Original System: Atari 5200

Programmed by GCC, the Atari 5200 version of Joust really stands out on the system and plays very close to the arcade version.  The Atari 400/800 and 5200 ports are almost exactly the same with two small differences.  First the player's life icons face to the left in the 5200 while they face to the right in the 400/800 port.  Also, in the Atari 5200 version the player cannot move until they have finished re-materializing after being killed (they can push the fire button to move immediately though), but they can in the Atari 400/800 version.  It's unknown why the Atari 5200 version has these minor differences.

Interestingly a late stage WIP prototype for the Atari 5200 version recently surfaced that not only has the lives icons pointing the correct way but also allows movement when re-materializing just like in the Atari 400/800 version.  It is thought that the Atari 400/800 port is actually based on this late WIP instead of the final 5200 version.


Atari 400/800

Atari 5200


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