Yes (Sears version only)
Stellar Track is based off the old text Star Trek game that was
popular on college mainframes in the early 70's. Since the
2600 doesn't have a built in character set, a interesting trick is
used to display a full screen of text using regular graphics.
The letters are not solid, but instead are made up of
alternating lines. This trick called "Venetian Blinds"
allowed the 2600 to display up to eight sprites per row (instead
of the normal six) by alternating them between two sets of
scanlines (four on one set of scanlines, and four on the other).
However this technique doesn't show up well in screenshots
since only half of the letters are there when the picture is
Stellar Track is a unique text based space simulation that often
gets overlooked. The game play revolves around hunting down
and engaging enemy war ships around the galaxy. The galaxy
is made of up 36 quadrants with 64 sectors each that player must
scan to locate enemy ships. Once the player warps into a
sector, an 8x8 grid is displayed showing the locations of each
ship. The player must then engage and destroy each enemy
ship in the sector by issuing text commands like an RPG (raise
shields, fire torpedoes, etc.). The player must also manage
the well being of the ship's systems such as the torpedo
launchers, long and short range scanners, and engines. Think
of it as an all text version of Star Raiders.
Stellar Track was programmed by Atari (under the name Stella Trek)
but was only released under the Sear Tele-Games label as one of
three exclusives. This was part of the deal Sears made with
Atari when it agreed to start distributing their games under it's
own label. While Stellar Track was vastly overshadowed by
the flashier action games of the time, it remains one of the few
true strategy games on the 2600. Stellar Track is a little
slow paced, but worth a try.
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