K-Razy Shoot-Out

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K-Razy Shoot-Out
Developer(s) K-Byte
Publisher(s) K-Byte
CBS Software
Designer(s) Dr. Keith Dreyer
Torre Meeder
Platform(s) Atari 8-bit (original)
Atari 5200
Release 1981 (Atari 8-bit)
1983 (Atari 5200)
Genre(s) Shoot 'em up

K-Razy Shoot-Out is a clone of the arcade game Berzerk developed by K-Byte, a division of Kay Enterprises, and released for the[1] Atari 8-bit family in 1981. The game was written by Torre Meeder and Dr. Keith Dreyer.[2] An Atari 5200 version followed in 1983.

The game is part of a series of titles with the "K-" prefix, including K-Razy Kritters[3] and K-Star Patrol.[4] All of them were published on cartridge. The K-Byte games were later published by CBS Software, including the Atari 5200 port of K-Razy Shoot-Out.[5]

Reception[edit]

K-Razy Shoot-Out was very popular. With 35,000 copies sold by June 1982, it might have been the best-selling computer game of all time to that date.[6] It won the 1983 Arcade Award for "Best Arcade/Action Computer Game" from Electronic Games magazine.[7] The Berzerk similarity was mentioned, but also that the game has "a unique flavor all its own."

Keita Iida, reviewing the 5200 version, wrote "Both Berzerk and K-Razy Shoot-Out are virtually identical. So much so that I can't see any reason for CBS to have released this cartridge."[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1983 Arcade Awards". Electronic Games: 34. January 1983. 
  2. ^ "K-Razy Shoot-Out". Atari Mania. 
  3. ^ "K-Razy Kritters". Atari Mania. 
  4. ^ "K-Star Patrol Manual". archive.org. 
  5. ^ a b Iida, Keita. "Atari 5200 Review: K-RAZY SHOOT-OUT". AtariHQ.com. 
  6. ^ Maher, Jimmy (2012-03-26). "The Wizardry Phenomenon". The Digital Antiquarian. Retrieved 9 July 2014. 
  7. ^ "1983 Arcade Awards". Electronic Games: 34. January 1983.