Fatal Run is a post-apocalyptic driving game for the Atari 2600, released in the late 1980s. Set in the year 2089, the game’s premise involves a comet collision that has caused widespread radiation poisoning on Earth. With humanity’s survival at stake, players are tasked with delivering a newly developed radiation vaccine to the remaining survivors.
As the player, you must leave the protective fortress of Albagon and face various obstacles along the way. Enemy drivers and henchmen are out to steal the vaccine and ensure their own survival, making the journey treacherous. You must outmaneuver and defeat these adversaries to ensure the vaccine reaches those who need it.
In addition to delivering the vaccine, players must locate a rocket that can launch a satellite to counteract the effects of the comet collision. To succeed, players need to learn secret code words and survive long enough to use them.
Fatal Run was notable for being the only 32K game released for the Atari 2600, a significant achievement for the console at the time. The game offers a unique blend of driving and action gameplay, making it an interesting and challenging experience for players in the late Atari 2600 era.