All Your Protos Are Belong To Us!


It's not often that a new 7800 prototype surfaces, much less one for an unreleased game.  While Toki has been known to exist for some time, the rom was never released and all that existed was a few screenshots and a brief gameplay video.  AtariProtos was granted access to the rom to do a review, but the owner of the rom disappeared and the review never happened.  After much thought and consideration, I have decided to finish the review and post it so everyone can see this amazing game.  Enjoy!


Guess who?  Yep, Ken Van Mersbergen is at it again!   This time around we have the long lost Roklan version of Gyruss for the Atari 8-bits.  This unreleased version of Gyruss was known to exist for years (the screenshots of it are on the back of the box!), but an actual copy never turned up.  Unfortunately this copy is missing collision detection, so it's not really playable but it offers a tantalizing glimpse of what could have been.


Are you ready for another Ken Van Mersbergen release?  This time around we have the final version of Da' Fuzz for the Atari 8-bits.  Much like Rockball, a prototype for Da' Fuzz has been circulating around the internet for some time.  However that prototype had a few bugs that were fixed in this version.  Be so kind as to check it out won't you?


Ken Van Mersbergen strikes again!  This time with the final version Rockball for the Atari 8-bits.  Although a prototype file for Rockball had previously been discovered, it was incomplete and missing many features.  This new prototype is the final version and contains all the missing elements.


The rom files keep on coming thanks to the efforts of Ken Van Mersbergen.  Today we have six different rom files for 2600 Gyruss.  Unlike the James Bond 007 files these have much more minor changes and will require a more thorough code review to understand the differences.  We'll post an update as we uncover more information.

Bond. James Bond

Well this is certainly a nice surprise.  Thanks to the efforts of fellow prototype enthusiast Ken Van Mersbergen a newly discovered prototype for the Atari 5200 version of James Bond 007 has been released.  This prototype is rather interesting as it features very different graphics and enemies (although it plays about the same). 

And because I like you, I'm going to throw in two James Bond protos for the price of one!  This James Bond 007 prototype for the Atari 400/800 has been floating around the web for some time and its providence is a bit sketchy.  However it does feature a nice level select feature which was sorely missing from the released game.

But wait, there's more!  What would you say to not one, not two, but EIGHT different James Bond prototypes for the 2600.  These prototypes are very close to the final version, but do have some interesting differences. 
Be sure to read all about these fun but incredibly difficult games.


Surf's 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 Domurat.  Check out some early artwork for Peek-A-Boo, Countermeasure, Xevious, and Cloak & Dagger that was found on some of his disks.


The Exidy 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 Systems section.

A Minor Update

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, and Xaria Arena along with a very late beta for RS Soccer.  Enjoy and stay safe out there!

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