All Your Protos
Are Belong To Us!
update time! Thanks to the generous patience
(and amazing memory) of programmer Warren
Robinett, AtariProtos has been able to update the
Adventure page with new and more accurate
information about the development of this
mysterious game. Was it really meant to be a
direct sequel to Adventure? Does a fire
breathing dragon lurk within the game? Was
the game ever completed? You'll have to read
the updated review to find out!
now for something completely different (well sort
of different anyway). Shootin'
Gallery was a semi-clone of Carnival by
Imagic but it was never released in PAL format
(not officially anyway). However recently a
prototype of the game has surfaced and
appears to be complete. Was the 40 year wait
worth it for PAL 2600 owners? You'll have to
read the review to find out...
to the generous efforts of John Hardie,
AtariProtos is happy to announce three new
prototype reviews. First is an interesting
mid-level prototype for the 3-D 5200 game Spitfire.
This new prototype falls in-between the two
previously known versions and provides an
interesting look at how the game was slowly coming
together. Secondly we have two different
prototypes for Xari
Arena. These two prototypes are dated
within the same week as the most well known
version of the game but have some interesting
differences. John also provided two new
RealSports Baseball prototypes which will be
we have not one but two completely new prototypes
to put you in informational overload. First
up is Intuition,
an obscure 'brain training' game from Tigervision
that was recently found an a used book shop.
Second we have Tumbleweeds,
a unique demo made for Atari's unreleased Puffer
exercise bike peripheral. Check them out,
wrong series, but the name is still quite
relevant. As many of you know, the 7800
version of Impossible Mission is best known for,
well, being impossible! Due to a bug the
released version of the game is indeed impossible
to beat, but did you know that a fixed
version was made but not released?
Check out the new Impossible
Mission page for more details.
Music is the original unreleased version of
what eventually became the equally unreleased Grovers
Music Maker. While the prototype has
been known to exist for many years, the rom for
Monkey Music has not been made public. This
has finally been rectified due to the generous
efforts of John Hardie who was able to locate the
rom in his personal collection and has released it
for all the enjoy. Be sure to check out all
the new info on the Monkey
Music page as well as a completely
Music Maker page.
One of the
more interesting discoveries from the Atari CED In-House 2nd
Quarter 1983 promo documentary was the
presence of a completely new and unknown
Atari 5200 game. AtariProtos
has been able to gather some information
about this game and how it would have
played. Unfortunately the name of
the game is still a mystery, but it's
possible that it never was assigned an
actual name. Be sure to read all
about this fascinating 'new' discovery.
years back a video surfaced of the Atari CED
In-House 2nd Quarter 1983 promo documentary.
This video shows off games being worked on at the
time for the Atari 2600 and 5200, many of which
are in various states of development. I've
decided to make new pages showing off these WIP
versions, even though actual prototypes have yet
to be found.
the efforts of gaming historian Frank Cifaldi,
AtariProtos.com was gifted a large number of Atari
2600, 5200, 8-Bit, and 7800 prototypes to
review. These prototypes came from the
collection of a reviewer and seem all be from the
years 1983-84. While most of these
prototypes were the final versions (not surprising
given that they were review copies), there were a
several with some differences.
One of the most interesting things about this
collection was the presence of several early Atari
7800 prototypes. As most people are aware,
Atari 7800 prototypes are very uncommon, so it's a
rare treat to come across so many at one time (and
for early titles too). This update also
includes a new earlier version of Astrochase
and some new information on the MindLink game Bionic
Breakthrough thanks to the efforts of Thomas
Check out the following new* pages and expect more
Atari 7800 reviews to come soon.
Dreadnaught Factor, Beamrider,
Ms. Pac-Man, Joust,
Do's Castle, Gyruss,
Dreadnaught Factor, H.E.R.O,
* The amount of 'new' may
vary. Please consult your doctor before
reading. Side effects may include
disappointment, confusion, and an overwhelming
desire to fire up that old Atari again.
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