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Qwak Video Game flyer.jpg
Developer(s) Atari Inc.
Distributor(s) Atari Inc.
Platform(s) Arcade
Release North America 1974
Genre(s) Shooter
Gun game
Cabinet unique
CPU discrete
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Display Horizontal orientation, raster (black and white), Standard Resolution.

Qwak! is a 1 player arcade game by Atari Inc., originally released in 1974. It simulates duck hunting, whereby players fire at flying on-screen ducks using a rifle with a light gun attached to the end.[1]


The game is housed in a custom cabinet that includes a light gun. The game PCB is composed of discrete technology and includes Atari/Kee's Durastress technology.[2]

Marsh reeds and a tree branch are provided by a screen overlay representing perspective of looking up from the ground.[1]

The game can be set by the operator to have time limits, extended time and free games.[2]


One duck flies across the screen at a time, giving the player three shots to hit it. A hunting dog runs out and collects the fallen prize if the player was successful with their aim.[2]


  • In 1982, Atari Inc. developed a prototype for a duck themed game also similarly entitled Qwak. With the goal of "Help mama duck and her three ducklings get home safely", the player shifts picture blocks into place to create a safe path for the ducks to get home. There were 15-puzzles with cute animations, and a player's score is determined by how long the ducks are on-screen and by how many get home safely.[3] The developers are unsure whether this was originally designed for a touch-screen or not. It could have been a joystick game that happened to be in development when they were interested in evaluating touch-screen technology. They felt that the touch-screen would make a more intuitive interface, but were apparently wrong. The most common comment at the focus-group was "could you put a joystick or buttons on it. It would be easier"...[4]


  1. ^ a b "Atari Coin-OP/Arcade Systems". Retrieved 2007-12-28. 
  2. ^ a b c "Atari: The Lost Years of the Coin-Op, 1971–1975, Part III". Retrieved 2007-12-28. 
  3. ^ "Qwak (1982) at KLOV". Retrieved 2007-12-28. 
  4. ^ "System 16 - 6502 Colour Raster Hardware (Atari)". Retrieved 2007-12-28. 
  5. ^ "Controller's History Dynamite from 1UP.com". Retrieved 2007-12-28.