Star Castle for the Atari 2600!!!
Star Castle is a 1980 vector arcade game by Cinematronics. The game involves obliterating a series of defenses orbiting a stationary turret in the center of the screen. The game was designed by Tim Skellyand programmed by Scott Boden. Tim Skelly also created a number of other Cinematronics titles, including Starhawk, Armor Attack and Rip-Off. As with many other titles by the company, Star Castle was ported to the Vectrex video game console in 1983.
This is kind of gigantic. The man that programed Yar’s Revenge claimed that getting a functional Star Castle on to the 2600 was impossible. 30-odd years later, it isn’t impossible, it’s done.
Cartridges on kickstarter for $50, complete with box and manual (also included is a CD containing all manner of history.) Cartridge is transparent and includes Das Blinkenlights. When I say it includes Das Blinkenlights, I mean that the cartridge comes in a clear shell, and there are two lights on the top that blink in rhythm with the action of the game.
I am, personally, always very excited by 2600 homebrew. I’m glad to see that the community is still alive, and looking forward to playing Star Castle on my atari!
There are 26 days to go on his kickstarter campaign, and he’s only $150 away in funding. Let’s blow this thing up, guys.
I can’t tell what the fourth game down on the left is. It’s in the late era Atari packaging I think, but I just can’t make it out.
I have all of the rest of these games. The Atari is attached to my television. Berzerk and Yars’ Revenge probably get the most play out of the games shown here. (Granted, the majority of the games shown here were superseded by vastly superior riffs around the same idea. Chopper Command > Defender, Enduro > Night Driver, Warlords > Breakout.)
Even with the solution, this game is hard as all get out. I’ve only beaten it once.