Imagic’s Cosmic Ark TV Ad (1982)

Image courtesy of AtariAge.Com

Image courtesy of AtariAge.Com


Last week we shared the rather frightening TV Commercial for Imagic’s Atlantis but this week we are taking a look at the rather more earthly TV ad for its sequel, Cosmic Ark.

http://youtu.be/esJmV01CxA4
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Did you notice who the older brother was in that commercial? That is Ralphie (Peter Billingsley) from A Christmas Story!
Update: Thanks to sharp-eyed reader Logan who correctly pointed that the older brother in the ad isn’t Peter Billingsley but Corky Pigeon from Silver Spoons!

So if you are now all fired up for taking on the challenge of Cosmic Ark you might want to watch this segment of How To Beat Video Games that the Retroist posted a few years ago for some tips on mastering the game.

1982 Imagic Documentary!

Imagic Logo
I’m kind of riding on the Atlantis TV Commercial from yesterday but I thought this was just too cool of a documentary not to share. Thanks to Scottith Games over on YouTube we have this 2 part documentary on the Imagic game corporation from the 1982 PBS television show entitled Enterprise. In this documentary you’ll not only see the Imagic team discussing the creation of Atlantis but you’ll get a behind the scenes look at the Golden Age of game programming.

Imagic’s Atlantis TV Commercial (1982)

Image courtesy of AtariAge.Com

Image courtesy of AtariAge.Com


Atlantis for the Atari 2600 was certainly one of my favorite titles back in my youth, it might have to do with the “Missile Command” style of play as has been described in the How To Beat Video Games: Atlantis video that the Retroist posted last August. But to be honest I think it was the storyline that hooked me the most. I could easily imagine myself while playing as the last commander struggling to buy time for the citizens of Atlantis to escape the destruction by the evil Gorgon Armada!

Of course this classic 1982 TV ad might have helped in that role-playing.
http://youtu.be/qL-SyfmmRs4
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Also of note as was mentioned by the esteemed Atari Adventure Square in the How to Beat Video Games post: “Always loved that you don’t die at the end of Atlantis, you escape into another video game.” The folks at Imagic had a sequel in mind, what would go on to become Cosmic Ark, they even hint at it in the Atlantis manual!

“Atlantis, its last installation devastated, explodes in a fury of fire and radiation.
But wait! A satellite streaks into space!
Where is it bound?
Has someone survived the Gorgon onslaught?
Can the Cosmic Ark repopulate the ocean metropolis?”