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Activision Release Dates From the Archives (Atari 2600)

From an AtariAge thread by Klove.

Page last updated on: 2016y_08m_22d_2257t

 

The list below is from a thread at AtariAge by Klove. I added notes next to most entries that confirm or question (???) the dates.

 

 

 

 

The Klove List

Atlantis Original Release Date: 04/22/88 Originally published by Imagic in 1982  ???  [According to the February 1988 issue of Computer Entertainer, the game was already recently re-released, so April may not be correct.]

 

Barnstorming Original Release Date: 03/01/82   [confirmed]

 

Baseball Original Release Date: 03/12/88 Distributed by Activision in 1988. Originally released as PETE ROSE BASEBALL  ???  [Shipped in February 1989 according to the March and April 1989 issues of Computer Entertainer. It was not reviewed.]

 

Beamrider Original Release Date: 01/24/84  ???  [Seems to have been released in March 1984.]

 

Boxing Original Release Date: 07/01/80   [confirmed]

 

Bridge Original Release Date: 12/01/80   [confirmed]

 

Checkers Original Release Date: 07/01/80   [confirmed]

 

Chopper Command Original Release Date: 05/01/82  ???  [Seems to have been released in June 1982.]

 

Commando Original Release Date: 01/29/88  ???  [According to the July 1988 issue of Computer Entertainer, the game was shipped in June 1988. It was reviewed in the July 1988 issue of Computer Entertainer newsletter.]

 

Cosmic Commuter Original Release Date: 11/09/84  ???  [Not released until 1985. It was reviewed in the November 1985 issue of The Video Game Update newsletter.]

 

Crackpots Original Release Date: 05/16/83  ???  [Seems to have been released in July 1983.]

 

Decathlon Original Release Date: 03/18/83  ???  [Seems to have been released in August 1983.]

 

Demon Attack Original Release Date: 04/22/88 Originally published by Imagic in 1982  ???  [According to the February 1988 issue of Computer Entertainer, the game was already recently re-released, so April may not be correct.]

 

Dolphin Original Release Date: 12/27/83  ???  [Seems to have been released in April 1983.]

 

Double Dragon Original Release Date: 06/23/89 (Atari 2600)  ???  [Tossed in the fourth quarter section of the list in the December 1989 issue of Computer Entertainer and still not marked as shipped.]

 

Dragster Original Release Date: 07/01/80   [confirmed]

 

Enduro Original Release Date: 02/01/83  ???  [Seems to have been released in May 1983.]

 

Fishing Derby Original Release Date: 07/01/80   [confirmed]

 

Freeway Original Release Date: 07/01/81   [confirmed]

 

Frostbite Original Release Date: 08/14/83  ???  [Seems to have been released in October 1983.]

 

Ghostbusters Original Release Date: 05/10/85 (Atari 2600)  ???  [The October 1985 issue of Computer Entertainer said that Activision recently released two Atari 2600 games and Ghostbusters was reviewed in that same issue.]

 

Grand Prix Original Release Date: 03/01/82   [confirmed]

 

H.E.R.O Original Release Date: 03/23/84   [confirmed]

 

Ice Hockey Original Release Date: 12/01/81   [confirmed]

 

Kabobber Previously Unreleased Development Period: Late 1984

 

Kaboom Original Release Date: 07/01/81   [confirmed]

 

Keystone Kapers Original Release Date: 01/25/83  ???  [Released in April or May 1983.]

 

Kung-Fu Master Original Release Date: 05/12/87  ???  [Shipped in September 1987 according to the October 1987 issue of Computer Entertainer. It was reviewed in the October 1987 issue of Computer Entertainer newsletter.]

 

Laser Blast Original Release Date: 03/01/81   [I have no info for this game. Other release dates for 1981 in this list were confirmed, so there's no reason to doubt this one.]

 

Megamania Original Release Date: 04/09/82  ???  [Seems to have been released in October 1982.]

 

Moonsweeper Original Release Date: 04/22/88 Originally published by Imagic in 1983  ???  [According to the February 1988 issue of Computer Entertainer, the game was already recently re-released, so April may not be correct.]

 

Oink Original Release Date: 12/27/82  ???  [Seems to have been released in April 1983.]

 

Pitfall Original Release Date: 04/20/82  ???  [Seems to have been released in September 1982.]

 

Pitfall 2 Original Release Date: 09/16/83  ???  [Seems to have been released in March 1984.]

 

Plaque Attack Original Release Date: 02/22/83  ???  [Seems to have been released in May 1983.]

 

Pressure Cooker Original Release Date: 08/26/83  ???  [Seems to have been released in October 1983.]

 

Private Eye Original Release Date: 09/19/83  ???  [Seems to have been released in March 1984.]

 

Rampage Original Release Date: 02/07/89  ???  [Shipped in May 1989 according to the June 1989 issue of Computer Entertainer. It was not reviewed.]

 

River Raid Original Release Date: 08/19/82  ???  [Seems to have been released in December 1982.]

 

River Raid 2 Original Release Date: 07/28/88  ???  [Shipped in November 1988 according to the December 1988 issue of Computer Entertainer. It was reviewed in the December 1988 issue of Computer Entertainer newsletter.]

 

Robot Tank Original Release Date: 03/24/83  ???  [Seems to have been released in June 1983.]

 

Seaquest Original Release Date: 09/27/83  ???  [Seems to have been released in February 1983.]

 

Skiing Original Release Date: 12/01/80   [confirmed]

 

Skateboardin’ Original Release Date: 07/14/87 Distributed by Activision in 1987  ???  [According to the February and March 1988 issues of Computer Entertainer, the game was shipped in January of 1988.]

 

Sky Jinks Original Release Date: 11/01/82   [confirmed]

 

Space Shuttle Original Release Date: 09/07/83  ???  [Seems to have been released in November 1983.]

 

Spider Fighter Original Release Date: 09/27/82  ???  [Seems to have been released in January 1983.]

 

Stampede Original Release Date: 12/01/81   [confirmed]

 

Starmaster Original Release Date: 06/23/82   [confirmed]

 

Tennis Original Release Date: 03/01/81   [I have no info for this game. Other release dates for 1981 in this list were confirmed, so there's no reason to doubt this one.]

 

Thwocker Previously Unreleased Development Period: Late 1984

 

Titlematch Pro Wrestling Original Release Date: 07/14/87 Distributed by Activision in 1987  ???  [According to the November and December 1987 issues of Computer Entertainer, the game was shipped in October 1987.]

 

Tomcat: The F14 Flight Simulator Original Release Date: 02/17/88 Distributed by Activision in 1988  ???  [According to the March and April 1989 issues of Computer Entertainer, the game was shipped in February 1989.]

 

 

 

February 1988

 

History

     

    Text below from Computer Entertainer (February 1988)

     

    Classic Atari 2600 Games Revived by Activision

    Activision has recently re-released some classic Atari 2600 games of their own, plus some titles originally done by Imagic. The newly added titles are THE ACTIVISION DECATHLON, ROBOT TANK, ATLANTIS, DEMON ATTACK, and MOONSWEEPER. These games are distributed primarily to nationwide toy store chains, such as Toys 'R' Us and Kaybee Toys.

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