Welcome back, friends. To an unexpected but I hope nonetheless welcome episode of the Diary of An Arcade Employee Podcast. This special is all about Atari’s fantastic 1980 arcade classic Warlords. In addition with this of course being the 26th episode as well as the 26th of the month. You know what that means, Happy Atari Day! Seriously, what better way to celebrate the day than discussing Warlords, right?
While I of course realize it has been nearly a year since the last episode. I honestly felt that with the recent Saturday Frights Podcast specials I should tackle Warlords. After all I did kind of tease it on the Sunset Riders episode. And tackling a game with as much history as Warlords just felt like it had to be done.
On this episode I do talk about the differences between the upright as well as cocktail cabinets. I give a brief overview of the gameplay and also share some of the interesting trivia I found on the game. Of course I also share some vintage audio related Warlords commercials for your enjoyment.
Moreover, on this episode I found an amazing interview over on the AtariAge forums by Will Nicholes. Where he chats with the Atari 2600 Warlords programmer Carla Meninsky. Who reminisces on what it was like working at Atari back in the Golden Age. Furthermore I share some information on the graphic novel for Warlords that was released back in the day by DC comics!
If you have any suggestions for future games to cover or comments on the show itself you may email them to me at VicSage@Retroist.com. You can also contact me on Twitter and of course on Facebook. You can also keep up to date on what is going down at the Arkadia Retrocade by making sure to “Like” their Facebook Page. If you need a daily fix you can check out the Official Diary of an Arcade Employee Facebook Page!
Subscribe to the Diary of an Arcade Employee Podcast: [iTunes] Subscribe to the Podcast directly in iTunes. (MP3)
I believe that Warlords on the Atari 2600 was hands down one of the best paddle games for that legendary system. Thanks to our friends over at Atari this Summer will see the update of the classic hitting the Xbox Live Arcade for the Xbox 360 as well as the Playstation Network.
From Atari’s Press Release:
“Warlords is a one-to-four player, arcade action game in which players
will defend their castles from mischievous minions and ferocious
fireballs spun from the mouth of a maniacal dragon. In this whimsical
reinvention of the beloved classic, players will face the ultimate
battle of speed, strategy and survival.
In addition, the game will increasingly challenge players to multitask
as they strive to shield the castle walls and simultaneously rally
troops to capture control points, collect power-ups and destroy the
other warring factions.
“Warlords infuses the arcade action genre with a bold and vibrant
visual style coupled with robust strategy gameplay,” says Jim Wilson,
President and CEO of Atari, Inc. “It exemplifies our design goals and
company strategy as we reintroduce these classic brands to a new
generation of gamers.”
Protect the stronghold! Defend your castle walls from the destruction
of fast-flying fireballs with your mighty shield. Move the shield
around the perimeter of your castle with precision and speed to
deflect the fireballs or grab onto and charge fireballs to release
even more devastating attacks back at your opponents.
Multiple local/online game modes sweeten the quest for power and allow
for cooperative and competitive battles with up to 4 players. Select
the faction of your choice and engage in a number of competitive
variations, including co-op siege mode, 2v2 or classic free-for-all
Rally your Troops and pit them against your foes. Your loyal posse
brings a layer of depth and replayability to every battle, and can be
sent off to capture control points, gather power-ups to immobilize
your enemies or bolster your defenses. Manage your troops wisely to
gain the battlefield advantage!
I might not love the final result on every game attempt, but I do love that Atari keeps swinging for the fences with their reboots of their classic titles. This summer we are going to get a reboot on my favorite 4 player paddle powered title, Warlords. In this newly released trailer, we learn all about the characters that will populate this new incarnations for XBLA and PSN.
Show no mercy and take no prisoners as you fight to the death for title of the almighty Warlord in Atari’s new game, Warlords based on the Atari classic. Defend your castle from mischievous minions and ferocious fireballs spun from the mouth of a maniacal dragon in this whimsical reinvention of the beloved classic. In the ultimate battle of speed, strategy and survival, command your troops with shrewdness and skill to capture control points, collect power-ups and destroy the other warring factions!
I am pretty sure my old Warlord skills will not be applicable to the new version…