Category: Atari 2600
Break Em (Build 1) (A2600 Game)

atari2600land is working on a game similar to M&Ms: Break ‘Em for the GBA and DS.

The game itself is in early stages.

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Atomic Meltdown (23-09-2009) (A2600 Game)

A nuclear reactor core stabilizer and containment field has failed unexpectedly and you, the technician, have to manually stabilize the atomic matter until containment field can be initialized. The containment walls will start enclosing around the atomic matter as the containment field is brought back online. However because the containment field is down, other random atomic matter is being project around the reactor core. The manual stabilizers have not been calibrated on schedule so they do not stabilize the atomic matter correctly which has resulted in the atomic matter to jitter around. If two pieces of atomic matter collide or if the atomic matter collides with the walls before the containment field has been initialized, then the whole nuclear reactor wild explode.

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Jack and the Beanstalk (Build 85) (A2600 Game)

atari2600land has posted an update of his Atari 2600 homebrew game “Jack and the Beanstalk” which is based upon a fairy tale with the same name.

Release notes from atari2600land:

I was frantically going through my old computer for a completed version and I found this. Looking through the BASIC code, it looks like all the levels for level 1 have been designed. I guess I just never bothered to post this update, so here it goes now.

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Triptych (Preview) (A2600 4k Intro)

Trilobit released a preview of their 4k Intro Triptych!

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Micro Games (A2600 Games)

3 different games crammed into 1K!

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K.O. Chuck Norris (13-09-2009) (A2600 Game)

Devin has modified his Punch Out style Atari 2600 homebrew game K.O. Cruiser to feature the material arts star Chuck Norris and called it “K. O. Chuck Norris”.

Now if this isn’t a nice mod?

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GoSub3 (Build 1) (A2600 Game)

atari2600land has started to work on the third part of his GoSub game. It’s a maze/collecting items game.

Release notes:

Work on GoSub 3 has just begun. I hope to make this a 32k game with over 100 mazes, but we’ll see what happens. Here’s where it stands right now. Like I said, I’ve just begun work on it, so it’s not much.

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Chuckies Adventure (08-09-2009) (A2600 Game)

The object of the game is to find the 3 rune symbols (yellow) and take them to the magic circle before you turn completely into a toy doll!

There are 2 bars at the left of the screen, 1 for health and 1 for the timer. There are 100 rooms to be explored in this game (10×10), but it wont be very easy as the cops are on your case and will be chasing you down (until you run out of health or the timer is up).

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Cave In v2.30 (A2600 Game)

Atarius Maximus has udpated Cave In, which was previously known as “Adventure Game”.


I’m really trying to get this finished up! This will probably be the final version, I just have to force myself to play this game for the 3,883rd time (just a guess) to try and make sure there are no major gameplay bugs. I haven’t found anything in a few playthroughs on level 1 today.

This *is* going to be released on cartridge, the last step for me now is to supply Al with the final binary. I’d like to try this one last time on real hardware too, which means I’ll have to dig for my CC2 which has been in storage with all my other Atari related stuff for a long time. So, here it is, what hopefully is the final version of Cave-In.

Just as a review from a previous post, here are the known issues that will remain in the game in the final release:

1. You might get stuck in a wall. I’ve experienced this once or twice in the hundreds (over a thousand, maybe?) of hours of playtime I put in, but it’s been reported by at least one person who’s playtested the game. Since I was never able to consistently reproduce the problem, I can’t say with 100% certainty that it’s fixed.

2. If you drop the shield inside the inivisible maze, it changes to half size when dropped. A minor issue that I’m not going to fix.

3. The Healthpack/gun upgrade may appear in an inaccessible location – I’ve minimized the probability of it happening, but it might happen. If you’re really trying to get one, shoot the enemies in more open areas of the screen.

4. If you switch directions with the bullet in mid-path, it switches paths too. It’s a compromise for ROM space at this point, I’m not going to change it. Every adventurer needs a handgun with guided bullets, right?

5. Lastly, in the locked caves, rocks will start falling after you kill an enenmy. The first rock to fall will fall from the position that the enemy was killed, after that they will fall from the top of the screen to the bottom. There isn’t enough ROM space to resolve this problem, and I consider it to be minor anyway.

Here are some other issues that might be perceived as bugs, but are actually in the game by design. They’re not bugs.

1. You cannot exit locked caves once you’ve entered it until you have found the crown piece.

2. You can kill enemies by pressing fire when you’re holding the shield – even if you don’t have the gun. Think of it as swinging your shield at them.

3. Enemies will die after attacking you 7 times. This was put in to give you a fighting chance when you don’t have a gun – think of this as hand to hand combat and you will always (eventually) win the fight.

4. You drop your gun if you lose a health block (10 hits) in games 2 and 3. A quick note about how the health system works: You start with 80 units of health, represented by 8 blocks on the on-screen health meter. One unit of health (1 block on the screen) represents 10 points of health. For every 10 health points you lose, one block will disappear on the screen.

5. You lose a heatlh unit with every room change in game 2 after you have 3 blocks left, and all the time in game 3. Once you’re down to 3 blocks left, you have 30 units left, or 30 room moves. You’ll have to plan carefully to make it back to the health recharge room when you get low on health.

6. You can’t re-enter the boss room once you’ve killed it.

7. The screen is supposed to shake when you touch a wall or fire the gun. Some people like it, some don’t, but that’s how I want it to be.

8. When you get down to three health blocks left, your character is injured and will move more slowly. This is in all three levels.

9. Lastly, there is an easter egg that no one has found to date. It does provide an in-game bonus, so it’s worth finding. There is also one “cheat” in the game, I’ll let you all figure out what it is and how to activate it.

Here are the differences between the three difficulty levels:

Game 1 – Beginner
Enemies move at normal speed and never have a fast attack
No health reduction when changing rooms
Keys are always hidden in the same rooms
You start out with your gun, and you will never lose it.

Game 2 – Intermediate
Enemies move at normal speed with occasional fast attacks
1 point health reduction when you change rooms only after you are down to 3 health blocks left
Key locations are randomized
You start out with no gun – you will have to find it, either in the hidden room or dropped by an enemy.

Game 3 – Advanced
Enemies move at top speed all the time
1 point health reduction when you change rooms at all times
Key locations are randomized
You start out with no gun – you will have to find it, either in the hidden room or dropped by an enemy.
Falling rocks in the locked caves will fall twice as fast


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Rally-X (01-09-2009) (A2600 Game)

This is a work in progress of Animan’s personal favorite arcade game. Right now, it’s very early, with only the car, track with no collision detection yet, and 10 flags.

This one is a modified version by SeaGtGruff, which might work better than the original release from 30th August 2009.

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