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.

Join the Atari Club

One of the only perks of joining the Atari Club is that for only $1 you got a subscription to Atari Age magazine. It was just chock full of Atari related info and news. As a suburban kid who didn’t have access to stores that sold video games, this was my lifeline to a much larger video game playing world. I remember clipping a card very similar to the one featured below when I joined up. If I had only know what a nostalgia freak I would become as I got older I would have held onto my Atari Ages, but sadly they went out with the trash whenever the new issue came.

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