Atari 2600: Secret Quest (1989)

In 1989 I was busy concentrating on defeating the likes of Cobra Triangle, Shadowgate, and Romance of the Three Kingdom on my NES. I admit that while I had not banished my beloved Atari 2600 console and titles to the closet, I had moved them to the back of the gaming shelf under the TV. Had I known about Secret Quest for the Atari 2600 however I truly believe it would have been brought back out and sat beside the NES!

Secret Quest holds the distinction of being the last 2600 title released in the U.S. and was touted as being programmed by none other than Atari Co-founder Nolan Bushnell!


[Via] Atari Age

The problem with that statement…was that he didn’t program it. Steve DeFrisco had that honor with Nolan as Producer and Designer. In this case Nolan asked Steve to come up with a title similar to the Legend of Zelda for the 2600. To do this the cartridge used a SARA superchip allowing it to have 256 extra bytes of RAM, so that Secret Quest was a 16K title. It also had a pass-code feature!

Check out this awesome video and Review from the Classic Game Room YouTube Channel.

I’m adding this cartridge to my Holy Grail list of Atari 2600 games.

VicSage

Editor at Retroist
Searching through the alleys for useful knowledge in the city of Nostalgia. Huge cinema fanatic and sometimes carrier of the flame for the weirding ways of 80s gaming, toys, and television. When his wife lets him he is quite happy sitting in the corner eating buckets of beef jerky.

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4 thoughts on “Atari 2600: Secret Quest (1989)

  1. Drahken says:

    I’ve never heard of this before. Then again, my atari gave up the ghost long before this came out, so it’s not really a surprise.

    Strangely, the guy who made this vid seems to have the same system I did. I recognize the flat black system with the wide chrome strip which you can see behind the game in the first minute or so of the vid. It’s the coleco brand clone of the atari 2600. Unfortunately I can’t tell if his is the coleco branded one or one of the rebranded ones (the only difference is that brand on the front of the machine, but we can’t see that in this clip). I had the columbia house rebranded one.

    This game looks pretty good for a 2600 one. Atariage has the manual in HTML format: http://www.atariage.com/manual_html_page.html?SoftwareLabelID=425

  2. vinvectrex says:

    This one has escaped my notice too – that’s a very impressive stretch of the 2600’s capabilities. Thanks Vic!

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