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Asterix on Atari 2600

Atari - «Asterix» 1984

Asterix was present on the video game scene as early as 1984, having made a striking debut on the legendary Atari 2600® console. Of course, today's youngsters may smile condescendingly at the screen shots from back then.

Even so, in its heyday, the sport had France's most brilliant gamers sweating, as they competed to qualify for Atari's regional and national championship finals. The relentless increases in the speed of the game were quite a workout for human reflexes - even those of the most dedicated console champions.

Due to the limitations of technology back then, the script was rudimentary: using the joystick, players could move Asterix around the entire screen. The goal was to pick up as many objects as you could from those to be found in 8 corridors (cauldrons of magic potion, winged helmets, shields, etc.).

Asterix on Atari 2600

Once you had collected 50 similar objects, a new group would appear, and the speed would be ratcheted up to another notch. And as though that weren't enough, there were insidious traps hidden among the treasures: if you weren't careful to avoid the Cacofonix's lyre, you were liable to disappear!

Music does not necessarily soothe the savage soul, even before the era of Star Academy. In the second phase of the game, Obelix replaced Asterix in a gluttonous race to accumulate food and drink: apples, fish, roasted wild boar chops, mugs of ale, etc. For a first shot at the new medium, it was a masterful one.

And, lest we forget, it was just the beginning of the illustrious Asterix's adventures in the world of video games!

Credits :
ASTERIX ©1983 ATARI, INC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
Atari is a registred trademark of Atari, Inc.


Instructions book

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The press

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Screen shots

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