Rainbow Walker, Atari 8-bit

Steve Coleman‘s Rainbow Walker was first published by Synapse Software in 1983.

It is an unusual, pseudo 3D platform game with a curved track of grey tiles, each of which you (a small, blobby character called Cedrick) have to step on in order to turn into coloured tiles. The aim being: to turn the entire track into a rainbow, by standing on every tile.

If you fall off the track you lose a life. If you are carried off by a patrolling bird you have to start the level from scratch (annoying, but you can learn to avoid them). Other meanies and traps make it hard for you too. In fact: Rainbow Walker is quite challenging, which makes it very good.

A hidden gem on the Atari 800, if ever there was one. I didn’t even know about the game’s existence until recently, and was pleasantly surprised when I played it. For 1983, this is a brilliant piece of coding and design work.

More: Rainbow Walker on Wikipedia

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