Basic Math (video game)

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Basic Math
Basic Math Atari 2600 screenshot1a.png
Screen shot of game in progress
Developer(s) Atari
Publisher(s) Atari
Designer(s) Gary Palmer
Platform(s) Atari 2600
Release date(s) [1]
Genre(s) Educational (mathematics)
Mode(s) Single-player

Basic Math (aka Fun With Numbers) is a video game cartridge developed by Atari for its Video Computer System (later known as the Atari 2600). The game was one of the nine launch titles offered when the Atari 2600 went on sale in September 1977.[2]

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

The player uses the joystick to enter a guess, with sound effects signaling whether it 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.[3]:33


  1. ^ "Release date". GameFAQs. Retrieved 2008-08-28. 
  2. ^ Barton, Matt and Bill Loguidice. "A History of Gaming Platforms: Atari 2600 Video Computer System/VCS". Gamasutra. 28 February 2008.
  3. ^ Kaplan, Deeny, ed. (Winter 1979). "VideoTest Report Number 18: Atari Video Computer". Video (Reese Communications) 1 (5): 30-34. ISSN 0147-8907. 

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