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Raster Blaster

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Raster Blaster
Developer(s)Bill Budge
Platform(s)Apple II, Atari 8-bit

Bill Budge's Raster Blaster (or Rasterblaster on the disk label) is a home computer pinball simulation written by Bill Budge for the Apple II and published in 1981 by Budge's company, BudgeCo. It was ported to the Atari 8-bit computers.[1] Raster Blaster resembles the Williams Firepower table from 1980.[citation needed]

While not the first pinball game for home computers, Raster Blaster set a higher bar for visual fidelity, and the next several years saw a flurry of Apple II pinball titles: David's Midnight Magic (1982), Night Mission Pinball (1982), and Budge's own Pinball Construction Set (1983).


Gameplay screenshot

Debuting in April 1981, the game sold 25,000 copies by June 1982, tied for fourth on Computer Gaming World's list of top sellers.[2] BYTE praised the game's realistic physics, writing that "Most microcomputer games that are versions of existing board or equipment games aren't worth the disks they're printed on, but Raster Blaster does not fall into that category!"[3]

Raster Blaster was voted Softalk magazine's Most Popular Program of 1981.[4]

Softline stated when reviewing David's Midnight Magic that it "ratifies Bill Budge's extraordinary program as a programming tour de force" and "proof of Budge's technical lead over his rivals", as Midnight was merely equal to Raster Blaster despite being nine months ("an eternity in the Apple II world") newer.[5]

Compute! called the Atari version "addictive", although it noted some bugs.[6]


  1. ^ "Raster Blaster". Atari Mania.
  2. ^ "Inside the Industry" (PDF). Computer Gaming World. September–October 1982. p. 2. Retrieved 2016-03-28.
  3. ^ "The Coinless Arcade". BYTE. December 1981. pp. 38–41. Retrieved 19 October 2013.
  4. ^ "Most Popular Program of 1981: Raster Blaster!" Softalk. April 1982.
  5. ^ Tommervik, Al (January 1982). "David's Midnight Magic". Softline. p. 32. Retrieved 13 July 2014.
  6. ^ Kopp, G. L. (October 1982). "Raster Blaster". Compute! (review). p. 131. Retrieved 30 October 2013.

External links[edit]

  • Hague, James (2018). "Bill Budge". Halcyon Days. Retrieved 2023-04-10.