Quantum (video game)

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Arcade flyer for Quantum.
Developer(s) Atari
Publisher(s) Atari
Distributor(s) Atari
Designer(s) General Computer Corp.
Platform(s) Arcade game
Release date(s) December 1982
Genre(s) Skill
Cabinet Standard upright
Arcade system Atari Vector[1]
CPU Motorola 68000
Sound POKEY x 2
Display Color vector

Quantum is a color vector arcade game designed by General Computer Corp. for Atari Inc. in December 1982.[2]


The premise of the game was related loosely to quantum physics in that the player directed a probe with a trackball to completely circle atomic "particles" for points, without touching various other particles. Once the particles were surrounded by the probes' tail they were destroyed.

A legible high score signature in Quantum.

Entering one's initials for the game's high score table was unique compared to all other games of the era; the player would use the trackball to circle the letters of his or her initials in the same fashion that was used to circle the particles during gameplay. If the player achieved the highest score on the table, the initials screen was preceded by another in which the player would use the trackball to actually draw his or her initials in an entry box. Some players were adept enough with the trackball to actually write their names legibly in the box.


  1. ^ http://www.system16.com/hardware.php?id=760
  2. ^ Quantum at the Arcade History database

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