And now for something completely
different. We've made an update to the
VideoBrain page! Check out the new Information
Manager page to get the skinny on this newly
discovered, once thought to be vaporware, VB
Adventure on the Shelf
Ok I swear I'll stop it with the Christmas
themed updates (what, it's only February!).
Today we have another small update (no pun
intended). We here at Atariprotos have dug up
some more information about Elf
Adventure. We've also discovered that
there are two other earlier versions of this
prototype (only one works however). Check out
Adventure page for more info.
Frogs and Pigs
A Small update today. I've updated
the information on the Miss
Piggy's Wedding page to reflect some new
information and theories about the origin of the
game. It's hard to believe that I never
noticed this before, but that's what binge watching
Muppets movies will do for you.
a Pink New Year!
It's a brand new year here at AtariProtos,
but we're still stuck in the past. Today's
update is a overhaul of the Pursuit
of the Pink Panther review I did several years
ago. I decided it was time to update the
review with new information and
Ho! Ho! Whatever... We've got a
special holiday treat for all you grouchy boys and
girls out there. Thanks to AtariAge member
Wickeycolumbus, we now have access to a very
different early version of Oscars
Trash Race. This prototype, while
incomplete, tells an interesting tale of flase
starts and abandoned ideas. Be sure to check
Deviousness of Xevious (and more)!
Just when you think you’ve got the whole
story on a game, some new information is
uncovered. Such is the case with Xevious
for the Atari 2600. Once thought to have been
cancelled halfway through development, an almost
complete version of the game has turned up.
Not only does this version have updated graphics and
gameplay, but features tons of new enemies and
ground targets. It’s simply stunning how much
arcade action can be crammed into an 8K cart.
Check out the Xevious
page for more information.
Xevious isn’t the only new prototype to
turn up unexpectedly. Morse
Code Tutor (which may or may not be its real
name) is an interesting prototype which was to be
used as an aid to teach people Morse code. The
origins of this prototype are a bit murky and it’s
not complete, but it’s still worth examining.
Keep an eye on this page for more information in the
While it may not be newly discovered, Elf
Adventure is still a bit of an
enigma. Discovered in 2009 but only
released last year, this early sequel to Adventure
show a lot of promise but raises numerous
questions. It is said that other revisions of
this prototype and a design document exist, but
neither has been made public. Still, we’ll
examine a very early version of the game that was
released and attempt to unravel its mysteries.
Rubik’s Cube page has been updated to add some
recently discovered information about the origin of
this unique game. Was 3-D Rubik’s Cube almost
released on a cart with Atari Video Cube?
You’ll have to read the page to find out!
Next up, some programmer
recognitions. Lou Harp has been identified as
the programmer for the 2600 version of Sinistar
while Noelie Alito and Mark Ackerman are now listed
for 2600 Moon
Our last update has to do with prototype
boxes. This picture of the GCC
booth at the CES show shows a large number of
prototype boxes for varoius games. Of interest
is 8-bit Crystal Castles and Mario Bros (top row),
5200 Millipede and Xevious (middle row), and 2600
Xevious (bottom row). Info on these prototype
boxes have been added to the appropriate pages.