Star Fox (Atari 2600)

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Star Fox
Developer(s)Bruce de Graaf
Designer(s)Bruce de Graaf[1]
Platform(s)Atari 2600
Release1983 (USA)
Mode(s)Single player, multiplayer

Star Fox is a video game written by Bruce de Graaf for the Atari 2600 console and published by Mythicon in 1983.[1]


The game takes place in the year 4024 AD. The story begins as a robot freighter carrying a cargo of extremely valuable trimetalisium energy crystals crash lands on the planetoid Beta-7. An enemy star cruiser, escorted by a squadron of fighter drones, is en route to the planetoid to seize the crystals.

The player's objective is to recover the crystals before the enemy while doing battle with the fighter drones.


In a Digital Press article on the worst games for the Atari 2600, Star Fox was ranked nineteenth:[2]

[...] you control a spaceship on a mission to extract gems beneath the ocean depths. Your ship is defenseless at the bottom of the screen, and amazingly the gems become intelligent and avoid your efforts while taking advantage of the fact that your ship cannot move sideways while at the bottom. Only one enemy and one gem per screen. The playfield and difficulty never change.

— Kevin Oleniacz, Digital Press


  1. ^ a b Hague, James. "The Giant List of Classic Game Programmers".
  2. ^ Oleniacz, Kevin. "The Worst of the Atari 2600". Digital Press. Retrieved June 29, 2006.

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