Medieval Mayhem

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Medieval Mayhem
C MedievalMayhem SP front.jpg
Publisher(s) SpiceWare
Programmer(s) Darrell Spice Jr.
Platform(s) Atari 2600
Release 2006
Genre(s) Action
Mode(s) 1–4 simultaneous players

Medieval Mayhem is a game developed for the Atari 2600 console as an updated version of the 1980 Atari, Inc. arcade game Warlords.[1] It was written by Atari 2600 homebrew developer Darrell Spice Jr. and released under his SpiceWare label in 2006. David Vazquez and Erik Ehrling provided graphics and music for the game, respectively. Warlords was first ported to the Atari 2600 in 1981 by game designer Carla Meninsky.[2] Spice's version includes elements of the arcade version that were not included in the official 2600 port.


Medieval Mayhem gameplay screenshot featuring the "launch dragon"

Medieval Mayhem is an action game that features a king in each of the four corners of the screen. Each king is protected by a brick castle. The object of the game is to destroy the opponents' kings by breaking through the walls of the castle with a fireball. Up to four players can play simultaneously; each controls a shield in front of the castle. If there are fewer than four players, the remaining shields are controlled by the computer.[1]

At the start of the game (and each round), a "launch dragon" appears and releases a fireball. As the game progresses, additional fireballs appear. A round is complete when three kings have been destroyed, leaving one remaining. The player with the surviving king wins the round, and a knight marches across the screen, carrying the banner of the winning player.[citation needed]


Retro Gamer published a favorable review of the game, giving it a 90% rating and calling it "hugely entertaining".[3] Medieval Mayhem has also been featured in several retro-gaming tournaments.[4]


  1. ^ a b Yarusso, Albert. "Medieval Mayhem". AtariAge. Retrieved November 22, 2010. 
  2. ^ Yarusso, Albert. "Programmers: Carla Meninsky". AtariAge. Retrieved December 3, 2010. 
  3. ^ Allen, Mat (2007). "Medieval Mayhem: Let the multiplayer mayhem commence". Retro Gamer (39): 14. As simple a game as Medieval Mayhem is in concept, it provides a hugely entertaining multiplayer experience of immense longevity. The colourful graphics and chunky sound are mere icing on the cake of this excellent game, one that deserves to be a part of your collection. 
  4. ^ AC tournament in Congis-sur-Thérouanne, France: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010; Eurocon 2009 Archived 2010-08-08 at the Wayback Machine.; Classic Gaming Expo 2010

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