Itís not often that we get an answer to one
of lifeís mysteries, but today is one of those
days. As many of you already know, a
mysterious prototype for unknown racing game
surfaced back in 2004. There were no markings
on the board to identify the name of the game of
than the word Universal silk screened onto the board
itself. So for the past 15 years the game was
simply known as the Unknown
Universal Prototype. Fast forward to
early 2018 when the programmer of the game (Jim
Collas) emailed AtariProtos and identified the game
as Heart Like a Wheel and provide more information
on how it was developed.
So Tempest you say, how come weíre only hearing
about this now? Why did you sit on this earth
shattering information for almost a year? Well
as it turns out Jimís email to me had gotten caught
in my spam filter for the past year! It was
only by pure chance that I saw it when during my
annual(ish) junk mail purge. So Iíd like to
issue a mea culpa to everyone who has emailed me any
prototype news over the past few years and never got
a response. Iím going to make sure I check my
spam folder more than once a year and adjust my
filter settings so that hopefully this never happens
again. That being said, if you sent me a
question or bit of information and never got a
response, I ask that you send it again and Iíll make
sure to answer.
So without further ado, please check out the all new
review of Heart
Like a Wheel (aka the Unknown Universal
Just in time for the upcoming live action
movie we have a new version of Dumbo's Flying Circus
for you to look over. This version is fairly
early and has many differences from the final.
Be sure to check it out.
Happy Happy Joy Joy! We have another
newly release Atari 2600 prototype to review!
This time around it's Arkyology
by Enter-Tech Ltd. As the name suggests, this
is a Christian themed game but one that is full of
surprises (and a lot of cheap deaths). Be sure
to check out all the details.
Also be sure to check out my review of the
M-Network game Anteater.
Although I did this review a while back, I forgot to
mention it in the news feed. Oops...
We have a special treat for you, our first
guest review! Check out Johnathan Rose's
review of the Activison game Pastfinder and its
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!