Atari 2600: MegaForce Box Art

The very name of the film, MegaForce, conjurors up memories of racing around my neighborhood on my bicycle, tearing across neighbors yards while pretending to shoot missiles from my handlebars and generally just imagining the glorious action I would see on the Drive-In screen when the movie finally reached our neck of the woods.
Even after seeing the movie and having my hopes dashed I still thought the Atari 2600 game would probably be awesome. Sadly I never received the cartridge but I make sure keep my eye out for it when I visit my local comic shop, it’s just a matter of time before I add it to my collection.

I think it is easy to see why I was so excited for not only the movie with it’s advertisements on TV but in the back of the comics I was reading but when I saw the game box behind glass at the store. That’s a pretty epic cover for a 2600 title.

Though not quite as epic as the commercial for the game!

Thanks to AtariAge for that awesome box art! Thanks as well to Carter J Burke and Dig That Box RETRO for uploading the videos on YouTube.


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9 thoughts on “Atari 2600: MegaForce Box Art

  1. vinvectrex says:

    I haven’t had a chance to play this one yet, but personally, I think the cartridge looks better than the film. And, if that is indeed the case, it would fall into that extremely, extremely rare category of games that are better than their film counterparts.

  2. I’ve seen the film, but never knew there was a game!

    As a sidenote (yes, another one), the director of Megaforce was Hal Needham and I’ve interviewed him for a Burt Reynolds tribute. He’s a very interesting man and wrote a book about his life as a stuntman and film director.

  3. I was just arguing about the awesomeness of Hal Needham last week with Peachy. Not sure I sold him, but I have always enjoyed his films, especially S and the B.

  4. I’m a big fan of Hooper. In interviewing him, it was interesting to learn that Burt Reynolds was really the reason he got to direct. Needham was the first stunt man turned coordinator who was able to become a director. That was because Reynolds wanted him to direct Smokey.

    Needham was also (and still is) one tough cowboy.

  5. Never heard of the movie (judging by the trailer, I can see why) or the game. But the game looks good for a 2600 title. The trailer looks like it might have something to do with the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers :)

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