One of the most enduring mysteries of the
2600 prototype world has been the identity of the
two unknown Activision prototypes that were
discovered back in 1998. Now almost 20 years
later we know the identity of the Unknown
Activision Game #2: Hard Head. How did
we discover the name? Read the updated review
to find out!
As I've had some spare time lately, I've
been trying to catch up on some prototypes that have
been sitting in my inbox for a while now.
Behold! Three new prototype reviews for your
viewing pleasure! First up we have an oldie
but a goodie, Final
Legacy. I've taken the time to go over
three different WIP versions of this amazing game,
be sure to check them out.
Next up we have to previously unknown Roklan
prototypes that surfaced on some developer
disks. Feast your eyes on Rockball
Maze Chase. Rockball
is an Asteroids clone with a few twists, while Crazy
Maze Chase is a rather enjoyable children's
game. More updates to follow!
Two updates in the same week? Have I
gone mad? Truth be told, this update is
completely unexpected but too good to pass up.
Thanks to the hard work of Thomas Jentzsch we now
have a working prototype for Joust
from 7/5/83. Thomas had to compile and
fix the source code to run on a regular 2600 since
it was originally meant for a development
system. Check out all the new differences!
See? I told you I wasn't dead!
Just in time for Thanksgiving we have two new Atari
2600 prototype reviews. First up is The
Bear Game, an unusual non-violent shooting
game. Second we have... well actually we don't
know what we have since the prototype doesn't have a
name. For now we're just calling it the Unknown
Tank Game. Enjoy!
I apologize for the lack of regular
updates, but life has been busy around the Tempest
household. I promise the wait will be worth it
though, as I'll have reviews for not one, not two,
not three, but FOUR unreleased games (two for the
2600, one for the 8-bits, and one for the
7800). Expect an update soon!
and Ends Part 2
Today we have another assortment of odds
and ends, all for the Atari 8-bits. First up
is are two new Dig
Dug protos, one with some pretty significant
differences. Second we have a new version of
Defender that was uncovered last year, this
version is much more complete and interesting. Next
we have a new Superman
III proto which is slightly different the the
final. Then we have a new Jungle
Hunt proto with a different copyright on the
title screen (are we excited yet?). Finally we
add the names of the programmers to the Donkey
Kong Junior page.
Just a quick correction to the Atari 2600 Road
Runner proto page. For a long time I was
under the impression that this proto was less
complete than it really is. This was due to
the proto not starting up properly on real hardware
due to a bankswitching glitch. The result was
a game that was missing features and had infinite
lives. I've updated my review with the correct
Odds and Ends
I'm finally catching up on some long
overdue 5200 reviews. First up is an early
movement demo for Frisky
Tom. Next we have an interesting name
change for RealSports
Tennis. Finally we have a slightly
earlier version of Microgammon
SB featuring a color changing option.
Talk about the unexpected. Today
AtariProtos is proud to announce that completely new
version of Xari Arena has been discovered.
This new version adds the missing Trak-Ball support
back into the later version of the game. In
addition it also fixes a serious game breaking bug
and beefs up the computer AI a bit. Check out
the new review over on the Xari
And now for something completely
different. We've made an update to the
VideoBrain page! Check out the new Information
Manager page to get the skinny on this newly
discovered, once thought to be vaporware, VB