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Atari 2600 Video Game Release Dates for 1983

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Information compiled by Duane Alan Hahn.

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Release Date Quick List

January

Phoenix (Atari)

Spider Fighter (Activision)

Journey Escape (Data Age) BG

Tron Deadly Discs (M Network) BG

Star Wars: Jedi Arena (Parker Bros) BG

Demolition Herby (Telesys) BG

Ram It (Telesys) BG

Stargunner (Telesys) BG

Gopher (U.S. Games) BG

M.A.D. (U.S. Games) BG

Name This Game (U.S. Games) BG

Picnic (U.S. Games) BG

Squeeze Box (U.S. Games) BG

 

February

Ms. Pac-Man (Atari)

SwordQuest FireWorld (Atari)

Seaquest (Activision)

Crypts Of Chaos (Fox) BG

Rev. of the BS Tomatoes (Fox) BG

Adventures of Tron (M Network) BG

Air Raiders (M Network) BG

Cosmic Corridor (Zimag) BG

Dishaster (Zimag) BG

I Want My Mommy (Zimag) BG

Tanks But No Tanks (Zimag) BG

 

March

Centipede (Atari)

Crazy Climber (Atari)

Bermuda Triangle (Data Age) BG

Frankenstein's Monster (Data Age) BG

Shootin’ Gallery (Imagic) BG

G.I. Joe: Cobra Strike (Parker B.) BG

Sub-Scan (Sega) BG

Tac-Scan (Sega) BG

Killer Satellites (Starpath) BG

Entombed (U.S. Games) BG

Piece O’ Cake (U.S. Games) BG

Raft Rider (U.S. Games) BG

 

April

Galaxian (Atari)

RealSports Soccer (Atari)

RealSports Tennis (Atari)

Dolphin (Activision)

Keystone Kapers (Activision)

Oink! (Activision)

Smurf: RIGC (Coleco) BG

Zaxxon (Coleco) BG

M*A*S*H (Fox) BG

No Escape! (Imagic) BG

Reactor (Parker Bros) BG

Sky Skipper (Parker Bros) BG

Strawberry Shortcake (Parker B.) BG

Polaris (Tigervision) BG

 

May

Atari Video Cube (Atari) BG

Enduro (Activision)

Plaque Attack (Activision) BG

Flash Gordon (Fox) BG

Miner 2049er (Tigervision) BG

 

June

Robot Tank (Activision) BG

London Blitz (Avalon Hill) BG

Wall Ball (Avalon Hill) BG

Solar Fox (CBS) BG

Cakewalk (CommaVid) SEBG

The Earth Dies Screaming (Fox) BG

Spacemaster X-7 (Fox) BG

Solar Storm (Imagic) BG

Star Strike (M Network) BG

Tutankham (Parker Bros) BG

 

July

Jungle Hunt (Atari) BG

Kangaroo (Atari) BG

Trak-Ball Controller (Atari)

Crackpots (Activision) BG

Death Trap (Avalon Hill) BG

Blueprint (CBS) BG

Stronghold (CommaVid) BG

Bank Heist (Fox) BG

Porky’s (Fox) BG

Moonsweeper (Imagic)

Q*bert (Parker Bros) BG

Frogger (Starpath) BG

Rabbit Transit (Starpath) BG

 

August

Battlezone (Atari)

Pole Position (Atari) BG

Decathlon (Activision) BG

Mogul Maniac (Amiga) BG

Fathom (Imagic)

BurgerTime (M Network) BG

 

September

Alpha Beam with Ernie (Atari)

Krull (Atari)

Donkey Kong Junior (Coleco) BG

Mr. Do! (Coleco) BG

Crash Dive (Fox) BG

Quick Step (Imagic) BG

Kool-Aid Man (M Network) BG

Popeye (Parker Bros) BG

Super Cobra (Parker Bros) BG

Thunderground (Sega) BG

Spike’s Peak/Ghost Manor (Xonox) BG

 

October

Dig Dug (Atari)

Gravitar (Atari)

Joust (Atari)

Moon Patrol (Atari)

SwordQuest WaterWorld (Atari)

Frostbite (Activision)

Pressure Cooker (Activision) BG

Time Pilot (Coleco) BG

Laser Gates (Imagic)

Fire Fly (Mythicon) EBG

Sorcerer (Mythicon) EBG

Star Fox (Mythicon) EBG

Death Star Battle (Parker Bros) BG

Star Trek: Strategic Operations Simulator (Sega) BG

Glib (Selchow & Righter) SEBG

Party Mix (Starpath) BG

Springer (Tigervision) BG

 

November

Big Bird’s Egg Catch (Atari) BG

Cookie Monster Munch (Atari) BG

Pigs in Space (Atari) BG

Snoopy and the Red Baron (Atari) BG

Space Shuttle (Activision)

Kid Vid Voice Module With Smurfs Save the Day (Coleco) BG

Boing! (First Star Software) EBG

Bump ’n’ Jump (M Network) BG

Buck Rogers (Sega) BG

Survival Island (Starpath) BG

Sword of Saros (Starpath) BG

Chuck Norris Superkicks/Artillery Duel (Xonox) BG

 

December

Mario Bros. (Atari) BG

Sorcerer's Apprentice (Atari) BG

Mountain King (CBS) BG

Omega Race (CBS) BG

Tunnel Runner (CBS) BG

Subterranea (Imagic) BG

Masters of the Universe (M Network) BG

Congo Bongo (Sega) BG

Miner 2049er Volume II (Tigervision) DSEBG

 

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Below is an incomplete list of Atari 2600 video game release dates by month in the USA for the year 1983 along with lists of popular movies, TV shows, Top 40 music, and so on to help summon your treasured memories of the Atari 2600 and the early 1980s with the bonus of recreating the magical feelings of that special time. If you were too young or not even born yet, this page might be able to help you get the feeling of what it was like back then.

 

 

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Best Guess

Many games are marked as a best guess. Some guesses are worse than others. Below is a list of the types of guesses that can be on this page.

 

Best Guess (BG): At least one magazine or newsletter mentioned the month a game was released or supposed to be released.

 

Extreme Best Guess (EBG): A vague mention of the release month in a magazine or newsletter.

 

Super Extreme Best Guess (SEBG): The Video Game Update newsletter only had a review for the game (no release month mentioned), so it's a semi-educated wild guess. The review could have happened the same month the game was released or the review could have been published a month or more later.

 

Desperate Super Extreme Best Guess (DSEBG): There might be an ad in a magazine to go on if we're lucky. It's a desperate semi-educated wild guess.

 

 

Copyright Date

Remember, the date on the box, cartridge, manual, and copyright screen can be different from the actual release date. For example, Atari 2600 Pac-Man was released in March/April of 1982, but the box, cart, manual, and copyright screen have 1981 as the copyright date.

 

 

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January 1983

January 1983

 

Phoenix (Atari)

January release according to Atari Age order form and page 16 of V1N5. The Video Game Update said that Phoenix was shipped in February. Phoenix was reviewed in the January 1983 issue of The Video Game Update newsletter.

Info:

YouTube

Atarimania

AtariAge

Catalog

Atari Age V1N5 p.16

Atari Age V1N5 p.8

The Video Game Update

Box Printing Date:

G-CO19743-73 REV. 1 December 1982 SPC Shorewood Packaging There is a 2 on a tiny flap by itself.

Reviews:

Video Games (Apr 83 p63)

Electronic Fun (Apr 83 p59)

Electronic Games (Jun 83 p42)

Blip (Jul 83 p17)

JoyStik (Jul 83 p60)

STARLOG (Aug 83 p27)

Tips & Tricks:

Conquering Phoenix - Videogaming (Jun 83 p32)

Top Ten List:

[3/19/83] Video Games (Jun 83)

[4/16/83] Video Games (Jul 83)

[5/28/83] Video Games (Aug 83)

[6/25/83] Video Games (Sep 83)

Ads:

Here Comes Phoenix From Atari - Electronic Games (Apr 83)

Here Comes Phoenix From Atari - Video Games (May 83)

January 1983

 

Demolition Herby (Telesys)

Best Guess using info from The Video Game Update. Demolition Herby was reviewed in the April 1983 issue of The Video Game Update newsletter.

Info:

YouTube

Atarimania

AtariAge

Catalog

The Video Game Update

Reviews:

Electronic Fun (Jul 83 p63)

Video Games Player (Oct/Nov 83 p51)

Video Games (Jul 83 p65)

January 1983

 

Gopher (U.S. Games)   [formerly titled Gopher Attack]

Best Guess using info from The Video Game Update. Gopher was reviewed in the February 1983 issue of The Video Game Update newsletter.

Info:

YouTube

Atarimania

AtariAge

The Video Game Update

Reviews:

Electronic Games (Feb 83 p32)

Electronic Fun (Apr 83 p61)

Video Games (Jun 83 p63)

Videogaming (Jun 83 p35)

JoyStik (Jul 83 p59)

Arcade Express (Oct 24, 83 p7)

Electronic Games 1983 Software Encyclopedia (83 p24)

January 1983

 

M.A.D. (U.S. Games)

Best Guess using info from The Video Game Update. M.A.D. was reviewed in the February 1983 issue of The Video Game Update newsletter.

Info:

YouTube

Atarimania

AtariAge

The Video Game Update

Reviews:

Video Games (May 83 p75)

Ads:

Go M.A.D. - Video Games (May 83)

January 1983

 

Name This Game (U.S. Games)

Best Guess using info from The Video Game Update. Name This Game was reviewed in the February 1983 issue of The Video Game Update newsletter.

Info:

YouTube

Atarimania

AtariAge

The Video Game Update

Reviews:

Electronic Games (Jun 83 p40)

Videogaming (Oct 83 p14)

Trivia:

From Electronic Fun (May 83 p82): “Treasures of the Deep was the first name used on the story scenarios. That changed to Guardians of the Deep, but we were advised not to use the words ‘The Deep’ in the title. When it was submitted to U.S. Games they changed it to Guardians of Treasure. But I think when they all took a good look at the history of the name changes, the marketing people came up with the contest idea, calling the cartridge Name This Game and challenging the public to do just that.”

Articles:

Name This Gamer: Ron Dubren, of the Name This Game Team - Electronic Fun (May 83 p80)

January 1983

 

Picnic (U.S. Games)

Best Guess using info from The Video Game Update Picnic was reviewed in the February 1983 issue of The Video Game Update newsletter.

Info:

YouTube

Atarimania

AtariAge

The Video Game Update

Reviews:

Videogaming (Jun 83 p35)

JoyStik (Jul 83 p60)

January 1983

 

On the Radio

“Space Age Love Song” by Flock Of Seagulls   YouTube

“Do You Really Want To Hurt Me” by Culture Club   YouTube

“Pass The Dutchie” by Musical Youth   YouTube

“Hungry Like The Wolf” by Duran Duran   YouTube

“Stray Cat Strut” by Stray Cats   YouTube

“Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson   YouTube

January 1983

 

New at the Movies

The Evil Dead  (January 1)   YouTube

Joysticks  (January 1)   YouTube

The Year of Living Dangerously  (January 21)   YouTube

January 1983

 

New on TV

The A-Team  (January 23)   YouTube

January 1983

 

History

     

    Text below from The Video Game Update (February 1983)

     

    Availability Update

    (Based on projected release dates by manufacturers. May change without notice.)

     

    January [compiled from Feb 83 and Jan 83 availability updates]

    Demolition Herbie (Telesys) [Demolition Herby]

    Entity (Fox) [unreleased]

    x - Gopher (U.S. Games)

    High Seas (M Network) [unreleased]

    x - M.A.D. (U.S. Games)

    Mission Omega (CommaVid) [unreleased]

    x - Name That Game (U.S. Games) [Name This Game]

    x - Picnic (U.S. Games)

    Ram It (Telesys)

    x - Reactor (Parker Bros)

    Spider Fighter (Activision)

    x - Squeezebox (U.S. Games) [Squeeze Box]

    Stargunner (Telesys)

    Surfing (Fox) [unreleased]

    Tron Deadly Discs (M Network)

     

    Note: Any program noted with an “x” indicates it has shipped prior to our going to print. May not be in national distribution yet, however.

     

     

    Text below from Arcade Express (December 5, 1982)

     

    THREE TITLES FROM ACTIVISION STRESS ADVENTURE & WHIMSY

    Activision will ship three titles in the next quarter that should follow their established route of whimsy combined with action-adventure, a formula that has proved successfulfor that company in the past. "River Raid", the first game designed by Carol Shaw, requiresthe gamer to pilot an assault jet over a constantly changing river course, destroying gunships, helicopters, jets, bridges and oil depots. The course features 48 different river sections, sometimes clear and wide, and then so choked with islands that flight corridors shrink to a single wing span. "Spider Fighter" is another first game, this time from designer Larry Miller. A single player uses a bug blaster to dodge hostile arachnids before they steal his crop of fruit. Described as frenetic, a whorl of on-screen activity uses arcade-like features such as bonus points for surviving an insect wave with no loses, and a demonstration mode when the game ends. The third Activision release, "Sea Quest", was designed by veteran programmer Steve Cartwright, who also gave us "Barnstorming" and "MegaMania". The player controls a submarine to locate his team of scuba divers with their treasures. Then the arcader must rescue the divers from man-eating sharks and pirate subs, getting them to surface before the air supply runs out.

     

    "River Raid" will be shipped in December, "Spider Fighter" in January, and "Sea Quest" will follow in February.

     

     

    Text below from Arcade Express (December 19, 1982)

     

    DATA AGE DRAWS ON POPULAR CULTURE HITS FOR GAME INSPIRATION

    Data Age will introduce three new cartridges for the Atari VCS at the Winter Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas, in January 1983. They will be shipped during the first quarter of the year, together with the previously announced rock 'n roll game, "Journey Escape".

     

    Data Age has continued to examine popular culture for inspiration for their games. "Bermuda Triangle" takes the gamer aboard a mini-sub on the ocean's floor, to locate and loot a mysterious lost city. In "Frankenstein's Monster", arcaders gather stones from Dr. Frankenstein's dungeon and carry them to the tower, to build a barrier around the monster before he's completed. Finally, pit your agent against enemy spies, pursued and threatened, as he tries to recover top secret military documents and other prizes. Data Age has picked "Secret Agent" as a tentative title for this thriller based in the Swiss Alps.

     

     

    Text below from STARLOG (December 1982, page 13)

     

    In addition to Frogger, Empire Strikes Back and Amadar [Amidar], Parker will be releasing Reactor (this fall) [wrong], Super Cobra (January) [delayed], Star Wars (January), Tutankam (April) [delayed] and Sky Skipper (April).

     

     

    Text below from Electronic Fun (December 1982, page 27)

     

    PARKER BROTHERS STRIKES BACK

    Following the incredible success of Frogger and The Empire Strikes Back, Parker Brothers has several new titles planned for your Atari VCS. Keep your eyes open for these . . .

    JanuarySuper Cobra [delayed], Star Wars

    FebruaryReactor

    AprilSky Skipper, Tutankam [delayed]

    JuneRevenge of the Jedi

     

     

    Text below from Arcade Express (January 2, 1983)

     

    ATARI SEES RED OVER DEMON ATTACK & SUES IMAGIC FOR INFRINGEMENT

    Atari has filed suit against Imagic, in what could be the hottest videogame battle of the Winter. Atari claims that Imagic infringed a copyright in the Intellivision version of Imagic's Arkie-Award winning hit, "Demon Attack".

     

    The folks in Sunnyvale are up in arms because Atari holds the home rights to "Phoenix", the Centuri coin-op, and says that "Demon Attack" is an unauthorized plagiarism of that game. However, the VCS-compatible version of "Demon Attack" has not been sued up to this point.

     

    A spokesman for Imagic expressed confidence that Atari's case will not stand up, and denies the charges as "completely without merit".

     

     

    NAME THE GAME FOR BIG BUCKS

    U.S. Games is sponsoring a contest/sweepstakes to find the best name for a new deep sea adventure. A joystick-controller diver gathers treasure from the ocean floor, while constantly threatened by an octopus whose tentacles draw ever closer. A spear gun drives the octopus back, but the diver has other problems. There's a man-eating shark that must be dealt with. The gamer has to watch the undersea denizens, gather treasure, and also keep an eye on the dwindling air supplies.

     

    Get a look at the cartridge at your local dealer in mid-January, and pick up entry blanks, for the U.S. Games sweepstakes drawing. The first name out of the hopper wins $10,000 regardless of the title he submits, and $3500 and $1500 go to the next two winners. One hundred people will get libraries of six U.S. Games cartridges, and 1000 will receive one game each. And, the person sending in the best, most creative name for the game will win a special award of $10,000, even if he's already won one of the other prizes.

     

     

    Text below from Arcade Express (January 16, 1983)

     

    PAC MAN IS TOP KID HIT ON T.V.

    Early figures released by ABC Television rate the new cartoon show "Pac-Man" almost as big a hit on TV as it was in the arcades. The Saturday morning children's cartoon series is tops in its time slot, beating out last year's big winner, "Smurfs", for the number one position.

     

     

     

    TIGER UNVEILS FOUR VCS CARTRIDGES

    The Atari VCS version of the climbing contest "Miner 2049er" will be one of five new cartridges introduced for the popular standard programmable videogame system by Tigervision during the first four months of 1983. January's release, "River Patrol", asks the arcaders to steer a leaky boat up a river and reach the dam before the vessel sinks. February will see the multiple scenario climbing game "Springer" in which the hero (a rabbit) hops from cloud to cloud on a journey to the sun. March is the month for the three-screen "Miner 2049er" as well as "Intuition", the first videogame created by world-famous artist Agam. The latter is a quasi-educational cartridge that attempts to stimulate use of the left side of the brain to heighten creativity(!). "Polaris", a submarine warfare simulation, will be the Tigervision offering for April.

     

     

    Text below from Video Games (January 1983, page 56)

     

    Between now and June, expect about eight cartridges from Parker Brothers. Amidar and Spiderman, a climbing game with some neat tricks, should be in the stores already; Super Cobra [delayed] and a second Star Wars game called Jedi Arena, which is based on the jousting scene in the original movie, are scheduled for January; Sky Skipper, Tutankham [delayed], Reactor and the Strawberry Shortcake game, which is being specifically geared toward the "little sisters who aren't into Demon Attack" and is moderately educational, should be out by April; and The Revenge of the Jedi cartridge will appear shortly after the film's May release.

     

     

    Text below from Arcade Express (January 30, 1983)

     

    U.S. GAMES UNVEILS FAMILY FUN SERIES

    Family fun is the main theme of a new series of cartridges from U.S. Games. Jack Dews, company Executive Vice Pres. explains, "It's no secret that home videogames are a male-oriented youth market, but our research indicates there is a great potential for producing home videogames that appeal to all members of the family."Even while continuing to support U.S. Games Action Adventure Series, the company has introduced the Family Fun Series that Dews describes as "fast, but somewhat lighthearted", that will not involve space or shooting action.

     

    "Gopher" has a farmer battling marauding rodents in his carrot patch. "Squeeze Box" has a jailbird shooting his way through fast-closing walls "Eggomania" has a circus bear catching eggs and pitching them back "Picnic" makes you use a flyswatter to get rid of a swarm of insects "Bakery" needs a deft- handed cook to drop cakes onto a conveyor belt "Raft Rider" has you maneuvering a raft through a treacherous river, and "Entombed" lets you explore an ancient tomb.

     

    And there's not a shoot-em-up in the whole batch of them!

     

     

    STARPATH DROPS SUPERCHARGER PRICE

    Starpath Corporation has dramatically reduced the price of its Supercharger, the device that enhances the powers of the Atari VCS. The Supercharger had originally been marketed for $69.95, but now will be retailed at $45.

     

    The Supercharger expands the RAM of the Atari VCS from 128 to 6,272 bytes. This increase in memory makes possible high resolution graphics and lengthened game playing time. The unit comes packed with "Phaser Patrol", a game utilizing the additional power of the Supercharger that plugs into the cartridge slot of the VCS, and into the earphone jack of any cassette player. Starpath games are recorded on audio cassette and average $15 to $18 each.

     

     

    VIDEOGAME PREVIEWER ASSISTS RETAILERS

    Imagic has developed a table-top display unit that allows the retailer to display up to 26 videogames, giving the prospective customer the chance to view any or all of the games prior to purchase. It uses the Atari VCS system, and a customer merely presses a button to call up any game, which will then play for only a predetermined length of time to discourage overuse. The games work by remote control and are never touched by the customer, and the joysticks and paddles are attached to the rear of the Previewer. This should certainly help stores needing a way to demonstrate games, while keeping the valuable carts safely out of reach until the purchase is made.

     

     

    PIGGYBACK A COMPUTER ON YOUR ATARI VCS

    Entex, a company best-known for its handheld and tabletop games, wants to turn every VCS unit into a full-function computer with the Entex 2000 Piggyback.

     

    The full-sized keyboard plugs into an Atari 2600 and has a built-in 8K-byte Basic and 3K bytes of RAM that can be further enhanced with a 16K RAM memory expansion cartridge. Gamers can attain computer literacy and create their own programs, or use software cartridges in the VCS-styled cartridge portal. Entex will also market a wide variety of non-game software, ranging from home finance to beginning algebra, speed reading, and a variety of other useful subjects.

     

    The Entex 2000 Piggyback will sell for less than $130 and will be available in the Spring.

     

     

    IMAGIC AND ATARI SETTLE OUT OF COURT

    Atari and Imagic have come to a meeting of the minds and laid to rest their battle over "Demon Attack". Atari had claimed that the Arkie-Award hit, in its Intellivision version, infringed the copyright Atari held for "Phoenix". The two companies declined to say how the agreement was reached, but Atari has dropped the suit against Imagic. Intellivision owners are the real winners since they will be able to continue enjoying the hit game with no objections from the boys in Sunnyvale.

     

     

    Text below from Billboard (November 6, 1982, page 3)

     

    ROCK TIE-IN FOR NEW VID GAME (1983 RELEASE SET FOR 'JOURNEY'S ESCAPE' CARTRIDGE)

    The home video game industry directly pursues the rock music market in January. with the release of "Journey's Escape," a tie-in between the platinum-level Columbia recording act and Data Age, a fledgling games software firm.

     

    The Atari-compatible cartridge. listing at $34.95. will reportedly be supported by a $4.5 million national ad campaign (the sum includes co-op dollars) funded by Data Age. The Campbell, Calif.-based company introduced its first five game cartridges Oct. 1.

     

     

    Text below from Vidiot (Feb/March 1983, page 8)

     

    NO ESCAPING ESCAPE

    The world's first rock 'n' roll video game, featuring the members of Journey, ships on Jan. 1, '83.

     

    Name of the game is Journey's Escape. It goes something like this: You, the player, gets to be one of the guys in the group. Sorry, but somebody has to be the duck. To get the bug points, the musicianly blip has eight minutes to go from concert stage to a scarab limo parked nearby.

     

    The catch? First, you have to navigate a mass of groupies, promo flaks, promoters, roadies, paternity lawyers and even some plain-old fans to reach the Escape. We can't wait to see a teeny-weeny electronic groupie. A big red 0, right?

     

    Snatches of two popular Journey tracks, "Escape" and "Don't Stop Believing," are also Included to open and close the contest. So you Journey fans will want the game to be over with, pronto.

     

     

    Text below from Video Games (February 1983, page 12)

     

    CAN VIDEO GAMES SAVE THE RADIO STAR?

    If you can't beat 'em, join 'em. That's the philosophy of Herbie Herbert, the astute manager of Journey, the San Francisco-based rock group whose latest album, Escape, has sold more than five-and-a-half million copies. So Journey has linked up with Data Age, a recent entry in the TV-game software circus, to create what is being billed as "the world's first rock 'n' roll video game." Says Herbert: "To stay on top of the youth market, you have to establish broad appeal. Video games are becoming as much a part of kids' lives as rock 'n' roll has been for decades."

     

    Or as Data Age's Vice-President of Marketing Robert Rice puts it: "The youth of America know exactly what they wantand today that means video games and rock 'n' roll."

     

    In the gameJourney Escapeyou start on a concert stage and maneuver up a scrolling screen to Journey's trademark scarab escape vehicle at the very top. The object: avoid a procession of heart-shaped groupies, flashing paparazzi, money-grubbing promoters, and autograph-seeking fans. You do get some help: When touched, a rock manager and a group of roadies will literally clear your way to the chauffeured limo. Besides being rewarded with a portion of the night's take (what, no royalty points?), you get to hear a computerized version of the group's latest hit, "Don't Stop Believin,'" following the getaway.

     

    How did Data Age hook up with Journey? It seems the band's management had been thinking about launching a video game when Rice, a music industry veteran and former Activision sales manager, contacted them with the same idea. It took less than an hour for the group and the company to reach an agreement. "We couldn't believe someone else was thinking the way we were," Herbert explained. The game is scheduled to be released in January and will be playable only on the Atari VCS. . . .

     

     

    Text below from Video Games (March 1984, page 71)

     

    The first Journey game was from Data Age. It came out just after Christmas, 1982.

     

     

    Text below from Billboard (December 11, 1982, page 8)

     

    PARKER BROTHERS RELEASING 16 NEW GAME CARTRIDGES

    Parker Brothers, the General Mills toy and game manufacturer which successfully launched a video game line in June [1982], plans the release of 16 new cartridges in 1983.

     

    Keyed to movie, comic and arcade licenses, they will be supported with a major advertising program that will reportedly cost the company about $30 million.

     

    In another 1983 direction, Parker will enter the computer software market, hoping to capture a market that is expected to double in size to about $500 million next year, with an anticipated 4.5 million personal computer homes. Parker will offer game cartridges compatible with such computer systems as Atari, Commodore, Texas Instruments and, possibly, IBM and Apple.

     

     

    Following the introduction of four games since June [1982]expected to generate about $75 million in sales by ChristmasParker plans a January release of a second "Star Wars" cartridge, "Jedi Arena," followed by "Revenge Of The Jedi"the next "Star Wars" filmin May and a fourth cartridge based on a similar theme in late summer.

     

     

    Also due in January is "Super Cobra" [delayed] and, during the year, such other arcade games as "Reactor," "Sky Skipper" and "Tutankham."

     

     

    In March, the company will attempt to reach boys and girls ages four and eight with two entries, "Strawberry Shortcake" and "G.I. Joe." . . .

     

     

    Text below from Billboard (January 8, 1983, page 32)

     

    In addition, Parker Bros. will introduce "Strawberry Shortcake Musical Match-Ups," a video game designed for girls between the ages of four and eight.

    . . . .

    The Parker Bros. video game, to be introduced in March, was designed to develop color and tune recognition in youngsters. It will be compatible with the Atari VCS and Sears Video Arcade, as well as the Intellivision system later in the year.

     

     

    Text below from Electronics For Kids (January/February 1983, page S19)

     

    PARKER BROTHERS INTRODUCES 16 VIDEO GAME CARTRIDGES IN ITS '83 LINE

    Parker Brothers plans to introduce 16 new video game cartridges in 1983 including three new games based on the upcoming Star Wars film, tentatively titled Return of the Jedi.

     

    Company president Randolph P. Barton said that the new cartridges will be backed with a $30 million advertising budget. He also predicted that Parker Bros.' new games, combined with its initial computer software offerings, would help the company triple its video software sales in 1983.

     

     

    Star Wars Jedi Arena, first of three Star Wars cartridges planned for '83, is being released in January for play on the Atari VCS. The game will be compatible with the Atari 5200 and Intellivision systems later this year. The second Jedi game will hit the stores when the film is released in May and the third is set for late summer release.

     

    Several of the new games will feature movie and comic book characters for which Parker Bros. has obtained exclusive game cartridge licenses. Among them are James Bond. G.l. Joe, The Incredible Hulk, and Strawberry Shortcake. Both the G.I. Joe and Strawberry Shortcake games have been designed for young children ages 4-10.

     

    Four new cartridges based on popular arcade games will debut in 1983. Home video versions of Reactor, Sky Skipper, Super Cobra, and Tutankham are scheduled for release this year. A fifth arcade-based game, Amidar, was shipped in November. Also scheduled for 1983 is a game based on the Lord of the Rings fantasy novels by J.R. Tolkien.

     

     

    Text below from Electronics For Kids (January/February 1983, page S22)

     

    Journey Escape has a suggested retail price of $34.95.

     

    Along with Journey Escape, Data Age will be introducing three other Atari VCS-compatible video games at the Winter CES.

     

     

    Bermuda Triangle, Frankenstein's Monster and another game tentatively-titled Secret Agent will be shipped during the first quarter. All three games have a suggested retail price of $31.95.

     

     

    Text below from Book & Video Update (Vol. 1, No. 4 January/February 1983, p. 12)

     

    THEY'RE THE ONES TO BEAT IN '83!

    Whether you own an Atari 2600 or lntellivision game system, Parker Brothers has the games for 1983. The best of the arcade games, and innovative creations from books and movies, these exciting new releases are coming soon

    [Anything not for Atari VCS has been removed from their list.]

     

    JANUARY

    Super Cobra [delayed]

    Jedi Arena

     

     

    MARCH

    Strawberry Shortcake

     

     

    APRIL

    Sky Skipper

    Tutankham [delayed]

    G.l. Joe

    Reactor

     

     

    JUNE

    Revenge of the Jedi I

     

     

    JULY

    James Bond 007 [version with train canceled]

    Incredible Hulk [canceled]

     

     

    SEPTEMBER

    Revenge of the Jedi II [canceled]

    Lord of the Rings [canceled]

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February 1983

February 1983

 

SwordQuest FireWorld (Atari)

February release according to Atari Age order form, catalog, page 10 of V1n5, and The Video Game Update.

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G-CO19743-57 REV. 1 October 1982 Might be aii There is a 2 on a tiny flap by itself.

Reviews:

Electronic Fun (Nov 82 p67)

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JoyStik (Jul 83 p59)

Video Games (Nov 83 p74)

News:

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February 1983

 

Seaquest (Activision)

February release according to catalog, Activisions: Rumors, The Video Game Update, and Arcade Express. Seaquest was reviewed in the February 1983 issue of The Video Game Update newsletter.

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Reviews:

Videogaming (Jun 83 p36)

Electronic Fun (Jul 83 p59)

Video Games (Jul 83 p64)

Video Games Player (Aug/Sep 83 p55)

JoyStik (Sep 83 p55)

News:

Activision Expands Library to 23 Titles - Arcade Express (March 27, 83 p4)

 

From Electronic Fun (Oct 83 p98): “And there's this team of treasure hunters who tried to dig up a Spanish galleon a few years ago. They called themselves Seaquest International, and they're suing Activision over the title of guess which VCS cart. As your lawyer, I advise you to swallow the cartridge and deny everything...”

 

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February 1983

 

Cosmic Corridor (Zimag)

Best Guess using info from The Video Game Update. Cosmic Corridor was reviewed in the March 1983 issue of The Video Game Update newsletter.

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February 1983

 

Dishaster (Zimag)

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February 1983

 

I Want My Mommy (Zimag)

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February 1983

 

On the Radio

“One On One” by Hall & Oates   YouTube

“Come On Eileen” by Dexy's Midnight Runners   YouTube

“Mr. Roboto” by Styx   YouTube

“I Know There's Something Going On” by Frida   YouTube

“Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)” by Journey   YouTube

“Breaking Us In Two” by Joe Jackson   YouTube

February 1983

 

New at the Movies

Videodrome  (February 4)   YouTube

The Pirates of Penzance  (February 18)   YouTube

The King of Comedy  (February 18)   YouTube

February 1983

 

New on TV

Wizards And Warriors  (February 26)   YouTube

February 1983

 

History

     

    Text below from The Video Game Update (Mar 83)

     

    Availability Update

    (Based on projected release dates by manufacturers. May change without notice.)

     

    February [compiled from Mar 83, Feb 83, and Jan 83 availability updates]

    x - Advs Of Tron (M Network)

    x - Air Raiders (M Network)

    Cosmic Corridor (Zimag)

    x - Crypts Of Chaos (Fox)

    Dishaster (Zimag)

    x - G.I. Joe (Parker Bros)

    I Want My Mommy (Zimag)

    x - Jedi Arena (Parker Bros)

    x - Ms. Pac-Man (Atari)

    x - Phoenix (Atari)

    x - Realsports Football (Atari) [Released in Dec 1982, so I don't know why this is here.]

    Revenge Beefstk Tom. (Fox) [Revenge of the Beefsteak Tomatoes]

    x - Seaquest (Activision)

    Stomp It (CBS) [unreleased]

    Swordquest Fireworld (Atari)

    Tanks But No Tanks (Zimag)

     

    Note: Any program noted with an “x” indicates it has shipped prior to our going to print. May not be in national distribution yet, however.

     

     

    Text below from Arcade Express (February 13, 1983)

     

    U.S. GAMES FINISHES FACELIFT

    U.S. Games has new packaging graphics for its library of Atari 2600-compatible cartridges. Each box has the new U.S. Games logo across the top against a light blue strip with a thin red line below. A cartoon drawing with a white background depicting the game scenario illustrates the box front, and the back of the container has a playscreen plus a written description of the play action. Jack Dews, Executive Vice President of the company, had this to say about the changes: "Our games are designed for family play and the graphics give them a friendly look that invites people to play."

     

     

    COLECO UNVEILS GAMES FOR VCS

    Coleco plans seven new Atari VCS-compatible cartridges during the first half of the year, including "Donkey Kong Junior", "Looping", "Mr. Do", "Zaxxon" and "Turbo", all licensed versions of coin-op hits; "Rocky Battles the Champ" and "Smurf Rescue in Gargamel's Castle", licensed from the popular movie and T.V. show, respectively.

     

     

    ATARI OFFERS DIAGNOSTIC CENTERS & HOME REPAIR KITS

    Atari spokesmen say the company wants the consumer to get even greater values for their money, and this is the reason they are giving an "Accessory Test Console" to qualifying dealers at no charge. The consumer can take his suffering equipment to the test console at his favorite videogame store to learn what, if anything, is wrong with the ailing machine. This should save time and effort in obtaining repairs for any equipment problems that might arise.

     

    In another bid to help the gamer, Atari recognizes that joysticks do sometimes break, so introduced the "Atari Joystick Repair Kit". It contains all the necessary replacement parts and easy instructions, so that arcaders can repair the damaged controller rather than buying a new one.

     

     

    Text below from Arcade Express (February 27, 1983)

     

     

    MS. PAC-MAN TOPS LIST OF COMING ATARI GAMES

    "Ms. Pac-Man" came to the home screen in February. It features multiple mazes and graphics that far outshine last year's "Pac-Man". Best of all, "Ms. Pac-Man" is essentially flicker-free; this is a great adaptation of the coin-op hit that all gobble fans will appreciate. "Centipede", the garden-insect-hunt coin-op hit, will be released for the home in March. "Dig Dug", the popular mining game, is scheduled for second quarter release.

     

     

    Other titles for the first half of this year include "Kangaroo" [July] with 4 skill levels for the gamer to battle through to save the kidnapped baby hopper. "Jungle Hunt" [July], licensed from Taito, forces the on-screen hero to swing from vines, swim shark-infested rivers, and brave avalanche and cannibals to save his lady love. "Phoenix" [January] features waves of warbirds that swoop down on the laser cannon, followed by an attack by the alien ship. "Vanguard" [December 82/January 83], already available in most cities, flies the gamer through nine different tunnels as he battles 11 waves of enemies. "Galaxian", the familiar invasion game, will be available for the VCS for the first time in March. [Wrong. Galaxian was released in April.] "RealSports Football", "RealSports Tennis" and "RealSports Soccer" complete the roster of games planned for immediate release by Atari. [Tennis and Soccer were released in April. Football was released in December of 1982.]

     

     

    GEMINI MATES WITH VCS CARTS

    "Gemini" is a new videogame system from Coleco that's fully compatible with all games designed for the Atari VCS and Sears Video Arcade. The new Coleco system accepts all carts manufactured by other game companies for use on the Model 2600 Atari. "Gemini" lists for under $100, and comes packed with Coleco's "Donkey Kong", two controllers with both joysticks and paddles, and $25 worth of coupons good toward the purchase of other Coleco products.

     

    The low-priced "Gemini" is also compatible with Coleco's new module, the "Gemini Sound I Voice Module" which works with all VCS-type videogame systems to bring voice to home games.

     

     

    ATARI IS GETTING INTO CONTROL

    Three controllers said to bring arcade-quality play into the home are on the way from Atari. "TrakBall" will be available in late Spring for the Atari 5200 and VCS 2600. The "Proline Joystick" for the VCS 2600, modeled after aerospace controllers, requires less hand movement for quick response. Its design conforms to the shape of gamers` hands more comfortably than previous sticks. It should be a very durable controller because of its solid metal shaft.

     

    Atari didn't forget the younger gamer. Researchers at that company found traditional sticks hard for small kids to use, so developed the "Atari Kid's Controller". A 5x7 in. keyboard holds 12 buttons, and each kids game has a pictorial overlay for the pad. Atari believes this makes it easier for young players to understand the relationship between the controller and the game.

     

     

    Text below from Videogaming Illustrated (February 1983, page 10)

     

    BACK AT THE RANCH . . .   [Seems to have been written in December 1982]

    All that talk last issue about stock analysts predicting gloom for the videogame industry has not apparently, caused Parker Brothers to lose any sleep.

     

    The General Mills subsidiary said recently that they expected to generate in excess of two hundred million dollars worth of retail sales for its Atari-compatible software over the next two years.

     

    This figure is based on the release of twenty titles by the end of 1984.

     

    Parker Brothers certainly has had a phenomenal start with The Empire Strikes Back videogame: released in June [1982], it has achieved over thirty million dollars in retail sales. That makes it one of the top grossing home videogames in history.

     

    The other Parker Brothers videogames currently in release are Frogger, Amidar, and Spiderman. In addition to Jedi Arena, covered elsewhere in this issue, next month [January] you'll be able to buy Super Cobra [delayed], with Reactor scheduled for the spring.

     

     

    APOLLO'S FACE-LIFT

    Apollo is doing extremely well for a small company amidst the titans, but President Pat Roper isn't resting on his laurels.

     

    The Texas-based company has a total of thirteen games on the market. all of them bearing the company's new logo and, in the case of older games like Space Cavern, new package art.

     

    "Increasingly limited shelf space and overall competition in the marketplace has created a need for our games packaging to be truly distinctive and yet to reflect a family look,' Roper said. At the same time, he wanted "a sophisticated image of the company to reflect the innovative, state-of-the-art games we are known for making."

     

    The company's new logo features their name pierced by a lightning bolt.

     

     

    Text below from Videogaming Illustrated (February 1983, pages 29 and 30)

     

    Star Wars   [Seems to have been written in December 1982]

    As reported in this issue's Eye On, sales of the first Star Wars videogame. The Empire Strikes Back, have been extraordinary. That game, of course, is based on the Battle of Hoth from the film, as rebel soldiers in snowspeeders shoot at the mammoth, lumbering ATATs (All Terrain Armored Transports) which are plodding toward their encampments.

     

    There is every reason to believe that Parker Brothers will once again strike gold with next month's [January] release of the second Star Wars cartridge, Jedi Arena.

     

    If playing Jedi Arena will be a treat, bringing the game to the Atari VCS has not been a picnic. The object of Jedi Arena is to strike at the Seeker, the floating ball from whose lightning-like discharges Luke Skywalker tried to defend himself while practicing with his light-saber in the first Star Wars.

     

    This was always the concept of the game, though it went through several different versions before Parker Brothers came up with one that was both faithful to the film and offered excellent gameplay. The biggest problem was concocting an interesting Seeker scenario. Originally, the player's goal was to blow it up. Now, closer to the scene in the film, the Seeker throws off sparks which the player must repel.

     

    The third Star Wars game, tentatively titled Revenge of the Jedi, will be released in June, one month after the film.

     

    What's interesting about the third cartridge is that while the designers will be told what event from the film they must develop into a game, that's all they will be permitted to know.

     

    To say that the makers of Revenge of the Jedi are being secretive is the understatement of the decade. The fear of filmmakers engaged in expensive projects such as this onethe cost is in excess of $25,000,000is that some unscrupulous producer will get wind of the plot and rush out a quick, lowbudget theatrical or TV film.

     

     

    Text below from InfoWorld (February 28, 1983, page 10)

     

    VIDEO-GAME VEGETABLES APPEAR AT SUPER BOWL, NOT IN SALAD BOWL

    'Twas a wintry day at the 17th annual Super Bowl in Pasadena, California [January 30, 1983]. All the elements of the well-known American pastime were on hand, and then some.

     

    The bands marched with precision timing. The piercing blast of air horns signaled many a touchdown. And among the cheering throng, two beefsteak tomatoes sat stewing at the end zone with only one thought in mind: revenge.

     

    Their picket signs said it all: "Beefsteak Tomatoes Demand Revenge." "Was it revenge for the Redskins, who were about to take on the Miami Dolphins?" the fans questioned.

     

    Unbeknownst to the public, the veggie duo was participating in a publicity stunt sponsored by Fox Video Games in celebration of its newest video escapade, "Revenge of the Beefsteak Tomatoes."

     

    "The idea was to instantly pique the public's interest and establish a kind of mascot for the game," said Al Pepper, Fox's vice-president of marketing.

     

    Tomato model Jane Forelle said that, as inanimate objects, both of them remained impartial during the game. The experience was a positive one, she commented, except that people kept trying to squeeze her.

     

    In the game, players build brick walls, trapping the lethal vegetables before they take over the world.

     

    Fun, eh? Revenge will be available by the end of the month on the Atari 2600, 400 and 800 and on the VIC-20.

     

    The game, which costs approximately $30, will join a host of other interesting titles, such as Worm War I, Deadly Duck and The Earth Dies Screaming.

     

    The firm declined to say where the killer tomatoes may appear next, but company executives stressed that the tomatoes are actually harmless.

     

    Fox Video Games, based in Santa Clara, California, is a subsidiary of 20th Century-Fox Films.

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March 1983

March 1983

 

Crazy Climber (Atari)

March release according to Atari Age order form and page 3 of V1N5.

Exclusive Atari Club introduction. "It will be at least six months before Crazy Climber is sold at any storebut Atari club members can get Crazy Climber in March by ordering today!"

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Electronic Games (Sep 83 p52)

March 1983

 

G.I. Joe: Cobra Strike (Parker Brothers)

Best Guess using info from Billboard. G.I. Joe: Cobra Strike was shipped in February according to The Video Game Update. G.I. Joe: Cobra Strike was reviewed in the April 1983 issue of The Video Game Update newsletter.

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March 1983

 

Sub-Scan (Sega)

Best Guess using info from The Video Game Update.

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Reviews:

Electronic Fun (Sep 83 p50)

Videogaming (Oct 83 p11)

News:

From Electronic Fun (May 83 p98): ". . . and Sega is already cutting back its releases from 15 to 12 (Tac-Scan and Sub-Scan, the first two, should already be out by the time you read this)."

March 1983

 

Tac-Scan (Sega)

Best Guess using info from The Video Game Update and Leisure Time Electronics.

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Reviews:

Electronic Fun (Oct 83 p62)

Videogaming (Oct 83 p11)

News:

From Electronic Fun (May 83 p98): ". . . and Sega is already cutting back its releases from 15 to 12 (Tac-Scan and Sub-Scan, the first two, should already be out by the time you read this)."

March 1983

 

On the Radio

“Der Kommissar” by After The Fire   YouTube

“She Blinded Me With Science” by Thomas Dolby   YouTube

“Lies” by Thompson Twins   YouTube

“Little Red Corvette” by Prince   YouTube

“Beat It” by Michael Jackson   YouTube

“Jeopardy” by Greg Kihn Band   YouTube

March 1983

 

New at the Movies

My Tutor  (March 4)   YouTube

Spring Break  (March 25)   YouTube

The Outsiders  (March 25)   YouTube

Max Dugan Returns  (March 25)   YouTube

The Meaning of Life  (March 31)   YouTube

March 1983

 

History

     

    Text below from Arcade Express (March 27, 1983)

     

    U.S. GAMES BITES THE DUST

    It's time to play "Taps" for U.S. Games. The West Coast-based division of Quaker Oats first entered the videogame cartridge field more than 18 months ago as an independent operation under the Vidtec banner. At the time of its demise, U.S. Games represented both the work done by the original Vidtec and the efforts of a highly creative design team based at Fisher-Price (another Quaker division) in Buffalo, NY. A source close to the situation pinpoints the lack of a strong sales and marketing push behind the cartridges as the main reason for the failure.

     

    The fate of the U.S. Games library of titles remains cloudy. A number of software publishers are expected to make bids for the company's catalogue, especially the six-pack of cartridges U.S. Games unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show last January in Las Vegas.

     

     

    BODY BLOW TO SILICON VALLEY

    Atari, Inc. is permanently eliminating 1700 jobs at its Sunnyvale, Ca. headquarters. The company is moving some of its production facilities to Hong Kong and Taiwan in an effort to cut costs.

     

    This news comes on the heels of Warner Communications' announcements that earnings fell 56% in the fourth quarter of 1982. Earlier statements from Atari officials indicated this was mostly caused by unexpected competition from other videogame software manufacturers.

     

     

     

    BEEFSTEAK TOMATOES PICKET SUPER BOWL

    That's right, you heard it here first. Seems like almost everyone paid close attention to Super Bowl this year; here's another promotion connected with the gridiron war. As part of a new promotional campaign for 20th Century Fox's new release, "Revenge of the Beefsteak Tomatoe", two giant tomatoes carrying picket signs attended Super Bowl XVII. "Revenge.." joins "Flash Gordon" as the company's newest VCS-compatible software, bringing Fox's catalog to a total of 11 titles. "Revenge.." features giant tomatoes turned killers, dropping saucy bombs. Players can only halt this assault by building brick walls around the deadly fruit. Sounds perfectly sensible to me!

     

     

    Text below from Leisure Time Electronics (February 1983, page 24)

     

    Strawberry Shortcake Musical Match-ups will be available in March . . . .

     

     

    Text below from The Video Game Update (Apr 83)

     

    Availability Update

    (Based on projected release dates by manufacturers. May change without notice.)

     

    March [compiled from Apr 83, Mar 83, and Jan 83 availability updates]

    x - Centipede (Atari)

    Entombed (U.S. Games)

    Frankenstein's Monster (Data Age)

    Immies And Aggies (Zimag) [unreleased]

    Intuition (Tigervision) [unreleased]

    x - Killer Satellites (Starpath)

    Kyphus (Apollo) [unreleased]

    Piece O Cake (U.S. Games)

    Pizza Chef (Zimag) [unreleased]

    Polaris (Tigervision) [Supposed to be released in April according to other publications.]

    Pompeii (Apollo) [unreleased]

    Raft Rider (U.S. Games)

    x - Shootin' Gallery (Imagic)

    Squoosh (Apollo) [unreleased]

    x - Sub-Scan (Sega)

    x - Tac-Scan (Sega)

     

    Note: Any program noted with an “x” indicates it has shipped prior to our going to print. May not be in national distribution yet, however.

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April 1983

April 1983

 

Galaxian (Atari)

April release according to Atari Age order form, page 3 of V1n6, and Videogaming. Galaxian was shipped in June according to The Video Game Update. Galaxian was reviewed in the May 1983 issue of The Video Game Update newsletter.

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Arcade Express

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Video Games (Dec 83 p65)

Tips & Tricks:

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April 1983

 

Zaxxon (Coleco)

Best Guess using info from The Video Game Update.

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April 1983

 

On the Radio

“It Might Be You” by Stephen Bishop   YouTube

“Let's Dance” by David Bowie   YouTube

“Overkill” by Men At Work   YouTube

“Rio” by Duran Duran   YouTube

“Welcome To Heartlight” by Kenny Loggins   YouTube

“Stranger In My House” by Ronnie Milsap   YouTube

“Always Something There To Remind Me” by Naked Eyes   YouTube

April 1983

 

New at the Movies

Losin' It  (April 8)   YouTube

Flashdance  (April 15)   YouTube

Something Wicked This Way Comes  (29)   YouTube

Valley Girl  (April 29)   YouTube

April 1983

 

History

     

    Text below from The Video Game Update (April 1983)

     

     

    FLASHES

    ...Imagic has made the decision not to introduce the 2600-compatible cartridge, SKY PATROL (also known as AERIAL ACE). Video Game Update applauds Imagic for not only testing the cartridge heavily and ADMITTING that it did not receive high enough consumer appeal, BUT they put out a Press Release indicating what they had done. Time and time again, other companies withdraw games before they reach the market, but never make an announcement, leaving everyone in the dark regarding the disappearance of an upcoming title.

     

     

    Text below from Arcade Express (April 24, 1983)

     

    PARKER ACCUSES ATARI OF ANTITRUST VIOLATIONS

    The fur is flying again, this time between Parker Brothers and Atari. Parker filed an antitrust suit against Atari, claiming that Atari is trying to induce wholesale distributors of videogames not to sell any competing brands. The suit charges that Atari tried to sign contracts with certain videogame cassette distributors, offering 25% to 40% discounts on some games, but preventing them from selling products of any Atari competitors. Parker claims that $15 million of orders were cancelled in one month when Atari offered this contract to at least 26 wholesalers.

     

    A temporary restraining order has been issued to halt Atari from entering any new contracts until the Court schedules a hearing. A spokeswoman for Atari says that company is in fact signing exclusive videogame distributor- ship agreements with certain dealers, but wouldn't comment on specifics of the case until after the hearing.

     

     

    Text below from Videogaming Illustrated (April 1983, pages 7 and 8)

     

    ON THE MARCH

    Parker Brothers isn't exactly resting on its laurels.

     

     

    Encouraged by the combined sale of three million units of Frogger (accounting for two-thirds of that total) and The Empire Strikes Back, and consumer acceptance of Spider-man, Amidar, and the recently released Jedi Arena and Super Cobra [delayed], the company is looking, in the words of a spokesperson, to "carve out a leadership role in home entertainment videogames."

     

    They certainly have the clout to achieve that goal. A total of sixteen new games are going to be released this year, among them the following:

     

     

    Tutankham: this Atari-compatible version of the Konami arcade attraction sends players through King Tut's tomb in search of keys which will unlock vaults . . . chambers rumored to contain treasure as well as devious evil spirits which can only be repelled with a laser gun. For release this month [delayed].

     

     

    Reactor: the Gottlieb arcade game, coming this month, is one in which players enter a nuclear reactor and fling subatomic particles at the control rods in an effort to shrink the core and prevent a meltdown. For the Atari 2600.

     

     

    Sky Skipper: another Atari-compatible release for this month, based on Nintendo's pre-Donkey Kong arcade hit. Players limn the roles of pilots, who drop bombs upon bands of giant gorillas; while the apes are stunned, the player must swoop down and rescue captive rabbits, kittens, turtles, and ducks.

     

     

    Strawberry Shortcake Musical Match-ups: this is the first videogame designed expressly for young girls, ages four through eight. Seems as if the evil Purple Pieman has scrambled the bodies of four denizens of Strawberryland. The player must rebuild Strawberry Shortcake, Lime Chiffon. Blueberry Muffin. and Huckleberry Pie from the assortment of arms. legs, heads, and torsos Mr. Pieman has left behind. When the reconstruction is finished, the little ladies put on a mini-concert.

     

    If the bodies are mismatched, there will not be a concert but a disharmonious series of sounds.

     

    The Atari 2600 version will be out later this month, with editions for Intellivision and the Atari 5200 being readied for the fall.

    . . . .

     

    James Bond Agent 007: no more is known about this game than when Videogaming Illustrated first announced it in June of last year. The designers are still toying with scenarios, but will have the Atari- compatible game ready for July, coinciding with the simultaneous release of the Roger Moore Bond opus Octopussy and Sean Connery's return to the fold in Never Say Never Again.

     

     

    PUT A TIGER IN YOUR 2600   [Looks like this was written in February.]

    In the meantime, undaunted by the glut of new games, Tigervision intends to claw away at a greater share of the 2600 market with more than just King Kong, Jawbreaker, Marauder, and Threshold. They've got some new videogames for your Atari VCS, as well as some exciting hand-held products.

     

    On the VCS front, in addition to the recently released River Patrol and Springer, there are:

     

     

    Miner 2049er: Bounty Bob is mining radioactive ore in the year 2049. His first task is to collect various articles left by previous adventurers, such as a pick, helmet, shoe, etc., while jumping over or slaying the deadly mutant organisms which pass by. After Bob has successfully staked a claim in one mine, he can move on to the next. Adding to play value is the fact that each of the mines has different trappings, including transporters, slides, and cannon. Coming next month.

     

     

    Polaris: You're a submarine commander trying to destroy enemy subs and aircraft while avoiding collision with depth charges, undersea channels, and the ocean floor. An April release. . . .

     

     

    Text below from Videogaming Illustrated (April 1983, page 10)

     

    For your 2600, you can look forward to the following:

     

     

    MARCH:

    Atari Video Cube, which is described as a twist-and-turn-the-cube game, ala Rubik, for TV it's similar to the Radio Shack Color Cubes Pak pictured in our last issue.

    [Wrong. Wasn't released until May.]

     

    Centipede, in which the arcade game finally becomes available for the 2600. You will note elsewhere in this issue that its cousin, Centipede for the 5200, was a big winner in our magazine's first annual Vista Awards. (Centipede buffs will also be happy to hear that, even as you read these words, Atari's arcade sequel Millipede is starting to set new records at your local game room.)

    [Correct. Centipede was released in March.]

     

     

    APRIL:

    Galaxian, too, warps from the arcade to the 2600, having been available for several months now in its 5200 edition. (Galactic Invasion, an Astrocade version for its fading home unit, has been available for nearly eighteen months. It was licensed to Astrocade as part of a complicated agreement explained in our February issue.)

    [Correct. Galaxian was released in April.]

     

    Dukes of Hazzard makes the jump from CBS to VCS — and we do mean "jump," since the object of the game is to move that famous TV car under, over, and through various objects.

    [Wrong. The Dukes of Hazzard game was cancelled. The ratings for the CBS show didn't really recover after the Coy and Vance debacle, so that could have had something to do with it.]

     

    Yet two more arcade games head for home this month: Crazy Climber, in which you've got to get a lone figure to the top of a skyscraper using only open windows, and Atari's own arcade smash Kangaroo.

    [Wrong. Crazy Climber had an exclusive Atari Club introduction in March and Kangaroo was released in July.]

     

    Finally there are three RealSports cartridges coming your way in April: Soccer, Tennis, and Basketball. The latter is different from Atari's previousand we thought pretty goodcartridge in that there's a team playing rather than just a one-on-one game.

    [True for Soccer and Tennis, but RealSports Basketball turned out to be an unreleased prototype.]

     

     

    MAY:

    Now that you're through that seven-cartridge monthnot counting the 5200 releases, detailed belowyou get a respite. There are only three games this month.

     

    The first of them is the home version of Taito's Jungle Hunt. This is, of course, the reworked safari game which is now at your local arcade, and not the Jungle King version enjoined by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., for allegedly infringing on their Tarzan character.

    [Wrong. Wasn't released until June/July.]

     

    The other two games are the first of a proposed series of Sesame Street games for kids: Cookie Monster Munch and Grover's Music Maker.

    [Wrong. Cookie Monster Munch was released later in the year and Grover's Music Maker turned out to be an unreleased prototype.]

     

     

    JUNE:

    Atari's first shipment this month features the third game of their epic SwordQuest series, the monumental WaterWorld. It joins EarthWorld and FireWorld, already on the market, and will be followed in September by AirWorld, the last of the series. (Details of the entire saga and the extraordinary contest tied to their playing can be found in our last issue.)

    [Wrong. Sold in Atari Age magazine in October, then later in stores.]

     

    Finally Atari marks the mid-year by giving us the home version of its wonderful arcade game Dig-Dug.

    [Wrong. Dig-Dug was released in October, not the middle of the year.]

     

     

    Text below from Videogaming Illustrated (April 1983, page 77)

     

    Also from Data Age Frankenstein's Monster, to be released in March.

     

    In Frankenstein's Monster, the player must dodge vampire bats, spiders, and fireballs while gathering stones from a dark, dreary castle and heaping them around the monster. If the creature can accumulate enough energy and come to life, the player is monster-mashed.

     

     

     

     

    Text below from Video Games (April 1983, page 16)

     

     

    Journey Escape, has sold well since being introduced in January and will become the first TV-game ever converted into a quarter-eater.

    . . . .

     

    M*A*S*H fans will also benefit from the licensing trend. Twentieth Century- Fox's M*A*S*H game will be introduced just as the award-winning TV series is ending its 11-year affair with American viewers. Beginning in April, fans will be able to manipulate a helicopter, avoid airborne enemies, pick up wounded soldiers, and perform surgery against the clock. The game will be made available for at least six game systems and computers. . . .

     

     

    Text below from The Video Game Update (May 1983)

     

    Availability Update

    (Based on projected release dates by manufacturers. May change without notice.)

     

    April

    x - M*A*S*H (Fox)

    x - No Escape! (Imagic)

    x - Oink! (Activision)

    x - RealSports Soccer (Atari)

    x - RealSports Tennis (Atari)

    x - Sky Skipper (Parker Bros)

    x - Smurf Rescue (Coleco)

    x - Strawberry Shortcake (Parker Bros)

    x - Zaxxon (Coleco)

     

    Note: Any program noted with an “x” indicates it has shipped prior to our going to print. May not be in national distribution yet, however.

     

     

    Text below from Leisure Time Electronics (February 1983, page 22)

     

    . . . Tac-Scan will be available for shipment in late April.

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May 1983

May 1983

 

Atari Video Cube (Atari)

Best Guess  (based on being in May/June issue of Atari Age magazine with no mention of the month and other games having June and July specifically mentioned as their release months on the order form.

Exclusive Atari Club introduction. "It will be at least six months before Atari Video Cube is sold at any storeit may never be released to the general public! But you can get in on the fun right now!"

Info:

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Atari Age V2N1 p.2

Atari Age V2N1 p.3

Atari Age V2N1 p.10

Videogaming

May 1983

 

On the Radio

“Never Gonna Let You Go” by Sergio Mendes   YouTube

“Time (Clock Of The Heart)” by Culture Club   YouTube

“All This Love” by DeBarge   YouTube

“Electric Avenue” by Eddy Grant   YouTube

“Come Dancing” by The Kinks   YouTube

“Our House” by Madness   YouTube

“Too Shy” by Kajagoogoo   YouTube

May 1983

 

New at the Movies

Doctor Detroit  (May 6)   YouTube

Return of the Jedi  (May 25)   YouTube

May 1983

 

History

     

    Text below from The Video Game Update (June 1983)

     

    Availability Update

    (Based on projected release dates by manufacturers. May change without notice.)

     

    May [compiled from Jun 83 and Mar 83 availability updates]

    x - Dolphin (Activision)

    x - Enduro (Activision)

    x - Flash Gordon (Fox)

    Grovers Music Maker (Atari) [unreleased]

    x - Keystone Kapers (Activision)

    x - Miner 2049er (Tigervision)

    Mr. Bill (Data Age) [unreleased]

    Plaque Attack (Activision)

     

    Note: Any program noted with an “x” indicates it has shipped prior to our going to print. May not be in national distribution yet, however.

     

     

    Text below from The Video Game Update (May 1983)

     

     

    PARKER BROS.

    In January, Parker Bros, announced most of their plans for the entire year. In some aspects they have been on or ahead of schedule while other games are late. TUTANKAM could be considered one of the late games; however, it was about ready to go when it was pulled back to "enhance". They expect to have that game out this summer. SUPER COBRA and JAMES BOND 007 are among others that are way behind the schedule announced at the beginning of the year. On the other hand, they surprised everyone with the announcement of the shipment of Q*BERT in June for the 2600, August for Intellivision, and September for the 5200 and ColecoVision.

     

     

    Text below from Arcade Express (May 8, 1983)

     

    DATA AGE FILES CHAPTER 11

    Unable to dispel retailer ennui generated by its initial group of releases, Data Age has filed for Chapter 11. The publisher made its entry with a lineup of five cartridges for the Atari 2600 during the 1983 gift-giving season. Although "Encounter at L-5" and, to a lesser extent, "Airlock" drew some praise from electronic gaming critics, overall reaction to programs such as "Bugs" and "Sssnake" was lukewarm. Subsequent to this disappointing start, Data Age published "Journey's Escape" and "Frankenstein", two considerably better titles, but the improvement may have come a little too late. Data Age has scored at least one notable coup during its short existence, however, by becoming the first home game company to sell a title ("Journey's Escape") to a coin-op manufacturer (Midway).

     

    Data Age had announced the licensing of "Mr. Bill" for use as a video- game character, but the publisher had not revealed any concrete development plans at the time of the bankruptcy filing. The fate of this and other Data Age projects is still to be decided.

     

     

     

    GET A FREE JOYSTICK BUT "NO ESCAPE"

    Imagic promises every gamer a free Zircon joystick when they return proof-of-purchase from the "No Escape" VCS-compatible game. "No Escape", designed by Michael Greene, pits Jason against the Furies in the Temple of Aphrodite. Players must break through the temple's roof to destroy the guard-Furies and escape on the winged horse Pegasus.

     

    The joystick, valued at $15.95, is the highest premium ever offered in a single game promotion. This gourmet stick should make the adventure even more playable, as players try to destroy the Furies by throwing rocks at them, in eight levels of conflict.

     

     

    IOWA TOWN NAMED VIDEOGAME CAPITOL

    You probably never would have guessed it, but Ottumwa, Iowa is the "Video Game Capitol of the World". Iowa's . Governor Terry Branstad proclaimed Ottumwa the world's hottest video gaming city in conjunction with the Amusement Game Manufacturer's Assoc., and Atari. In a day of festivities, the Governor made the presentation to 0ttumwa's Mayor Jerry Parker, and Walter Day, manager of the Twin Galaxies Arcade in Ottumwa, thanking them for "providing a forum for fun family entertainment." The ceremony was capped by a joint St. Pat's Day/Video Game Parade. Appearing in the celebration were Iowa Senators Charles Grassley and Roger Jepson, and Congressman Jim Leach, as well as Pac-Man himself. Congratulations to Ottumwa (home of MASH's Radar O'Reilly) for knowing how to keep the home folks having fun!

     

     

    COIN-OP COMPANIES CUT NEW PRODUCT OFFERINGS

    The saturation of the coin-op market there are simply too many machines even for the expanding market has set off a wave of retrenchment in the area of new product development. At the industry's recent AOE trade show, there were many fewer new games than at similar events over the last couple of years. Manufacturers are playing it conservative, a situation that's not likely to change until the arcade operators and their distributors show more enthusiasm for risking capital on new entries.

     

    The star of the 1983 AOE was Cinematronics' laser disc adventure, "Dragon's Lair". Players control breathtakingly beautiful on-screen cartoon characters on a perilous journey through the rooms of a sinister castle.

     

    Further evidence of the current coin-op trend is the increasing stress on convertible games. These allow the arcade owner to save dough by salvaging the reusable hardware of an old title as the housing for boards which turn the machine into an essentially new game. Data East's success with "Burgertime" has greatly enhanced this idea's appeal to many.

     

     

    KEYSTONE KAPERS LETS ARCADERS KATCH THE KROOK

    "Keystone Kapers", the 25th Atari-compatible cartridge from Activision, pits Keystone Kop Kelly against Harry Hooligan in a chase through a 1920s department store. The on-screen "store security scanner" helps the player spot the closest elevator or escalator when Harry flees the floor on his way to the roof and escape. Keystone Kapers, reminiscent of the scatterbrained comic cops from early movies, was programmed by Garry Kitchen.

     

    Packed with "Keystone Kapers" is a rub-and-win card, the first promotion of this type in videogaming. Rub the covered squares and catch three crooks in a row to qualify for one of the prizes which range from $5000 savings bonds, to portable radios, model airplanes, and 1500 beach balls. Even if you don't win, you can still benefit from the Mystery Rebate. Covered squares across the bottom of the card list Activision titles that the company will honor with a rebate toward the purchase price.

     

     

    HERE'S RAPID FIRING WITH NO SORE THUMBS

    Questar Controls has a $12.95 "Blaster" that converts the firing button on any joystick into a machine-gun trigger. The electronic, adjustable-speed switching device lets you get off from one to 20 shots per second. It doesn't have to be plugged and unplugged each time you change games, since you can shut it off for games where rapid fire would be inappropriate. "Blaster!" fits the Atari 2600, Atari 4-8-1200 computers, Colecovision, and VIC-20. Write to Questar Controls, 670 N.W. Pennsylvania Ave., Chehalis, Was.98532.

     

     

    Text below from Arcade Express (May 22, 1983)

     

    K-TEL LAUNCHES VIDEOGAME ARM

    Insomniac videophiles may soon have something else to watch besides those oh-so-incessant K-Tel record commercials on late-night television. Already a worldwide power in the record business, K-Tel has created the Xonox lable as the banner under which it will launch a videogame software publishing operation. Television ads in support of the first Xonox titles will begin breaking during late summer, with a full schedule of national TV planned to begin right after Labor Day.

     

    Xonox will woo the allegiance of gamers with Double Enders, reversible cartridges with a completely different 8K game at each end. The twogame package will sell for the same or less than the traditional one-game cartridge.

     

    Xonox will market three different Double Ender titles initially. These are "Spike's Peak/Ghost Manor", "Sir Lancelot the Jouster/Robin Hood", and "Hercules vs. the Titans/Chuck Norris Superkicks". All titles are said to feature particularly strong graphics, and many of the contests involve multiple play screens. The best known of the Xonox game designers is probably Stephen Beck, who authored "Save the Whales", an upcoming entry from Fox Videogames.

     

     

    COMPTON SOLVES RIDDLE OF THE SPHINX

    Every dog has its day or so the proverb saysbut it looks like the happy days of the dog-headed god Anubis are just about over, thanks to Charles Compton. The 30-year-old Santa Monica resident won $1000 for being the first in the nation to solve the mystery in "Riddle of the Sphinx", a Bob Smith design published by Imagic. "Contest rules dictated that you not only correctly solve the riddle," says Compton, "but have the most creative and intriguing answer." Compton presented his answer on a 12-ft.-long scroll using authentic Egyptian hieroglyphics. A long-standing interest in Egyptology came in mighty handy in preparing his winning submission, Compton notes.

     

     

    Text below from Electronic Fun (May 1983, page 28)

     

    The Activision folks continue to do what they do bestdevelop and design original games. Watch for Oink!, a video game interpretation of the "big bad wolf and the three little pigs" fairy tale. Also on the way are Dolphin and Keystone Kapers. Dolphin designer Matthew Hubbard, an accomplished musician, has made sound an essential element of game play. In Kapers you're a cop chasing a bewhiskered character, fresh from the hoosegow, through a three-story department store that is fraught with obstacles.

     

     

    Due out in late spring are Placque Attack (a Steve Cartwright creation that sounds like a nightmare you'd have after a visit to the dentist), Enduro (a Turbo-like driving game), and Robotank, a first person contest that plays like Atari's Battle Zone coin-op. All of these will be VCS compatible.

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June 1983

June 1983

 

London Blitz (Avalon Hill)

Best Guess using info from The Video Game Update. London Blitz was reviewed in the July 1983 issue of The Video Game Update newsletter.

Info:

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Atarimania

AtariAge

The Video Game Update

Trademark Details:

First Use In Commerce Date: May 18, 83 - Filing Date: Oct 14, 83

Reviews:

Videogaming (Oct 83 p16)

Electronic Games (Nov 83 p87)

JoyStik (Dec 83 p55)

Manual Printing Date:

Jun 83

Ads:

Wow! Super! Neat! - Electronic Games (Aug 83)

June 1983

 

Wall Ball (Avalon Hill)

Best Guess using info from The Video Game Update. Wall Ball was reviewed in the August 1983 issue of The Video Game Update newsletter.

Info:

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Atarimania

AtariAge

The Video Game Update

Reviews:

Videogaming (Oct 83 p18)

JoyStik (Dec 83 p55)

Manual Printing Date:

Jun 83

Ads:

Wow! Super! Neat! - Electronic Games (Aug 83)

June 1983

 

Solar Fox (CBS Electronics)

Best Guess using info from The Video Game Update and Arcade Express. Thanks to the rebate, we know this game was in stores before October. Solar Fox was reviewed in the August 1983 issue of The Video Game Update newsletter.

Info:

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Atarimania

AtariAge

The Video Game Update

Arcade Express

Reviews:

Electronic Fun (Aug 83 p53)

Videogaming (Sep 83 p16)

Video Games (Oct 83 p64)

Video Games Player (Oct/Nov 83 p52)

Electronic Games (Dec 83 p60)

Enter (Dec 83/Jan 84 p94)

STARLOG (Mar 84 p41)

Tips & Tricks:

More Than Meets the Eye - Video Games (Dec 83 p6)

News:

Solar Fox Makes Sunshine Pals - Electronic Fun (Dec 83 p12)

 

From Electronic Games (Nov 84 p63): "CBS Videogames spent undisclosed amounts of time and money researching a new type of cartridge chip, which it dubbed the RAM-cram. These games contained resident memory housed within the cartridge itself, which added to memory already built into the machine to effectively double the 2600's memory. After producing just two 8K games, Tunnel Runner and Solar Fox, CBS abandoned its entire videogame department to concentrate on producing computer software."

 

Rebate:

From Electronic Games (Oct 83 p51): "Purchase any of the following game cartridges between now and Oct. 15, 1983: SOLAR FOX, GORF, WIZARD OF WOR, BLUEPRINT."

Ads:

Speed and Strategy - Electronic Games (Aug 83)

Speed and Strategy - Video Games (Aug 83)

Speed and Strategy - STARLOG (Aug 83)

June 1983

 

Cakewalk (CommaVid)

Super Extreme Best Guess. Cakewalk was reviewed in the June 1983 issue of The Video Game Update newsletter.

Info:

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Atarimania

AtariAge

Catalog

News:

From The Video Game Update (Jun 83): “In addition to the newly released VCS game, CAKEWALK (reviewed in this issue), two other games will be featured at the show. They are RUSH HOUR where you live out your wildest traffic jam fantasies as you smash and dodge your way through the traffic; and STRONGHOLD where you blast through the whirling force fields in space and destroy the lethal alien planet crawlers. By the way, MISSION OMEGA, which was announced in January, has been "put on a back shelf so release of the game is uncertain.”

Reviews:

Electronic Fun (Aug 83 p58)

Radio Electronics (Oct 83 p12)

Video Games Player (Oct/Nov 83 p54)

Video Games (Jan 84 p68)

June 1983

 

The Earth Dies Screaming (Fox, 20th Century)

Best Guess using info from The Video Game Update. The Earth Dies Screaming was reviewed in the July 1983 issue of The Video Game Update newsletter.

Info:

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Atarimania

AtariAge

Catalog

The Video Game Update

June 1983

 

Spacemaster X-7 (Fox, 20th Century)

Best Guess using info from The Video Game Update. Spacemaster X-7 was reviewed in the July 1983 issue of The Video Game Update newsletter.

Info:

YouTube

Atarimania

AtariAge

Catalog

The Video Game Update

June 1983

 

Solar Storm (Imagic)

Best Guess using info from the catalog and Numb Thumb News. Also see this post at AtariAge. Solar Storm was reviewed in the August 1983 issue of The Video Game Update newsletter.

Info:

YouTube

Atarimania

AtariAge

Catalog

Numb Thumb News

Reviews:

Electronic Fun (Oct 83 p56)

Electronic Games (Oct 83 p86)

Video Games (Nov 83 p72)

Microkids (Nov/Dec 83 p59)

Ads:

Mostly Sunny - Electronic Games (Aug 83)

Mostly Sunny - Video Games (Aug 83)

June 1983

 

Star Strike (M Network)

Best Guess using info from The Video Game Update. Star Strike was reviewed in the June 1983 issue of The Video Game Update newsletter.

Info:

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Atarimania

AtariAge

Catalog

The Video Game Update

Reviews:

Electronic Fun (Jul 83 p62)

June 1983

 

On the Radio

“Sweet Dreams” by Eurythmics   YouTube

“1999” by Prince   YouTube

“Every Breath You Take” by The Police   YouTube

“She Works Hard For The Money” by Donna Summer   YouTube

“Is There Something I Should Know” by Duran Duran   YouTube

“Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'” by Michael Jackson   YouTube

June 1983

 

New at the Movies

WarGames  (June 3)   YouTube

The Man with Two Brains  (June 3)   YouTube

Trading Places  (June 8)   YouTube

Octopussy  (June 10)   YouTube

Superman III  (June 17)   YouTube

Twilight Zone: The Movie  (June 24)   YouTube

Porky's II: The Next Day  (June 24)   YouTube

June 1983

 

History

     

    Text below from The Video Game Update (Jul 83)

     

    Availability Update

    (Based on projected release dates by manufacturers. May change without notice.)

     

    June [compiled from Jul 83 and May 83 availability updates]

    Earth Dies Screaming (Fox)

    x - Galaxian (Atari) [Released in April according to other publications. Don't know why it's listed here.]

    x - London Blitz (Avalon Hill)

    Meltdown (Fox) [unreleased]

    x - Robot Tank (Activision)

    Spacemaster X-7 (Fox)

    x - Solar Fox (CBS)

    x - Star Strike (M Network)

    x - Tutankham (Parker Bros)

    x - Wall Ball (Avalon Hill)

     

    Note: Any program noted with an “x” indicates it has shipped prior to our going to print. May not be in national distribution yet, however.

     

     

    Text below from Arcade Express (June 19, 1983)

     

    CBS ELECTRONICS RELEASES GAMES FOR . . . ATARI 2600

    CBS will release "Solar Fox" in June for the Atari 2600. Gamers must navigate a starship through solar cells, avoiding fireballs, in this home version of the Bally-Midway coin-op hit. Also scheduled for June is "Tunnel Runner", a unique mouse-eye-view trip through a maze. The player is lost in the tunnels and must find the doorway to the next maze while avoiding baddies. To help, there's a special overview map to show his position and where the enemies lurk.

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July 1983

July 1983

 

Kangaroo (Atari)

Best Guess using info from The Video Game Update, Atari Age order form, and page 15 of V2N1. Kangaroo was reviewed in the August 1983 issue of The Video Game Update newsletter.

Info:

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Atarimania

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Catalog

Atari Age V2N1 p.14

Atari Age V2N1 p.15

Atari Age V2N1 p.10

The Video Game Update

Box Printing Date:

G-CO19743-89 REV. A July 1983 AGI There is a 1 on a tiny flap by itself.

Reviews:

Electronic Fun (Oct 83 p58)

Video Games (Dec 83 p70)

News:

From BLIP (Aug 83 p14): "Next is a game that should have KANGAROO fans hopping for joy. The 5200 version of this arcade favorite will have four different screens. The 2600 game will have only two. Both of these games should also be available by the end of August."

Ads:

Here Comes Kangaroo From Atari - Video Games (Oct 83)

July 1983

 

Blueprint (CBS Electronics)

Best Guess using info from The Logical Gamer. Thanks to the rebate, we know this game was in stores before October. Blueprint was reviewed in the August 1983 issue of The Video Game Update newsletter.

Info:

YouTube

Atarimania

AtariAge

The Logical Gamer

Reviews:

JoyStik (Dec 83 p54)

Book of Atari Software (Winter Supplement 83 p75)

Video Games (Jan 84 p71)

STARLOG (Mar 84 p41)

Rebate:

From Electronic Games (Oct 83 p51): "Purchase any of the following game cartridges between now and Oct. 15, 1983: SOLAR FOX, GORF, WIZARD OF WOR, BLUEPRINT."

Ads:

The Bally/Midway Arcade Memory-Twister You Can Play at Home - Video Games (Oct 83)

The Bally/Midway Arcade Memory-Twister You Can Play at Home - STARLOG (Oct 83)

July 1983

 

Stronghold (CommaVid)

Best Guess using info from The Video Game Update. Stronghold was reviewed in the October 1983 issue of The Video Game Update newsletter.

Info:

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Atarimania

AtariAge

Catalog

The Video Game Update

Reviews:

Videogaming (Dec 83 p13)

July 1983

 

Bank Heist (Fox, 20th Century)

Best Guess using info from The Video Game Update. Bank Heist was reviewed in the August 1983 issue of The Video Game Update newsletter.

Info:

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Catalog

The Video Game Update

July 1983

 

Porky’s (Fox, 20th Century)

Best Guess using info from The Video Game Update. Porky’s was reviewed in the October 1983 issue of The Video Game Update newsletter.

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Catalog

The Video Game Update

July 1983

 

The Official Frogger (Starpath/formerly Arcadia)

Best Guess using info from The Video Game Update. The Official Frogger was reviewed in the October 1983 issue of The Video Game Update newsletter.

Info:

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Atarimania

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The Video Game Update

Reviews:

JoyStik (Dec 83 p55)

Video Games (Mar 84 p78)

July 1983

 

Rabbit Transit (Starpath/formerly Arcadia)

Best Guess using info from The Video Game Update. Rabbit Transit was reviewed in the September 1983 issue of The Video Game Update newsletter.

Info:

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Atarimania

AtariAge

The Video Game Update

Reviews:

Video Games (Mar 83 p30)

Video Games (Apr 84 p64)

Tips & Tricks:

Conquering Rabbit Transit - Videogaming (Dec 83 p46)

July 1983

 

On the Radio

“(Keep Feeling) Fascination” by The Human League   YouTube

“Maniac” by Michael Sembello   YouTube

“It's A Mistake” by Men At Work   YouTube

“I'll Tumble 4 Ya” by Culture Club   YouTube

“Lawyers in Love” by Jackson Browne   YouTube

“Human Nature” by Michael Jackson   YouTube

“The Safety Dance” by Men Without Hats   YouTube

“Puttin' On The Ritz” by Taco   YouTube

July 1983

 

New at the Movies

Mr. Mom  (July 22)   YouTube

Class  (July 22)   YouTube

Jaws 3-D  (July 22)   YouTube

National Lampoon's Vacation  (July 29)   YouTube

Krull  (July 29)   YouTube

July 1983

 

History

     

    Text below from The Video Game Update (August 1983)

     

    Availability Update

    (Based on projected release dates by manufacturers. May change without notice.)

     

    July [compiled from Aug 83, Jul 83, and May 83 availability updates]

    9 To 5 (Fox) [unreleased]

    x - Bank Heist (Fox)

    x - Blueprint (CBS)

    Crackpots (Activision)

    Death Trap (Avalon Hill)

    Frogger (Starpath)

    x - Jungle Hunt (Atari)

    x - Kangaroo (Atari)

    x - Moonsweeper (Imagic)

    x - Porky's (Fox)

    Power Grip (Wico)

    Proline Joystick (Atari)

    Q*bert (Parker Bros)

    Rabbit (Starpath) [Rabbit Transit]

    Rush Hour (Commavid) [unreleased]

    Save The Whales (Fox) [unreleased]

    x - Solar Fox (CBS) [Shipped in June acording to the June list. Why would it also be in the July list?]

    Stronghold (Commavid)

    Turbo (Coleco) [unreleased]

     

    Note: Any program noted with an “x” indicates it has shipped prior to our going to print. May not be in national distribution yet, however.

     

     

    Text below from Arcade Express (July 3, 1983)

     

    VCS MARKET 'HEALTHY AS HELL' ACCORDING TO ATARI EXEC

    David Ruckert, Senior Vice President of Marketing for Atari's Consumer Electronics Division, says the VCS market is continuing to thrive. The company spokesman made his remarks at a press conference at CES, saying that cartridge sales for the VCS were up 10% this April over a similar period last year. Ruckert estimates that 10% of all U.S. households will buy a VCS during the next year, to create an expanded market for software.

     

    Atari unveiled plans for software for Texas Instrument's TI 99/4A, Apple, IBM, VIC-20, and Commodore 64, as well as 28 new games for the VCS and Atari S200 systems, and nine titles for "The Graduate", Atari's add-on module that turns the VCS into a computer.

     

     

    DONKEY KONG, JR. & SR. STAR IN CBS KIDEO SHOW

    Donkey Kong and Donkey Kong, Jr. are scheduled to star in the new CBS Children's Series, "Saturday Supercade". The program produced by Ruby Spears features Mario, his brother Luigi, Pauline, and other characters from the Nintendo games. These heroes will face rolling barrels, swinging vines and snapping jaws in stories designed for the Saturday morning crowd. The series airs Saturday, September 17, at 8:30-9:30 EST, and 7:30-8:30 PST.

     

     

    Text below from Arcade Express (July 31, 1983)

     

    FILMMAKER SUES DISNEY, CHARGES "TRON" THEFT

    Daniel Risdon, a New York City filmmaker, is sueing Disney Productions and "Tron" screenwriter Steven Lisberger, charging copyright infringement. Risdon claims that "Tron" is based on the plot of a screenplay he wrote in 1977 named "Megalopolis, The Computer City". According to the Manhattanite, he showed the script for "Megalopolis" to Lisberger, and he says "Tron" contained essential elements from that play, "disguised . . . within the formula plot."

     

    Risdon is asking for $14 million in damages, as his share of the profits from the movie and from sales of books published by Simon & Schuster and Ballantine Books.

     

     

    DISC COIN-OP DEBUTS AT REESE CELEBRATION

    "Dragon's Lair", the first coin-op videogame to commercially utilize laser disc technology to produce on-screen visuals, made its first appearance before the gaming public at a mammoth open house held by Reese Communications on June 21. Reese, which publishes Arcade Express, Electronic Games and Video, plus a host of other titles, recently moved into larger head- quarters a-top the Grumbacher Building in New York City.

     

    Don Bluth, the animator who created this fresh gaming concept, was on hand to demonstrate the machine and answer questions from any of the more than 500 well-wishers who came to eat West Indian Food, listen to a steel band, play various videogames, and generally warm up Reese's new home.

     

     

    FOX SLASHES PRICE ON MASH

    Fox Video Games is reducing the retail price for the Atari 2600 version of "MASH" to $14.95. The cartridge originally was priced at $29.95. Fox president Frank O'Connell cited retailer concern over the current market glut of VCS-compatible games as the reason for the decrease, but went on to say that this shouldn't be interpreted as a trend for the company or industry.

     

    Versions of "MASH" released later this year for ColecoVision, Atari and Commodore will be at premium pricing.

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August 1983

August 1983

 

Battlezone (Atari)

August release according to Atari Age order form and The Video Game Update. Battlezone was reviewed in the September 1983 issue of The Video Game Update newsletter.

Info:

YouTube

Atarimania

AtariAge

Catalog

Atari Age V2N2 BC

Atari Age V2N2 p.4

The Video Game Update

Electronic Fun

Reviews:

Videogaming (Nov 83 p16)

Electronic Fun (Jan 84 p55)

Video Games (Jan 84 p65)

Ads:

Which Player Is Making a Tactical Error? - Video Games (Dec 83)

August 1983

 

Mogul Maniac (Amiga)   [packaged with the Joyboard controller]

Best Guess using info from The Video Game Update. Mogul Maniac was reviewed in the September 1983 issue of The Video Game Update newsletter.

Info:

YouTube

Atarimania

AtariAge

The Video Game Update

Reviews:

Video Games (Nov 83 p36)

Electronic Fun (Nov 83 p30)

JoyStik (Dec 83 p55)

Electronic Fun (Feb 84 p46)

Electronic Games (Mar 84 p84)

Video Games (Apr 84 p38)

News:

Electronic Fun (May 83 p91)

Articles:

Getting Physical: Video Games Go Aerobic - Video Games (Sep 83 p30)

August 1983

 

BurgerTime (M Network)

Best Guess using info from The Video Game Update. BurgerTime was reviewed in the October 1983 issue of The Video Game Update newsletter.

Info:

YouTube

Atarimania

AtariAge

Catalog

Intellivision Lives

The Video Game Update

August 1983

 

On the Radio

“Tell Her About It” by Billy Joel   YouTube

“Promises, Promises” by Naked Eyes   YouTube

“King Of Pain” by The Police   YouTube

“(She's) Sexy + 17” by Stray Cats   YouTube

“True” by Spandau Ballet   YouTube

“Total Eclipse Of The Heart” by Bonnie Tyler   YouTube

August 1983

 

New at the Movies

Risky Business  (August 5)   YouTube

Cujo  (August 12)   YouTube

Smokey and the Bandit III  (August 12)   YouTube

Strange Brew  (August 19)   YouTube

August 1983

 

History

     

    Text below from The Video Game Update (September 1983)

     

    Availability Update

    (Based on projected release dates by manufacturers. May change without notice.)

     

    August [compiled from Sep 83 and Jul 83 availability updates]

    x - Battlezone (Atari)

    x - Burgertime (M Network)

    x - Decathalon (Activision)

    x - Fathom (Imagic)

    Incredible Hulk (Parker Bros) [unreleased]

    x - Joyboard (Amiga) [packaged with Mogul Maniac]

    x - Pole Position (Atari)

     

    Note: Any program noted with an “x” indicates it has shipped prior to our going to print. May not be in national distribution yet, however.

     

     

    Text below from The Video Game Update (August 1983)

     

     

    BITS AND BYTES

    * A new company on the horizon called SUNRISE SOFTWARE plans entry into the game and computer software field. Among those planned for Fall release are PROFESSOR SMYTHE'S MATHERCISE (cassette and disc for the Atari computers) which is an exercise in speed and accuracy in math; MAYAN MYSTERY (also for the Atari computers) which is a multi-screen adventure/shoot 'em up; and NOAH AND THE ARK, a maze game designed for the Atari 2600. Sunrise tells us they also have plans for ColecoVision, TI 99/4A, and the Apple computers and hope to have additional games announced and available before Christmas.

     

    * HES is packing a $5 check, good toward the purchase of any HesWare product, in all boxes of GRIDRUNNER, beginning August 1 and running through January, 1984.

     

    * Parker Bros, has decided to put two titles on "hold". They are INCREDIBLE HULK and LORD OF THE RINGS.

     

    * Atari has put their newly announced VOICE RECOGNITION SYSTEM on "Hold" for the 2600.

     

    * Fox Games has changed the title of an upcoming 2600-compatible title from "Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea" to CRASH DIVE, scheduled for release later this summer.

     

    * Coleco has put a "hold" on its 2600-compatible version of TURBO. It has not been determined as to whether the title will eventually ship or whether it will be shelved.

     

    * Datasoft has licensed CANYON CLIBER to Thorn EMI for translation into the TI99/4A format.

     

    * Meanwhile, TI is busy picking up licensing deals. They have just picked up Broderbund's huge success, CHOPLIFTER, and another hit, DAVID'S MIDNIGHT MAGIC, along with Sierra On-Line's successful, JAWBREAKER. No release dates are set yet for the 99 4/A.

     

    * Telesys has decided to leave the domestic market and is actively marketing its games, including new titles, overseas in the PAL format.

     

    * Sirius Software has just released BUZZARD BAIT, an action game for the Apple II and IBM PC with a suggested retail of $39.95.

     

    * Atari has just released the suggested list price on their 600XL computer coming this fall. It will be $199.00. (See our COMPUTER ENTERTAINER for complete comparison chart for the Atari computer line.)

     

    * Roklan has formed a development division to adapt both new and existing Roklan software product for the IBM PC. The probable first title to be made available will be a game of Pool, RACK 'EM UP!

     

    * Sierra On-Line plans several titles for the IBM PC in the third and fourth quarter including JAWBREAKER, DARK CRYSTAL and LUNAR LEEPER.

    . . . .

     

    MYTHICON INTROS BUDGET LINE

    MYTHICON has entered the Atari VCS software field with a new approach. They will introduce three 4K VCS games at a RETAIL of $9.95 in packaging which will lend itself to being put into supermarkets, book stores, etc. The first games are STAR FOX, an ourter space game in which you must recover crystals while avoiding aliens, and FIRE FLY, a multi-screen space game in which you must help the good bugs rid the planet of evil creature-machines sent to destroy the cities. SORCERER casts you as a good Sorcerer who must destroy evil forces trying to destroy the planet.

     

    Later his fall, they plan to work on 8K games for the VCS, also promised at a lower price point.

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September 1983

September 1983

 

Alpha Beam with Ernie (Atari)

September release according to page 10 of V2n3. Alpha Beam with Ernie was shipped in November according to The Video Game Update.

Info:

YouTube

Atarimania

AtariAge

Catalog

Atari Age V2N3 p.32

Atari Age V2N3 p.10

Atari Age V2N4 p.24

Electronic Fun

Reviews:

Computer Games (Jun 84 p55)

September 1983

 

Krull (Atari)

September release according to Atari Age order form and page 5 of V2N2. Krull wasn't shipped until November according to The Video Game Update.

Info:

YouTube

Atarimania

AtariAge

Catalog

Atari Age V2N2 p.5

Atari Age V2N2 p.4

Electronic Fun

Reviews:

Videogaming (Nov 83 p68)

Video Games (Feb 84 p70)

Electronic Games (Oct 84 p82)

September 1983

 

Donkey Kong Junior (Coleco)

Best Guess using info from The Video Game Update. Donkey Kong Junior was reviewed in the September 1983 issue of The Video Game Update newsletter.

Info:

YouTube

Atarimania

AtariAge

The Video Game Update

September 1983

 

Mr. Do! (Coleco)

Best Guess using info from The Video Game Update. Mr. Do! was reviewed in the October 1983 issue of The Video Game Update newsletter.

Info:

YouTube

Atarimania

AtariAge

The Video Game Update

Reviews:

Videogaming (Nov 83 p69)

Video Games (Apr 84 p60)

September 1983

 

Crash Dive (Fox, 20th Century)

Best Guess using info from The Video Game Update. Crash Dive was reviewed in the October 1983 issue of The Video Game Update newsletter.

Info:

YouTube

Atarimania

AtariAge

The Video Game Update

Reviews:

Videogaming (Nov 83 p18)

Electronic Games (Mar 84 p73)

September 1983

 

Kool-Aid Man (M Network)

Best Guess using info from The Video Game Update. Kool-Aid Man was reviewed in the October 1983 issue of The Video Game Update newsletter.

Info:

YouTube

Atarimania

AtariAge

Intellivision Lives

The Video Game Update

September 1983

 

Thunderground (Sega)

Best Guess using info from The Video Game Update. Thunderground was reviewed in the October 1983 issue of The Video Game Update newsletter.

Info:

YouTube

Atarimania

AtariAge

The Video Game Update

Reviews:

Videogaming (Dec 83 p14)

September 1983

 

On the Radio

“One Thing Leads To Another” by The Fixx   YouTube

“Delirious” by Prince   YouTube

“Suddenly Last Summer” by The Motels   YouTube

“Burning Down The House” by Talking Heads   YouTube

September 1983

 

New at the Movies

Strange Invaders  (September 16)   YouTube

Educating Rita  (September 21)   YouTube

The Big Chill  (September 28)   YouTube

Brainstorm  (September 30)   YouTube

September 1983

 

New on TV

We Got It Made  (Sept. 8)   YouTube

Webster  (Sept. 16)   YouTube

Hardcastle & McCormick  (September 18)   YouTube

Hotel  (September 21)   YouTube

AfterMASH  (September 26)   YouTube

Oh, Madeline  (September 27)   YouTube

Manimal  (September 30)   YouTube

September 1983

 

History

     

    Text below from The Logical Gamer (September 1983, page 1)

     

    CBS RELEASES BLUEPRINT

    CBS Electronics announced the July release of BLUEPRINT, a unique memory and action game for the Atari 2600. The new game cartridge is based on the Bally Midway arcade hit. . . .

     

     

    Text below from Electronic Fun (September 1983, page 38)

     

    [Looks like they got some things wrong here.]

     

    Atari appears to be leading the pack right now, with no less than 28 new titles coming out for Atari game systems by the end of the year. Scheduled for release on VCS carts in September are two arcade chart toppers, Pole Position and Battlezone. Also coming out this month will be Atari's adaptation of the movie Krull featuring three different skill levels in which you can take the roles of the film's major characters, and Donald Duck's Speedboat, an obstacle course that also stars Donald's nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie.

     

    DIG DUG WE MUST

    October and November appear to be the big months for 2600 releases. Along with three new arcade translationsDig Dug, Joust and Moon PatrolAtari will bring out seven new games based on characters from Walt Disney films and Sesame Street: Cookie Monster Munch, Alpha Beam (with Sesame Street's Ernie), Big Bird's Egg Catch, Miss Piggy's Wedding, Pigs in Space, Dumbo's Flying Circus and Sorcerer's Apprentice.

     

     

    Text below from The Video Game Update (October 1983)

     

    Availability Update

    (Based on projected release dates by manufacturers. May change without notice.)

     

    September [compiled from Oct 83, Sep 83, Aug 83, and Jul 83 availability updates]

    Crash Dive (Fox)

    Donald Duck Speedboat (Atari) [unreleased]

    x - Donkey Kong Jr. (Coleco)

    x - Kool & Pitcher Man (M Network) [Kool-Aid Man]

    Lord Of The Rings (Parker Bros) [unreleased]

    Mad-Netter (Computer Magic) [unreleased]

    x - Mr Do (Coleco)

    Pogoman (Computer Magic) [unreleased]

    Popeye (Parker Bros)

    Quick Step (Imagic)

    x - Spike's Peak/Ghost Manor (Xonox)

    Super Cobra (Parker Bros)

    Surfs Up (Amiga) [unreleased]

    x - Thunderground (Sega)

     

    Note: Any program noted with an “x” indicates it has shipped prior to our going to print. May not be in national distribution yet, however.

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October 1983

October 1983

 

Dig Dug (Atari)

October release according to page 8 of Atari Age V2n3 and The Video Game Update. Dig Dug was reviewed in the November 1983 issue of The Video Game Update newsletter.

Info:

YouTube

Atarimania

AtariAge

Atari Age V2N3 p.21

Atari Age V2N3 p.8

Electronic Fun

The Video Game Update

Ads:

Here Comes Dig Dug From Atari - Video Games (Dec 83)

October 1983

 

Gravitar (Atari)

October release according to page 9 of Atari Age V2n3.

Exclusive Atari Club introduction. "It will be at least six months before Gravitar is sold at any storeit may never be released to the general public! But you can get in on the Masters excitement right now!"

Info:

YouTube

Atarimania

AtariAge

Atari Age V2N3 p.4

Atari Age V2N3 p.9

October 1983

 

SwordQuest WaterWorld (Atari)

October release according to page 9 of V2n3.

Info:

YouTube

Atarimania

AtariAge

Atari Age V2N3 p.11

Atari Age V2N3 p.9

Videogaming

News:

STARLOG (May 82 p10)

October 1983

 

Pressure Cooker (Activision)

Best Guess using info from The Video Game Update. Pressure Cooker was reviewed in the November 1983 issue of The Video Game Update newsletter.

Info:

YouTube

Atarimania

AtariAge

Catalog

The Video Game Update

Reviews:

Video and Computer Gaming Illustrated (Jan 84 p12)

October 1983

 

Time Pilot (Coleco)

Best Guess using info from The Video Game Update. Time Pilot was reviewed in the November 1983 issue of The Video Game Update newsletter.

Info:

YouTube

Atarimania

AtariAge

The Video Game Update

Reviews:

STARLOG (Mar 84 p40)

October 1983

 

Laser Gates (Imagic)

Best Guess using info from The Video Game Update. Laser Gates was reviewed in the November 1983 issue of The Video Game Update newsletter.

Info:

YouTube

Atarimania

AtariAge

The Video Game Update

Reviews:

Videogaming (Dec 83 p18)

Video Games (Feb 84 p67)

STARLOG (Mar 84 p41)

October 1983

 

Star Trek: Strategic Operations Simulator (Sega)

Best Guess using info from The Video Game Update. Star Trek was reviewed in the October 1983 issue of The Video Game Update newsletter.

Info:

YouTube

Atarimania

AtariAge

The Video Game Update

Ads:

These instructions could save your life - Electronic Games (Jan 84)

October 1983

 

Glib (Selchow & Righter)

Super Extreme Best Guess. Glib was reviewed in the October 1983 issue of The Video Game Update newsletter.

Info:

YouTube

Atarimania

AtariAge

News:

From The Video Game Update (Nov 83): “In our October issue, we reported that the Atari 2600-compatible word game, GLIB, would not work in some Atari 2600 units. We're happy to report that the problem has been solved by the manufacturer. If you have a problem with the picture rolling in this game, Qualtronic Devices, Inc. (120 W. Main St., Smithtown, NY 11787) will fix your cartridge.”

October 1983

 

Party Mix (Starpath/formerly Arcadia)

Best Guess using info from The Video Game Update. Party Mix was reviewed in the November 1983 issue of The Video Game Update newsletter.

Info:

YouTube

Atarimania

AtariAge

The Video Game Update

Reviews:

Electronic Fun (Dec 83 p58)

Video and Computer Gaming Illustrated (Jan 84 p11)

October 1983

 

On the Radio

“Modern Love” by David Bowie   YouTube

“Dr. Heckyll & Mr. Jive” by Men At Work   YouTube

“Say Say Say” by Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson   YouTube

“P.Y.T.” by Michael Jackson   YouTube

“All Night Long (All Night)” by Lionel Richie   YouTube

“Uptown Girl” by Billy Joel   YouTube

“Say It Isn't So” by Hall & Oates   YouTube

October 1983

 

New at the Movies

Never Say Never Again  (October 7)   YouTube

The Right Stuff  (October 21)   YouTube

All the Right Moves  (October 21)   YouTube

October 1983

 

New on TV

Scarecrow And Mrs. King  (October 3)   YouTube

Whiz Kids  (October 5)   YouTube

Bay City Blues  (October 25)   YouTube

October 1983

 

History

    Nolan Bushnell allowed to make video games again (October 1).

    Info:

    Hi-Res

    Wikipedia

     

     

    Text below from The Video Game Update (November 1983)

     

    Availability Update

    (Based on projected release dates by manufacturers. May change without notice.)

     

    October [compiled from Nov 83, Oct 83, Sep 83, and Aug 83 availability updates]

    Cosmic Commander Power Arcade (Milton Bradley)

    x - Deathstar Battle (Parker Bros)

    x - Dig Dug (Atari)

    Dr. Seuss One Fish-Voice (Coleco) [unreleased]

    Dumbo's Flying Circus (Atari) [unreleased]

    Fall Guy (Fox) [unreleased]

    Flight Commander Power Arcade (Milton Bradley)

    x - Frostbite (Activision)

    Joust (Atari)

    x - Laser Gates (Imagic)

    Moon Patrol (Atari)

    Off Your Rocker (Amiga) [unreleased]

    x - Party Mix (Starpath)

    Power Lord (Odyssey) [unreleased (Power Lords by Probe 2000)]

    Pressure Cooker (Activision)

    Pursuit Of Pink Panther (Odyssey) [unreleased (working title was Adventures of the Pink Panther)]

    Rocky & Bullwinkle (M Network) [unreleased]

    Sac Alert (Amiga) [unreleased]

    Sky Blazer (Broderbund) [unreleased]

    Springer (Tigervision)

    x - Star Trek (Sega)

    Surf's Up (Amiga) [unreleased]

    Sweat (Starpath) [unreleased]

    Time Pilot (Coleco)

    Trackball (Atari)

     

    Note: Any program noted with an “x” indicates it has shipped prior to our going to print. May not be in national distribution yet, however.

     

     

    Text below from The Video Game Update (October 1983)

     

     

    Mythicon “Test” Shipments

    Mythicon has begun “test” shipments of their $9.95 games (Star Fox, Firefly, and Sorcerer.) However, in contacting the company for review copies, we were told there are none available at this time. A representative of the company indicated they are not soliciting reviews until they have an advertising push on the product. Because campaigns are not a criteria for our reviewing product, we find that unsatisfactory; and, if we are able to find the product in a store, we will purchase it for review. If a company is excited about their product, it seems to us they would be looking for press coverage!

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November 1983

November 1983

 

Big Bird’s Egg Catch (Atari)

Best Guess using info from The Video Game Update. Big Bird’s Egg Catch was reviewed in the December 1983 issue of The Video Game Update newsletter.

Info:

YouTube

Atarimania

AtariAge

Catalog

Atari Age V2N4 p7

Atari Age V2N4 p24

The Video Game Update

Reviews:

Electronic Fun (Jan 84 p52)

News:

New Sesame Street Games Unveiled - Atari Age V1N5 (Jan/Feb 83 p11)

Articles:

Young at Heart - Video Games (May 84 p30)

November 1983

 

Pigs in Space (Atari)

Best Guess using info from The Video Game Update. Pigs in Space was reviewed in the November 1983 issue of The Video Game Update newsletter.

Info:

YouTube

Atarimania

AtariAge

Catalog

Atari Age V2N4 p6

Atari Age V2N4 BC

The Video Game Update

Reviews:

Videogaming (Nov 83 p15)

Electronic Games (Oct 84 p84)

November 1983

 

Snoopy and the Red Baron (Atari)

Best Guess using info from The Video Game Update. Snoopy and the Red Baron was reviewed in the December 1983 issue of The Video Game Update newsletter.

Info:

YouTube

Atarimania

AtariAge

Catalog

Atari Age V2N4 p26

The Video Game Update

Reviews:

Videogaming (Nov 83 p18)

Electronic Fun (Jan 84 p52)

Electronic Games (Jul 84 p70)

November 1983

 

Boing! (First Star Software)

Extreme Best Guess using info from The Video Game Update. Boing! was reviewed in the November 1983 issue of The Video Game Update newsletter. Boing! was marked as being shipped in January 1984 in the February 1984 issue of The Video Game Update newsletter, so I don't know what that's about.

Info:

YouTube

Atarimania

AtariAge

The Video Game Update

Reviews:

Electronic Fun (Jan 84 p62)

Electronic Games (May 84 p78)

News:

From The Video Game Update (Oct 83): “First Star Software, who brought you Astrochase, are preparing their Fall releases for several systems. In their first entry in the 2600 market, they will release BOING!, where you are a bubble, bouncing around a playfield of 36 multicolored squares. You must jump on each square to ‘turn it on’, while obstacles try and stop you. First Star is promising first rate quality when your bubble is popped by The Pin, etc. The game will feature 6 levels of 5 ‘waves’ each and 6 musical themes.”

 

Videogaming (Nov 83 p6)

 

Electronic Games (Nov 83 p70)

Articles:

Spin-Offs Jump to the Q*bert Challenge - Video Games (Mar 84 p28)

Ads:

First, The Good News - Electronic Games (Nov 83)

First, The Good News - Electronic Fun (Nov 83)

First, The Good News - Electronic Games (Dec 83)

First, The Good News - Electronic Fun (Dec 83)

First, The Good News - Electronic Fun (Jan 84)

November 1983

 

Bump ’n’ Jump (M Network)

Best Guess using info from The Video Game Update. Bump ’n’ Jump was reviewed in the February 1984 issue of The Video Game Update newsletter.

Info:

YouTube

Atarimania

AtariAge

Intellivision Lives

The Video Game Update

November 1983

 

Buck Rogers: Planet of Zoom (Sega)

Best Guess using info from The Video Game Update. Buck Rogers was reviewed in the December 1983 issue of The Video Game Update newsletter.

Info:

YouTube

Atarimania

AtariAge

The Video Game Update

Ads:

Your One Chance - Electronic Games (Jan 84)

November 1983

 

Chuck Norris Superkicks/Artillery Duel (Xonox)

Best Guess using info from The Video Game Update. Chuck Norris Superkicks/Artillery Duel was reviewed in the January 1984 issue of The Video Game Update newsletter.

Info:

YouTube

Atarimania

AtariAge

Catalog

The Video Game Update

Article:

Will Xonox Video Games Be K-Tel’s “Greatest Hits”? - Video Games (March 84 p32)

November 1983

 

On the Radio

“In A Big Country” by Big Country   YouTube

“Major Tom (Coming Home)” by Peter Schilling  YouTube

“Ain't Nobody” by Rufus & Chaka Khan   YouTube

“I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues” by Elton John   YouTube

“Owner Of A Lonely Heart” by Yes   YouTube

“Synchronicity II” by The Police   YouTube

“Union Of The Snake” by Duran Duran   YouTube

“Talking In Your Sleep” by The Romantics   YouTube

“Time Will Reveal” by DeBarge   YouTube

“Break My Stride” by Matthew Wilder   YouTube

November 1983

 

New at the Movies

A Christmas Story  (November 18)   YouTube

Yentl  (November 18)   YouTube

Terms of Endearment  (November 23)   YouTube

November 1983

 

New on TV

The Day After  (November 20)   YouTube

November 1983

 

History

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December 1983

December 1983

 

Sorcerer's Apprentice (Atari)

Best Guess using info from The Video Game Update. Sorcerer's Apprentice was reviewed in the January 1984 issue of The Video Game Update newsletter. Sorcerer's Apprentice was supposed to be released in October according to page 10 of V2N3.

Info:

YouTube

Atarimania

AtariAge

Atari Age V2N3 p.32

Atari Age V2N3 p.10

Reviews:

Videogaming (Nov 83 p14)

Electronic Fun (Dec 83 p54)

Video Games (May 84 p32)

Electronic Games (Oct 84 p83)

December 1983

 

Omega Race (CBS Electronics)

Best Guess using info from The Video Game Update. Omega Race was reviewed in the December 1983 issue of The Video Game Update newsletter.

Info:

YouTube

Atarimania

AtariAge

The Video Game Update

Ads:

Omega Race Finally Comes Home - Electronic Games (Dec 83)

December 1983

 

Tunnel Runner (CBS Electronics)

Best Guess using info from The Video Game Update. Tunnel Runner was reviewed in the January 1984 issue of The Video Game Update newsletter. Tunnel Runner was supposed to be released in June, but it was delayed.

Info:

YouTube

Atarimania

AtariAge

The Video Game Update

Arcade Express

Reviews:

Electronic Fun (Oct 83 p61)

Electronic Fun (Mar 84 p28)

STARLOG (May 84 p18)

Computer Games (Jun 84 p57)

News:

CBS Pulls an Inside Job - Videogaming (Jun 83 p7)

 

Lou Abbagnaro, director of engineering, CBS Games - Videogaming (Jul 83 p75)

 

More Memory Perks Up Videogame Cartridges - Electronic Games (Oct 83 p26)

 

From Videogaming (Nov 83 p6): "CBS Electronics is delaying release of their Ram Plus games Wings and Tunnel Runner."

 

From Electronic Games (Nov 84 p64): "After producing just two 8K games, Tunnel Runner and Solar Fox, CBS abandoned its entire videogame department to concentrate on producing computer software."

 

Ads:

Hang on to Your Atari 2600 - Electronic Games (Aug 83)

Hang on to Your Atari 2600 - STARLOG (Aug 83)

December 1983

 

Subterranea (Imagic)

Best Guess using info from The Video Game Update. Subterranea was reviewed in the January 1984 issue of The Video Game Update newsletter.

Info:

YouTube

Atarimania

AtariAge

The Video Game Update

Reviews:

Video Games (May 84 p60)

STARLOG (May 84 p18)

Electronic Games (Jul 84 p72)

Previews:

Videogaming (Oct 83 p52)

December 1983

 

On the Radio

“Major Tom (Coming Home)” by Peter Schilling   YouTube

“Break My Stride” by Matthew Wilder   YouTube

“In A Big Country” by Big Country   YouTube

“Karma Chameleon” by Culture Club   YouTube

“That's All!” by Genesis   YouTube

“Talking In Your Sleep” by The Romantics   YouTube

“The Curly Shuffle” by Jump 'N The Saddle   YouTube

“Holiday” by Madonna   YouTube

December 1983

 

New at the Movies

Scarface  (December 9)   YouTube

Sudden Impact  (December 9)   YouTube

Christine  (December 9)   YouTube

Silkwood  (December 14)   YouTube

D.C. Cab  (December 16)   YouTube

The Keep  (December 16)   YouTube

December 1983

 

New on TV

Automan  (December 15)   YouTube

December 1983

 

History

     

    Text below from Videogaming (December 1983, page 49)

     

    Judging from the mail we've been receiving since we opened shop last year, the most eagerly awaited game ever is Parker Brothers' Incredible Hulk for the 2600 and ColecoVision. Forget it, gang. Parker Brothers just announced that they are canceling the game, along with the James Bond train-hopping 007 game.

     

    We long ago gave up on that company's projected Lord of the Rings game.

     

     

    Text below from Video Games (March 1984, page 28)

     

    Q*BERT BY PARKER BROTHERS

    This was Parker Brothers' first release of Q*bert in any format. And given the limited graphics and memory capabilities of the VCS, Parker Brothers did a pretty good job. The game has been out for quite a while, and has been reviewed in these pages in months past.

     

     

    Text below from The Video Game Update (January 1984)

     

    Availability Update

    (Based on projected release dates by manufacturers. May change without notice.)

     

    December [compiled from Jan 84, Dec 83, Nov 83, and Oct 83 availability updates]

    x - Congo Bongo (Sega)

    x - Cookie Monster Munch (Atari) [Marked as shipped in November and December 1983]

    Glacier Patrol (Sunrise) [unreleased]

    x - Mario Bros. (Atari)

    M*A*S*H 2 (Fox) [unreleased]

    x - Masters of the Universe (M Network)

    x - Mountain King (CBS)

    x - Omega Race (CBS)

    Snowplow (Sunrise) [unreleased]

    x - Sorcerer's Apprentice (Atari)

    Subterranea (Imagic)

    x - Tunnel Runner (CBS)

     

    Note: Any program noted with an “x” indicates it has shipped prior to our going to print. May not be in national distribution yet, however.

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Need a Month

? 1983 or 1984

 

Quadrun (Atari)

Exclusive Atari Club introduction.

Info:

YouTube

Atarimania

AtariAge

Atari Age V2N4 p.3

Atari Age V2N4 p.7

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Atari 2600 Game History: 1982

Atari 2600 Game History: 1983

Atari 2600 Game History: 1984

 

 

 

 

Information Compiled From the Following Sources

Internet Archive

Digital Press Library

2600 Connection Library

The Giant List of Classic Game Programmers

I. C. When

Atari History Museum (Atari Historical Society)

AtariGuide

AtariAge

Steve R's Atari 2600 Rarity List

The Numbers

440 International: Those Were the Days

Rock on the Net: The Ark Weekly Top 40 Archives

Internet Movie Database

Wikipedia: List of Years in Television

My family's calendars from 1982 and 1983. We wrote down almost everything back then.

The Billboard Book of Top 40 hits (5th Edition) by Joel Whitburn

The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network TV Shows (5th Edition) by Tim Brooks and Earle Marsh

Book & Video Update newsletter

 

 

 

Index

Related Links

Atari Owners Club Bulletin / VCS Owners Club Bulletin

Find release dates for Atari 2600 games that were sold in the UK.

 

I. C. When

A chronological history of computers, video games, and related technologies (at archive.org).

Interesting Articles

Video Game Makers Set Marketing Plans - Billboard (Jan 8, 83 p29)

There wouldn't be a video games industry without video games marketing, and this quarter manufacturers are outdoing themselves in attempts to attract new customers.

 

Video Games Getting Face lift As Firms Fight Setbacks - Billboard (Jan 8, 83 p30)

Atari may have stumbled, Mattel limps badly and Games By Apollo could be down on its knees, but consensus in the home video industry still maintains that a hot title with good play value will rake in the money.

 

The Empire Talks Back - Electronic Fun (Jan 83 p28)

Parker Brothers has always been right on top of the times.

 

Space Age Games - STARLOG (Feb 83 p18)

Introduced in 1977, the grandaddy of cartridge arcade machines isn't ready for the Smithsonian yet.

 

Games by Apollo Tumbles Back to Earth - BLIP (Mar 83 p12)

The company will now have to fend off quite a few creditors as it tries to save its cartridges from extinction.

 

WALL STREET LAYS ELECTRONIC EGG - Electronic Fun (Mar 83 p17)

Video game stocks dropped so fast that the New York Stock Exchange halted trading in Warner and Mattel stocks.

 

Atari VCS - Antic (May 83 p61)

It used to be that computer owners could dismiss the Atari 2600 VCS (Video Computer System) as a mere plaything that temporarily infatuated millions of Americans.

 

Screen Magic - Blip (Jul 83 p3)

Imagic is one of the hottest video games companies around. BLIP takes you on an exclusive tour inside Imagic headquarters.

 

Demon Designer - Electronic Fun (Aug 83 p78)

Rob Fulop really has the Imagic touch.

 

Interview with Three Game Designers - Video & Arcade Games (Fall 83 p12)

Almost everyone plays computer games, and most of us have wondered at one time or another: "What sort of a mind does it take to create one of these things?" We wondered, too, so we had a talk with three designers from Activision.

 

Faded Glory - Video Games (Sep 83 p18)

The decline, fall and possible salvation of home video.

 

Richard Stearns - Video Games (Oct 83 p18)

Parker Brothers keeps coming on strong.

 

Staying Power - Radio Electronics (Nov 83 p12)

Undeniably, those top-selling games are good-playing games. There is no secret formula. Interesting graphics, innovative sound, and novel and ever-challenging game playthose are the basics of cartridge staying power.

 

The Music Man - Video Games (Nov 83 p19)

Ed bogas breaks the video game sound barrier.

 

Tragic Imagic - Videogaming (Dec 83 p25)

It has all the elements of a classical tragedy: a collection of good-natured, creative people of integrity rise to the heights of artistic and financial success, only to be ruined by their own tragic flaws or the machinations of fate.

 

The Worst Flops! the Dumbest Games! Entire Companies Crumble and Fold! Arcade Machines That Will Make You Cringe in Embarrassment and Disgust! - Videogaming (Dec 83 p34)

The very worst arcade games ever released are blasted, skewered basted and devoured.

 

The Trends And Transformations Of Home Video '84 - Video Games (Apr 84 p66)

Doomsayers were even heard to say that 1983 was the proverbial beginning of the end for the video game "fad."

 

Tops & Flops of 1983 - Electronic Games (May 84 p68)

Read what the experts have to say.

 

M Network Release Order

Ubersaurus at AtariAge contacted Keith Robinson about M Network games and although he didn't know the months the game were released, he did know the order of their release.

 

1983:

Adventures of Tron

Air Raiders

Star Strike

Bump 'n' Jump

BurgerTime

Kool-Aid Man

Masters of the Universe: The Power of He-Man

Billboard Top 15

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