2006 AtariAge Holiday Sale and Toyshop Trouble Cart Giveaway!

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Our friends over at AtariAge have incredible online store deals for the Atari VCS 2600 and Atari 7800 Pro System going on now. Check out the new homebrew stuff! Information below:

2006 AtariAge Holiday Sale and Toyshop Trouble Cart Giveaway!

It's that time of year and we know many of you have been waiting for the annual AtariAge Holiday Sale! This year's sale is bigger than ever, with the introduction of several new Atari 2600 and 7800 titles, and of course, the 2006 Holiday Cart: Toyshop Trouble! This is an exciting, new homebrew game, the result of collaboration between several homebrew authors and artists! And best of all, you can get Toyshop Trouble free a purchase of $100 or more in the store!

So, what's new in the store?

* 2006 Holiday Cart: Toyshop Trouble (2600)
* BLiP Football (2600)
* E.T. Book Cart (2600)
* Medieval Mayhem (2600)
* Phantom II / Pirate (2600)
* Space Battle (2600)
* StickyNotes Cart (2600)
* Pac-Man Collection (7800)
* Santa Simon (7800)

Also back are two previous AtariAge Holiday Carts: Holiday Qb and Reindeer Rescue! If you missed an opportunity to buy these games in 2004 and 2005, now you can buy them to enjoy. They aren't limited, numbered versions, but they are both outstanding homebrew games that we want to give everyone a chance to play.

In addition to all of the above titles, we also have other additions to the store:

* AtariVox Speech Module
* 2600 Game Bundles (20% Off!)
* ABC to the VCS, 2nd Edition
* Video Game Collector Issue #6

All orders over $10 will receive a FREE Atari Anniversary Edition CD! This CD includes 12 Atari arcade hits that you can play on your PC (Windows only). You don't need to do anything special to receive this CD, just submit your order and as long as it's over $10 you'll get a copy of this CD free!

If you haven't been keeping tabs on all the new homebrew releases this year, here's a quick list of other titles that have made their debut this year:

* A-VCS-tec Challenge (10% Off!)
* AStar (10% Off!)
* Conquest of Mars (10% Off!)
* Four-Play (10% Off!)
* Lady Bug (10% Off!)
* Rainbow Invaders (10% Off!)

Best of all, each of the above games is 10% Off during this sale!

And finally, all orders of $150 or more within the US will receive FREE Priority Mail Shipping! This sale runs through January 15th, 2007 so don't delay!

Additional details about each of the new titles is below:

2006 Holiday Cart: Toyshop Trouble (Atari 2600)

Ah, the Bahamas. Toyshop elves Patrick, Quincy, and Robert are laying on the beach, relaxing in the sun. Nothing could be finer than listening to the surf while enjoying a cold drink. A great reward for having gotten all of Santa's toys painted in record time. Unfortunately for you, Patrick's idea of "painting" toys was dumping them all in a bucket of gray paint. While this technically fulfilled his associates' obligations (thus their trip to the Bahamas), the toys--alas--still have to be painted properly.

It's now your job to clean up their mess, which means properly painting the toys in time for Santa's departure Christmas Eve. You must paint the toys as they move along five conveyor belts. Ahh, but only if it were as easy as it sounds! Toys must be painted the proper color, and some toys require two coats of paint (with different colors), and if that wasn't bad enough, some must have their coats applied in the proper order! And not that you needed the additional pressure, but you also have a daily quota to meet. You must properly paint all the toys that appear on the conveyor belts each day before the bell at the end of your shift sounds!

Santa's counting on you to ensure that all the toys are painted correctly! Can you get the job done before Santa's sleigh is loaded up on Christmas Eve? You don't want to be responsible for children waking up Christmas morning without toys under their trees, do you? Time to juggle those cans of paint and get moving!

For the fourth year in a row, AtariAge is proud to announce an annual holiday cartridge as part of its annual holiday sale. This year's cartridge, Toyshop Trouble, is a collaboration between several homebrew authors and artists, including John Payson, Zach Matley, Bob Montgomery, Nathan Strum, Dave Exton, Alan Aardvark, Fred Quimby, Zeus Zimmermank, and others. Toyshop Trouble features in-game artwork by Nathan Strum (who has contributed to several recent homebrew projects), and includes a beautifully illustrated label and manual by Dave Exton, whose brush graces many homebrew games in our store. Additionally, each cartridge is individually numbered. As part of our holiday sale and to say thanks to our many wonderful customers, AtariAge is giving away a free Toyshop Trouble (a $25 value) with orders of $100 or more through January 15, 2007. This sale will be your only opportunity to obtain the limited, numbered version of Toyshop Trouble in cartridge form, as well as the only way to obtain a free copy!


BLiP Football (Atari 2600)

Did you grow up playing those handheld electronic football games? Initially released in 1977 (the same year as the Atari VCS), these portable football games became wildly popular, eventually spawning many variants. Thanks to 2600 programmers David Galloway and Bob Montgomery, you can now enjoy this classic handheld football game on the 2600 in the form of BLiP Football. Faithfully mimicked in appearance, audio and gameplay, BLiP Football recreates the experience of playing the original electronic football.

In BLiP Football you control a running back and must get by the defenders trying to stop your progress! You can see nine yards of the playing field at any time--when you go beyond one edge of the field, your player wraps around to the opposite edge, showing another nine yard segment of the field. The game is comprised of four 15-second quarters. On the fourth down you can optionally kick the ball instead of running it.

In addition to the default "classic mode" display (which shows red players against a black field), you can switch to an enhanced, more colorful display by pressing the SELECT switch during gameplay. BLiP Football is a two-player game, with the game controller swapped back and forth between possessions.


E.T. Book Cart (Atari 2600)

AtariAge, in conjunction with Gray Games, brings you one of the most revolutionary modern technologies-- known as the e-book--retrograded for the Atari 2600, simply and concisely known as the E.T. Book Cart.

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial for the Atari 2600-- the game that some say brought down an industry--is looked at through various means, and is immortalized even further by a cartridge book focused on the game that helped bring about the video game crash.

Use your joystick to choose from the chapters you wish to read or the game you wish to play. Go from page to page with ease as you learn more and more about what the world of E.T. is all about.

Table of Contents

1. The Wisdom of E.T.
2. 2nd Interview with HSW
3. Ode to HSW
4. Secrets of E.T.
5. E.T. Signal
6. Alamogordo Landfill

Hear the Ancient Wisdom of E.T. through various philosophers both past and present from around the world. Read how Howard Scott Warshaw explains E.T. Pit Theory in the follow-up interview to his infamous 1st interview (featured on BeepBopBoop.com). Read the poem that almost won an E.T. Sweater. E.T. Historian Random Terrain reveals Secrets of the E.T. game and describes how E.T. transcends the Adventure Template. Listen to the actual E.T. signal that E.T. used to call the mothership. Play the highly addictive game Alamogordo Landfill and help send buried E.T. cartridges back to the future to AtariAge Headquarters.


Medieval Mayhem (Atari 2600)

Fans of the popular four-player Atari 2600 game Warlords (itself based on an arcade game of the same name) will be happy to learn that 2600 enthusiast Darrell Spice Jr. has created a new 2600 homebrew titled Medieval Mayhem, an updated take on Warlords. While the original version from Atari is still a blast to play, Medieval Mayhem adds arcade features such as the launch dragon, multiple fireballs and a level of polish missing from the original 2600 release. It also includes a menu to select options before starting the game. Medieval Mayhem is a frenetic multi-player game that you can enjoy against your friends (up to four people may play) or against the computer AI!


* Launch Dragon
* Multiple Fireballs
* 4 AI levels
* Options Menu
* Stereo Sound
* Titlescreen Music
* Demo mode
* Individual Player Catch Setting
* Fireball Flareups

In October 2006, AtariAge sponsored a Medieval Mayhem Label Contest to solicit artwork for the game. The winning entry was created by David Vazquez, whose art graces both the label and manual.


Phantom II / Pirate (Atari 2600)

Phantom II / Pirate is a homebrew cartridge featuring two games written by David Weavil. Phantom II is based on an old Bally Midway arcade game of the same name, where your goal is to patrol the unfriendly skies and shoot down enemy bombers! In Pirate, you must explore a dangerous island and find the treasure of evil pirate Chuck DeLuc! The cartridge features a menu that lets you select which game to play upon powering up your system.

Fighter Pilots Needed!

Fight your way through day and night zones and shoot down the enemy bomber!

Use the joystick to move your fighter and the fire button to fire missiles. You only get one life, so avoid colliding with the enemy jets (you are safe at the lowest level of the screen)! In the night zone the enemy jets are only visible when the radar wave passes over them.

You start with approximately 60 seconds in the guided missile version and 90 seconds in the regular missile version. If you can reach and shoot down the bomber (which requires three hits), you'll be awarded with additional time (represented by a bar on the left of the screen). The enemy jets get more evasive and you receive less time to accomplish your goals with each successive round.

Arrrrr Matey! X Marks the Spot!

Can you find the treasure of the evil pirate "Up" Chuck LeDuc? Beware! His bony corpse wanders the island looking to protect it! Also watch out for snakes and the voodoo priestess!

Use the joystick to move around the island and use your fire button to fight/pick up items or use an item/enter or exit the hut. The window color represents what you are presently carrying (gray - nothing, blue - shovel, yellow - sword, green - shovel & sword). The color of the display in the window shows your health. You start with three hit points (3 - green, 2 - yellow, 1 - red). Snakes have 1 hit point each. The other enemies' hit points are randomly generated. There is a flower growing on the island that will restore your health, but it only works when it is fresh. Only use it when you actually need it!

The treasure is marked by an X and you must have the shovel in your possession to dig it up. Can you find the treasure before LeDuc finds you?


Hunchy II (Atari 2600)

"For though he was gentle and kind, it was Quasimodo's crime to have been born hideously deformed. But one day his heart would prove to be a thing of rare beauty. She was Esmerelda. The victim of a coward's jealous rage, she is unjustly convicted of a crime she didn't commit. Her sentence is death by hanging. Only one man can save her --Quasimodo." Victor Hugo

Hunchy II is a sequel to the 1982 classic arcade game Hunch Back which is loosely based on the novel "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" (1831) by Victor Hugo. Your task is to guide the hunchbacked Quasimodo in his quest to rescue the gypsy girl Esmeralda from the cathedral of Notre Dame. To succeed, you must collect all of the bells in each cathedral room. You must also avoid any incoming missiles and the fearsome cathedral guards. Hunchy II contains 14 levels of increasing difficulty.

Hunchy II features an original label by Justin Hairgrove and manual by Tony Morse.


Space Battle (Atari 2600)

The intergalactic treaty of 2345 has been broken by a race known as the G'ohrn. You are on patrol in the Gamma Sector of the Dyni'bian Cluster when you receive a distress call from Earth outpost #4. Your mission is to defend the remote Earth outpost.

In Space Battle, you must defend a remote Earth outpost from attacking invaders! But it's not as easy as it sounds--before you can even face the enemy onslaught, you must first land your ship on the outpost's defense platform while evading an enemy sentry! Once on the platform, you will then face the first wave of enemy fighters. Can you destroy them before depleting your fuel supply? To keep your fuel from running low, be sure to pick up the fuel pods released by exploding enemy vessels!

After you destroy the first wave, you'll then be faced with two morphing Kh'rylian Destroyers, and not only do they not drop fuel pods but they require several shots to destroy! And should you survive their fury, you won't have time for a break, as the enemies will send wave after wave of invaders to test your mettle!


StickyNotes Cart (Atari 2600)

The StickyNotes cartridge displays a custom message on your Atari 2600, up to 990 characters in length! Your custom message will scroll by in a colorful display when your 2600 is powered up with this cartridge inserted. Optionally, you can include two messages, each 490 characters in length, toggled by pressing the joystick button.

Some ideas for messages you might put in a StickyNotes cartridge:

* Marriage Proposal
* The first 990 digits of Pi!
* A Happy Birthday message for a friend or loved one!
* A special Anniversary message
* Commemorate a Special Event!

Messages may be composed of letters, numbers, and most other characters you'd find on a normal keyboard. All letters will be converted to UPPER CASE. When ordering, please specify your message (or messages) in the Comments field while checking out. If you do not include your message(s), your order may be delayed.


Pac-Man Collection (Atari 7800)

Pac Man Collection is a round-up of the various official (and some not so official) releases of one of the most popular games in history. Now we can finally fill a void that was missing from the 7800 library for two decades. Within this game cartridge you will find:

* Pac-Man (The Original!)
* Puck Man (Same game, more difficult maze)
* Hangly Man (Empty Mazes? Vertical Tunnels? Invisible Mazes?)
* Ultra Pac-Man (6 New Mazes for a new variety)
* Random Mazes* (You just never know which maze will appear next!)
* Ms. Pac-Man (The second installment of the Pac-Family)
* Ms. Pac-Attack (Same game, more challenging mazes)
* Ms. Random Mazes* (Like Random Mazes above, but with the Ms. flavor)

* - denotes games that were not released as actual arcade games, officially or otherwise

Also included is the 'Plus' and 'Fast' variations of these games, which you can individually set on or off for each game. Plus Mode has the various effects when enabled:

* Game Speed is increased
* Bonus prizes are replaced with alternate items
* Bonus prizes now have the same effect as an energizer, except the monsters turn invisible (they are worth double points this way!)
* Eating a standard energizer doesn't always turn all four monsters blue...
* Eating a standard energizer might make the maze and dots disappear for the duration of the energizer
* Maze colors are different as an indicator of 'Plus' mode

'Plus' mode is the equivalent of the arcade game Pac-Man Plus. 'Fast' Mode increases the speed of the player only when enabled. In total, you have 24 game variations to choose from!

The High Score Cartridge is able to store high scores for each variation separately.


Santa Simon (Atari 7800)

Santa's workshop elves need a sharp mind if they are to correctly build the millions of toys needed for Christmas every year. With that in mind, Santa has developed a program he calls Santa Simon to help the elves improve their memory. The premise is pretty simple--all you need to do is remember the sequence that the Christmas Tree, Reindeer, Snowman and Santa signal to you and then play back that sequence in the proper order using your joystick controller. How many moves can you memorize before slipping up?

For every copy of Santa Simon sold, we will donate $5 to UNICEF, the United Nations Children's Fund. UNICEF provides long-term humanitarian and developmental assistance to children and mothers in developing countries.

Santa Simon will only be available during the 2006 AtariAge Holiday Sale, which runs through January 15th, 2007.


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Bill Loguidice
Bill Loguidice's picture
Joined: 12/31/1969
I was able to order the

I was able to order the following:

1 x AtariVox Speech Synthesizer (Atari 2600/7800 - Very excited about this second version that comes in a case)
1 x Medieval Mayhem (Atari 2600 - I already have "Castle Crisis" for the Atari 8-bit computer)
- TV Type: NTSC
- Cartridge Color: Clear
1 x Pac-Man Collection (Atari 7800)
1 x 2006 Holiday Cart: Toyshop Trouble (Atari 2600)
- Toyshop Trouble: Free with $100 Purchase

Bill Loguidice, Managing Director
Armchair Arcade, Inc.
(A PC Magazine Top 100 Website)


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