Here is a collection of some of the more interesting Atari
carts. I will try to put a nice selection of them up here. You will not see
all of them as many are quite dull. But some have some cool pictures on them and I
will showcase them here!
The granddaddy of all role playing games. I always loved this label, even
if it is quite simple.
Alien - Who would
have thought that a game based on the famous movie would end up being another
Asterix - The
famous comic book character comes to the Atari. Very nice label. But
where is Obelix?
The second big hit on the Atari. This is the later label as I want to
showcase the artwork and this one has nice artwork.
Backgammon - Simple
design for a simple game.
- Is that Clyde of Bonny
& Clyde fame on the cover? Who knows who that dashing bankrobber is.
Barnstorming - Another good label from
Activision. They excelled here.
A nice label and a very good Atari game. Even with MAME, I still find
myself playing this one.
Beamrider - A
great game and a very cool cover. One of my favorite Activision labels
(and games for that matter).
- Crazy game with a crazy
Congo Bongo - Better label than game.
- The blue and white
design is actually sorta eyecatching. The simplistic approach.
Cosmic Corridor -
A Zimag game. The label is pretty cool with the evil space aliens.
They look like they escaped from a Galaxian game.
Cosmic Creeps - A
good label for the Telesys game.
- My favorite arcade game was also a good Atari 2600 game. Too bad they
made it so limited.
- There is something I like about the clean and uncluttered look of the Froggo
labels. Cannot say the same for the gameplay.
Crypts of Chaos
through a dark corridor. I wish the gameplay was as cool as the cart art
- A very rare
cart and a very dark one. So I made a white background, so you could
actually see it.
Defender - One
of the classic games with a classic label. Now go save some humanoids.
love the look on that guy's face. The scary part is I have seen that look
on psychos on the highway.
- I like this Atari released version much better than the dull text only version
that Coleco released.
- A very colorful label with some toughs who never heard of shirts.
Dragster - Like
all Activision labels, this is a good one. And it is one of the first
games released from Activision too.
Espial - I always
loved Tigervision's labels and this one does not disappoint.
E.T. the Extra Terrestrial
- What Atari collection would be complete without this game?
- 20th Fox always
did cool cart designs and this one fits the role.
Fast Food -
The game where purple pickles are deadly. Really. Maybe it is just
me but I wouldn't eat a purple pickle anyway.
- Nervous air traffic
controllers, must have been drawn during the Reagan era, right before he fired them all.
at Frankie grabbing at you. Duck! Duck!
Freeway (Zellers) - Another of the Zeller's
clones. Ugly but in a unique way. Sorta like a painting you would
find at a starving artist sale.
- A really cool looking picture. Not what you would expect from a game
called Frontline but at least it is good looking.
Gremlins - A nice label
of the game based on the movie. For a movie game on the Atari, it is a
One of two games from Wizard Video Games. Both are valuable collectible
and both were mediocre at best games. The other one is Texas Chainsaw
Hangman - Why
would you buy a game you can easily do on paper? I guess if you are an
only child and live away from civilization, then maybe. But everyone else,
what is your excuse?
- I always liked this game. Everyone compares it to Adventure, but if you
look at it on its own, the game is pretty decent.
H.E.R.O. - Another
great game from Activision. It also has one of the best labels for an
Infilitrate - Nothing
says secret agent like a tan suit! I don't remember James Bond wearing one
I Want My Mommy -
I actually like this label with the cute little teddy bear. It is so
different from the many space ships and monsters that I like it.
Jawbreaker - If you
own this game, consider yourself lucky. A fun game, a nice label and super
rare to boot.
Joust - The
classic battle of man and bird. I am still not sure if putting a man on
the back of a flying ostrich was sheer genius or the work of a insane mind?
Jr. Pac-Man -
Look at Junior as he rides his tricycle. How cute.
- Since Tarzan was not available due to a lawsuit, they brought out this guy.
Poor guy had a hard act to follow.
Kaboom - Who
doesn't love this game? Oh yeah, anyone who has tried playing it without a
paddle controller. What a difference that makes.
Kangaroo - Mama
kangaroo letting the monkey know the consequences of nabbing her baby.
That is one tough mama.
- If only the game looked or
even played half as nice as the cart. Gotta love the cart color, nothing says big
tough ape like powder blue.
Krull - I was not
crazy about the Atari version, but I did like the arcade version. Have not
seen the movie in over a decade. Will have to see if I can get it from the
- A typical Activision label. Not my favorite game from Activision, but
still eons better than alot of the stuff coming out.
London Blitz - Back when everyone was getting
into making Atari games, board game company Avalon Hill released a few games.
This one is quite good.
- This is one of the odd little games that I like on the Atari. And how
many games feature underwear? That is always a plus.
M.A.D. - This game has nothing to do with the
magazine or the mothers against drunk drivers. It has to do with missiles.
If you combined the three, you could have a really interesting video game.
Marauder - One
thing I will say about Tigervision is that they had among the nicest labels of
any games and this one is no exception.
Mario Bros. - This is
the point where Mario dumped Donkey Kong and instead teamed up with his brother
Luigi. It took years for Kong to overcome this.
- I can hear that song in my
head now. Not a great cover, but a decent one.
- Awesome cart design,
much, much better than the really bland Coleco design. One of my favorite carts!
Motorodeo - See a
monster truck smashing through an Atari label. I know you always dreamed
of seeing that.
- I am a sucker for Greek Mythology and this game and label has it in spades.
Off the Wall
- A unique label. Not everyday you see an Asian themed video game from an
Picnic - Everyone else would have ants invading
a picnic. Not US Games, they have a mosquito eating a hamburger.
Pigs in Space
- An Atari cart with Miss Piggy on it, what more could you want?
- A very strange
one. Zellers may be copies of Atari games, but at least they gave you some very
bizarre labels, more than Telegames can boast.
Private Eye - Now
private eyes can get away with wearing tan coats.
Quadrun - One of
the Atari Club games and the first Atari game to talk.
- A very tough cart to find and
an interesting label. Not exactly my first thought for a game called Ram It, but
then it wasn't done by Mystique.
Revenge of the Beefsteak Tomatoes
great label! Half tomato and half bull, is that quality or what! That
creature does not show up anywhere in the movies or the game (at least I cannot tell it
is), which is too bad as he is one tough looking dude!
Riddle of the Sphinx
- Imagic did make
some good labels and this one is one of them. Gotta love the Sphinx (even if every
cartoon from that era takes responsibility for the nose job).
- The other game from Avalon Hill. A very nice label.
- Cool label of a guy
blasting a very, scary space beastie. I get goose bumps just thinking about it!
Space Master X7 - A
really nice label. Very Star Warish looking.
Space Shuttle - An
average label but then the game is pretty average too (not my cup of tea, sorry
fans of the game).
Spitfire Attack - Great
label that would fit on a game like 1942. From board game giant, Milton
Springer - Look at the cute bunny. Very
Sprint Master - One of the later released Atari
games. It has the cool red label.
Spy Hunter - A nice pic of the famous Spy
Hunter car as well as an agent who looks more like a New Kid on the Block than a
Stargate - A nice
picture that captures the essence of the game.
The Arcade Game - The best game of the group but it has the most
Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back - The most common of the group and
a pretty cool label.
Star Wars Jedi
Arena - See Luke in all his glory.
Wars Return of the Jedi Death Star Battle - The longest name for a
cart that I can think of.
Shortcake - Look at the cute Strawberry Shortcake and her little
kitty cat. Awww.
Waterworld - One of the crown jewels of Atari carts, at least in
rarity it is. I like the label too as it is quite nice.
Chainsaw Massacre - Pretty much the same label as Halloween. I
would have like to see what kind of label a company like Tigervision would have
done with this.
Tigervision once again gives a nice label.
Timewarp - Another
Zellers cart. This one has one really weird looking plane/spaceship.
Good thing these artists didn't work for Lockheed Martin or that company would
- Before anyone tries to email me and make an offer on this cart, know two
things. First off, I do not own it, someone sent me a picture.
Second, I touched up the picture to make it look nicer. So the real cart
was not this nice looking.
Turmoil - My
all-time favorite Atari 2600 game! The label is nothing special but the
Vanguard - A
nice Atari label, not great but pretty nice.
Video Cube -
I always liked the game and the label. Don't ask me why, but I do.
Wabbit - From the
sound of the name of the name, you would think that Elmer Fudd created this
Warlords - A
classic Atari game and label. Another game that needs paddles to be played
The game is not very good but the label is awesome.