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Break out the old 2600 and hook up the console TV because here come The Mercury Men! In 1982, after the success of the arcade and console hit Berzerk, video game makers raced to get out a shooter of their own. The Mercury Men console game had players firing on invaders and dodging lightning all while climbing the floors of the building to reach the "brain."

Print out the game box art and cartridge for your DIGITAL PROPS collection. (Click on images for hi-res versions.)

NOTE: There was not actually a Mercury Men video game. We're just having some fun. But while were on the subject, what is your favorite Atari game?

Console television photo courtesy of webshots.

Reader Comments (15)

Great Job, Chris!
As for my fav Atari Game heres a few: KABOOM, Berzerk, Barnstorming, Breakout, and of course Fishing Derby
P.S. Let me know if you ever want a rematch in Frog Pong! I know will take you out next time with tanks in Combat!

September 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCurt W

Some favs...Pitfall, Burgertime, Raiders of the Lost Ark and KABOOM.
I miss my Atari!

September 15, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdug (Aidan 5 crew)

JOUST!! no contest! You actually got to fly in that game, in circles, but flying none the less!!

September 15, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermatt mc

I loved all the two player games: Combat, Video Olympics, and Warlords.

I will always have a special place in my heart for Pitfall! though, especially the rope swing Tarzan music.

September 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChris Preksta

Everything looks fantastic as always. Superman was my favorite.

September 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPulp Tone


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September 15, 2009 | Unregistered Commentertheonethousand

I was into video games during the very first wave, so I like the really old school Atari stuff: Space Invaders, Asteroids, Defender, and Berzerk were my faves.

I'd have totally played a Mercury Men game, though!

September 18, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjason

That was long ago, I couldn't remember what Atari game I was playing. But I remember playing Mario on Family computer. And gaming console has evolved; at to this point I am now playing mostly" rel="nofollow">Download Games. I am thrilled in every games, and having so much fun.

November 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKiara

I never had any of those games, but I did have Wing Commander on the 3D0 system (does anybody remember that?) Currently, I'm playing X-Men Legends II: The Rise Of Apocalypse on a system that's now old-the Nintendo Game Cube!

January 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLionel Braithwaite

Why not make a cartridge image of this game that could actually be played on readily available atari 2600 and nintendo emulators? The many different emulators are free and readily available.

One for the Macintosh is MacMESS Sorry, shameless plug from the author of the GUI/frontend... :-)

NES developement wiki

batari Basic
As the 2600 uses the MOS Technology 6502 chip as its CPU, most homebrews released are written in 6502 assembly language. However, in 2007, developer Fred X. Quimby released a compiler, "batari Basic," which allows developers to create 2600 games in BASIC, a high-level programming language.[3] Game designer and Georgia Institute of Technology associate professor Ian Bogost has used batari Basic in his classes to teach students video game concepts and history.[3] An integrated development environment (IDE), Visual batari Basic, is also available. Written by Jeff Wierer and released in 2008, it runs on Microsoft Windows and requires .NET Framework 3.0.

batari BASIC home page

July 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBarry Nelson

Back in the day, I used to love Asteroids, Berserk, Star Raiders (though I prefer Activision's Starmaster, nowadays), Pitfall, Kaboom!, Laser Blast, Atlantis, Demon Attack, Space Jockey... I could go on and on.

What I would really like to see, though, is the concepts for both this and the NES game come to fruition. I know there's a strong homebrew community for both of these systems. I say find someone who can do it and make it happen. I want to play The Mercury Men on my 2600 and NES.

July 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnacronus

I loved StarMaster by Activision, a first-person space shooter with some strategy elements. A precursor to all the X-Wing/Tie Fighter, Wing Commander, etc games.

August 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMike

River Raid by activision

October 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMikey145

LOVE these - wish there really was a Mercury Men game. You should make it happen.

Joust was the best.

November 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKris B

My favourite game was Seaquest. Thanks for reminding me of the Atari. I hadn't thought of it in a very long time.

October 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLD

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