Basic Math (video game)

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Basic Math
Basic Math Atari Cover Art.jpg
Developer(s)Atari, Inc.
Publisher(s)Atari, Inc.
Designer(s)Gary Palmer[1]
Platform(s)Atari 2600
  • NA: September 11, 1977

Basic Math (a.k.a. Fun With Numbers) is an educational cartridge for the Atari Video Computer System (later called the Atari 2600) developed by Gary Palmer of Atari, Inc.[1] The game was one of the nine launch titles offered when the Atari 2600 went on sale in September 1977.[2]


Gameplay screenshot

The player's objective is to solve basic arithmetic problems. Game variations determine whether the player solves addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division problems,[3] and whether he/she could select the top number (the console randomly selects the lower number).

The player uses the joystick to enter an answer to the math problem. The game uses sound effects to signal whether the answer is right or wrong.


Basic Math was reviewed in Video magazine as part of a general review of the Atari VCS. It was described as "very basic" with reviewers drolly noting that "the controls of this game may be a little more complicated than the actual problems", and the game was scored a 5 out of 10.[4]: 33 

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  1. ^ a b "Atari 2600 VCS Basic Math". Atari Mania.
  2. ^ Barton, Matt and Bill Loguidice. "A History of Gaming Platforms: Atari 2600 Video Computer System/VCS". Gamasutra. 28 February 2008.
  3. ^ "Creative Computing (Better Scan) 1978 07". July 1978.
  4. ^ Kaplan, Deeny, ed. (Winter 1979). "VideoTest Report Number 18: Atari Video Computer". Video. Reese Communications. 1 (5): 30–34. ISSN 0147-8907.