How to Play Those 3 Rediscovered Atari 2600 Games

Last Updated on February 20, 2024

A collection of six cancelled Atari 2600 games has been dumped online. While three of the titles from UA Ltd were released in 2003, a further three have never been issued until now.

The games are R2D Tank, Hobo, and Spiders. All six games are believed to have been cancelled as a result of the 1983 video games crash. Available as downloadable BIN files, the games have detailed pages at AtariProtos:

  • R2D Tank – an arcade conversion
  • Hobo – orginal game, intended for 1983 release (at least one copy known to exist)
  • Spiders – an arcade conversion

But, how do you play these revived Atari 2600 games?

Often, you can load up ROMs in browser-based emulators. As these are pretty new, you’ll need to head to the AtariAge forum page and download each BIN file. This can then be loaded up in any Atari 2600 emulator (Stella, for Windows, is a good option), or an Atari VCS, or an Atari 2600+.

Will these games receive a general release? Probably not, but don’t rule anything out. Atari has been leading the retro field of late with releases and licenses of its library and properties. While these games were not Atari productions, there is every chance that the rights could be snapped up…

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Gaming since 1984, retro gaming since 2004. Contributes to Linux Format magazine, TechRadar.com, and other publications.

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