Tag Archives: Atari 8-bit

Pastfinder, Atari 800

David Lubar‘s 1984 classic, Pastfinder, originated on Atari 8-bit home computers.

It’s a strange, vertically-scrolling shoot ’em up with strategic overtones.

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Fort Apocalypse, Atari 800

Steve Hales‘ superb Fort Apocalypse is a classic American video game that originated on Atari 8-bit home computers in 1982.

The game is a multi-directional, scrolling shooter where you control a helicopter flying around a series of underground caverns looking for men to rescue.

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Jumpman, Atari 800

Jumpman is an early platform game, released for the Atari 8-bit computer family in 1983 by Epyx.

It was written by Randy Glover after seeing and being inspired by Donkey Kong, and Glover succeeded in creating something fun and different for the time.

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Koronis Rift, Atari 800

A number of classic Lucasfilm Games‘ titles originated on Atari 8-bit home computers and Koronis Rift is one of them, first released in 1985.

You play a scavenger hunting for lootable scrap on the surface of hostile alien planets.

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Rescue On Fractalus, Atari 800

The Atari 800 version of Rescue On Fractalus was released in 1984 and was the first version available. It was a critical success and drew quite a lot of attention to Atari 8-bit home computers (jealous Commodore 64 owners had to wait almost a year before they got a conversion).

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Spindizzy, Atari 800

Paul Shirley‘s classic isometric puzzle/adventure game, Spindizzy, originated on the Commodore 64, but is also quite excellent on the Atari 800.

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Atari 8-Bit Special

The Atari 8-bit home computer range played host to a large variety of ground-breaking games in the late 1970s and throughout the 1980s, and this week we’re going to be celebrating that fact.

Many classic video games appeared on the Atari 8-bit format first – later being ported to the Commodore 64 and becoming more famous; a common occurrence back in the mid-Eighties. Although the Atari brand had serious respect, and the Atari 8-bit machines many fans, it did not do as well – sales-wise – as the Commodore 64 and therefore the games weren’t quite as well-known.

There were a number of different Atari 8-bit computer systems available to buy over the years, but the main two were the Atari 400 and Atari 800, with 16K and 48K of RAM respectively (at their peak – earlier models had less RAM). Later Atari 8-bit systems included the XL and XE.

Atari 8-bit games have a solid feel about them and are often still very good to play. It depends on the title, of course. There are quite a few excellent emulators out there which will run the games, a good selection of which are easy to find online.

Anyway, we hope you enjoy our Atari 8-bit Special this week!

Here’s a list of the games we covered:
Miner 2049er
Bounty Bob Strikes Back
Rescue On Fractalus
Koronis Rift
Fort Apocalypse
International Karate
Boulder Dash
Bruce Lee
Rainbow Walker
Star Raiders II
Montezuma’s Revenge
Dark Chambers
Summer Games

More: Atari 8-bit family on Wikipedia