Warlords - Atari


Fresh squeezed orange juice, great friends, and Atari Day! Celebrate Atari Day at the Jag Bar with the 2600 classic Warlords!

Warlords is an awesome classic video game that evokes the early ’80s Atari experience at its best! Warlords makes for a great party game, as the Atari 2600 version supports up to 4 simultaneous players on screen at one time vying for absolute domination!

[Via] Brian Thomas Barnhart

At it’s core, Warlords is about using insane strategy and skill to defeat your best friends and family in your living room and is best played around a nice round of drinks and snacks.

Warlords is a battle between four Kings (players) and their Castles, one in each corner of the screen. A fire-breathing dragon appears on screen at the beginning of each round and spits out a fireball, which bounces around the screen destroying the castles one brick at a time, similar in gameplay to Breakout.


Each King and Castle has a shield (controlled by the player using a paddle controller) which deflects the fireball, or can grab the fireball and fling it furiously at an opponent.


Among Atari’s developers in the Home Consumer Division the game was referred to as “Kings in the Corner”. The Atari 2600 version of Warlords was developed by Carla Meninsky and released in 1981. Carla was one of the two female game designers working at Atari in the early 1980s.

Image courtesy of Atari I/O's Facebook page.
Image courtesy of Atari I/O’s Facebook page.

Atari Day is part of a movement we started at atari.io to help spread interest, awareness, and to share our love of Atari and classic gaming with the world.

On the 26th day of each month, we’re setting aside a day to celebrate Atari, share great games with great friends, and remind the world why Atari’s still so awesome. Here’s how it works:

1. Wear Atari stuff on the 26th day of each month
Shirts, hats, wristbands, book bags, whatever. Put Atari stickers on your notebooks, bikes, the rear window of your car, the front door of your favorite bar, anywhere cool really. Let people see your enthusiasm. Take photos and post to your social media accounts with the hashtag #AtariDay. Create memes, print your own Atari stickers, make something new. If you need a T-shirt, you can usually find Atari stuff at Target, online, or in most any mall in America. Wearing Atari stuff, you’ll usually see a few smiling faces coming up to you and offering positive remarks. Each smiling face is another chance to share the fun of Atari with an old friend, or maybe make a new one!

2. Start a conversation
If people come up to you and say they love your shirt, just start talking to them! It’s easy to get people excited about Atari. People love video games. And a lot of people still have really fond memories of Atari! They just need to be reminded.

3. Share a game
Let’s say your friend said something about your shirt, you guys started talking about Atari and now they’re truly excited. You should be as awesome to them as you can possibly be. Share a game with them! Offer to lend them your Flashback console for a week. Better yet, invite them over for a game! Get a 4-Player round of Warlords going. Play a few of your favorite Atari games. Snacks, beer, and a retro movie could make a night out of it. Do something fun and memorable. Make it easy for people to want to enjoy Atari. Show them where they can get games and offer recommendations on your favorite titles. Offer them a few of your spare carts to get them started on their collection!

Why do this?
The idea is to share Atari with the world! People who remember Atari will go “Oh yeah! That was so much fun!” and those too young to remember Atari might discover it for the first time. The more people entering the World of Atari, the better! It’s always fun to welcome new people into classic gaming, and Atari’s legacy could use a little help.

In some people’s eyes the Atari we know and love doesn’t hold the best reputation. So much of what the rest of the world sees about Atari right now is negative. Documentaries about their failure, Atari garbage dumps in the news, criticism and crappy games. Now is the time to help people rediscover Atari and let them see how much fun we have with this stuff. We??re picking a day, the 26th of each month, to do just that!

Other gaming companies actively build on their legacy. They release new games based on old characters and franchises, and they make it exciting and fun to like their stuff. We wish the same was true with Atari, but unfortunately it’s going to be left up to all of us to make that happen.

For more information on Atari Day, visit the Atari Day page at Atari I/O here: http://forums.atari.io/index.php/topic/291-atari-day-on-the-26th-day-of-each-month-show-the-world-how-much-you-love-atari/

For more episodes of The Jag Bar, check out their channel on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/btbfilms76

Justin is an avid Atari historian, technology entrepreneur, adventurist and raconteur who posts at the Retroist as Atari I/O. You can follow him at his website and join the Atari I/O forums at http://www.atari.io

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Justin is an avid Atari historian, technology entrepreneur, adventurist and raconteur who posts at the Retroist as Atari I/O. You can follow him at his website and join the Atari I/O forums at http://www.atari.io