Video Checkers

Video Checkers, released in 1980, is a video game created and published by Atari, Inc. for the Atari 2600 platform. The game was developed by Carol Shaw during her time at Atari. As one of the first female programmers, Shaw’s work on Video Checkers (alongside 3D Tic-Tac-Toe) marked one of the earliest instances of a … Read more

Video Chess

Video Chess is a game that is played from an overhead perspective. The player uses an “x” cursor to select and move pieces instead of using chess notation. When an attempted move is illegal, a warning sound is made, and the move is not executed. The game provides two options for players to choose from … Read more


Sega’s release of its Deep Scan arcade game

Star Raiders

Star Raiders is a first-person space combat simulator first released as a cartridge by Atari in 1979 and it was ported to Atari 2600 in 1982. Star Raiders gameplay Like the text-based Star Trek games, in Star Raiders the player’s ship maneuvers about a two-dimensional grid fighting a fleet of enemy spaceships.In Star Raiders, this … Read more

Stellar Track

Stellar Track, a game where players take on the role of a warship commander tasked with eliminating enough aliens before depleting stardates, was published by Sears under the “Tele-Games” brand in 1980. This game is one of three exclusive releases available only through Sears. Stellar Track is a text-based game inspired by the mainframe computer … Read more

Strawberry Shortcake: Musical Match-ups

Strawberry Shortcake: Musical Match-Ups, released in 1983, is a puzzle video game for the Atari 2600, developed and published by Parker Brothers. Players are challenged to reassemble scrambled Strawberryland characters within a specified time limit, as indicated by Mr. Sun moving eastward at the top of the screen. When a character is correctly pieced together, … Read more

Spacemaster X-7

In 1958, a horror science fiction film called “Space Master X-7” was released in the United States. Around twenty-five years later, in 1983, Fox’s video game publishing division announced a Space Master X-7 video game for the Atari 2600. The game was not based on the original film, as the programmer behind the project, David … Read more