Up for the 2600 has always been a bit of
mystery. The prototype was found very early on
in the 90's, but no one really figured out how to play
it. When I first started this page I took a stab at trying to work it out, but ultimately
assumed that the prototype was simply
incomplete. However after taking some more time
with it, I've discovered some new things. So
take a look at the Surf's
Up page and read all about it.
It's not often a
WIP version of an Activision game is released, but
thanks to the generosity of Ferghead we have an
interesting late beta of Frostbite.
Why don't you check it out maybe? Speaking of
generous people, we also have some interesting artwork
courtesy of Atari graphics artist Jerome
out some early artwork for Peek-A-Boo,
& Dagger that was found on some of his
Sorcerer section is now open. The Exidy
Sorcerer is a rare early Z-80 based computer
created by the arcade manufacturer Exidy.
Although it only was on the market for a few years, it
remains a vintage computer enthusiast favorite.
Check it over in the Other
We may all be
trapped inside due to COVID-19, but that doesn't stop
the protos from coming. First up we have a new
prototype for 2600
Defender. This prototype is later than the
October prototype that was found a few years ago, and
is suspected to be the lost November prototype that
was known to be out there. Next we have four new
5200 prototypes including earlier versions of Black
Belt (confusingly dated late July!), Meebzork,
Arena along with a very late beta for RS
Soccer. Enjoy and stay safe out there!
Ok no more clever
update titles, I promise! But if you'll indulge
me once more I'll show you a new PAL version of S.A.C.
Alert by Amiga. This new PAL prototype has
a title screen and some nice music that the NTSC
version was lacking. Be aware however that this
prototype isn't true PAL, only the scanlines have been
changed so the colors will look wrong on a real PAL
system. Set your emulators to NTSC50 to see the
make the perfect last minute Christmas present!
Ok, maybe not, but we do have a VERY early static
screen demo of Q*Berts
Qubes to show all ya'll. Although this
demo isn't playable, it shows how the programmer was
trying to figure out how to represent those pesky 3-D
cubes on the 2600. Enjoy!
Well ok, not
really a miracle, but a cool new WIP version of Smurf:
Rescue in Gargamel's Castle has surfaced.
This mid-level WIP version is fully playable, but has
some weird placeholder levels instead of the ones
we've all come to love(?). Be sure to read all