All Your Protos Are Belong To Us!


We have a special treat for you, our first guest review!  Check out Johnathan Rose's review of the Activison game Pastfinder and its prototype Explorer.


I've made some significant changes to the Art of Sears page.  If you haven't checked it out before, be sure to stop by and take a look.


Today we have for you an oldie but a goodie.  The 1981 prototype of Centipede for the Atari 8-bit has been floating around the web for several years now, but only recently did we sit down and take a look at what differences lie inside.  Check out the review to learn more.


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!

8-Bit Legacy

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 and Crazy Maze ChaseRockball is an Asteroids clone with a few twists, while Crazy Maze Chase is a rather enjoyable children's game.  More updates to follow!

Holiday Update #2

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!

Holiday Update #1

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'm Not Dead!

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!

Odds 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 the alternate 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.

Road Runner Correction

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 information

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