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The Atari 2600 Game By Game Podcast

The 2600 Game By Game Podcast will delve into the history, gameplay, and personal stories of every game made for the Atari 2600.

Last feed update: Wednesday October 20th, 2021 05:47:00 PM

Skeleton+ by Eric Ball

Sunday October 10th, 2021 11:59:12 AM
  Boo there! Thanks for being patient with me once again. It's spooky season and that means spooky games! We begin with Skeleton+,  a homebrew game by Eric Ball from way back in 2002. It's a lot of fun and I hope you are able to try it out! Next up is the amazing Frankenstein's Monster by Data Age, which was kind of their final released game. If you have feedback or thoughts on Frankenstein's Monster, please send them to by October 18th. No need to summarize the game, I'll take care of that. Only 4 more episodes until the Christmas special! That seems weird. But maybe not, I did buy egg nog this week. Thank you all for listening!   Initial Skeleton WIP thread on Stellalist Skeleton complete on Stellalist Skeleton 1.1 release on Stellalist First Skeleton+ thread on Atari Age Enhanced Skeleton+ thread on Atari Age Final Skeleton+ thread on Atari Age Eric Ball's intro thread on Atari Age Eric Ball's first 2600 demo Hozer Video website Order Skeleton on Packrat Games Order Skeleton on Atari Age F n Z Show and Far Cry Z podcasts/videocasts

Sir Lancelot by Xonox

Wednesday September 22nd, 2021 03:36:54 PM
Good morrow gentle Swain! Alright, enough of that. This week we are looking at Sir Lancelot by Xonox, maybe a Joust tipoff but it's a lot of fun! Next month is October already, sheesh. We'll be celebrating all month with S C A R Y games! First up will be the Homebrew game Skeleton+ by Eric Ball, followed by the wonderful Frankenstein's Monster by Data Age. I'm really looking forward to these games, and I hope you are too! iIf you have feedback for either game, please send it to me at I will need feedback for Skeleton+ by October $th, and October 18th for Frankenstein's Monster. Thanks so much for listening! Sir Lancelot on Random Terrain Xonox Press Kit on Atarimania Xonox on GDRI Gordon Martin and Associates on GDRI Sir Lancelot manual on Atari Compendium Kurt Howe Memorial thread on Atari Age  

Bugs Bunny by Atari

Sunday September 12th, 2021 01:14:16 PM
Long time no see doc! *smak* This week we are discussing the prototype/reproduction game Bugs Bunny, originally from Atari. This Bob Polaro/Alan Murphy collaboration was shelved in the 80s and finally saw limited release at the late, lamented Philly Classic in 2002. It's a beautiful game that I hope you will seek out and try. Coming up next is Sir Lancelot by Xonox. If you have feedback for this guy, please send it to me at by September 21st at 10 PM EST. You get a smidge more time for this one, then hopefully I'll get back on track and stay that way. HA HA HA HA. Thank you again for all the kind words about the Space Shuttle episode, and thank you so much for listening. Bugs Bunny on Atari Protos Bob Polaro's web page Bob Polaro interview by Sarah Szefer Bob Polaro interview by Al Backiel Alan Murphy on Artstation Atari Promo Video 1983 Bugs Bunny Footage Photos from Philly Classic 3/Bugs Bunny release Bugs Bunny Press Release Atari Compendium Easter Egg page Easter egg thread on Atari Age Video Dames 0 by Kate Willaert Porno Hustlers of the Atari Age by Kate Willaert on Kotaku

Space Shuttle by Activision

Sunday September 5th, 2021 08:23:04 AM
The day many of you have been waiting for (and waiting and waiting, sorry about that) is finally here. Today is the finale of the Summer of Shuttles, and I am covering Space Shuttle by Activision. I'm not a simulator fan at all, so I hope I have done this game justice and I hope you enjoy the episode. Coming up pretty quick since I want to keep my schedule is the prototype game Bugs Bunny by Atari. I said in the episode to get me your feedback by the 10th, but let's change that to the 11th at 10PM EST, because when I recorded the episode I thought it would go out on the same day. You can send your feedback to me at Thank you again for your patience, and as always, thank you for listening. Space Shuttle on Random Terrain Space Shuttle on Atari Protos Electronic Fun article February 1984 Video and Computer Gaming Illustrated article January 1984 (yes, there is no page 75) Video Game Update article November 1983 (Atari Compendium) Computer Chronicles episode February 1984 Space Shuttle manual on Atari Age Space Shuttle Pilot patch on Digital Press Space Shuttle Commander patch on Digital Press STS 3 page on Spacefacts AA thread with Nukey Shay's fuel and docking hacks Barbara Morgan watches the Challenger 1986 Space Shuttle Operator's Manual by Kerry Mark Joels Antic Interview 420 with Brenda Laurel Space Camp home page Space Camp Movie on Youtube

Shuttle Orbiter by Avalon Hill

Wednesday August 11th, 2021 11:57:06 AM
Hello and welcome to the Summer of Shuttles! (It's only a month.) First up we are talking about the Avalon Hill game Shuttle Orbiter, which I enjoyed but found a little frustrating. Lots of great feedback as usual, I hope you enjoy the episode. Coming up next is the one a lot of you have been waiting for, Space Shuttle, a Journey Into Space, by Activision. My attitude towards simulation games precedes me, but I will give this a fair shake. I just can't promise I will be able to figure it out. If you have feedback for Space Shuttle (I know you do), please send it to me at by AUGUST 21ST. I'm going to need all the time I can get for this one. I'm sure the description of the game will be rather long, so no need to summarize the gameplay in your feedback, I just want your thoughts and/or memories of the game. Thank you so much for listening!     Shuttle Orbiter on Random Terrain Phosphor Dot Fossils - Shuttle Orbiter STS-7, second Challenger flight on Wikipedia Woodgrain Wonderland - Shuttle Orbiter review Shuttle Orbiter on The Log Book 35th Anniversary of the Challenger disaster from NASA  

Spitfire Attack by Milton Bradley

Sunday July 25th, 2021 11:08:30 PM
Hello everyone! Sorry about the delay, but now here is the Spitfire Attack episode for you, by Milton Bradley. We also discuss the Flight Commander controller that came with it. I never had one but we do have a few listeners who did, which is exciting! Also exciting is what's coming up next month, the Summer of Shuttles! I will be covering Shuttle Orbiter by Avalon Hill and Space Shuttle by Activision. If you have feedback for either of these games, please send it to me at I will need the Shuttle Orbiter feedback by August 9th, and the feedback for Space Shuttle by August 21st. I'm expecting a bit for Space Shuttle 😂   As always, I thank you for your patience, and for listening. Please stay safe and stay cool.     Spitfire Attack on Random Terrain Dennis Debro's Spitfire Attack mod Milton Bradley video game article, June 5 1983 Spitfire Attack Playthrough by Retro Dad   No Swear Gamer 499 - Spitfire Attack   Matt's Repro Pitfall 2 patch on eBay

Tapper by Sega

Wednesday July 7th, 2021 12:55:08 PM
Hey there, this week I am covering the amazing port of Tapper, the Bally Midway arcade game programmed by Beck Tech for Sega. Please check this game out if you haven't, it is well worth your time. Coming up next on the show is the Milton Bradley game Spitfire Attack, which was packaged with the Flight Commander controller. If you have any feedback on Spitfire Attack, please send it to me at by July 19. I'm not quite sure what will happen after that, I want to get back on the opposite week schedule so I may take some time off. I will let you know for sure in the next episode. Tomorrow (July 8th) is national Video Game Day! Play something will ya! Thank you all so much for listening, it means so much to me.   Swordquest Fireworld Contest Rom thread on Atari Age Tapper on KLOV Root Beer Tapper on KLOV MGA Tapper Patent Tapper on Atari Protos February 1984 Tapper newspaper article December 1984 Sears ad Steve Beck's web site Tom Sloper interview on Atari Compendium Tom Sloper interview on GDRI Arcade USA Ataricade 2600 - Tapper No Swear Gamer 535 - Tapper No Swear Gamer Tapper gameplay

Taz by Atari

Wednesday June 23rd, 2021 01:13:28 PM
Hi there! This episode is all about Taz by Steve Woita for Atari. Taz was converted to PAL as the game Asterix, which we already covered, and I really should have put them together. Oh well, there's some great feedback this episode. Next up will be the amazing Tapper by Sega. If you have any feedback for Tapper, please send it to me at by 6PM EST on July 6th. Thanks so much for listening and enjoy your 4th of July holiday if you're in the United States!   Taz on Random Terrain Taz on Atari Protos Taz mention in May 1984 issue of Electronic Games Steve Woita's web site Steve Woita interview on Atari Compendium Jerome Domurat interview on Atari Compendium No Swear Gamer Taz Easter Egg NSG 361 Taz JVGS Atari 2600 High Scores page

Surf's Up by Amiga

Wednesday June 9th, 2021 11:20:00 AM
It's almost summer, and that means it's time for surfing! I think you may have to look elsewhere though, because this week we are covering Surf's Up by Amiga via Video Soft. Surf's Up was made for the Joyboard controller but never came out. Was that a good thing? YOU make the call! Coming up next is a summer rerun Taz by Atari! If you have thoughts on Taz, please send them to me at by June 20th. Thanks so much for your patience, and for listening. THE DREAM IS ALIVE Surf's Up on Atari Protos Surf's Up on Atari Compendium  Surf's Up on Atarimania Surf's Up kerfuffle on Stellalist, 1998 Surf's Up eBay thread from 2006 on Atari Age Amiga Power Play Arcade carts on Atari Protos Amiga 1982-1984 on Atari Gaming HQ Gregdeg Games Surf's Up world record

Alfred Challenge by Ebivision

Wednesday May 19th, 2021 05:33:34 PM
Hey everyone, this week on the program we have a very early homebrew and the first from Ebivision, Alfred Challenge! It's a very difficult game but one I personally enjoyed. Mrs. Ferguson the Librarian also makes an appearance in this episode! Congratulations to the winners of the PlusCart and the Edladdin Super 78 controller from the episode 200 contests. I haven't notified them yet so I want it to be a surprise. Don't worry, I picked the winners before I started talking about the game. You WILL have to wait a little longer to hear the countdowns though, sorry about that. Next up on the show is the unreleased prototype called Surf's Up by Amiga. If you have feedback for Surf's Up or any game I've already covered, please send it to me at Thank you all for entering the contests, and of course, for listening. Igor Barzilai's web site 2003 Interview with Eric Bacher by Good Deal Games 2000 Interview with Eric Bacher by Scott Stilphen Current location of Classic Ebivision site Best Electronics disclaimer Alfred Challenge on Videogame Homebrew wiki Eric Bacher's company, Brainwave GRC Igor Barzilai's Tarot Artisinal site ZeroPage Homebrew Alfred Challenge playthrough #1 ZeroPage Homebrew Alfred Challenge playthrough #2

Cosmic Corridor by Zimag

Wednesday May 5th, 2021 01:39:52 PM
Hello! This week on the show we are looking at the Zimag game Cosmic Corridor, which most likely began life as Space Tunnel by Bit Corp. If you want to know what Hindi movie soundtracks and jail time have to do with Cosmic Corridor, I hope you'll give the episode a listen. Coming up next is the homebrew game Alfred Challenge, programmed by Eric Bacher for Ebivision. If you have feedback for Alfred Challenge, please send it to by May 17th. Don't forget to send your entries for the PlusCart and Super 78 controller contests! Send in your bottom 5 2600 games for the PlusCart, and your top 5 7800 games for the Super 78 controller. You can include both lists in the email, please put Contests in the subject line. Thanks so much for listening!   Cosmic Corridor on Random Terrain Zimag/Emag thread on Atari Age Amarjit Singh Anand obituary on Hindi Movies Songs website LA Times story on Amarjit Singh Anand (Paywall, sorry) Zimag catalogs on Atarimania No Swear Gamer 530 - Cosmic Corridor No Swear Gamer Cosmic Corridor playthrough

Q*Bert's Qubes by Parker Brothers

Friday April 23rd, 2021 12:54:27 AM
Welcome to episode 200, where we are talking about the Parker Brothers arcade port Q*Bert's Qubes, via James Wickstead and Associates. Thank you all so much for helping me get this far. To help me celebrate, Doug and Ed are giving away another PlusCart and an Edladdin Super 78 controller respectively. To win the PlusCart, just send me your BOTTOM 5 Atari 2600 games. To win the Super 78 controller, please send me your top 5 7800 gamesfoodfight. Email your entries to me at by May 16th, and please put CONTESTS in the subject line. You can put both entries into one email. I'll announce the winners in the May 19th show and then someday do the countdowns 🙄 Thank you all so much for listening to this weird thing that I am doing. It means a lot to me and I am very grateful for the community that has grown around this podcast. There is a lot more to come, so I hope you will stay tuned. Thank you all!   Q*Bert's Qubes on Random Terrain Q*Bert's Qubes on KLOV Computer Entertainer May 1985 on Atari Compendium Atari Archive Kid Vid article 2/13/85 Scott Stilphen's interview with Todd Marshall, LOTS of great links here Q*Bert's Qubes on Atari Protos Thunktronix store on Etsy Arcade USA Q*Bert's Qubes No Swear Gamer 689 - Q*Bert's Qubes No Swear Gamer - Q*Bert's Qubes gameplay Brian Fulton blog post about Top Dog Arcade and Zack Periwinkle's in PA

Condor Attack by Ultravision

Sunday March 28th, 2021 02:03:34 PM
Hi there! Today's game is a bit late, is it worth waiting for? Have a listen to Condor Attack by Ultravision and find out for yourself. Big thanks go to Rob @Atarispot on Twitter, who helped me with the research into this game and company. Next up is the big 200th episode, which will feature Q*bert's Qubes by Parker Brothers and a PlusCart contest courtesy of Doug. But first, I need a vacation. The 200th episode will be out on April 21st, so if you have feedback for Q*bert's Qubes, please get it to me by April 18th. I hope you all have a wonderful Passover and Easter, and I thank you very much for listening.   Condor Attack on Random Terrain Arcade Express October 10 1982 on Atari Compendium Video Game Update November 1982 on Atari Compendium Irving Rill obituary Leonard Herman's Video Game Business cards Condor Attack longplay by RickyC InfoWorld January 17 1983 issue Ultravision on the Video Game Console Library site Thunktronix on Etsy, Purveyors of Fine 8-Bit Crafts Eric talking about me and the podcast (in French) on No Two Mornings Are Alike on Radio Canada Harry and Nick's RCA Studio 2 Game by Game Podcast

Mario Bros. by Atari

Wednesday March 10th, 2021 05:31:15 PM
Happy Mar10 Day everyone! Today we are taking a look at Mario Brothers, the Nintendo arcade game ported by Atari. Lots of opinions and info in this one, it seems like a simple game but there's a lot of nuance to it. I really hope that you enjoy listening to it. Next up will be Condor Attack, the first game I am covering from Ultravision. If you'd like to tell me your thoughts on Condor Attack, please send them to me at by March 21st and I will get them into the show. We are almost to 200 episodes! If you're thinking there will be a celebration when we get to 200, I'm sorry, you would be incorrect. Thank you so much for listening and helping me get this far. Mario Bros. on KLOV Mario Bros. on Random Terrain  Mario Bros. on Atari Protos Mario Bros. Easter egg page on Atari Compendium A Better Mario Bros. thread on Atari Age Game Machine magazine July 15, 1983 Atari inter office memo mentioning Mario Bros. Sales, November 1983 Return of Mario Bros. hack on Atari Age Harry's Mario Bros. Tips and Tricks video Mario Bros. on Arcade USA Mario Bros. on No Swear Gamer

Marauder by Tigervision

Wednesday February 24th, 2021 10:16:57 PM
Welcome to the show! This week we are looking at Marauder, by Tigervision. It's a pretty rare and expensive game, but worth the play if you have the means. I really enjoyed it. Coming up next is the Atari game Mario Brothers, yet another terrific Dan Hitchens arcade port. If you have any feedback for Mario Brothers, please get it to me by the end of the day on March 7th. I will tell you all about the game, no need to repeat that stuff, just tell me what you think of it. you can send all feedback to Thank you so much for listening!   Marauder on Random Terrain Paul Stinson Studio web site via Wayback Machine  Laine Nooney's blog post on Sierra artwork Laine Nooney at MAGFest 2020 A New Marauder homebrew/hack by More Work Games A New Marauder on Atari Age

Gopher by U.S. Games

Sunday February 14th, 2021 03:08:34 PM
Hello there, this week's once again late entry is all about Gopher, by US Games. Coming to you from the Wickstead Design Associates arm of US Games, Gopher is a pretty fun title. I hope that you enjoy the show. Next up will be Marauder by Tigervision. If you have any feedback for Marauder, please send it to by the end of Monday the 22nd. I hope you all are well, thank you for your patience and for listening.   Gopher on Random Terrain February 1983 Video Game Update on Atari Compendium Todd Marshall interview on Atari Compendium Henry Will Notebooks on Atari Age James Wickstead Design Associates web site Greg Degeneffe's high score video on Twin Galaxies No Swear Gamer 565 - Gopher No Swear Gamer gameplay video

PlusCart Contest Winner, and excuses

Wednesday February 10th, 2021 04:08:49 PM
I'm sorry I don't have the Gopher episode ready today, but I wanted to announce the PlusCart winner at least because Doug is very kind to sponsor this contest. Please give a listen, I will be sending the winner an email to get their address. Doug is a much better shipper than I, so there's that. If you have Gopher feedback that you didn't send but want to, get it to me by the end of Friday the 12th. Thanks so much for your patience, and for listening. Doug's Contest video

Pressure Cooker by Activision

Sunday January 31st, 2021 04:29:41 PM
This week, a little late, I am discussing the wonderful Activision game Pressure Cooker, by Garry Kitchen. If you haven't played this one, you really owe it to yourself to try it. Coming up next is Gopher by US Games. It's not about the Ship's Purser on The Love Boat, but that would probably be a cool game. Please send feedback on Gopher to by 6 PM EST on Tuesday, February 9th. I have an appointment on Wednesday morning so I have to have the show done in a more timely manner. Also, please don't forget the contest Doug is sponsoring to win a PlusCart that he made! There have been a lot of entries so far, I hope to get more. Send me an email with PlusCart as the subject, and in the body, tell me your 5 favorite 2600 games. I'll announce the winner on the Gopher episode. Also, check the links below to see the contest video that Doug posted on his YouTube channel. Thank so much Doug! I hope you all are doing well, or at least better than I, and I thank you very much for listening. Doug's Pluscart contest video Pressure Cooker on Random Terrain Pressure Cooker on Atari Protos Garry Kitchen's writings on Medium Garry Kitchen's web site Eugenio's interview with Garry Kitchen on Retro Video Gamer Batteries Not Included By Josh Folan with Garry Kitchen Wilson Oyama's Pressure Cooker high score video Pressure Cooker patch on Digital Press Warren Chang's art on Gallery 30 South Interview with Warren Chang by Walter Ryce Proud member of the Throwback Network! Facebook page Twitter page Join the Discord server! My YouTube channel, for whatever reason Blog page WHAT A FORUM TOO Listen to the show on Stitcher! Subscribe to the show on iTunes, and leave a review! Reviews are nice! Listen to the show on Tune In! Check out Don's awesome t-shirt designs! Please check out my other shows: Intarivisions Podcast Please Stand By!

Tooth Protectors by DSD/Camelot

Wednesday January 13th, 2021 12:04:28 PM
Happy New Year everyone! I hope the new year finds you well and hopeful. We are starting this year off with Tooth Protectors, the mail away advergame sponsored by Johnson and Johnson and put together by Camelot Marketing Services Group and Diversified Software Development. I hope that you enjoy the episode. Coming up next on the show is Pressure Cooker by Activision. If you have any feedback for Pressure Cooker, please get it to me by January 24th at the end of the day. Also, our friend Doug has built a Plus Cart that he is giving away on the show! If you would like to enter the contest to win, please send me an email listing your top 5 Atari 2600 games. Put Plus Cart in the subject line and send it to by February 7th. I will pick a winner and announce the top games as chosen by you on the February 10th episode. I think we have a good year coming up, thank you for coming on this journey with me, and thank you for listening.   Please donate to the Stella Emulator project here Tooth Protectors on Random Terrain Diversified Software Development on GDRI Michael Doherty's resume on Usenet, 1997 Game-a-Tron arcade games on KLOV Joseph Lancellotti obituary Atari Age Tooth Protectors order form thread Atari Age 2006 Tooth Protectors eBay sale thread Marc Oberhauser's blog on Atari Age Sesame Street Kids Just Love To Brush Yo Gabba Gabba Brush Brush Brush by Of Montreal Fonzie brushes his teeth Proud member of the Throwback Network! Facebook page Twitter page Join the Discord server! My YouTube channel, for whatever reason Blog page WHAT A FORUM TOO Listen to the show on Stitcher! Subscribe to the show on iTunes, and leave a review! Reviews are nice! Listen to the show on Tune In! Check out Don's awesome t-shirt designs! Please check out my other shows: Intarivisions Podcast Please Stand By!

2020 Christmas Memories

Wednesday December 23rd, 2020 02:03:04 PM
Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Merry Kwanzaa! Whatever you celebrate, I hope that you all have a wonderful time at the end of this weird year. I am hopeful for the future and I hope that for you as well. We have some newcomers sharing memories with us, and some very touching stories as well. I hope that you will enjoy the show, Sarah and I enjoyed making it for you. I am grateful to all of you for listening to this show and I wish you nothing but the best for the new year. Epcot Candlelight Processional from 2019 Give The Kids The World Village Night of a Million Lights Amoeba Jump Hack, Santa Jump, for the Atari 2600 Mean Santa for Colecovision Lynxmas 2020 Game Jam on Atari Age

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