This 1983 Atari 2600 Commercial For Dolphin Is Rather Menacing

Dolphin - Atari 2600

Dolphin for the Atari 2600 was one of the few Activision titles that my Family didn’t pick up when it was originally released back in 1983. We were quick to look for the Activision logo when it came time to visit out local stores to pick up a new cartridge but for some reason we never set our sights on Matthew Hubbard’s underwater adventure title.

Maybe we would have it we had somehow caught this rather menacing commercial for the game?

[Via] Game Music Paradise

We did eventually add it to our collection thanks to a neighorhood garage sale but by then it was way too late to try and get the two Activision Patches:

Friends of Dolphins (Scoring 80,000 points)

Image courtesy of Atarimania.Com

Image courtesy of Atarimania.Com

Secret Society of Dolphins (Scoring 300,000 points)

Image courtesy of Atarimania.Com

Image courtesy of Atarimania.Com


In the original manual it didn’t tell you what score you had to reach to obtain the second patch but once you did reach 300,000 points the score would be replaced by a password that you had to take a photo of to gain admittance into the Secret Society of Dolphins.

A big thanks to Atarimania for the photo of the two badges!

VicSage

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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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3 thoughts on “This 1983 Atari 2600 Commercial For Dolphin Is Rather Menacing

  1. ddsw says:

    Yeah, that was an okay game. I agree Activision tended to be the mark of quality. The interesting thing about Dolphin was its use of sound…the pitch of the Dolphin’s “sonar” told you where to guide your Dolphin…the only Atari game to do anything like that, as far as I know. You also could leap over the wall of seahorses, but that always felt like cheating to me, even though it slowed you down a little. I got lots of the Activision patches but never this one.

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