Atari 2600 Pompeii is an unreleased game that was planned to be developed by Apollo before the company folded due to the video game crash. Based on the available box art and brief descriptions, the game’s premise centered around an Indiana Jones-like archaeologist exploring the ruins of the ancient city of Pompeii in search of treasures.
Pompeii was an ancient Roman city situated at the base of Mount Vesuvius, a volcano that erupted catastrophically in 79 AD. The eruption caught the city’s inhabitants off guard, and the resulting volcanic ash covered the entire city. This tragic event, however, preserved the city and its contents, making it an invaluable source of information for archaeologists. The ash protected the city from the elements for centuries, ensuring that the ruins remained in remarkable condition.
The game would have likely involved navigating the archaeologist through the ruins, overcoming various obstacles, and discovering hidden treasures while learning about the history of Pompeii. Unfortunately, due to the collapse of Apollo, Atari 2600 Pompeii never saw the light of day, and remains a fascinating piece of video game history that never materialized.