1977

Atari VCS production got underway in July, with units starting to ship out to stores in August. Early ads indicate that the pack-in title Combat was indeed coming with the console, but imply that the other games would need to be ordered at the stores to start with before they begin coming in. Through 1977 and 1978, Atari would publish all their new games in one chunk at the Christmas season. – Source: Atari: Business is Fun, 2012; They Create Worlds Volume 1, 2019

AUGUST:

Combat – Source: Sacramento Bee, August 1 1977; Los Angeles Times, August 20 1977; Miami Herald, August 29 1977; Merchandising, June 1977; Washington Post, September 16 1977; Atari 1977 catalog; Corvallis Gazette Times, October 29 1977

 

SEPTEMBER:

Air-Sea Battle – Source: Hartford Courant Sun, August 28 1977; Miami Herald, September 9 1977; Southtown Star Sun, September 18 1977; Merchandising, June 1977; Washington Post, September 16 1977; Atari 1977 catalog; Corvallis Gazette Times, October 29 1977

Basic Math – Source: Atari 1977 catalog; Corvallis Gazette Times, October 29 1977

Blackjack – Source: Atari 1977 catalog; Corvallis Gazette Times, October 29 1977

Indy 500 – Source: Merchandising, June 1977; Washington Post, September 16 1977; Southtown Star Sun, September 18 1977; Atari 1977 catalog; Corvallis Gazette Times, October 29 1977

Star Ship – Source: Merchandising, June 1977; Washington Post, September 16 1977; Southtown Star Sun, September 18 1977; Atari 1977 catalog; Corvallis Gazette Times, October 29 1977

Street Racer – Source: Merchandising, June 1977; Washington Post, September 16 1977; Southtown Star Sun, September 18 1977; Atari 1977 catalog; Corvallis Gazette Times, October 29 1977

Surround – Source: Atari 1977 catalog; Corvallis Gazette Times, October 29 1977

Video Olympics – Source: Merchandising, June 1977; Washington Post, September 16 1977; Southtown Star Sun, September 18 1977; Atari 1977 catalog; Corvallis Gazette Times, October 29 1977

 

1978

OCTOBER:

Basketball – Source: Colorado Springs Gazette, October 26 1978; Blytheville Courier News, October 18 1978; Janesville Gazette, October 12 1978; Merchandising, June 1978

Brain Games – Source: Colorado Springs Gazette, October 26 1978; Merchandising, January 1979

Breakout – Source: Blytheville Courier News, October 18 1978; Colorado Springs Gazette, October 26 1978; Merchandising, May 1978

Codebreaker – Source: Colorado Springs Gazette, October 26 1978; Merchandising, January 1979; Merchandising, May 1978

Flag Capture – Source: Colorado Springs Gazette, October 26 1978; Merchandising, June 1978

Hangman – Source: Colorado Springs Gazette, October 26 1978; Merchandising, May 1978

Home Run – Source: Blytheville Courier News, October 18 1978; Colorado Springs Gazette, October 26 1978; Janesville Gazette, October 12 1978; Merchandising, May 1978

Hunt & Score – Source: Colorado Springs Gazette, October 26 1978; Merchandising, January 1979; Merchandising, May 1978

Outlaw – Source: Blytheville Courier News, October 18 1978; Colorado Springs Gazette, October 26 1978; Janesville Gazette, October 12 1978; Merchandising, May 1978

Slot Racers – Source: Colorado Springs Gazette, October 26 1978; Merchandising, June 1978

Space War – Source: Janesville Gazette, October 12 1978; Blytheville Courier News, October 18 1978; Colorado Springs Gazette, October 26 1978; Merchandising, May 1978

 

1979

MARCH:

Bowling – Source: New York Daily News, March 22 1979; Philadelphia Inquirer, April 8 1979; Xenia Gazette, April 14 1979

Canyon Bomber – Source: New York Daily News, March 22 1979; Philadelphia Inquirer, April 8 1979; Xenia Gazette, April 14 1979

Casino – Source: New York Daily News, March 22 1979; Philadelphia Inquirer, April 8 1979;

Football – Source: New York Daily News, March 22 1979; Philadelphia Inquirer, April 8 1979; Xenia Gazette, April 14 1979

Human Cannonball – Source: New York Daily News, March 22 1979; Philadelphia Inquirer, April 8 1979; Xenia Gazette, April 14 1979

Miniature Golf – Source: New York Daily News, March 22 1979; Philadelphia Inquirer, April 8 1979; Xenia Gazette, April 14 1979

Slot Machine – Source: New York Daily News, March 22 1979; Philadelphia Inquirer, April 8 1979;

Sky Diver – Source: New York Daily News, March 22 1979; Philadelphia Inquirer, April 8 1979;

 

SEPTEMBER:

Superman – Source: Honolulu Star Bulletin, September 13 1979; Honolulu Star Bulletin, September 27 1979; Washington Post, October 19 1979; Frankfort Star, December 2 1979; Merchandising, June 1979; The Herald News, November 21 1979

 

NOVEMBER:

Backgammon – Source: Brownsville Herald, November 22 1979; Creative Computing, November 1979; Kittanning Leader-Times, November 20 1979; Lowell Sun, December 1 1979; The Herald News, November 21 1979 

Video Chess – Source: Personal Computing, November 1979; Creative Computing, November 1979; Kittanning Leader-Times, November 20 1979; Lowell Sun, December 1 1979; The Herald News, November 21 1979

 

1980

MARCH:

Adventure – Source: Chicago Tribune, March 23 1980; Washington Post, March 28 1980; Honolulu Star Bulletin, April 3 1980; Plain Dealer, April 9 1980

Space Invaders – Source: Madison State Journal, February 28 1980; Washington Post, March 14 1980; Washington Post, March 16 1980; Merchandising, June 1980; Chicago Tribune, March 23 1980; Washington Post, March 28 1980; Honolulu Star Bulletin, April 3 1980; Plain Dealer, April 9 1980

 

APRIL:

BASIC Programming (Initially advertised in 1979, but seemingly unreleased until 1980) – Source: New York Daily News, April 25 1980; Boston Globe, April 27 1980; The Herald, April 17 1980; Vancouver Sun, February 9 1980; Washington Post, June 6 1980

 

JUNE:

3D Tic-Tac-Toe – Source: Chicago Heights Star, June 29 1980; New York Daily News, July 31, 1980; Post Crescent, July 31 1980

Circus Atari – Source: Chicago Heights Star, June 29 1980; New York Daily News, July 31, 1980; Post Crescent, July 31 1980; Westport News, July 25 1980

Golf – Source: Chicago Heights Star, June 29 1980; New York Daily News, July 31, 1980; Post Crescent, July 31 1980; Westport News, July 25 1980

Night Driver – Source: Chicago Heights Star, June 29 1980; New York Daily News, July 31, 1980; Post Crescent, July 31 1980; Westport News, July 25 1980

 

JULY:

Boxing – Source: New York Daily News, August 22 1980; Winnipeg Free Press, November 22 1980; Asbury Park Press, October 9 1980; Merchandising, June 1980

Checkers – Source: New York Daily News, August 22 1980; Winnipeg Free Press, November 22 1980; Asbury Park Press, October 9 1980; Merchandising, June 1980

Dragster – Source: New York Daily News, August 22 1980; Winnipeg Free Press, November 22 1980; Asbury Park Press, October 9 1980; Merchandising, June 1980

Fishing Derby – Source: New York Daily News, August 22 1980; Winnipeg Free Press, November 22 1980; Asbury Park Press, October 9 1980; Merchandising, June 1980

 

SEPTEMBER:

Dodge ‘Em – Source: Lansing State Journal, September 24 1980; Daily Herald Suburban Chicago, October 22 1980; Shreveport Journal, November 19 1980

Maze Craze – Source: Lansing State Journal, September 24 1980; Daily Herald Suburban Chicago, October 22 1980; Shreveport Journal, November 19 1980

Video Checkers – Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, November 16 1980; Lansing State Journal, September 24 1980; Daily Herald Suburban Chicago, October 22 1980; Shreveport Journal, November 19 1980

 

DECEMBER:

Bridge – Source: Activision press release, September 1980; St. Joseph Herald Palladium, December 24 1980; Merchandising, November 1980; Battle Creek Inquirer, December 25 1980

Skiing – Source: Activision press release, September 1980; St. Joseph Herald Palladium, December 24 1980; Merchandising, November 1980; New York Daily News, December 18 1980; Battle Creek Inquirer, December 25 1980

 

1981

FEBRUARY:

Championship Soccer (Later rebranded as Pele’s Soccer, this was announced for fall 1980 but seemingly delayed) – Source: Daily Herald Suburban Chicago, February 20 1981; Daily Herald Suburban Chicago, March 14 1981; St. Joseph Herald Palladium, December 24 1980; Shreveport Journal, November 19 1980

 

MARCH:

Laser Blast – Source: Yuma Sun, March 20 1981; The News of Frederick, March 19 1981; Anderson Daily Bulletin, March 31 1981; Activision press release, December 1980

Othello – Source: The News of Frederick, March 19 1981

Steeplechase – Source: Kannapolis Daily Independent, March 4 1981; Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer, March 11 1981

Stellar Track – Source: Kannapolis Daily Independent, March 4 1981; Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer, March 11 1981

Tennis – Source: The News of Frederick, March 19 1981; Anderson Daily Bulletin, March 31 1981; Anderson Daily Bulletin, April 8 1981; Activision press release, December 1980; San Francisco Examiner, October 25 1981

 

APRIL:

Video Pinball – Source: Anderson Daily Bulletin, April 8 1981

 

MAY:

Magicard – Source: Byte, May 1981; Micro, June 1981; Creative Computing, August 1981

Missile Command – Source: Anderson Daily Bulletin, May 8 1981; Daily Herald Suburban Chicago, May 13 1981

 

JUNE:

Warlords – Source: Madison State Journal, May 7 1981; Daily Herald Suburban Chicago, August 7 1981; Analog, May 1981

 

JULY:

Freeway – Source: Doylestown Intelligencer, July 16 1981; Anderson Daily Bulletin, July 25 1981

Kaboom! – Source: Doylestown Intelligencer, July 16 1981; Anderson Daily Bulletin, July 25 1981

 

AUGUST:

Asteroids – Source: Courier News, August 1 1981; Paducah Sun, August 2 1981; Hackensack Record, August 2 1981; Daily Herald Suburban Chicago, August 7 1981

 

OCTOBER:

Super Breakout (Sears exclusive through the end of 1981) – Source: Lincoln Journal, October 4 1981; Arizona Republic, October 7 1981; Louisville Courier Journal, October 7 1981; Charlotte Observer, November 29 1981; Atari Age, v1n4; Analog, January 1982

 

DECEMBER:

Ice Hockey – Source: Annapolis Capital, December 28 1981; Anderson Daily Bulletin, December 19 1981; Santa Ana Orange County Register, December 13 1981

Skeet Shoot (December 7) – Source: Electronic Fun, January 1983; Anderson Daily Bulletin, January 26 1982; Computer Entertainer, April 1982

Stampede – Source: Annapolis Capital, December 28 1981; Anderson Daily Bulletin, December 19 1981

 

1982

JANUARY:

Spacechase – Source: Computer Entertainer, April 1982; Videogaming Illustrated, August 1982

 

FEBRUARY:

Demon Attack – Source: Videogaming, December 1983; Computer Entertainer, April 1982; 

Haunted House – Source: Atari Age, November/December 1982; Analog, January 1982

Star Voyager – Source: Videogaming, December 1983; Computer Entertainer, April 1982;

Trick Shot – Source: Videogaming, December 1983; Computer Entertainer, April 1982;

 

MARCH:

Barnstorming – Source: Activisions, Winter 1982

Grand Prix – Source:Activisions, Winter 1982

Pac-Man (March 16) – Source: Atari Age, November/December 1982; Analog, January 1982

Space Jockey – Source: Video Games Magazine, October 1982; Computer Entertainer, April 1982, Daily Herald Suburban Chicago, April 12 1982

 

MAY:

Chopper Command – Source: Activisions, Spring 1982 

Cosmic Swarm – Source: Daily Herald Suburban Chicago, July 30 1982;

Yars’ Revenge – Source: Atari Age, November/December 1982 ; Analog, January 1982;

 

JUNE:

Defender – Source: Atari Age, v1n4; Analog, January 1982; Computer Entertainer, July 1982

Lochjaw (rereleased as Shark Attack in August) – Source: Chicago Tribune, June 6 1982; Philadelphia Inquirer, June 13 1982; Baltimore Sun, June 18 1982

Lost Luggage – Source: Chicago Tribune, June 6 1982; Philadelphia Inquirer, June 13 1982; Baltimore Sun, June 18 1982; Computer Entertainer, July 1982

Space Cavern – Source: Chicago Tribune, June 6 1982; Computer Entertainer July 1982

Racquetball – Source: Chicago Tribune, June 6 1982

Starmaster – Source: Activisions, Spring 1982 

Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back – Source: Computer Entertainer, July 1982; Videogaming Illustrated, August 1982; Canarsie Courier, August 12 1982; Park Forest South Star, July 25 1982

 

JULY:

Astroblast – Source: Computer Entertainer, July 1982; Baltimore Sun, August 15 1982; Park Forest South Star, July 25 1982

Atlantis – Source: Computer Entertainer, August 1982; Arcade Express, August 15 1982; Canarsie Courier, August 12 1982; Park Forest South Star, July 25 1982

Demons to Diamonds – Source: Atari Age, November/December 1982 ; Atari Age, July/August 1982 ; Park Forest South Star, July 25 1982Canarsie Courier, August 12 1982

Donkey Kong – Source: Arcade Express, August 30 1982; Park Forest South Star, July 25 1982

Frogger – Source: Computer Entertainer, July 1982; Billboard, July 3 1982; Videogaming Illustrated, August 1982; Park Forest South Star, July 25 1982

Gangster Alley – Source: Computer Entertainer, July 1982

Math Gran Prix – Source: Atari Age, November/December 1982; Atari Age, July/August 1982 ; Canarsie Courier, August 12 1982

Planet Patrol – Source: Computer Entertainer, July 1982; Canarsie Courier, August 12 1982

Space Attack – Source: Computer Entertainer, July 1982; Arcade Express, August 15 1982

Super Challenge Baseball – Source: Computer Entertainer, July 1982; Arcade Express, August 15 1982; Park Forest South Star, July 25 1982 ; Baltimore Sun, August 15 1982

Super Challenge Football – Source: Computer Entertainer, July 1982; Arcade Express, August 15 1982; Park Forest South Star, July 25 1982

 

AUGUST:

Berzerk – Source: Atari Age, November/December 1982; Atari Age, July/August 1982; Arcade Express, August 15 1982; Baltimore Sun, August 15 1982 ; Canarsie Courier, August 12 1982

Communist Mutants From Outer Space – Source:  Arcade Express, August 15 1982; Computer Entertainer, September 1982

Cosmic Ark – Source: Computer Entertainer, August 1982; Park Forest South Star, July 25 1982 ; Canarsie Courier, August 12 1982

Fireball – Source: Computer Entertainer, September 1982

Jawbreaker – Source: Arcade Express, August 15 1982; Computer Entertainer, December 1982

King Kong – Source: Canarsie Courier, August 12 1982; Arcade Express, August 15 1982; Park Forest South Star, July 25 1982

Phaser Patrol (With the Supercharger) – Source: Arcade Express, August 15 1982; Computer Entertainer, September 1982

Pitfall! – Source: Activisions, Fall 1982 

Sneak ‘N’ Peek – Source: Lafayette Daily Advertiser, August 1 1982; Park Forest South Star, July 25 1982

Suicide Mission – Source: Computer Entertainer, September 1982

Threshold – Source: Computer Entertainer, August 1982; Park Forest South Star, July 25 1982

Word Zapper – Source: Lafayette Daily Advertiser, August 1 1982; Canarsie Courier, August 12 1982; Baltimore Sun, August 15 1982

 

SEPTEMBER:

Beany Bopper – Source: Arcade Express, August 15 1982; Computer Entertainer, September 1982

China Syndrome – Source: Computer Entertainer, September 1982

Cross Force – Source: Computer Entertainer, September 1982; Computer Entertainer, October 1982

Deadly Duck – Source: Arcade Express, August 15 1982

Fast Eddie – Source: Arcade Express, August 15 1982

Final Approach – Source: Computer Entertainer, November 1982

Fire Fighter – Source: Computer Entertainer, September 1982

Megamania – Source: Computer Entertainer, September 1982

Riddle of the Sphinx – Source: Computer Entertainer, September 1982

Star Raiders – Source: Arcade Express, August 15 1982; Computer Entertainer, September 1982; Atari Age, November/December 1982

Submarine Commander – Source: Central New Jersey Home News, September 5 1982; Pittsburgh Post Gazette, October 29 1982; Morristown Daily Record, November 16 1982; New York Daily News, November 16 1982

Tapeworm – Source: Computer Entertainer, September 1982; Arcade Express, September 26 1982; Computer Entertainer, October 1982

Venture – Source: Arcade Express, August 15 1982; Computer Entertainer, September 1982

Wabbit – Source: Computer Entertainer, September 1982

Worm War I – Source: Arcade Express, August 15 1982; Computer Entertainer, September 1982

 

OCTOBER:

Airlock – Source: Arcade Express, September 26 1982; Computer Entertainer, October 1982

Atlantis II – Source:Imagic letter, October 1982

Bachelor Party – Source: Arcade Express, October 10 1982; Franklin News Herald, October 16 1982; Colorado Springs Gazette, November 13 1982

Beat ‘Em and Eat ‘Em – Source: Arcade Express, October 10 1982; Colorado Springs Gazette, November 13 1982

Bugs – Source: Arcade Express, September 26 1982; Computer Entertainer, October 1982

Coconuts – Source: Arcade Express, September 26 1982; Computer Entertainer, October 1982

Commando Raid – Source: Computer Entertainer, October 1982

Custer’s Revenge – Source: Arcade Express, October 10 1982; Franklin News Herald, October 16 1982; Colorado Springs Gazette, November 13 1982

Dragonstomper – Source: Computer Entertainer, January 1983; Computer Entertainer, September 1982

Encounter at L-5 – Source: Arcade Express, September 26 1982; Computer Entertainer, October 1982

Escape From the Mindmaster – Source: Computer Entertainer, September 1982

Fast Food – Source: Arcade Express, September 26 1982; Computer Entertainer, October 1982

Frogs ‘N’ Flies – Source: Computer Entertainer, October 1982

Lock ‘N’ Chase – Source: Computer Entertainer, October 1982

Marauder – Source: Computer Entertainer, December 1982

Mines of Minos – Source: Computer Entertainer, October 1982; Computer Entertainer, January 1982

Mouse Trap – Source: Computer Entertainer, October 1982

Realsports Baseball – Source:Atari Age, November/December 1982; Computer Entertainer, October 1982

Realsports Volleyball – Source:Atari Age, November/December 1982; Computer Entertainer, December 1982

Room of Doom – Source: Computer Entertainer, October 1982

Sssnake – Source: Arcade Express, September 26 1982; Computer Entertainer, October 1982

Swordquest: Earthworld – Source: Computer Entertainer, October 1982; Atari Age, November/December 1982

Towering Inferno – Source: Computer Entertainer, October 1982

Warplock – Source: Arcade Express, September 26 1982; Computer Entertainer, October 1982

 

NOVEMBER:

Amidar – Source: Computer Entertainer, July 1982; Computer Entertainer, December 1982

Carnival – Source: Arcade Express, August 15 1982; Computer Entertainer, December 1982

Challenge of Nexar – Source: Arcade Express, September 26 1982; Computer Entertainer, October 1982

Condor Attack – Source: Arcade Express, October 10 1982; Computer Entertainer, December 1982; Danville Advocate Messenger, February 4 1983

Cosmic Creeps – Source: Arcade Express, September 26 1982

Dark Cavern – Source: Computer Entertainer, December 1982

International Soccer – Source: Computer Entertainer, December 1982

Karate – Source: Arcade Express, October 10 1982; Computer Entertainer, December 1982; Danville Advocate Messenger, February 4 1983

Raiders of the Lost Ark – Source: Computer Entertainer, December 1982; Atari Age, November/December 1982

Sky Jinks – Source: Computer Entertainer, December 1982

Spider-Man – Source: Computer Entertainer, December 1982

Turmoil – Source: Computer Entertainer, December 1982

 

DECEMBER:

Alien – Source: Computer Entertainer, January 1983

Dragonfire – Source: Computer Entertainer, January 1983, Odessa American, March 23 1983

E.T. The Extra Terrestrial – Source: Atari Age, November/December 1982; Computer Entertainer, October 1982; Colorado Springs Gazette, November 13 1982

Fantastic Voyage – Source: Computer Entertainer, January 1983

Gamma-Attack – Source: Electronic Games, January 1983

GORF – Source: Computer Entertainer, January 1983

Guardian – Source: Computer Entertainer, September 1983; 2600 Connection, issue 100

Mega Force – Source: Computer Entertainer, December 1982

Realsports Football – Source: Atari Age, November/December 1982; Computer Entertainer, January 1983; Computer Entertainer, March 1983

Rescue Terra I – Source: Arcade Express, December 19 1982; Videogaming Illustrated, April 1983

River Raid (December 26) – Source: Activision press release, December 1982; Computer Entertainer, December 1982

Vanguard – Source: Atari Age, September/October 1982; Pittsburgh Press, December 10 1982

Wizard of Wor – Source: Computer Entertainer, November 1982; Arcade Express, August 30 1982

 

UNKNOWN MONTH:

Air Raid – Source: 

 

1983

WINTER:

Mangia – Source

Master Builder – Source:

 

JANUARY:

Eggomania – Source: Computer Entertainer, January 1983; Computer Entertainer, February 1983

Demolition Herby: Computer Entertainer, January 1983

Gopher – Source: Computer Entertainer, February 1983

Journey Escape – Source: Computer Entertainer, February 1983; Colorado Springs Gazette, November 13 1982

Name This Game – Source: Computer Entertainer, February 1983

Picnic – Source: Computer Entertainer, February 1983

Ram It – Source: Computer Entertainer, January 1983

Spider Fighter – Source: Computer Entertainer, January 1983; Danville Advocate Messenger, February 4 1983; Activision press release, January 1983

Squeeze Box – Source: Computer Entertainer, February 1983

Stargunner – Source: Computer Entertainer, January 1983

TRON Deadly Discs – Source: Computer Entertainer, January 1983

 

FEBRUARY:

Adventures of TRON – Source: Computer Entertainer, March 1983

Air Raiders – Source: Computer Entertainer, March 1983

Cosmic Corridor – Source: Computer Entertainer, March 1983

Crypts of Chaos – Source: Computer Entertainer, March 1983

Dishaster – Source: Computer Entertainer, March 1983

G.I. Joe: Cobra Strike – Source: Computer Entertainer, February 1983

I Want my Mommy – Source: Computer Entertainer, March 1983

M.A.D. – Source: Computer Entertainer, February 1983

Ms. Pac-Man – Source: Computer Entertainer, March 1983

Phoenix – Source: Computer Entertainer, March 1983

Reactor – Source: Computer Entertainer, February 1983

Revenge of the Beefsteak Tomatoes – Source: Computer Entertainer, February 1983

Seaquest – Source: Computer Entertainer, March 1983; Activision press release, January 1983

Star Wars: Jedi Arena – Source: Computer Entertainer, March 1983

Swordquest: Fireworld – Source: Computer Entertainer, January 1983

Tanks But No Tanks – Source: Computer Entertainer, February 1983

 

MARCH:

Bermuda Triangle – Source: Electronic Fun, March 1983

Centipede – Source: Computer Entertainer, April 1983

Crazy Climber – Source: Atari Age, January/February 1983

Entombed – Source: Computer Entertainer, April 1983

Frankenstein’s Monster – Source: Computer Entertainer, April 1983

Killer Satellites – Source: Computer Entertainer, April 1983

Piece ‘O Cake – Source: Computer Entertainer, April 1983

Shootin’ Gallery – Source: Computer Entertainer, April 1983

Sub-Scan – Source: Computer Entertainer, April 1983

Tac-Scan – Source: Computer Entertainer, April 1983

 

APRIL:

Galaxian – Source: Computer Entertainer, July 1983; Videogaming Illustrated, April 1983; Atari Age, March/April 1983

MASH – Source: Computer Entertainer, May 1983

No Escape – Source: Computer Entertainer, May 1983; Spokesman Review, December 1 1983

Oink! – Source: Computer Entertainer, May 1983; Activision press release, January 1983

Polaris – Source: Videogaming Illustrated, April 1983; Arcade Express, January 16 1983; Computer Entertainer, April 1983

Realsports Soccer– Source: Computer Entertainer, May 1983

Realsports Tennis – Source: Computer Entertainer, May 1983

Sky Skipper – Source: Computer Entertainer, May 1983

Smurfs: Rescue in Gargamel’s Castle – Source: Computer Entertainer, May 1983

Strawberry Shortcake – Source: Computer Entertainer, May 1983

Zaxxon – Source:  Computer Entertainer, May 1983

 

MAY:

Dolphin – Source: Computer Entertainer, June 1983; Activision press release, January 1983

Enduro – Source: Computer Entertainer, June 1983

Flash Gordon – Source: Computer Entertainer, June 1983

Keystone Kapers – Source: Computer Entertainer, June 1983; Activision press release, January 1983

Miner 2049er – Source: Computer Entertainer, June 1983

Plaque Attack – Source: Computer Entertainer, June 1983

 

JUNE:

Atari Video Cube (Also sold as Rubik’s Cube in 1984) – Source: Atari Age, May/June 1983; Electronic Fun, July 1983

Cakewalk – Source: Computer Entertainer, June 1983

Earth Dies Screaming – Source: Computer Entertainer, July 1983

London Blitz – Source: Computer Entertainer, July 1983

Robot Tank – Source: Computer Entertainer, July 1983

Solar Storm – Source: Numb Thumb News, 1983; Computer Entertainer, August 1983

Spacemaster X-7 – Source: Computer Entertainer, July 1983

Star Strike – Source: Computer Entertainer, July 1983

Tutankham – Source: Computer Entertainer, July 1983

Wall Ball – Source: Computer Entertainer, July 1983

X-Man – Source: Videogaming, July 1983; Videogaming, September 1983

 

SUMMER:

Gauntlet – Source: Computer Entertainer, April 1983

Malagai – Source: Computer Entertainer, April 1983

 

JULY:

Bank Heist – Source: Computer Entertainer, August 1983

Blueprint – Source: Computer Entertainer, August 1983

Crackpots – Source: Computer Entertainer, August 1983

Death Trap – Source: Computer Entertainer, August 1983

Jungle Hunt – Source: Computer Entertainer, August 1983

Kangaroo – Source: Computer Entertainer, August 1983

Moonsweeper – Source: Computer Entertainer, August 1983; Spokesman Review, December 1 1983

Porky’s – Source: Computer Entertainer, August 1983

Q*Bert – Source:  Computer Entertainer, August 1983

Rabbit Transit – Source: Computer Entertainer, August 1983

Solar Fox – Source: Computer Entertainer, August 1983

Stronghold – Source: Computer Entertainer, October 1983

 

AUGUST:

Activision Decathlon – Source: Computer Entertainer, September 1983

Battlezone – Source: Computer Entertainer, September 1983

Fathom – Source: Computer Entertainer, September 1983; Spokesman Review, December 1 1983

Mogul Maniac – Source: Computer Entertainer, September 1983

Pole Position – Source: Computer Entertainer, September 1983

Tooth Protectors – Source: Madison Wisconsin State Journal, August 7 1983

 

SEPTEMBER:

Crash Dive – Source:  Computer Entertainer, October 1983

Donkey Kong Jr. – Source: Computer Entertainer, October 1983

Firefly – Source: Computer Entertainer, October 1983

Frogger (Starpath version) – Source: Computer Entertainer, October 1983

Ghost Manor (Dual cart with Spike’s Peak)- Source: Computer Entertainer, October 1983; Electronic Games, September-December 1983

Glib – Source: Computer Entertainer, October 1983

Halloween – Source: Videogaming, September 1983

Kool-Aid Man – Source: Computer Entertainer, September 1983

Mr. Do – Source: Computer Entertainer, October 1983

Popeye – Source: Computer Entertainer, October 1983; Fort Worth Star Telegram, June 30 1984

Quick Step – Source: Computer Entertainer, October 1983; Fort Worth Star Telegram, June 30 1984; Spokesman Review, December 1 1983

Sorcerer – Source: Computer Entertainer, October 1983

Spike’s Peak (Dual cart with Ghost Manor) – Source: Computer Entertainer, October 1983; Electronic Games, September-December 1983

Star Fox – Source: Computer Entertainer, October 1983

Super Cobra – Source: Computer Entertainer, September 1983

Texas Chainsaw Massacre – Source: Joystik, November 1983; Videogaming, September 1983; New Castle News, April 22 1983

Thunderground – Source: Computer Entertainer, October 1983

 

FALL:

Assault – Source: TV Gamer, Fall 1983; Videogaming, September 1983

Wall Defender – Source: TV Gamer, Fall 1983; Videogaming, September 1983

Z-Tack – Source: TV Gamer, Fall 1983; Videogaming, September 1983

 

OCTOBER:

The Atari VCS Track-ball controller was released this month. – Source: Computer Entertainer, November 1983

Chase the Chuckwagon – Source: Madison Wisconsin State Journal, October 16 1983; Cedar Rapids Gazette, October 16 1983

Dig Dug – Source: Computer Entertainer, November 1983

Frostbite – Source: Computer Entertainer, November 1983

Gravitar – Source: Atari Age, September/October 1983

Joust – Source: Computer Entertainer, October 1983

Laser Gates – Source: Computer Entertainer, November 1983; Spokesman Review, December 1 1983

Moon Patrol – Source: Computer Entertainer, November 1983

Party Mix – Source: Computer Entertainer, November 1983

Pressure Cooker – Source: Computer Entertainer, November 1983

Red Sea Crossing – Source: Christianity Today, October 7 1983

Springer – Source: Computer Entertainer, November 1983

Star Trek – Source: Computer Entertainer, November 1983; Hackensack Record, May 2 1984

Star Wars: Return of the Jedi – Death Star Battle – Source: Computer Entertainer, November 1983; Fort Worth Star Telegram, June 30 1984

Swordquest: Waterworld – Source: Atari Age, September/October 1983

Time Pilot – Source: Computer Entertainer, November 1983

 

NOVEMBER:

Alpha Beam with Ernie – Source: Computer Entertainer, December 1983

Artillery Duel (Dual cart with Chuck Norris Superkicks) – Source: Computer Entertainer, January 1984; Electronic Games, September-December 1983

Big Bird’s Egg Catch – Source: Computer Entertainer, December 1983

Buck Rogers – Source: Computer Entertainer, December 1983

Bump ‘N’ Jump – Source: Computer Entertainer, December 1983

Chuck Norris Superkicks (Dual cart with Artillery Duel) – Source: Computer Entertainer, December 1983; Electronic Games, September-December 1983

Krull – Source: Computer Entertainer, December 1983

Pigs in Space – Source: Computer Entertainer, December 1983

Quadrun – Source: Atari Age, November 1983-February 1984

Smurfs Save the Day (with Kid Vid) – Source: Computer Entertainer, December 1983

Snoopy and the Red Baron – Source: Computer Entertainer, December 1983

Space Shuttle: A Journey Into Space – Source: Computer Entertainer, December 1983; Orland Park Star, April 1 1984

Survival Island – Source: Computer Entertainer, November 1983

Sword of Saros – Source: Computer Entertainer, November 1983

 

DECEMBER:

Color Bar Generator – Source: Computer Entertainer, January 1984

Congo Bongo – Source: Computer Entertainer, January 1984

Cookie Monster Munch – Source: Computer Entertainer, January 1984

Mario Bros. – Source: Computer Entertainer, January 1984

Masters of the Universe: The Power of He-Man – Source: Computer Entertainer, January 1984; Hackensack Record, May 2 1984

Miner 2049er Volume II – Source: Electronic Games, January 1984

Mountain King – Source: Computer Entertainer, December 1984

Music Machine – Source: Music Machine album coupon

Omega Race – Source: Computer Entertainer, December 1984

Sorcerer’s Apprentice – Source: Computer Entertainer, January 1984

Subterranea – Source: Computer Entertainer, January 1984; Fort Worth Star Telegram, June 30 1984

Tunnel Runner – Source: Computer Entertainer, January 1984

 

UNKNOWN MONTH:

Bachelorette Party – Source:

Bumper Bash – Source:

Burning Desire – Source:

Cathouse Blues – Source: 

Gas Hog – Source:

Gigolo – Source:

Great Escape – Source:

Jungle Fever – Source:

Knight on the Town – Source:

Lady in Wading – Source:

Marine Wars – Source:

Philly Flasher – Source: 

Pooyan – Source:

Spitfire Attack – Source:

Strategy X – Source:

Survival Run – Source:

Video Jogger – Source:

Video Reflex – Source:

 

1984

EARLY WINTER:

Extra Terrestrials – Source: Atariage post

 

JANUARY:

Boing – Source: Computer Entertainer, February 1984

Dice Puzzle – Source: Computer Entertainer, February 1984; Charlotte News, June 1 1984

Exocet – Source: Computer Entertainer, February 1984; Charlotte News, June 1 1984

Scuba Diver – Source: Computer Entertainer, February 1984; Charlotte News, June 1 1984

Seahawk – Source: Computer Entertainer, February 1984; Charlotte News, June 1 1984

Stunt Man – Source: Computer Entertainer, February 1984; Charlotte News, June 1 1984

 

MARCH:

Berenstain Bears – Source: Computer Entertainer, April 1984;

Frontline – Source: Computer Entertainer, April 1984

HERO – Source: Computer Entertainer, April 1984

Millipede – Source: Computer Entertainer, April 1984; Hackensack Record, May 2 1984; Atari Age, March/April 1984

Oscar’s Trash Race – Source: Computer Entertainer, April 1984; Atari Age, March/April 1984

Out of Control – Source: Computer Entertainer, April 1984;

Pitfall 2: The Lost Caverns – Source: Computer Entertainer, April 1984; Fort Worth Star Telegram, July 14 1984

Private Eye – Source: Computer Entertainer, April 1984;

Shuttle Orbiter – Source: Computer Entertainer, April 1984;

 

SPRING:

Robin Hood (Dual cart with Sir Lancelot) – Source: Electronic Games, September-December 1983; Video Games, March 1984

Sir Lancelot (Dual cart with Robin Hood) – Source: Electronic Games, September-December 1983; Video Games, March 1984

Tomarc the Barbarian – Source: Electronic Games, September-December 1983; Video Games, March 1984; Computer Entertainer, December 1984

 

APRIL:

Crystal Castles – Source: Computer Entertainer, April 1984; Atari Age, March/April 1984

Taz – Source: Computer Entertainer, April 1984; Hackensack Record, May 2 1984; Atari Age, March/April 1984

 

MAY:

Espial – Source: Computer Entertainer, April 1984

James Bond 007 – Source: Computer Entertainer, May 1984

Pengo – Source: Hackensack Record, May 2 1984

River Patrol – Source: Computer Entertainer, May 1984

 

JUNE:

Gyruss – Source: Computer Entertainer, July 1984

Roc ‘N’ Rope – Source: Computer Entertainer, July 1984

Stargate – Source: Atari Age, March/April 1984 ; Computer Entertainer, August 1984

Video Life – Source: Computer Entertainer, June 1984

 

JULY:

Beamrider – Source: Computer Entertainer, July 1984

Gremlins – Source: Computer Entertainer, August 1984; Atlanta Constitution, August 18 1984

Star Wars: The Arcade Game – Source: Computer Entertainer, July 1984

 

AUGUST:

Birthday Mania – Source: Courier-News, December 20, 1984; Courier-News, December 22, 1984

Eli’s Ladder – Source: Computer Entertainer, August 1984

 

OCTOBER:

Frogger II: Threeedeep – Source: Computer Entertainer, October 1984: Newport News Daily Press, November 23 1984; Fort Worth Star Telegram, August 11 1984

Montezuma’s Revenge – Source: Computer Entertainer, October 1984; Fort Worth Star Telegram, August 11 1984

Motocross Racer – Source: Asbury Park Press, October 11 1984

Spy Hunter – Source: Computer Entertainer, November 1984; Creative Computing, November 1984; Newport News Daily Press, November 23 1984; Sega rebate

Tapper – Source: Electronic Games, November-December 1984; Creative Computing, November 1984; Newport News Daily Press, November 23 1984; Sega rebate

Up ‘N’ Down – Source: Electronic Games, November-December 1984; Creative Computing, November 1984; Sega rebate

 

DECEMBER:

Mr. Do’s Castle – Source: Computer Entertainer, January 1985; Fort Worth Star Telegram, September 29 1984

 

UNKNOWN MONTH:

 

Quest for Quintana Roo (Rereleased September 1989 by Telegames) – Source:

 

1985

FEBRUARY:

Q*Bert’s Qubes – Source: Computer Entertainer, June 1985; Computer Entertainer, May 1985; Computer Entertainer, March 1985; Arizona Daily Star, February 13 1985;  

 

MARCH:

Asterix – Source: Computer Entertainer, November 1983; Pottsville Republican, March 14 1985; Sunday Pennsylvanian, March 31 1985; Philadelphia Inquirer, April 7 1985; The Times Leader, March 14 1985

Obelix – Source: Binghamton Press and Sun Bulletin, July 11 1985; Pottsville Republican, March 14 1985; Sunday Pennsylvanian, March 31 1985; Philadelphia Inquirer, June 2 1985; The Sentinel, December 16 1985; The Times Leader, March 14 1985

 

AUGUST:

Cosmic Commuter – Source: Computer Entertainer, November 1985; Milwaukee Journal, August 10 1985; Milwaukee Journal, August 31 1985

Ghostbusters – Source: Computer Entertainer, October 1985; Milwaukee Journal, August 10 1985; Milwaukee Journal, August 31 1985; Detroit Free Press, November 28 1985; Kingsport Times News, November 24 1985

 

1986

JULY:

Track & Field – Source: Computer Entertainer, August 1986; Milwaukee Journal, October 19 1985

 

OCTOBER:

Jr. Pac-Man – Source: Computer Entertainer, November 1986

 

NOVEMBER:

Midnight Magic – Source: Computer Entertainer, December 1986

Solaris – Source: Computer Entertainer, December 1986

 

DECEMBER:

Cubicolor – Source: Computer Entertainer, December 1986

Tax Avoiders – Source: Computer Entertainer, January 1987

 

1987

SEPTEMBER:

Kung-Fu Master – Source: Computer Entertainer, October 1987; Computer Entertainer, November 1987

 

OCTOBER:

Summer Games – Source: Computer Entertainer, November 1987

Title Match Pro Wrestling – Source: Computer Entertainer, November 1987

Winter Games – Source: Computer Entertainer, November 1987

 

DECEMBER:

Desert Falcon – Source: Computer Entertainer, March 1988; Atari 1987 internal sales figures

Realsports Boxing – Source: Computer Entertainer, March 1988; Baltimore Sun, March 17 1988; Albuquerque journal, March 17 1988; Atari 1987 internal sales figures

 

1988

JANUARY:

Skate Boardin’ – Source: Computer Entertainer, February 1988

 

MAY:

Crossbow – Source: Computer Entertainer, May 1988; Computer Entertainer, June 1988

 

JUNE:

California Games – Source: Computer Entertainer, July 1988

Commando – Source: Computer Entertainer, July 1988

 

NOVEMBER:

River Raid II – Source: Computer Entertainer, December 1988

 

1989

FEBRUARY:

Pete Rose Baseball – Source: Computer Entertainer, April 1989

Tomcat: F-14 – Source: Computer Entertainer, April 1989

 

MARCH:

Sprintmaster – Source: Computer Entertainer, April 1989

Super Baseball – Source: Computer Entertainer, April 1989

Super Football – Source: Computer Entertainer, April 1989

 

MAY:

Dark Chambers – Source: Computer Entertainer, June 1989

Double Dunk – Source: Computer Entertainer, June 1989

Rampage – Source: Computer Entertainer, June 1989

Secret Quest – Source: Atarian, May/June 1989

 

AUGUST:

BMX Airmaster (Rereleased by Atari under its own label in January 1991) – Source: 2600 Connection, Winter 1991; Atarian, September/October 1989; Atariage poster

Off the Wall – Source: Computer Entertainer, December 1989; Atari 1989 internal sales figures; Atariage poster

Radar Lock – Source: Computer Entertainer, December 1989; Atari 1989 internal sales figures; Atariage poster

Road Runner – Source: Computer Entertainer, December 1989; Atari 1989 internal sales figures; Atariage poster

 

SEPTEMBER:

Glacier Patrol – Source: Atarian, July/August 1989; Atarian, September/October 1989

 

FALL:

Double Dragon – Source: Computer Entertainer, August 1989; Computer Entertainer,  September-December 1989

Universal Chaos – Source: Atarian, September/October 1989; Atariage post

 

1990

No new games appear to have been released this year. – Source: 2600 Connection, January 1991

 

1991:

MARCH:

Ikari Warriors – Source: 2600 Connection, Spring 1991; CES March 1991 order form

Motorodeo – Source: 2600 Connection, Spring 1991; CES March 1991 order form

Sentinel – Source: 2600 Connection, Spring 1991; CES March 1991 order form

Xenophobe – Source: 2600 Connection, Spring 1991; CES March 1991 order form