All Your Protos Are Belong To Us!


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 Prototype)!


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 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!

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