The Tempest arcade game was released in 1981, a time when the coin-op division of Atari was at it’s peak. Game designer Dave Theurer’s Missile Command, released just the year before, was still very popular at arcades across the country, and Tempest proved to be another innovative and exciting hit for Atari. I certainly remember […]Read more "Surviving a Tempest on the 5200"
Hello friends! If you’re here it’s probably because you followed a link from Willie’s Arcade USA Facebook page, and I thank you for doing so. We are starting a new feature where we highlight a classic arcade game and invite our community to submit their high scores in a friendly competition. I’ll get the ball […]Read more "Time Pilot – MightyMattD’s Aracde Archive"
Robotron: 2084 is a twin-stick shooter arcade game from Williams Electronics released in 1982. Designed by Eugene Jarvis and Larry Delmar, it is well known for it’s high speed and jam-packed play field. The premise is simple – the world has been overrun by robots, and the robots have turned against us. Instead of serving […]Read more "‘Bot Blastin’ 5200 style!"
Atari is well known for it’s arcade and home console video games, and as I’ve mentioned many times in my write-ups they also had a line of home computers – which the 5200 is based on. These home computers were certainly more expensive that their game console counterparts, but the extra cost afforded their owners […]Read more "Montezuma gets his Revenge on the 5200!"
More than handful of games released in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s featured space battles – hits like Space Invaders (1978), Galaxian (1979), Phoenix (1980), and Pleiads (1981). These were games that shaped the fixed shooter genre, and they always caught my attention because of the theme. The idea of piloting a space fighter […]Read more "GORFing around on the 5200"
Pac-Man was everywhere in the 80’s. Not content to stay in the arcade, Pac-Man showed up in home video games, cartoons, board games, and even breakfast cereal. Yours truly may have even had a Pac-Man quilt on his bed at one point. I don’t anymore… but I kinda wish I did. Anyway, my point is […]Read more "Raising Jr. right on the 5200"
Hey there Atari 5200 fanatics – this time around, the gang at the 5200 Super Community Podcast will be talking about Blueprint, the 1982 Bally Midway arcade game. This unusual game features a bit of maze running, a bit of of concentration, and even a little bit of shooting. How can these things come together? […]Read more "Picking up the pieces on the 5200"
Moon Patrol has always been an arcade favorite of mine – I love the crazy looking aliens (especially the monsters that live in the craters), the catchy background music that plays, and the way your moon buggy hugs the road with each of it’s six wheels. I remember first playing it at our local arcade […]Read more "Keeping the peace in Luna City with the 5200!"
Space Invaders. One of the most influential video games ever created, it’s history is strongly tied with that of Atari. An enormously popular arcade game, Space Invaders was released by Taito in the summer of 1978 and had several features that made it stand out, the most noticeable being the invaders themselves. Creator Tomohiro Nashikado […]Read more "The 5200 is Invaded!"
The first I knew of Qix wasn’t from seeing or playing it, but rather from a book. George Sullivan’s early 80’s paperback “How to Win at Video Games” which, if I remember right, my brother picked up through a Scholastic book sale. The book fascinated me, although I don’t think it ever actually helped me […]Read more "Playing for Qix on the 5200"