The point of the game is to grab as many diamonds as possible without letting the shark get you. Instead of being sold in wide retail distribution at launch, the third installment, Waterworld was only available to Atari Club members who purchased via mail order, starting in February of 1984. In the letter he mentions being flattered that anybody would pay attention to these games anymore. Sadly for the company that made it, but happily for collectors today, the concept did not catch on. In fact, many of the the games in this list were discovered in unlikely places and without unusual effort. Air Raid was long considered to be a pirate cartridge from South America because of its unusual case and scanline count. My friends boyfriend wont get them so cheap now said.
It's rarity rivals that of Air Raid with only two known copies in existence. The Atari 2600 was the first ultra successful home video game console. It should be noted, prices vary based on condition and completeness of the title. This frantic shooter is actually rather impressive from a graphical standpoint and will definitely give you a challenge. Image Credit: If you happened to order away for this game, and you have one sitting in your closet, consider yourself incredibly lucky. Much like Gauntlet also from Answer Software , Malagai was a mail-order only game and game in a foam case instead of a box.
By default the right side of the screen was a duplicate of the left; to control it separately, the software had to modify the patterns as the scan line was drawn. Most are ridiculously cheap but a few 2600 games have become rare collectibles. MagicCard was a programming tool that allowed users to create their own simple games. The cartridge was available via mail-order only, hence its rarity. . Many other programmers left the company and formed their own independent software companies.
With its introduction came a resurgence in software development both from Atari and from third parties. For the era, it gives a respectable presentation and challenge to keep improving your technique and score. Just another example of finding some treasures in oddball places. The game is an Atari version of , a game which happens to be a cellular automaton. They eventually gave up on this concept and released each of the games as single-ended cartridges. The programmers of many of Atari's biggest hits grew disgruntled with the company for not crediting game developers. His kids played it a couple times over the years, but it had been sitting among a collection of other boxes Atari games for a couple decades in storage.
Air Raid is believed to be the rarest of the commercially released games for the Atari 2600. The player must fly around in their aircraft, launching missiles at enemy ships. Other collectors estimate that there may be about ten complete-in-box copies in the wild in addition to loose copies. All four of the known, confirmed copies including the one prototype are either in the possession of the Personal Computer Museum of Canada or in the hands of the original programmer, Herman Quast. Be sure to study this list and keep it handy as you might be encounter one in your collection or in your game hunting routines. The 2600 was typically bundled with two joystick controllers, a conjoined pair of paddle controllers, and a cartridge game. Not surprisingly, the labeled version is more popular with collectors, but the unlabeled version may be slightly more rare.
Legacy of the Atari 2600 The Atari 2600, originally released in 1977 was the first successful video game system without built in games. Hit the comments section below and let us know! In this game you must prove your manhood to an ancient Indian tribe by running through their gauntlet of obstacles. I have to sell them now. I have a bag of about 40 atari games that all work and a couple were on this list. Because the items had to be special ordered and were not mass-produced, the game is very rare. It is unknown who won the competition, still.
This previously-unknown cartridge was first discovered in October of 2011. That means the little bit of cardboard is actually worth more than the game itself. Image Credit: The cartridge features a distinct design. This is the 1980's release of the Atari Video Computer Sstem - the first time it was referred to as the Atari 2600 and has four buttons rather than six. The funds were used to support the Personal Computer Museum. This is another game that was the victim of the video game crash in 1983. There are no solid publication estimates, but there about 23 known copies with about 10 found in the last five years including all five known boxed units circulating compared to the one or two of Birthday Mania or Red Sea Crossing mentioned below.
The Froggo version is quite common and sells for hardly anything. The Loch Ness Monster can also be found hiding in various undersea caves, and will hunt the player down if disturbed. He produced it with colorful, original artwork to prevent confusion and potential fraud. The game software remains consistent through all the Ultravision and Froggo Games releases. Several of these patterns were simply single color screens. The game was only sold through Christian bookstores.
Well here's the solution to your problems - a extension cable. However, due to this lower sale price, we are lowering our price range for this game. Rare Non-Games for Atari 2600 The cartridges below are not games in the sense that you play them. Anyone with Air Raid in their collection has made collectors around envious. It came with fifteen different patterns, including one specifically for checking the adjustment of the color generating circuitry of the Atari 2600.
Over a decade ago, Chase the Chuck Wagon was one of the most iconic Atari 2600 game collectibles, but it was often pointed out by hardcore collectors that there were many more games out there that were far more rare. The game only worked if you already owned the rare MagiCard programming tool see below. If more units would surface and go up for sale, we might see these valuations rise. I knew The Music Machine was rare, but it was even nicer that I managed to get if off of eBay remarkably cheap. In August 1976 Fairchild Semiconductor released their own cartridge-based system, the Channel F. The game has never sold at a public auction so the exact price is hard to know. For the complete package, the cart was originally packaged with both the Duplicator and the game Dishaster, but finding all three together can be extremely tough.