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!
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.
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?
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.
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.
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
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.
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!