Jeff Minter‘s Matrix: Gridrunner 2 was unfortunately re-titled and marketed as “Attack of the Mutant Camels” for the Atari 8-bit North American market, which causes considerable confusion about this game even now. I’m sticking with the original titles, to avoid confusion, for the HESWare re-titled versions of Matrix.
Even more confusing is the fact that there’s an official ‘Jeff version’ of the original Attack of the Mutant Camels available for the Atari 8-bit. So there are two Attack of the Mutant Camels games for the Atari 8-bit – both completely different.
If you see a copy of a North American cartridge release of “Attack of the Mutant Camels” for the Atari 8-bit then it will almost certainly be this game: Matrix: Gridrunner 2, ‘re-branded’ as “AMC” in the top left-hand corner of the screen.
The Atari 8-bit version of Matrix was converted by J. Lenard and first released some time in 1983. Apart from the needless title change, this is an excellent and playable version of Matrix, still worth dabbling with today.