Atari Stunt Cycle

Atari Stunt Cycle began life as an arcade game back in 1976. The goal of the game was to jump over an ever growing number of buses. Instead of a joystick or a paddle. the game utilized a set of realistic motorcycle hand grips!


In 1977, Atari released a dedicated home version of Stunt Cycle. For all intents and purposes, the game was essentially identical to the arcade version — no small feat at that time!


That same year, Atari also released the Atari VCS console, which crushed sales of the dedicated home version of Stunt Cycle.

A few years later in 1980, Atari programmer Bob Polaro programmed a version of Stunt Cycle for the Atari 2600. As the game neared completion, Atari requested that the game be re-branded as a Dukes of Hazzard game. That version of the game never officially made it out the door either, although both versions are available in prototype form as binary downloads.


Thanks to,, and for the Stunt Cycle-related information and pictures!

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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4 thoughts on “Atari Stunt Cycle

  1. The Doc says:

    I could have sworn that I played this game in the bowling alley my Dad used to take me to and it was called Evil Kenevils Stunt Cycle game and it had his picture on the side of the cabinet. I am probably wrong, but I sure do feel like I remember it have Evil’s picture on it, but that sure was a long time ago.

    The bowling alley have this game and a light gun Haunted House game that was very fun to play. It made tons of howling and groaning sounds and you would shoot floating ghosts.

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