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Homesoft's Disk Images of Atari 8-bit Games
September 23, 2008 7:55 AM   Subscribe

Homesoft's Disk Images. 354 disks full of 8-bit Atari games. Click on game titles for screenshots.

The links section is a good source for all your Atari emulation needs.
posted by milquetoast (13 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite

 
Lacks Adventure...
posted by Pastabagel at 8:03 AM on September 23, 2008


I need an emulator that runs on Mac OS 10.4.11 and can open pitfall. Stella doesn't seem to work.
posted by chillmost at 8:20 AM on September 23, 2008


That's because these are XL and XE games.

I only had a few games for my XL- one was Ducks Ahoy (misspelled on the site), Facemaker, and some math game which had you on a pogo stick.... does anyone remember the name of that one?
posted by Dr-Baa at 8:21 AM on September 23, 2008


Oh yeah, I also had River Raid, arguably the best version available. (Well, it is in my opinion.)
posted by Dr-Baa at 8:24 AM on September 23, 2008


Oh. My. God.
Red Max.
If Alternate Reality was anywhere to be found there, I would be in heaven. The 800XL with 8 channel music was the ONLY way to play that game.
posted by cimbrog at 8:42 AM on September 23, 2008


Er - 4 channel music. Not quite an Amiga...
posted by cimbrog at 8:42 AM on September 23, 2008


I remember making my mom buy these games with incredible cover art depicting spaceships and elaborately drawn battle scenes. And then you put the cassette in the console and encountered this very basic pixilated image and a highly constrained set of actions--but it didn't even matter. I could play for hours.

The best part of Adventure was the single hidden pixel that you could find in the catacombs and drag somewhere to display some special message.
posted by mert at 9:39 AM on September 23, 2008


Vjetnam.hopto.org is one of the better Atari disk image archives. You have to know what you're looking for or be willing to sort through a lot of cruft to get something good, however. This torrent looks jam-packed as well, though I can't vouch for its contents.

an incomplete list Atari 800 games that got me through my childhood (because the Vjetnam archive looks like it's okay with remote linking):

Star Raiders (a miracle in 8 kilobytes -- make sure you have the manual for full enjoyment of this masterpiece)
Missile Command
Qix
Deluxe Invaders
Star Raiders II (I would only later discover that this had been adapted from an unreleased The Last Starfighter game, which is also a lot of fun)
Congo Bongo (I woke my parents up to tell them I'd beaten the first level of this isometric Donkey Kong-ish game at age 7 or 8. It had taken me several years.)
Koronis Rift
Ninja
Archon
Gumball
Jumpman/Jumpman Junior
M.U.L.E.
Cavelord
Spy vs. Spy 3 - Arctic Antics
Super Zaxxon

Journey to the Planets - this is easily my favorite Atari 8-bit game. It took me until college to beat it -- it's a science fiction action/puzzle/adventure dealie about an astronaut who pilots what looks like a rocket-powered H from planet to confounding planet. Totally singular, unspeakably difficult -- very, very clever.
posted by lumensimus at 10:39 AM on September 23, 2008


About a year and a half ago I took steps to preserve all my (family's) old Atari 800XL disk images. While I haven't shared them yet (still trying to ensure there's no personal info stored in Atariwriter files on random disks) I did a write-up of the process and hardware used.

It can be found here: Atari 800XL Disk Archiving
posted by c0nsumer at 11:27 AM on September 23, 2008


mert - that was my favorite part of Adventure, too. I've no idea why I got so excited as a kid to find a secret room with nothing more than the developer's name, but I did.

Incidentally, there's a flash-based version of the game here. Can't remember off the top of my head if the easter egg is in that one.
posted by Oops at 9:03 PM on September 23, 2008


Ah, just saw Pastabagel's link. Just living up to my name, I guess.
posted by Oops at 9:04 PM on September 23, 2008


lumensimus: Journey to the Planets - this is easily my favorite Atari 8-bit game. It took me until college to beat it -- it's a science fiction action/puzzle/adventure dealie about an astronaut who pilots what looks like a rocket-powered H from planet to confounding planet.

I went from "what is he talking about?" to "oh. yeah." I never beat that. It's, um, kinda tempting to bust that out.

c0nsumer: You've been having good luck retrieving those floppys? Really? Hm. I think I only had the 850 drive, so maybe no passthrough... I wonder what disks I might still have.
posted by Pronoiac at 12:04 PM on September 24, 2008


*hums the theme to "Alternate Reality"*
posted by Pronoiac at 12:53 PM on September 24, 2008


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