Yars’ Revenge Cartridge

While cleaning up my computer room, I ran across my Yars’ Revenge cartridge for the Atari 2600.

Nothing special about it; Atari made thousands (maybe millions) of them.

Oh wait, I almost forgot: mine was signed by Howard Scott Warshaw, the creator of Yars’ Revenge.

Someday, if possible, I’d like to also get the cart signed by Ray Kassar, former CEO of Atari. For those of you who don’t know, “Yar” is “Ray” backwards. In the game’s manual, players learn that Yars are from the planet Razak (Kassar, reversed phonetically).

Fans of the game should check out Sean Hartter’s custom Yars’ Revenge artwork and The Retroist’s minimalist Yars’ Revenge Wallpaper. If you would like to know more about the development of Yars’ Revenge, check out the amazing book Racing the Beam. It’s a must read for anyone who has ever wondered how programmers squeezed all that magic out of the Atari 2600.

And, if you want to know how to beat the game … here you go:

Rob O'Hara

I'm into old video games, old arcade games, old computer games, writing, photography, computer/network security, and of course, the 1980s!

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6 thoughts on “Yars’ Revenge Cartridge

  1. Flack, you should do a review of Racing the Beam. The preview made it look too technical for me, but I still wonder if I would like it.

  2. Flack…you are very much like Santa Claus or Kevin Flynn! That is an incredible cart to own, not just because it’s a great title. Did you bump into Howard at a gaming convention or something?

  3. Drahken says:

    I first encountered yars via a batch of atari games that came with an old atari system that a friend of a friend was getting rid of. The joystick was wearing out, but other than that the system worked fine (and I discovered that my genesis controllers would work just fine on the atari, so the joystick wasn’t an issue). I didn’t have any manuals for those games though, so I just had to try to figure them out as I went. Most were very straight forward, but yars was very…. unique. I eventually figured it out though, and found it to be a fun game.

  4. @Vic: The cart was signed at CGE 2004, although I won it in a drawing at CGE 2007.

    @Doug: I actually reviewed Racing the Beam on my own site, before I was writing here at the Retroist. Parts of the book are indeed technical, but there are a ton of great non-technical tidbits and trivia in there too to keep things interesting.

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