News Briefs


Digital Thunder Announces New Lynx Titles for 1998.

Oystron is finally ready for public consumption! Piero Cavina's masterpiece is an original 2600 game that requires lightning-quick reflexes to defend your ship and your valuable energy pearls from the oncoming hordes of enemies.
Oystron can be played on any Atari 2600 or compatible machine. You will need a Starpath Supercharger or something similar to load the game until the game is released on a cartridge. If you don't have an Atari 2600 or a Supercharger, you can download an emulator like PC Atari. The 4K Oystron will eventually be released on cartridge, but in the meantime you can download the ROM file and check out the game.

Bob Colbert of Retroware is at it again! Although the yet-unnamed title is still early in development, you will not believe your eyes when you see so many moving sprites on the same axis at once. The game will be similar to Sabotage for the Apple II (and, for that matter, 2600 Commando Raid by US Games/VidTec) in that when a number of paratroopers land, they will climb your gun and blow it up.
We'll definitely keep you abreast on this breathtaking new endeavor by Bob Colbert.

Worms will apparently not make it to the Jaguar in time for the holiday season. At last report, Telegames has indicated that Worms has not yet gone into production. On a brighter note, those who have been holding out from purchasing any of the later Jaguar titles from Telegames may want to take advantage of a $10 price reduction on Zero 5, Iron Soldier 2 (CD), Breakout 2000 and Towers 2. This sale will last only through this winter holiday season.

The Playstation release of Arcade's Greatest Hits: The Midway Collection Volume 2 is imminent. This classic compilation CD includes Blaster, Burgertime, Joust 2: Survival of the Fittest, Moon Patrol, Splat, Spy Hunter and Tapper. Midway has previously released Williams Arcade's Greatest Hits and Arcade's Greatest Hits: The Atari Collection Volume 1. Due next is Atari Volume 2, which should see a pre-Christmas release.

VM Labs, the company that is developing the top-secret "Project X" game console, has apparently purchased the rights to Tempest/Tempest 2000 for the machine from Atari. As you probably know already, many of Atari Corp's alumni are involved with Project X (including Jeff Minter, John Mathieson and Bill Reehbock) so it's not surprising that Tempest would be one of its showcase games for the new hardware.

AGH has learned from a reliable industry insider that Activision is seeking to acquire Atari Corp! According to our source (who wishes to remain anonymous), Activision was not merely content with acquiring the rights for a PC (and possibly console) version of Battlezone and Asteroids and now wants everything that goes with Atari's name. They are supposedly in negotiations with Jack Tramiel himself. We'll keep you posted with regards to any new developments surrounding the possible merger of two of the most storied names in video game history. If the acquisition of Atari happens, just remember you heard it here first.

The Blue Sky Rangers have released Intellivision Volume 2 for DOS and have also released a new version of the collection for Mac users. Intellivision Volume 2 includes Night Stalker, Space Spartans and Deep Pockets Super Pro Pool (the latter of which was never commercially released on cartridge for the Intellivision system). You can grab both volumes from their download page.

Frogger for the Playstation is now in stores. We'll have a review of the game as soon as we have time to sit down and give the game a workout. In the meantime, check out a preview of the modernized classic by Hasbro Interactive.

Nintendo Hardware Designer Yokoi Killed In Accident.

Telegames has announced the official release date of its next product for the Atari Jaguar, Zero 5. The futuristic 3-D space shooter will begin shipping worldwide on September 29th. ZERO 5 is set in a 3-D, 360 degree playfield. The year is 2044 and the battle for Earth has begun. On the far reaches of the galaxy, a massive invasion force is assembling. Scanners at DEFCON have alerted you to the alien threat. The Earth's best pilots are dispatched in their BAMBAM cruisers to engage the enemy. Multiple weapons, driving soundtrack, non-stop combat, multiple power-ups, and 15 extended missions contribute to a shooter contest with real depth.

Activision has acquired the rights to make home versions of two of Atari's greatest arcade hits - Asteroids and Battlezone. A new Battlezone title is expected to be unveiled soon, with an update to Asteroids due to arrive shortly thereafter.

Stell-A-Sketch/Okie Dokie CD has officially gone on sale. This is Retroware's second release for the Atari 2600, and the audio tracks have been digitally remastered for reliable loading into the 2600 Supercharger unit. The CD has a label on it, and comes with a CD insert/booklet that has a full color front and back cover and 16 pages of instructions. There is also a full color CD back/end insert. As an added bonus, the data portion of the CD contains numerous neat freebies such as Makewav, a program that allows you to create .wav files from 2K, 4K and Supercharger ROM images for the Atari 2600. The CD sells for $12 plus $3 shipping in the U.S. via Priority Mail. Please contact Bob Colbert for a detailed description of SAS/Okie Dokie and further instructions on how to order this CD.

At the Tokyo Games Show in Japan, Namco announced that it will be compiling all 5 of its Namco Museum discs, as well as the extra Namco Museum Encore compilation, onto one title to be called Namco Games Chronicle. That sounds just dandy, considering that many of us have already purchased most if not all of Volumes 1-5 . Namco Museum Encore will consist of Dragon Spirit (Dragon Saber in Japan), Rolling Thunder, Rompers, Wonder Peach, Sky Kid and King & Balloons. Chronicle will retail for about US $50.

Jaguar Front Page News reports that Telegames will soon be releasing a cartridge version of their award-winning Jaguar CD hit, Iron Soldier 2. This will come as good news to Jaguar owners who are without the CD peripheral. Gameplay will be identical to the CD version, although the redbook audio and full motion video sequences will have to be omitted from the cartridge.

Arcade's Greatest Hits: The Atari Collection Volume 1 is now available for the Super NES. This "greatest hits" compilation features some of Atari's historic arcade titles such as Asteroids, Super Breakout, Centipede, Missile Command, Battlezone and Tempest. AGS: ACV1 is also available for the Sega Saturn and Sony Playstation.

Howard Scott Warshaw, the man responsible for the 2600 games E.T., Yar's Revenge and Raiders of the Lost Ark, is now offering a video documentary about what really happened during the 70's and 80's in the most colorful videogame company in history. "Once upon Atari" is a four part series which includes tons of interviews with the people who made it happen. For more information and ordering instructions about this tape, contact Scott West Productions.

- Dan Boris does it again! O2em, an Odyssey 2 emulator for PC, is his latest creation which allows Odyssey 2 game images to be played on your computer. Since O2em is in its early stages of development, some games may not run properly, but all in all, it's yet another fine effort from the creator of VSS and VVCS. Visit Dan's home page to download version 0.50 the emulator and take it for a test drive.

Following up on the success of Okie Dokie, Retroware has announced the release of Stell-A-Sketch, the newest game developed by Bob Colbert. Stell-A-Sketch is a Supercharger program that allows you to draw on the screen using an Atari 2600 and either a joystick, driving controller, an Amiga mouse or an Atari ST mouse. RetroWare will be releasing Stell-A-Sketch on cassette tape with instructions, full color label and full color cassette case insert. As an added bonus, a Supercharger version of Okie Dokie will also be included. This is the full 4k version as previously sold in cartridge form. Alternatively, a CD version of Stell-A-Sketch/Okie Dokie will be made available if there is enough interest. Stell-A-Sketch is available for free downloading at: Bob Colbert's web site.

Atari 2600 Stunt Cycle Discovered!
This is not a typo. While hunting for classic carts, Clint Dyer of Northern California came across a cart that was hitherto unknown to exist in any form! It was discovered along with two other games, Pele's Soccer and Dukes of Hazzard, with the former cart being completely different from the one that was sold by Best Electronics. This amazing discovery is good news for the hobby, and I guess it's time to yet again revise our Atari 2600 cartridge checklists. For a description of Stunt Cycle and Dukes of Hazzard, click here.

More good news for Jaguar fans! AirCars, a game that was completed several years ago but was cancelled by Midnite Software at the last minute, will be coming out courtesy of ICD. AirCars is networkable, making it the second game that offers this feature (Doom is the only one that currently supports link-up while the much-anticipated BattleSphere promises to have an 8-player network option). AirCars will begin shipping on June 18th. Bits 'O Fun is presently accepting pre-orders for this title. Price $59.99.

As you may have noticed, Atari Gaming Headquarters has not been updated for quite some time (with the exception of the news page). And yes, we have a very good explanation for the dearth of new content. AGH is currently in the middle of a massive update, among them being -- 1) Registration of a domain name, and hence, a relocation in the not-too-distant future; 2) A complete redesign of all the pages; 3) Major upgrading (and we mean, AT LEAST the doubling in the content) of what's available here. We do not intend to open the new AGH to the public until it is thoroughly updated, so you will have to be more or less content with what's currently available. We don't want to give away all the juicy details, but rest assured that our site will be better than ever come the unveiling of the new and improved Atari Gaming Headquarters. Watch for it sometime this summer!

Raiden and Fat Bobby are finally available from Telegames, albeit at a lofty $44.99 MSRP. For those who still love the Lynx as we do, and crave for either a shooter or a classic-style platformer in their Lynx library, either of them should fit the bill if you have the financial means to acquire them.

Videotopia is set to open on the 20th of June at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. Keith Feinstein, president of the traveling videogames museum exhibit, promises that the classics department will be MUCH expanded even over what was on display at the Carnegie.... Including every single Atari vector game ever made! Definitely worth a visit if you're any kind of videogame enthusiast.

Great news for Intellivision fans! Intellivision Productions, Inc. has just acquired the legal rights to the Intellivision system and games. Tentatively scheduled for a Fall 1997 release is the Intellivision Lives! CD-ROM, featuring dozens of the original games, extensive development histories, video interviews with the designers, and even development software and documentation for those programmers who wish to program Intellivision games. For more info about the Intellivision Lives! CD project, along with a downloadable and playable preview of Astrosmash, please visit the Blue Sky Rangers Home Page.

Iron Soldier 2 (CD) is now available! Despite a long delay due to technical difficulties, Telegames is now taking orders for the sequel to the critically acclaimed Jaguar mech game. We hope to obtain a review copy of the game so we can bring you the scoop in what is one of the most eagerly anticipated releases in a long time. Telegames will be closely watching the sales of Iron Soldier 2 as it determines whether to release Worms and Zero 5.

After a successful engagement at the Science Museum of Western Virginia in Roanake, Virginia, Videotopia , the national traveling museum exhibit chronicling the history of home and coin-operated videogames, will travel to The Franklin Institute Science Museum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in June of 1997. For those who would like to bring Videotopia to your area, visit their web site where you can influence their touring schedule by filling out a questionnaire.

AGH was planning to announce the cartridge release of Retroware's new 2600 puzzle game, Okie Dokie. However, we have learned that all of them were sold out within days of its availability! Bob Colbert's planned production run of 100 carts have been sold to members of #rgvc and his personal mailing list, and no more will be available. You can download the rom image of the game and play it with 2600 emulators like Stella, VVCS and PC Atari, however, so not all is lost for those who wish to check it out. For a picture of an actual Okie Dokie cart, click here.

Kevtris is back by popular demand! Due to the rave reviews and positive responses for his Colecovision game, he has decided to make a second run of cartridges of Kevtris. He will only make 50 copies of this game (bringing the total to 100), so get your orders in before its too late. click here for a review of the first Colecovision game in years. For further details about his game, drop him an e-mail or visit his web site

Hot on the heels of the Jaguar announcement comes news that Telegames has purchased the rights to bring out two Lynx games, Raiden and Fat Bobby. Both titles were originally slated to appear a few years ago before Atari killed the Lynx in favor of Jaguar development. No release date has been announced; check back with AGH for further details.

Telegames has just announced their commitment to release two new games for the Atari Jaguar, Iron Soldier 2 and World Tour Racing, both on CD format. Iron Soldier 2 has been penciled in for a February release date with WTR following shortly thereafter. click here for screen shots of Iron Soldier 2. click here for screen shots of World Tour Racing.

Kevin Horton, the author of the Colecovision game "Kevtris", has begun work on a new game. Although a title has yet to be determined, the game is believed to be a platformer along the lines of Montezuma's Revenge by Parker Brothers. click here for a sneak peek at what promises to be something to really look forward to!

Two new Jaguar games have begun shipping, Towers II: Plight of the Stargazer and Breakout 2000. Telegames picked up the publishing rights to these two titles from Atari after the Atari/JTS merger effectively forced the cancellation of these and several other games. Telegames also plans to release Zero 5 and Worms, and has purchased the licensing rights to World Tour Racing (CD) and Iron Soldier II (CD). Whether or not the aformentioned titles will be released, however, largely depends upon the support they receive for the games already released or planned for release.

"Okie Dokie" is finally here! Bob Colbert (aka Saltine) is offering a free download of his new 2600 game. "Okie Dokie" is a fast-moving puzzler that offers 450 different puzzles to solve, original graphics and a "moves" counter to see how good you really are. In addition, if there is enough demand, Bob may produce a limited number of game cartridges of "Okie Dokie" for sale along with an instruction manual.

According to Jag-@-Zine, Iron Soldier II will be released for the JaguarCD after all! The caveat of this news is that a Playstation edition will most likely come out first. Iron Soldier II will feature a breathtaking intro, 20 new missions and much improved graphics. No release date was given at the time.

Following on the heels of the Williams Arcade's Greatest Hits comes Atari Classics Collection Volume 1 from Midway for the Playstation. This title is tentatively scheduled for a December release and includes the classic arcade smashes Tempest, Centipede, Battlezone, Asteroids, Missile Command and Super Breakout. All of these games are emulated, unlike Microsoft's Arcade and Return of Arcade for the PC.

The long-awaited Tempest X has been released for the Playstation to eager retrogamers everywhere. Developed by High Voltage Software for Interplay, Tempest X is similar to the Jaguar version (Tempest 2000) with the exception of the addition of a few graphical upgrades. Robotron X is next on Midway's release schedule and is penciled in for a December 12th release date.

Virtual Super System (VSS) Version 0.60 has been released. VSS is an Atari 5200 emulator for DOS and is the creating of Dan Boris. Among the improvements made to V0.60 include -- Real joystick support in analog and digital modes, dual joystick support through keyboard and quite a few bug fixes which makes the emulator much faster and more accurate.

Nolan Bushnell, the Silicon Valley entrepreneur who founded Atari Corp. and Chuck E. Cheese restaurants is readying the release of high-tech jukeboxes and video games linked to the internet in bars, hotels and other public places. Reporters got a look at three devices that will enable people to play video games with opponents in another location, order music as well as hear it and access the internet with the drop of a coin or the swipe of a credit card. Bushnell, who is director of strategic planning for Aristo Corp. and has a minority stake in the New York-based company, stated that Aristo plans to roll the machines out worldwide early next month.

Videotopia, a national traveling museum exhibit chronicling the history of home and coin-operated videogames, has set up shop at the Tanglewood Mall in Roanoke, Virginia where it will remain until January 15, 1997. AGH highly recommends that those who have the means to visit Videotopia should do so as soon as possible. For those who would like to bring Videotopia to your area, visit their web site where you can influence their touring schedule by filling out a questionnaire.

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