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12Jul/151

Atari Bonanza – Old Stuff From My Attic. 2600 5200 7800 800 XL XE Jaguar ST

Atari Bonanza - Old Stuff From My Attic. 2600, 5200, 7800, 800 XL XE, Jaguar, ST

I decided to do an entire Atari excavation today.  I went through every box of Atari games and hardware (I might have missed an ST box and if I find it, I'll add it later) I have to come up with a definitive list of what I own.  I am not actually much of a collector, and much of my original 80's collection (aside from the Atari ST and the '93 Jaguar) have been purchased or given to me from 95 and beyond.  But this stuff has been collecting dust, and to get a good idea, and have some pictures for insurance purposes, I decided to take up all of a Sunday morning, sifting through boxes of stuff and organizing it before the cats ran over and messed it up.

First, here is an over-all pic of what I found and laid out on the area rug (it took more than the large area to hold all the original ST software).  Aside from the Lynx (which my brother Steve has), this represents a version of every game and computer system (not the stand alone systems like Pong and Super Pong Doubles, etc) that Atari put out on the mass market in the 70's, 80's and 90's.

 

10000 Foot View Atari Collection

10000 Foot View Atari Collection

This collection starts in the upper left -
Atari 130XE + SIO2 SD (use any disk image from the internet) + game carts (details further down)

Atari 2600 Carts + Manuals, Catalogs and Atari Force Comic Book (#3).

Atari 7800 + carts (some new in box) + Atari 2600 Wood Grain 4 switcher

A whole Bunch of 2600/800, XL, XE/7800/ST Controllers.

Next Row from Left to right:

Atari 5200 + a whole bunch of non working controllers, + games and an awesome Wico controller

Atari 1040 ST with a large piles of data / public domain , some awesome creative software and a Jaguar hidden to the right

Bottom:

Many many many Purchased Atari ST games and productivity applications, including the original Dungeon Master with Manual FTL sticker and collectible coin.

Detailed pics: 

The Atari 130XE - Compatible with the Ataro 400/800/1200XL/800XL/600XL/800XE/65XE and XE Game System.

 

Atari 130 XE

Atari 130 XE

  1. Atari 130 XE computer with SIO2SD . This allows any disk image to be downloaded from the internet and played on the system.

  2. 130  XE manual

  3. Original Atari Basic Learning Guide

4.12 Game  Carts: Millipede in box, Demon Attack in Box (needs translator to OS B disk to use), River Raid, Miner 2049er, Food Fight, Donkey Kong, Load Runner, Super Cobra, Dig Dug, Pac Man, Qix, Star Raiders.

  1. Atari Joystick, Power Supply and Modern AV Cable.
    The Atari 5200
Atari 5200

Atari 5200

  1. 5200 4 port joystick model.

  2. 6 5200 original joysticks in various states of disrepair.

  3. Wico 5200 stick

  4. A stack of game specific controller inserts.

  5. A stack of 5200 manuals and a stack of catalogs

  6. 33 Games carts: Jungle Hunt, Counter Measure, Soccer, Moon Patrol, Pengo, Missile Command, Galaxian, Football, Centipede, Pole Position, Baseball, Super Breakout, Space Invaders, Pac-Man, Qix, Star Raiders, Joust, Choplifter, Kangaroo, Star Wars, Qbert, Gyruss, Montezuma's Revenge,  Frogger, Congo Bongo, Zaxxon, Kaboom,  Dig Dug  In Box, Tennis In Box,  Pac-man in box,  Pole Position In Box, Wizard of Wor.

The Atari VCS 2600

The Atari VCS 2600

  1. A stack of 2600 game catalogs
    2.. A stack of 2600 game instructions
  2. The Atari Force #3 Comic Book
  3. 73 Game Carts: Strawberry Shortcake in Box, Phoenix in box, Mario Bros, Centipede,  Real Sports Volleyball, Real Sports Football, Pole Position, Moon Patrol, Real Sports Baseball, Real Sports Tennis, Ms. Pac Man, Vanguard, Kangaroo,  Pac Man (3 copies), War Lords (3 copies), Casino (2 copies), Breakout (text cart version), Super Breakout, Video Olympics, Football, Pele's Soccer, Street Racer, Defender (2 copies), Asteroids (2 copies),  Video Pinball (2 copies),  Space Invaders, Surround, Haunted House, Basketball, Bowling, Home Run, Combat (2 copies), Indy 500, Star Raiders, Adventure, Yars Revenge, Maze Craze, Human Cannon Ball, Sears Tele-Games Golf, Sears Tele-Games Pinball, Donkey Kong, Venture, Zaxxon, Donkey Kong (Signed by Gary Kitchen), Atlantis, Riddle of the Sphinx, Trick Shot, Demon Attack, Frogger (2 copies), Super Cobra, Stars Wars Empire Strikes Back, Qbert, Spider Fighter (2 copies), River Raid, Gran Prix (signed by David Crane), Pit Fall (signed by David Crane),  Enduro,  Decathlon, Robot Tank, Sea Quest, Keystone Kapers, Megamania.

The Atari 7800

 The Atari 7800

The Atari 7800

  1. Atari 7800 Console and 2600 Console
  2. 7800 controller sticks, 2600 controller sticks, paddles, Indy 500 racing controllers, Genesis Pad (will work with 2600,/7800/8-bits/ST), Master System Stick - works with  (will work with 2600,/7800/8-bits/ST, Star Raiders Controller, 2 Spectravision Joy Sticks.
  3. 17 Game Carts - Donkey Kong in box, Donkey Kong Jr in box, Dark Chambers in box, Choplifter in Box, Tower Toppler in Box, Baseball in box, Ms Pac Man in Box, Centipede in box, One On One in box,  Touchdown Football, Galaga, Robotron, Desert Falcon, Food Fight, Xevious, Asteroids, Pete Rose Baseball.

Atari Jaguar

Atari Jaguar

Atari Jaguar

  1. Original Jaguar + single pack in controller
  2. 8 Game Carts - Wolf 3d, Tempest 2000, Kasumi Ninja, Checkered Flag, Attack of the Mutant Penguins, Zool 2, Super Burnout (all in box), pack-in Cyber morph.

The Atari 1040 ST

This is the system that Steve and I spent the most time on in our youth - college.  The stacks of disks have many more Degas, Animation, and game projects than pirate games.  This was an incredible machine to grow up with (literally from 16 until 20, the most formative years of pre-adulthood).

Atari 1040 ST

Atari 1040 ST

  1. Atari 1040 STFM that has seen better days, Missing some keys.  I would like to purchase another is anyone has one they would like to sell.
  2. ST Color Monitor, 2 ST Mouse Controllers, ST 12oo Baud Modem, Video Sync Controller.
  3. 3 stacks of disks including a lot of college work, games created, art and animation for our films.
  4. Stacks of ST User, ST Action, ST Format and a couple START discs,
  5. STOS Game creator, Compiler, and Sampler with many game demo disks, full docs and manuals, etc.
  6. Cyberpaint and Art/Film Director software - one of the first key frame animation programs. It synced to the TV so we could create animations for our student films, etc. Awesome for its time.
  7. No Box, but full Version of Dungeon Master with FTL Sticker and and collectors coin.
  8. Boxed edition of Beyond Zork
  9. Boxed edition of the original Sid Meyer Pirates game

The rest of the discs and software (how many did you have):

More ST Discs 1

More ST Discs 1

Atari Algebra and Physics, Cybernoid, Galaxy Force, Artura, Deflecktor, Baal, Stunt Car Racer, Computes Atari Disk, Fighter Bomber, Silkworm, St Express, Joe Blade, Tracker, Speed Ball, Anco Player Manager, Corporation, Zynaps, Defenders of Earth,  Atari ST Language Disk (Basic + a Unix like CPM Shell), Darius +, Indian Jones, Axel's Magic Hammer, Super Cars, Skidz, Switch Blade, Dragon Breath, Power Drift, Ikari Warriors, Captain Blood.

More ST Discs 2

More ST Discs 2

Starting about the middle of the pic:

Menace, Super Hang-on, Eye of Horus, Enduro Racer, Crazy Cars, Barbarian, GODS, Batman the Caped Crusader, Blood Money, Buggy Boy, Micro League Baseball,  Afterburner,  Rick Dangerous,  Anco Kick Off 2, Neochrome, Beyond the Ice Palace, Battle Ships, Sidewinder,  Andes Attack (send money directly to Jeff Minter to get this one. Best action game on the ST!!!),  Street Fighter.

 

More ST Discs 3

More ST Discs 3

Starting about the middle of the Pic:

Blastaball, Butcher Hill, Outrun, Golden Path,  Zynaps, 1943, Double Dragon 2, Netherworld,  California Games, Star Quake,

Also, there are tons of Public Domain games and apps, since those are legit, I'll list them here These are from legitimate purchased Shareware disks from ST Express, and the PDC Library in Lynnwood Wa), and Bre Software Fresno CA
Sozobon C Compiler, Kong, Nitro, Galaxian, IBS Pegasus 2, ST Writer 3.0 + ST Spell, DDST, Werner, Dungeon Adventure, Lamatron from the ST Action Cover Disk, MJ C Compiler, Floyd The Droid, Lander, Matching Game, Bnoid, Galactic War, Fire Squad, Phantom House, Berzerk, Action Dungeon, Hero, World, Inspector Clewso, Pick Pocket, Super Simon, ST Breakanoid, Werty Hoiuse of horrors, Bubble, Worm War, Mouse Plaything.

We also have a stack of manuals.  Here I will list the game disks that are missing. Steve Fulton probably has these or they got lost in the shuffle some place (or they are in another box some place):

Better Dead Than Alien, Miracle Warriors, 007 Licensed to KIll, Super Wonder Boy. Xenon 2 Mega Blast, Blood Wych, Their Finest Hour (with decoder information), Tetris, Tau Ceti, Rampage, Gauntlet II, Operation Wolf, Oids, Bad Company,  Antic Flash, Techno Cop, St Star Raiders, North and South, International Soccer, Sim City (+ decoder card), War in Middle Earth, Road War Europa, Populous, Microprose Soccer,  Screaming Wings, Sorcerer Lord, R-Type, Xenon, Arkanoid Revenge of  Doh, Dragonscape, Exolon, Robocop, Phantasie III...

And there were many many more that we purchased.

Originally we had well over 200 2600 and 7800 games (including an original Super Charger) as well has 100's of purchased 400/800/XL/XE games also.  One of the big disappointments was selling out Atari 800 setup to a guy named Manny from Wilmington (are you out there some place?) If anyone has a bunch of old Atari disks with the names Steve and Jeff on some them and basic games we made like The Price Is Right, multiple funny sentence generators, and a slew of Pinball games made with Pinball construction set (along with the books listed, and many purchased games), please drop me an email at jeff@8bitrocket.com. For some reason we sold all of our own games that we coded and everything else, including an original Your Atari Computer Book, Mapping the Atari, and Doctor C Wacko books, magazines, and much more. It was to get an Atari ST, but still, I wish we had not done it.

I'm always looking to expand my collection of all Atari stuff for cheap prices. Nothing I have is for sale.  So much has been lost over the years that I would never part with anything I have.

Besides these, I have every Atari collection for multiple game consoles as well as a Flash Back 3 and 4 and a couple of the original Jaxx 10 game NES re-programmed VCS sticks.  I would have included the Flashback 1 or 2 if I had them because those were made with the love and care that Atari peripherals deserved by Legacy Engineering and put out by the last real vestiges of Atari.

Our new Podcast: 
The 8bitrocket Option Select Start Podcast will be based on this collections, Steve Fulton's collection, our recollections, new purchases, interviews (anyone who wants to be interviewed, send an email to jeff@8bitrocket.com), and our 6502 and 68000 game development projects as we apply what we have learned in modern game development to machine language new games for Atari and other retro systems.

21Jan/130

Vectrex Regeneration + iCade: Proof That “Retro” Gaming Is Alive And Well In The Mobile Era

 

My new article about Vectrex Regeneration is up at Gamasutra.com.

Read It Here

-8bitsteve

11May/110

Atari Nerd: Lynx Garage Excavation


Inspired by Jeff's Atari excavation a couple weeks ago, I went into the garage this weekend trying to find the Atari Lynx we bought back when it was released in the USA in 1989.    Far back in the garage, I found a plastic box with the word "Handheld" scribbled on it.

 

Inside, there was a Lynx and a Game Gear!

 

The Game Gear I bought for my wife and I to play on our Honeymoon in 1995 (romantic, eh?  I still have a lot to learn).   Here are the games  had for it.

Columns must have been inside the Game Gear, as it is missing from this photo and it was the best game.  That game was the reason I bought this for my wife for our honeymoon in the first place. The Star Wars game was fun too, but I got stuck with Luke on Tatooine and never got past it.

Below  is the original Lynx box from 1989.  I recall that the box was never sealed.  We bought the last one from Software Etc.   This must have been from the same policy that continues to this day at GameStop where they will sell you an open game or system as new.  Boo to you GameStop, boo to you!

Inside, the console, power supply, instructions and all the games were packed tightly.  I must have thrown away all the boxes at some point (damn).

Below is the Lynx console.  It's giant!!!  You can't tell from this photo, but it almost a foot across!

I once wrote a Haiku about it how big the thing was:

Lynx Console

Plays video games?
Strap two on and go skiing
Those babies were huge

I bought a ton of games for the thing.   Many were bought on closeout in the mid-1990's, but not all of them.

First set of games:

Left to right, top to bottom:

Pit-Figher: Bad, bad bad bad bad bad bad...

Super Sqweek: Unremarkable

Qix: Great game in the arcade, but strangely, almost unplayable.

Jimmy Conners Tennis: Passable

Rampart: Very good conversion.

Gates Of Zendocon: One of the original Lynx games.  A nearly unsurpassed shooter.  This one needs more recognition.  This would be in my "1001 Games You Must Play" list.  This needs to go on an Atari/DS collection if Atari ever leaves the 2600 and gets into the 5200/8-bit/Lynx/ST/Jaguar retro games they have in their archives.

Viking Child: Better on the Atari ST, but still a fun game.

Rygar: This is my absolute favorite version of this game.  Perfect on the Lynx.

Batman Returns:  Atari played up this license, but it's not a very good game at all.

Todd's Adventures In Slime World: Another one of the original Lynx games.  It's an excpetional platformer/shooter.  This would be in my "1001 Games You Must Play" list. This needs to go on an Atari/DS collection.

Hockey: Passable.

California Games:   One of the original Lynx games, but never one of my favorites.  It still needs to go on an Atari/DS collection.

Gauntlet: Good version, but too hard to play with the Lynx vertically.  Also, the poor sound on the Lynx kind-of ruins it. It still needs to go on an Atari/DS collection.

Checkered Flag: Decent Racing game in the tradition of Pole Position.

Kung Food: Food themed beat-em-up.  Original and fun. This needs to go on an Atari/DS collection.

Football:Unremarkable.

Second Set of games:

Pinball Jam:  Two very well done pinball games.  One is based on Elivra Mistress Of The Dark .

Ninja Gaiden:  Honestly I don't recall this game.  I'm sure it was mediocre though.

Tournament Cyberball:  Cyberball.  Not a bad version either.

Zolar Mercenary:  The BEST game for the Lynx.  A great top-down scrolling shooter awesome. This needs to go on an Atari/DS collection. This would be in my "1001 Games You Must Play" list.

Bill And Ted's Excellent Adventure: An interesting adventure game, but I recall that the save feature was a type-in code, which was annoying.

Steel Talons:  A great version of this game, based on an Atari Games coin-op.

Dirty Larry, Renegade Cop: Dreadful.

Chips Challenge: Great, great, great puzzle game.  Should have been a classic. This needs to go on an Atari/DS collection.

Klax: Great, great, great puzzle game. This is a classic.  This should have been the Lynx's Tetris killer, but it came too late.

Switchblade II:  Nice game, almost as good at the Atari ST version.

Basketbrawl:  Umm, yeah, great name, not a great game.

Ishido: Another game I cannot recall at all.

Hydra: Fun 1st person, river boat shooter.

Crystal Mines II:  Another game I cannot recall at all.

European Soccer Challenge:  Not bad, but hard to control.

Stun Runner: Another Atari Games coin-up.  Very challenging and fun.

Third set of games:

Warbirds:  A really good flight/sim shooter.  Certainly one of my favorite Lynx games of all time. This needs to go on an Atari/DS collection. This would be in my "1001 Games You Must Play" list.

Awesome Golf:  I don't recall anything about this one at all...

Turbo Sub: My mom got this for me for Christmas in like 1990.  Fun little first person shooter, submarine game.

Xybots: Another arcade conversion.  I've tried to like this one many times, but I've bever been able to get into it.

And there you have it.  Neither the Lynx nor the Game Gear work any longer, (a surprise to me), so I can not tell you how it felt to play these games again.   I do hope that Atari finds a way to create a Lynx Collection for the DS or iPhone/Android so I can play them the way they were intended to be played, in this century, once again.

 

2May/110

The Literal DOS Box – Classic DOS game gold vein

I have been going through old boxes of retro gaming gear over the last few weeks and today I came across a set of 3 1/2 inch floppy disks that I knew existed, but was had been unable find.

In 1992, Steve and I shed our beloved Atari 1040ST for a PC. We did this for a couple of reasons. First, it was becoming very difficult to find Atari ST games in the USA (even in the import shops) and second, school was starting to demand the use of a DOS-based PC.  Over the first few years of PC ownership we purchased a number of classic DOS arcade games that eventually helped use forget about the great times we had on the Atari ST.

This is a photo of the small supply of DOS games titles that I was able to uncover in tonight's excavation:

(click to enlarge)

1. Wolfenstein 3D. This is the game that really first allowed me to forget about the Atari ST and focus on PC gaming.  It was released in May of 1992. This original set of floppies consists of only two disks.

2. Raptor. This was a top-down Raiden style shooter that kicked major ass.  This is released in 1994 by Apogee.  Raptor came on three floppy disks.

3. Alien Carnage.  The original shareware version of this game was called Halloween Harry. It was changed to Alien Carnage when it was released in 1993, This game consists of two floppy disks.

4. Tristan Pinball. This was originally released for the Apple Mac in 1991, but was quickly ported to the PC. It was the first really good PC pinball simulation we had. It is notable for NOT scrolling and trying to keep all of the game-play on a single screen. I remember playing this baby A LOT.  Tristan Pinball came on a single floppy disk.

5. Super Space Invaders.  This was released in 1992 for the DOS PC. It was a fun game and is notable because it really was one of the first "retro-remakes" released into the PC market.  Super Space Invaders consisted of two floppy disks.

6. Overkill. Epic Megagames and Apogee were two of the only good friends to PC DOS arcade game players in the early 90's. This game, released in 1992, was another great vertical scrolling shooter. It came on a single floppy disk.

7. Invasion of the Mutant Bats of Doom.  Released in 1994, this was the first game on the PC that reminded me of Galaga! It came on a single floppy disk.

8. Phantasie I, Phantasie III, and Questron II. This was a Value-Works re-release of three classic SSI DOS games. I don't remember ever being able to ge these to work, but all three were classics on the Atari ST  when we played them. Phantasie I (1985), Phantasie III (1987) , Questron II (1988)

9. Zone 66.  Released in 1993, Zone 66 was an ambitions 360 degree, overhead combat / flight game. I remember that the sound would not work with our Soundblaster Pro and that pissed me off enough to never play much of it. It looks awesome though.

10. Microsoft Arcade.  This was actually released for Windows 3.0 and Mac in 1993. It is notable because it was one of the first classic arcade game compilations for the PC. At this time, Windows was nothing more than an elaborate DOS shell that really just got in the way of games. This set of arcade games was a nice way to show off the power of Windows for games before Direct-X was invented. This single disk contained versions of Asteroids, Tempest, Battlezone, Centipede and Missile Command.

From this "find", there is a HUGE box of CD roms staring at me also.  I will go through these to find some retro classics for next time.

 

   
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