All Your Protos Are Belong To Us!

July 30th

Amiga Power!

Two updates in one month?  Is the world ending?  Dogs and cats living together?  Mass hysteria?  

Today we present not one, not two, but FIVE different Amiga prototypes all developed by VideoSoft, the company started by Channel F creator Jerry Lawson.  Three of these games (Ghost Attack, Genesis, and Havok) are in 3-D (sorta) and require the use of those dorky looking red/blue glasses that you probably have buried away somewhere and are ashamed to tell anybody about (don't worry, we don't judge here on, while the other two (Depth Charge and S.A.C Alert) are in 2-D but not nearly as original.  So sit back and explore the strange and unusual tale of Amiga and their adventures on the 2600.

July 17th

Survival Run

Hey look, only two months between updates!  I'm getting better.   Today we take another look at the strange world of Survival Run.  This Data Age prototype was discovered back in 2004, but it was only recently that an advertisement was unearthed that gave some background on this unusual game.  So take another gander at what can only be described as an 'unusual' game.

May 16th


Ok, so my plan to get to those new updates in "a month or two" didn't go according to plan. I really do plan on getting to those updates, but I can't say when.  Life it seems is in full swing and I have no idea when it will let me get to do some updates.

In the meantime, I give you some corrections.  Turns out that Combat Two was assigned the model number CX-2663 not CX-26156.  What's interesting about this is that this same part number was eventually assigned to Road Runner in 1984.  Neither game makes sense occupying such a low space, but it would appear that Atari was insistent on filling that number with something (the original game slotted for this number is unknown).

Secondly, Peekaboo is actually CX-26135 not CX-26137.  I chalk this one up to a simple typo, but we want to be 100% correct here on AtariProtos.


July 31st

Another Year, Another Update

I really do plan on updating this site more than once a year, but sometimes life just seems to get in the way.  But enough of my whining, let's get down to it.  Today I offer you a glimpse into an alternate version of Defender for the Atari 400/800 that Atari may have been considering before releasing the version by Steve Baker that we all know and love.  We'll try and get more answers on the origins of this mysterious version in the future.

I know what you're thinking: "A whole year and you only reviewed ONE game?".  To this I say: "Yep".  Life has been busy for the old Master of Prototypes, but more reviews will be posted in the coming month or two.  Stay tuned. CX-26156


Aug 8th

Updates, Updates, and More Updates!

As Mark Twain used to say "The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated".  It's been a long time since our last update, but we're back with a whole new batch of protos for your eyeballs to take in.  

First we have not one, but two protos for Halloween, the famously violent game from Wizard.  Up next we take you to the core of Terra I with VentureVision's Innerspace (better known as Laser Gates).  Keeping with the spirit of the Olympics, we take you tack-side with a newly discovered PAL prototype for Track and Field.  We also take time to explore the Atomic Arena with Atom Smasher.

Next we take it down low with some interesting but non-playable prototypes.  Presented for the glorious adoration of your eye holes is the Golf Diagnostic cart, and Amiga Power Play Arcade series of cartridges.

What you want more?  Ok, how about a previously unknown Starpath game called Going-up???  We also take the time to deep dive into the Atari Peek-a-Boo prototype and discover what makes it tick (as well as how to play the darn thing!).  

Still not enough?  You're killing me here!  Ok take the curious case Missile Command, Defender, and not one but two Surfs Up protos.  All these protos are slightly different from the released versions and were found in the possession of former Video Soft founder Jerry Lawson.

What, you want blood from a stone?  Alright, take this review of Donkey Kong Junior for the Atari 8-bit. 

Finally we have two previously unknown children's games for the 5200: Astro Grover and Muppet Go-Round.


Page and contents Copyright 2002-2013 Matt Reichert
Any use of this material without prior written consent is a violation of copyright law (so there!)

This site hosted by AtariAge