solaris - Doug Neubauer 1986 Action
Sorcerer's Apprentice - Peter C. Niday 1983 Action
Space Invaders Space Invaders Rick Maurer 1980 Action licensed by Taito Corporation
Space War Space Combat 1978 Action, Simulation
Sprintmaster - Bob Polaro 1988 Action, Racing / Driving
Stargate - Bill Aspromonte (Programmer) Andrew Fuchs (Sound) 1984 Action licensed by Williams Electronic Games, Inc.
Star Raiders Star Raiders Carla Meninsky 1982 Action, Strategy
Star Ship Outer Space Bob Whitehead 1977 Action One of the nine Atari 2600 launch titles
Steeplechase - Jim Huether 1980 Action, Sports one of the three titles Atari produced exclusively for Sears.
Stellar Track - Robert Zdybel 1981 Simulation, Strategy one of the three titles Atari produced exclusively for Sears.
Street Racer Speedway II Larry Kaplan 1977 Racing / Driving One of the nine Atari 2600 launch titles
Submarine Commander - Matthew Hubbard 1982 Simulation one of the three titles Atari produced exclusively for Sears.
Super Baseball - 1988 Action, Sports
Super Breakout Super Breakout Nick Turner 1982 Action
Super Football - Doug Neubauer 1988 Sports
Superman Superman John Dunn 1979
Surround Chase Alan Miller 1977 Action One of the nine Atari 2600 launch titles
Swordquest: Earthworld - Dan Hitchens 1982 Action, Adventure
Swordquest: Fireworld - Tod Frye 1983 Adventure
Swordquest: Waterworld - Tod Frye 1983 Adventure
Taz - Steve Woita 1983 Action
Track & Field - Seth Lipkin and Jaques Hugon 1983 Sports licensed by Konami
UFI und sein gefährlicher Einsatz - 1983 Adventure licensed by Quelle
Vanguard - Dave Payne 1982 Action licensed by SNK Corporation
Video Checkers Checkers Carol Shaw 1980 Strategy
Video Chess Video Chess Larry Wagner, Bob Whitehead 1979 Strategy
Video Olympics Pong Sports Joe Decuir 1977 Action One of the nine Atari 2600 launch titles
Video Pinball Arcade Pinball Bob Smith 1980
Warlords Warlords Carla Meninsky 1981 Action
Xenophobe - 1990 Action licensed by Bally Midway Manufacturing Co., Inc.
Yars' Revenge Yars' Revenge Howard Scott Warshaw 1982 Action

Games published by third parties[edit]

As the Atari 2600 console grew in popularity,[when?] other game developers, such as Activision and Imagic, entered the market and published more than 380 of their own cartridges for the Atari 2600. Many of the most popular Atari 2600 titles, such as Pitfall! and Demon Attack, are third-party titles.[5]

Game Title Developer (Designer) Publisher Year Genre Notes and references
Acid Drop Dennis Kiss[6] Salu Ltd 1992 Strategy a puzzle game; the last game released. Atari 2600s stopped being manufactured
Actionauts Rob Fulop 2008 Simulation Originally planned for release in 1984
The Activision Decathlon Activision (David Crane) Activision 1983 Sports
Adventures of Tron APh Technological Consulting M-Network 1982 Action
Airlock Data Age Data Age 1982 Action
Air Raid MenAVision MenAVision 1982 Action
Air Raiders M-Network M-Network 1982 Action
Alien 20th Century Fox 20th Century Fox 1982 Action
Alien's Return Home Vision 1983 Action
Amidar Konami Parker Brothers 1982 Action
Armor Ambush M-Network M-Network 1982 Action, Racing / Driving
Artillery Duel/Chuck Norris Superkicks Xonox Xonox 1983 Strategy double-ended cartridge
Artillery Duel/Ghost Manor Xonox Xonox 1983 Strategy double-ended cartridge
Artillery Duel/Spike's Peak Xonox Xonox 1983 Strategy double-ended cartridge
Artillery Duel Xonox Xonox 1983 Strategy
Assault Bomb Bomb 1983 Action
Astroblast M-Network M-Network 1982 Action
Atlantis Imagic Imagic 1982 Action
Atlantis II Imagic Imagic 1982 Action
Bachelor Party Mystique PlayAround 1982 Action
Bachelorette Party Mystique PlayAround 1982 Action
Bank Heist 20th Century Fox 20th Century Fox 1983 Action, Racing / Driving
Barnstorming Activision Activision 1982 Action
Beamrider Activision Activision 1983 Action
Beany Bopper Sirius Software 20th Century Fox 1982 Action
Beat Em and Eat Em Mystique PlayAround 1983 Action
Berenstain Bears Coleco Coleco 1983 Educational
Bermuda Triangle Data Age Data Age 1982 Action
Blue Print Bally Midway Manufacturing Co., Inc. CBS Electronics 1982 Action
BMX Airmaster TNT Games Sculptured Software, Inc. 1989 Action, Sports
Bobby Is Going Home Bit Corporation 1983
Boing! First Star Software First Star Software 1983 Action
Boxing Activision (Bob Whitehead) Activision 1980 Sports
Bridge Activision (Larry Kaplan) Activision 1981 Strategy
Buck Rogers: Planet of Zoom Sega Sega 1983 Action
Bugs Data Age Data Age 1982 Action
Bumper Bash Spectravision Spectravision 1983 Action
Bump 'n' Jump Data East M-Network 1983 Action, Racing / Driving
BurgerTime Data East M-Network 1982 Action
Burning Desire PlayAround 1983
Busy Police Zellers 1983 unlicensed reproduction of Keystone Kapers[7]
Cakewalk CommaVid CommaVid 1983 Action
California Games Epyx Epyx 1987 Sports
Carnival Sega Coleco 1982 Action
Cathouse Blues PlayAround 1982
Challenge Funvision
Challenge of Nexar Sirius Software Spectravision 1982 Action
Chase the Chuck Wagon Spectravision Spectravision 1983 Action
Checkers Activision (Alan Miller) Activision 1981 Strategy
China Syndrome Spectravision Spectravision 1983 Action
Chopper Command Activision (Bob Whitehead) Activision 1982 Action
Chuck Norris Superkicks/Ghost Manor Xonox Xonox 1983 Action double-ended cartridge
Chuck Norris Superkicks/Spike's Peak Xonox Xonox 1983 Action double-ended cartridge
Chuck Norris Superkicks Xonox Xonox 1983 Action
Coconuts Telesys Telesys 1982 Action
Commando Capcom Co., Ltd. Activision 1988 Action
Commando Raid US Games US Games 1982 Action
Communist Mutants from Space (Cassette) Starpath Starpath 1982 Action
Condor Attack Ultravision 1983
Congo Bongo Sega Sega 1983 Action
Cosmic Ark Imagic (Rob Fulop) Imagic 1982 Action
Cosmic Commuter Activision Activision 1984 Action
Cosmic Corridor Zimag 1983
Cosmic Creeps Telesys Telesys 1982 Action
Cosmic Free Fire Action Hi-Tech PAL-format[8]
Cosmic Swarm CommaVid CommaVid 1982 Action
Crab Control Action Hi-Tech PAL-format[8]
Crackpots Activision Activision 1983 Action
Crash Dive 20th Century Fox 20th Century Fox 1983 Action
Cross Force Spectravision Spectravision 1983 Action
Cruise Missile Froggo 1987
Crypts of Chaos 20th Century Fox 20th Century Fox 1982 Adventure, Role-Playing (RPG)
Cubicolor Rob Fulop 1982 Strategy
Custer's Revenge Mystique 1982
Dancing Plate Bit Corporation 1982
Dark Cavern M-Network 1982
Deadly Discs Telegames 1983 Action reissue of M-Network's Tron: Deadly Discs
Deadly Duck Sirius Software 20th Century Fox 1982 Action
Death Trap Avalon Hill Avalon Hill 1983 Action, Strategy
Deep Scan Sega Sega 1983 Strategy
Demolition Herby Telesys Telesys 1983 Action
Demon Attack Imagic (Rob Fulop) Imagic 1982 Action
Dice Puzzle Panda Computer Games 1983
Dishaster Zimag 1982
Dolphin Activision Activision 1983 Action
Donkey Kong Nintendo Co., Ltd. Coleco 1982 Action
Donkey Kong Junior Nintendo Co., Ltd. Coleco 1983 Action
Double Dragon Technos Japan Corp. Activision 1989 Action
Dragon Treasure Zellers unlicensed reproduction of Dragonfire[7]
Dragonfire Imagic (Bob Smith) Imagic 1982 Action
Dragonstomper (cassette) Starpath Starpath 1982 Role-Playing (RPG)
Dragster Activision (David Crane) Activision 1980 Racing / Driving
Earth Dies Screaming Sirius Software 20th Century Fox 1982 Action
Earth Attack Zellers unlicensed reproduction of Defender[7]
Eddy Langfinger, der Museumsdieb Quelle 1983 Action
Eggomania US Games US Games 1982 Action
Eli's Ladder Simage Simage 1982 Educational
Encounter at L-5 Data Age Data Age 1982 Action
Enduro Activision Activision 1983 Racing / Driving
Entombed Western Technologies Inc. US Games 1982 Action, Strategy
Escape From The Mindmaster (Cassette) Starpath Starpath 1982 Adventure
Espial Orca Corporation Tigervision 1984 Action
Exocet Panda Computer Games Panda Computer Games 1983 Action
Exocet Missile John Sands
Fantastic Voyage Sirius Software 20th Century Fox 1982 Action
Farmer Dan Zellers unlicensed reproduction of Gopher[7]
Fast Eddie Sirius Software 20th Century Fox 1982 Action
Fast Food Telesys Telesys 1982 Action
Fathom Imagic (Rob Fulop) Imagic 1983 Action
Fighter Pilot Activision
Final Approach Apollo Apollo 1982 Simulation, Strategy
Fireball (cassette) Starpath Starpath 1982 Action
Fire Fighter Imagic (Brad Stewart) Imagic 1982 Action
Fire Fly Mythicon Mythicon 1983 Action
Fisher Price CCE
Fishing Derby Activision (David Crane) Activision 1980 Action, Sports
Flash Gordon Sirius Software 20th Century Fox 1983 Action
The Fly US Games
Frankenstein's Monster Data Age Data Age 1983 Action
Freeway Activision (David Crane) Activision 1981 Action
Frogger APh Technological Consulting Parker Brothers 1982
Frogs and Flies APh Technological Consulting Mattel 1982 Action
Frogger, The Official (cassette) Konami Starpath 1983 Action
Frogger II: Threeedeep! Parker Brothers Parker Brothers 1984 Action
Front Line Taito Corporation Coleco 1983 Action
Frostbite Activision Activision 1983 Action
Gamma-Attack Gammation Gammation 1983 Action
Gangster Alley Spectravision Spectravision 1983 Action
Gas Hog Spectravision Spectravision 1983 Action
Gauntlet Answer Software Answer Software 1983 Action
Ghostbusters Activision (David Crane) Activision 1985 Action
Ghostbusters II Activision Salu Ltd 1990 Action
Ghost Manor/Spike's Peak Xonox Xonox 1983 Action double-ended cartridge
Ghost Manor Xonox Xonox 1983 Action
G.I. Joe: Cobra Strike Parker Brothers Parker Brothers 1983 Action
Gigolo PlayAround 1982
Glacier Patrol VSS, Inc. Telegames 1983 Action
Glib Qualtronic Devices, Inc. Selchow and Righter 1983 Strategy
Gopher US Games US Games 1982 Action
Gorf Bally Midway Manufacturing Co., Inc. CBS Electronics 1982 Action
Grand Prix Activision (David Crane) Activision 1982 Racing / Driving
Great Escape Bomb Bomb 1983 Action
Guardian Apollo Apollo 1982 Action
Gyruss Konami Parker Brothers 1983 Action
Halloween VSS, Inc. Wizard Video 1983 Action
Harbor Escape Panda Computer Games 1983
H.E.R.O. Activision Activision 1984 Action
I Want My Mommy Zimag 1982
Ice Hockey Activision (Alan Miller) Activision 1981 Action, Sports
Inca Gold Zellers
Infiltrate Apollo Apollo 1982 Action, Strategy
International Soccer M-Network 1982
James Bond 007 On Time Software Parker Brothers 1983 Action
Jawbreaker On-Line Systems Tigervision 1982 Action
Journey Escape Data Age Data Age 1982 Action
Jungle Fever PlayAround PlayAround 1982 Action
Kaboom! Activision (Larry Kaplan, David Crane) Activision 1981 Action
Karate Ultravision Ultravision 1983 Action
Keystone Kapers Activision Activision 1983 Action
Killer Satellites (Cassette) Starpath Starpath 1982 Action
King Kong Tigervision Tigervision 1982 Action
Knight on the Town PlayAround 1982
Kool-Aid Man M-Network M-Network 1983 Action
Kung-Fu Master Irem Corp. Activision 1987 Action
Lady in Wading PlayAround 1982
Laser Blast Activision (David Crane) Activision 1981 Action
Laser Gates Imagic, VentureVision Imagic 1983 Action
Laser Volley Zellers 1983 unlicensed reproduction of Laser Gates[7]
Lochjaw Apollo Apollo 1982 Action
Lock 'n' Chase Data East M-Network 1982 Action
London Blitz Avalon Hill Avalon Hill 1983 Strategy
Lost Luggage Apollo Apollo 1982 Action
M.A.D. US Games US Games 1982 Action
Major League Baseball APh Technological Consulting M-Network 1982 Sports
Magicard CommaVid CommaVid 1981
Malagai Answer Software 1983 Action
Mangia Spectravision Spectravision 1983 Action
Marauder On-Line Systems Tigervision 1982
Marine Wars Konami Konami 1983 Action
M*A*S*H 20th Century Fox 20th Century Fox 1982 Action
Master Builder Spectravision Spectravision 1983 Action
Masters of the Universe: The Power of He-Man M-Network M-Network 1983 Action
MegaBoy Dynacom
Mega Force 20th Century Fox 20th Century Fox 1983 Action
Megamania Activision Activision 1982 Action
Miner 2049er Big Five Software Tigervision 1983 Action
Miner 2049er II Big Five Software Tigervision 1982 Action
Mines of Minos CommaVid CommaVid 1983 Action
Missile Control Video Gems 1983 Action PAL-format[9]
Mission 3000 A.D. Bit Corporation Bit Corporation 1983 Action
Mission Survive Video Gems PAL-format[9]
Mogul Maniac Amiga Amiga 1983 Action, Simulation, Sports
Montezuma's Revenge: Starring Panama Joe Parker Brothers Parker Brothers 1984 Action
Moonsweeper Imagic (Bob Smith) Imagic 1983 Action
Motocross Quelle 1983 Racing / Driving, Sports
Motocross Racer Xonox Xonox 1984 Racing / Driving
Mountain King VSS, Inc. CBS Electronics 1983 Action
Mouse Trap Exidy Coleco 1982 Action
Mr. Do! Universal Co., Ltd. Coleco 1983 Action
Mr. Do's Castle Universal Co., Ltd. Parker Brothers 1984 Action
Mr. Postman Bit Corporation 1983
The Music Machine Christian Software Development Sparrow, HomeComputer Software 1983 Action, Educational
My Golf HES 1990
Mystic Castle M-Network
Name This Game US Games US Games 1982 Action
NASL Soccer APh Technological Consulting M-Network 1982 Sports
NFL Football APh Technological Consulting M-Network 1982 Sports
Night Stalker M-Network M-Network 1982 Action
No Escape! Imagic Imagic 1983 Action
Nova Blast Imagic 1983
Nuts Technovision 1983
Ocean City Defender Zellers unlicensed reproduction of Atlantis[7]
Off Your Rocker Amiga Amiga 1983 Action
Oink! Activision (Mike Lorenzen) Activision 1982 Action
Omega Race Bally Midway Manufacturing Co., Inc. CBS Electronics 1983 Action
Open Sesame Bit Corporation Bit Corporation 1983 Action
Out of Control Avalon Hill Avalon Hill 1983 Action, Racing / Driving
Pac-Kong Funvision 1983 Action
Panda Chase Home Vision
Parachute Home Vision 1983
Party Mix (cassette) Starpath Starpath 1983 Action, Racing / Driving
Pete Rose Baseball Absolute Entertainment Absolute Entertainment 1988 Sports
Phantom Tank Bit Corporation
Phantom-Panzer Quelle 1983 Action
Phaser Patrol (cassette) Starpath Starpath 1982 Action
Philly Flasher Mystique, PlayAround Mystique 1982 Action
Picnic Western Technologies Inc. US Games 1983 Action
Piece o' Cake US Games US Games 1983 Action
Pinball Zellers unlicensed reproduction of Video Pinball[7]
Piraten-Schiff Spectravision
Pitfall! Activision (David Crane) Activision 1982 Action
Pitfall II: Lost Caverns Activision (David Crane) Activision 1984 Action
Planet Patrol Spectravision Spectravision 1983 Action
Planeten Patrouile Spectravision
Plaque Attack Activision Activision 1983 Action
Polaris Taito Corporation Tigervision 1982 Action
Pooyan Konami Konami 1983 Action
Popeye Nintendo Co., Ltd. Parker Brothers 1983 Action
Porky's Dunhill Electronic Media Corp., Lazer Microsystems Inc. 20th Century Fox 1983 Adventure
Pressure Cooker Activision Activision 1983 Action
Private Eye Activision (Bob Whitehead) Activision 1983 Action
Pyramid War S.S.
Q*bert Western Technologies Inc. Parker Brothers 1984 Action
Q*bert's Qubes Mylstar Electronics, Inc. Parker Brothers 1984 Action
Quest for Quintana Roo VSS, Inc. Sunrise 1983 Action, Adventure
Quick Step Imagic Imagic 1983 Action
Rabbit Transit (cassette) Starpath Starpath 1983 Action
Racquetball Apollo Apollo 1981 Action, Sports
Radar Zellers unlicensed reproduction of Cruise Missile[7]
Raft Rider US Games US Games 1983 Action
Ram It Telesys Telesys 1983 Action
Rampage Activision (Bob Polaro) Activision 1989 Action licensed by Bally Midway Manufacturing Co., Inc.
Reactor D. Gottlieb & Co. Parker Brothers 1983 Action
Red Sea Crossing Steve Stack, Inc. 1983
Rescue Terra 1 VentureVision VentureVision 1982 Action
Revenge of the Beefsteak Tomatoes 20th Century Fox 20th Century Fox 1983 Action
Riddle of the Sphinx Imagic (Bob Smith) Imagic 1982 Action, Adventure
River Patrol Orca Corporation Tigervision 1983 Action
River Raid Activision (Carol Shaw) Activision 1982 Action
River Raid II Imagineering Inc. Activision 1988 Action
Robin Hood/Sir Lancelot - The Joust Xonox Xonox 1983 Action double-ended cartridge
Robin Hood Xonox Xonox 1983 Action
Robot Commando Raid VidTec
Robot Tank Activision (Alan Miller) Activision 1983 Action
Roc 'N Rope Konami Coleco 1984 Action
Room of Doom CommaVid CommaVid 1982 Action
Save Our Ship Technovision
Save the Whales 20th Century Fox Control Video Corporation 1988 Action
Scraper Caper Tigervision
Scuba Diver Panda Computer Games
Sea Hawk Froggo Froggo 1988 Action
Seaquest Activision Activision 1983 Action
Shark Attack Apollo 1982
Shootin' Gallery Imagic Imagic 1983 Action
Shuttle Orbiter Avalon Hill Avalon Hill 1983 Action, Simulation
Sir Lancelot Xonox Xonox 1983 Action
Skate Boardin': A Radical Adventure Absolute Entertainment Absolute Entertainment 1987 Action, Sports
Skeet Shoot Apollo Apollo 1981 Action
Skiing Activision (Bob Whitehead) Activision 1980 Sports
Sky Jinks Activision (Bob Whitehead) Activision 1982 Racing / Driving
Sky Skipper Nintendo Co., Ltd. Parker Brothers 1983 Action
Smurf: Rescue in Gargamel's Castle Coleco Coleco 1982 Action
Sneak 'N Peek US Games US Games 1982 Simulation
Solar Fox Bally Midway Manufacturing Co., Inc. CBS Electronics 1983 Action
Solar Storm Imagic Imagic 1983 Action
Sorcerer Mythicon Mythicon 1983 Action
Space Adventure Zellers
Space Attack M-Network M-Network 1982 Action
Space Canyon Panda Computer Games
Space Cavern Apollo Apollo 1982 Action
Spacechase Apollo Apollo 1981 Action
Space Grid Action Hi-Tech PAL-format[8]
Space Jockey US Games US Games 1981 Action
Spacemaster X-7 Sirius Software 20th Century Fox 1983 Action, Strategy
Space Shuttle: A Journey Into Space Activision Activision 1983 Simulation
Spiderdroid Froggo Froggo 1983 Action
Spider Fighter Activision Activision 1983 Action
Spider-Man Parker Brothers Parker Brothers 1982 Action
Spider Maze K-Tel Vision
Spike's Peak Xonox Xonox 1983 Action
Spitfire Attack Milton Bradley Milton Bradley 1983 Action
Springer Orca Corporation Tigervision 1983 Action
Spy Hunter Bally Midway Manufacturing Co., Inc. Sega 1983 Action, Racing / Driving
Squeeze Box US Games US Games 1983 Action
Sssnake Data Age Data Age 1982 Action
Stampede Activision (Bob Whitehead) Activision 1981 Action
Star Fox Mythicon Mythicon 1983 Action
Stargunner Telesys Telesys 1982 Action
Starmaster Activision (Alan Miller) Activision 1982 Action
Star Strike M-Network M-Network 1982 Action
Star Trek: Strategic Operations Simulator Sega Sega 1983 Action
Star Voyager Imagic (Bob Smith) Imagic 1982 Action
Star Wars: The Arcade Game Atari, Inc. (Bob Smith) Parker Brothers 1984 Action
Star Wars: Jedi Arena Parker Brothers Parker Brothers 1983 Action
Star Wars Return of the Jedi: Death Star Battle Parker Brothers Parker Brothers 1983 Action
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Parker Brothers Parker Brothers 1982 Action
Strategy X Konami Konami 1983 Action
Strawberry Shortcake: Musical Match-ups Parker Brothers Parker Brothers 1983 Strategy
Stronghold CommaVid CommaVid 1983 Action
Sub Scan Sega 1983
Subterranea Imagic Imagic 1983 Action
Suicide Mission (cassette) Starpath Starpath 1982 Action
Summer Games Epyx Epyx 1987 Action, Sports
Super Baumeister Spectravision
Super Challenge Baseball M-Network 1982 Sports reissued by Telegames in 1988
Super Challenge Football M-Network 1982 Sports reissued by Telegames in 1988
Super Cobra Konami Parker Brothers 1983 Action
Surfer's Paradise: But Danger Below! Video Gems 1983 Action, Sports PAL-format[9]
Survival Island (cassette) Starpath Starpath 1983 Adventure
Survival Run Milton Bradley Milton Bradley 1983 Action
Swedish Erotica: Bachelor Party Mystique Mystique 1983 Action
Swedish Erotica: Beat' Em & Eat 'Em Mystique Mystique 1982 Action
Swedish Erotica: Custer's Revenge Mystique Mystique 1983 Action
Sword of Saros (cassette) Starpath Starpath 1983 Adventure
Tac-Scan Sega Sega 1983 Action
Tank Brigade Panda Computer Games 1983
Tank City Action Hi-Tech
Tanks But No Tanks Zimag 1983
Tapeworm Spectravision Spectravision 1982 Action
Tapper Bally Midway Manufacturing Co., Inc. Sega 1984 Action
Task Force Froggo 1988
Tax Avoiders American Videogame 1982 Action
Tennis Activision (Alan Miller) Activision 1981 Sports
Texas Chainsaw Massacre VSS, Inc. Wizard Video 1983 Action
The Smurfs Save the Day[10] 1983 Action
Threshold On-Line Systems Tigervision 1983 Action
Thunderground Sega Sega 1983 Action
Time Pilot Konami Coleco 1983 Action
Time Warp Zellers
Title Match Pro Wrestling Absolute Entertainment Absolute Entertainment 1987 Sports
Tomarc The Barbarian Xonox Xonox 1983 Action
Tomcat: The F-14 Fighter Simulator AKA Dan Kitchen's Tomcat: The F-14 Fighter Simulator Absolute Entertainment (Dan Kitchen) Absolute Entertainment 1988 Action, Simulation
Tooth Protectors DSD/Camelot DSD/Camelot 1983 Action Was only available via mail order from Johnson & Johnson
Towering Inferno Western Technologies Inc. US Games 1982 Action
Treasure Below Video Gems PAL-format[9]
Trick Shot Imagic Imagic 1983 Sports
Tron: Deadly Discs M-Network M-Network 1982 Action
Tunnel Runner CBS Electronics CBS Electronics 1983 Action
Turmoil Sirius Software 20th Century Fox 1982 Action
Tutankham Konami Parker Brothers 1983 Action
Universal Chaos Exidy Telegames 1983 Action
Up'n Down Sega Sega 1984 Action, Racing / Driving
Venture Exidy Coleco 1982 Action
Video Jogger Exus Corporation Exus Corporation 1983 Action
Video Life CommaVid CommaVid 1981
Video Reflex Exus Corporation Exus Corporation 1983 Action
Vulture Attack K-Tel Vision
Wabbit Apollo Apollo 1982 Action
Wall Ball Avalon Hill 1983
Wall Defender Bomb Bomb 1983 Action
War Zone Action Hi-Tech
Warplock Data Age Data Age 1982 Action
Weird Bird US Games
Wing War Imagic Imagic 1983 Action
Winter Games Action Graphics Epyx 1987 Action, Sports
Wizard of Wor Bally Midway Manufacturing Co., Inc. CBS Electronics 1982 Action
Word Zapper US Games US Games 1982 Action
Worm War I Sirius Software 20th Century Fox 1982
X-man Universal Gamex 1983 Action Adult-themed game unrelated to the X-Men.[11]
Z-Tack Bomb Bomb 1983 Action
Zaxxon Sega Coleco 1982 Action
Zoo Fun Home Vision

Homebrew games[edit]

Screenshot of the Atari 2600 homebrew Stay Frosty by Darrell Spice Jr.

With more than 49 titles in this category, the Atari 2600 is a popular platform for homebrew projects. Unlike later systems, the Atari 2600 does not require a modchip to run homebrew cartridges. Although there is one high-level compiler available — batari Basic[12] — most development for the Atari 2600 is still done in 6502 assembly language.[citation needed] The 2600 lacks video memory, has only 128 bytes of RAM, and requires precise timing; homebrews written in assembly are typically considered programming challenges.[13]

In 2003, Activision selected several homebrew 2600 titles for inclusion in the Game Boy Advance version of their Activision Anthology, as indicated below.[14]


Game Title Developer (Designer) Publisher Year Genre Notes and references
2005 Minigame Multicart Chris Walton, Fred Quimby, Bob Montgomery, and Zach Matley AtariAge 2005 Action
2048 2600 Carlos Duarte do Nascimento (chesterbr) self-published 2014 Puzzle Port of 2048 (video game)
A-VCS-tec Challenge Simon Quernhorst (Programmer), Paul Slocum (Music) AtariAge 2006 Action Port of Aztec Challenge[15]
Alfred Challenge Eric Bacher Ebivision 1998 Action Platform-and-ladder game[16]
Allia Quest Igor Barzilai Ebivision 2001 Action Fixed shooter game[17]
Bee-Ball Ivan Machado AtariAge 2007 Action [18]
Bell Hopper Tomas Härdin self-published 2011 Action A demake of Winterbells. Placed 5th in the game development competition at Assembly Summer 2011.[19]
Boulder Dash Thomas Jentzsch and Andrew Davie AtariAge 2011 Action [20]
Climber 5 Dennis Debro XYPE 2004 Action Included in the Activision Anthology[14]
Conquest of Mars Champ Games (John W. Champeau) AtariAge 2006 Action Inspired by 1981 game Caverns of Mars[21]
Duck Attack! Will Nicholes AtariAge 2010 Action-Adventure Loosely based on Adventure[22]
Edtris 2600 Ed Federmeyer Hozer Video Games 1995 Strategy Unofficial port of Tetris[23]
Euchre Erik Eid self-published 2002 Strategy Included in the Activision Anthology as Video Euchre[14]
Fall Down Aaron Curtis AtariAge 2005 Action [24]
FlapPing Kirk Israel AtariAge 2004 Action [24] Originally titled JoustPong
Four-Play Zach Matley AtariAge 2006 Strategy [24]
Go Fish! Bob Montgomery AtariAge 2005 Action [24]
Gunfight Manuel Rotschkar XYPE 2001 Action [24]
Halo 2600 Ed Fries AtariAge 2010 Action Based on Bungie's Halo series; Fries was involved in Microsoft's acquisition of Bungie[25]
Hunchy II Chris Walton AtariAge 2005 Action [24]
Jammed Thomas Jentzsch XYPE 2001 Strategy [24]
Juno First Chris Walton AtariAge 2009 Action [26]
K.O. Cruiser Devin Cook AtariAge 2010 Sports [27]
Lady Bug Champ Games (John W. Champeau) AtariAge 2006 Action [28]
Marble Craze Paul Slocum XYPE 2002 Action [24]
Mean Santa John K. Harvey 2600 Connection [1] 2009 Action/Strategy
Medieval Mayhem SpiceWare (Darrell Spice Jr.) AtariAge 2006 Action Remake of Warlords that adds arcade features missing from the original home version.[29]
Okie Dokie Bob Colbert Retroware 1996 Strategy Included in the Activision Anthology[14]
Oystron Piero Cavina XYPE 1997 Action Included in the Activision Anthology[14]
Pesco Eric Bacher Ebivision 1999 Action [24]
Pressure Gauge John K. Harvey Self-published 1999 Action/Puzzle [24]
Seawolf Manuel Rotschkar XYPE 2004 Action [24]
Qb Andrew Davie XYPE 2001 Action/Puzzle
SCSIcide Joe Grand AtariAge 2001 Action [24] Updated and re-released in 2005 as Ultra SCSIcide
Skeleton+ Eric Ball AtariAge 2003 First-person shooter Included in the Activision Anthology[14]
Snappy Sebastian Mihai Self Published 2012 Action [30]
Sound X Ed Federmeyer Hozer Video Games 1994 Music [24]
Space Treat Deluxe Fabrizio Zavagli AtariAge 2003 Action Included in the Activision Anthology[14]
Space Instigators Christopher Tumber XYPE 2002 Action [24]
Squish 'Em Bob Montgomery AtariAge 2007 Action [31]
Star Fire Manuel Rotschkar, Thomas Jentzsch XYPE 2003 Action [24]
Stay Frosty SpiceWare (Darrell Spice Jr.) AtariAge 2007 Action Also included on 2007 AtariAge Holiday Cart: Stella's Stocking
Stell-A-Sketch/Okie Dokie Bob Colbert Retroware 1997 Strategy
Strat-O-Gems Deluxe John Payson AtariAge 2005 Strategy [24]
Super 3D Portals 6 Zach Hinchy self-published 2008 Strategy A demake of Portal[32]
SWOOPS! Thomas Jentzsch AtariAge 2005 Action [24]
Synthcart Paul Slocum AtariAge 2002 Music [24] Keyboard controllers are used to create sound loops
The Wicked Father Juno (Jamie Hamshere) self-published 2011 Action
Thrust Thomas Jentzsch XYPE 2000 Action [24] Re-released with enhancements in 2002 as Thrust+ DC Edition and in 2003 as Thrust+ Platinum
Toyshop Trouble John Payson, Zach Matley, Bob Montgomery, Thomas Jentzsch, Nathan Strum AtariAge 2007 Action [24] Also released in 2006 as 2006 AtariAge Holiday Cart: Toyshop Trouble
Turbo AtariAge AtariAge 2010 Racing / Driving [33]
Vault Assault Brian Prescott self-published 2001 Action Included in the Activision Anthology[14]
Vong Rick Skrbina self-published 2008 Sports [34]
Warring Worms Baroque Gaming (Billy Eno) AtariAge 2002 Action [24] Expanded and re-released in 2005 as Warring Worms: The Worm (Re)Turns

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Notes[edit]

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  2. ^ Yarusso, Albert. "Catalog: Telegames". Retrieved August 31, 2010. 
  3. ^ Mobygames.com
  4. ^ "Miniature Golf" label variations on AtariGuide
  5. ^ Buchanan, Levi (August 26, 2008). "Top 10 Best-Selling Atari 2600 Games". IGN. Retrieved August 31, 2010. 
  6. ^ Acid Drop (EU) Box Shot for Atari 2600 - GameFAQs
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h Yarusso, Albert. "Companies: Zellers". AtariAge. Retrieved August 31, 2010. 
  8. ^ a b c Yarusso, Albert. "Companies: Action Hi-Tech". AtariAge. Retrieved August 31, 2010. 
  9. ^ a b c d Yarusso, Albert. "Companies: Video Gems". AtariAge. Retrieved August 31, 2010. 
  10. ^ "The Smurfs Save The Day Release Information for Atari 2600". GameFAQs. Retrieved 2009-06-01. 
  11. ^ Yarusso, Albert. "Companies: Universal Gamex". AtariAge. Retrieved August 31, 2010. 
  12. ^ Quimby, Fred (2007-02-14). "batari Basic - a BASIC compiler for the Atari 2600". Retrieved 2010-08-27. 
  13. ^ Bogost & Montfort 2009.
  14. ^ a b c d e f g h Carless 2005, p. 22; Kohler 2005, p. 378
  15. ^ Doctorow, Cory (July 10, 2006). "New Atari 2600 game cartridge released". Boing Boing. Retrieved March 18, 2011. 
  16. ^ "Atari 2600 Reviews 0-A: Alfred Challenge". The Video Game Critic. Retrieved March 18, 2011. 
  17. ^ "Atari 2600 Reviews 0-A: Allia Quest". The Video Game Critic. Retrieved March 18, 2011. 
  18. ^ Yarusso, Albert. "Bee-Ball (Self-Published)". AtariAge. Retrieved April 14, 2011. 
  19. ^ "Bell Hopper by Tjoppen". pouet.net. July 24, 2011. Retrieved Mar 19, 2012. 
  20. ^ Yarusso, Albert. "BoulderDash (Self-Published)". AtariAge. Retrieved January 22, 2012. 
  21. ^ "Atari 2600 Reviews C-C: Conquest of Mars". The Video Game Critic. Retrieved March 18, 2011. 
  22. ^ McGinnis, Jeff (August 4, 2010). "Tech-savvy fans programming, developing on classic console". Toledo Free Press. Retrieved March 18, 2011. 
  23. ^ Herman 1997, p. 251.
  24. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u Weiss 2007, p. 283–284
  25. ^ Beschizza, Rob (August 3, 2010). "Former Microsoft VP brings Halo to the Atari 2600". Boing Boing. Retrieved April 11, 2011. 
  26. ^ "Atari 2600 Reviews H-L: Juno First". The Video Game Critic. Retrieved April 11, 2011. 
  27. ^ Yarusso, Albert. "AtariAge at CGE2010". AtariAge. Retrieved April 14, 2011. 
  28. ^ "Atari 2600 Reviews H-L: Ladybug". The Video Game Critic. Retrieved April 11, 2011. 
  29. ^ Allen, Mat (2007). "Medieval Mayhem: Let the muliplayer mayhem commence". Retro Gamer (39): 14. 
  30. ^ Mihai, Sebastian. "Atari 2600 development - Snappy (batari basic)". Retrieved January 15, 2012. 
  31. ^ Yarusso, Albert. "Squish 'Em (Self-Published)". AtariAge. Retrieved April 14, 2011. 
  32. ^ Winterhalter, Ryan (April 29, 2011). "31 Homebrew Games Worth Playing". 1UP.com. Retrieved May 1, 2011. 
  33. ^ "Atari 2600 Reviews T-T: Turbo". The Video Game Critic. Retrieved April 11, 2011. 
  34. ^ Yarusso, Albert. "Vong (Self-Published)". AtariAge. Retrieved April 14, 2011. 

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