Space War

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This article is about the Atari 2600 game Space War. For information on the original PDP-1 game, see Spacewar!.
Space War
Space War
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Developer(s) Atari, Inc.[1]
Publisher(s) Atari, Inc.[1]
Platform(s) Atari 2600
Release date(s)
Genre(s) Action
Mode(s) Single-player or Two-player

Space War is a video game cartridge for the Atari 2600, released in 1978 by Atari, Inc.. Space War was made available on Microsoft's Game Room service for its Xbox 360 console and for Windows-based PCs on November 3, 2010.


This video game is an Atari 2600 port of Spacewar!, the famous 1962 computer game by Steve Russell.[2] It was released by Sears as Space Combat, for the Atari 2600-compatible Sears Video Arcade.[3] The cartridge comes programmed with 17 game variations.

Variations 1–13 are duels between two ships and 14 to 17 are for one player. In some of the variations the ships fight near a planet which has gravitational attraction. This concept was used in the Star Control series of games.



  1. ^ a b c Space War at GameFAQs
  2. ^ Moby Games. "Game Trivia for Space War," (retrieved on March 9th, 2009).
  3. ^ Moby Games. "Space War for Atari 2600," (retrieved on March 9, 2009).
  4. ^ Atari Age. "Atari 2600 Boxes - Space War," (retrieved on March 9, 2009).

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