AtariXP is a writer of collectible, bodily video games. It takes its title as a tribute to the Atari Program Alternate (AXP), which was a mail order catalog that offered software program within the 70s and 80s. The corporate is providing three never-released titles from Atari for pre-order proper now. These are Yars’ Return, Saboteur, and Aquaventure and all three will ship with a cartridge that’s really playable on the unique Atari 2600 console from yesteryear.
Yars’ Return is the sequel to Atari’s 1982 Yars’ Revenge, which simply occurred to be the best-selling unique recreation for the Atari 2600. Some could bear in mind the hoard of invading aliens that might shoot at you from behind obstacles and sporadically dart throughout to hack away at your defend. In Yars’ Revenge gameplay was all the time horizontal as enemies would assault from the left. Within the but to be launched Yars’ Return, that each one modifications as aliens will probably be coming at you from three totally different instructions. This could make gameplay a bit more durable for all you OG Atari gamers.
The second of the never-released video games is Saboteur, which was presupposed to launch in 1983. It’s a artistic, multi-level shooter that has you enjoying as a robotic named Hotot. you might be given the duty of preventing a blue alien race that’s using your planet to launch a galaxy-destroying warhead. However you aren’t alone within the combat, as you’ll be part of forces with a yellow birdlike race to derail the alien’s grasp plan. Alongside together with your yellow cohorts, you’ll battle the aliens in an try and destroy the rocket, disarm the warhead, and stop the annihilation of your house planet.
The ultimate recreation that’s up for pre-order is Aquaventure. It’s going to take you to an undersea cavern to retrieve a treasure. However you could achieve this earlier than you run out of oxygen. Additionally, as you dive into the depths of the abyss you’ll encounter sea creatures that can try to delay your treasure hunt. You can be given the selection to kill the annoying sea creatures, however beware that can solely spawn a substitute that will probably be quicker and stronger. In case you are lucky sufficient to achieve the sunken treasure, you’ll be met by a mermaid. Do not count on this mermaid to swim as much as you and provide you with a peck on the cheek, nonetheless. No, she goes to swing that tail fin of hers to ship you onto the following stage. As you progress, the ocean creatures get quicker, and you’ve got much less oxygen to breath.
All three video games are provided in two variations. The primary is a typical version through which you’ll obtain a newly manufactured Atari 2600 cartridge with “sturdy gold-plated connectors” for $49.99. The second is a limited-edition package deal the place you’ll obtain the Atari 2600 cartridge, a premium poster, a printed educational handbook with bonus materials, a collectible pin and badge, a certificates of authenticity, and a digital copy of the sport playable on the Atari VCS. The restricted version will run you $149.99. All three of the restricted editions will solely have 1,983 items out there in honor of the yr every would have been launched. You may pre-order each the usual and restricted editions on the AtariXP web site now.
Clearly, nobody ought to count on to be blown away by the graphics or gameplay of those retro video games, and having to shell out $149.99 to get a digital copy is…yeah. However should you’re a collector, these may provide you with a sense of nostalgia that takes you again to your childhood, or your mother and father’ childhood, the place 8-bit gaming dominated the world.