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Atari 2600 Tips, Cheats, and Easter Eggs

It all started a long time ago with the Atari 2600 game Adventure, one of the first (if not the first!) game to contain an Easter Egg. By placing a certain object in a certain place in the game, the programmer's name, Warren Robinett, is revealed on the screen. These days we come to expect games to have Easter Eggs and many people are disappointed when games ship without them. In addition to Easter Eggs, many games have cheat codes that might unlock secret levels, change the game difficulty, make you invincible, and so forth.

This list shows all the Tips, Cheats, and Easter Eggs we've put into the AtariAge database. For the 2600 we have not including tips that require frying the system, since those results are usually unpredictable and difficult to reproduce. If you have any additions you'd like to submit to us, please drop us a line!

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System TitleHint
Activision Decathlon, TheEasy running
Activision Decathlon, TheUse Paddles on Running Events
Activision Decathlon, TheSkipping On Air
Activision Decathlon, TheHigher pole vaulting
AdventureBatter Up!
AdventureProgrammer Credit
AdventureEat Your Heart Out, Rhindle
AdventureBatter Up!
AdventureWalk over title screen
AdventureEat Your Heart Out, Rhindle
AdventureSlow end music
Adventures of TronProgrammer Credit
Adventures of TronProgrammer Credit
Adventures on GX-12Programmer Credit
Arcade PinballLower bonus points
Arcade PinballDemonstration mode
Arcade PinballManual control
AstroblastNo small rocks
AstroblastNo small rocks
Basic ProgrammingScrambled line display
BasketballControl CPU player
BasketballControl CPU player
BasketballControl CPU player
BerzerkEvil Otto smashes through a wall
BerzerkAvoiding Evil Otto
BerzerkRandom number display
BerzerkHarmless shot
BerzerkShooting around the world
BerzerkAvoiding Evil Otto
BerzerkEvil Otto smashes through a wall
BerzerkHarmless shot
BerzerkShooting around the world
BerzerkRandom number display
Breakaway IVUnlimited balls
BreakoutUnlimited balls
Bump 'n' JumpExtra car and points
Bump 'n' JumpContinue game play
Bump 'n' JumpExtra car and points
Bump 'n' JumpContinue game play
Bump 'n' JumpExtra car and points
Bump 'n' JumpContinue game play
Canyon BomberJoystick control
Canyon BomberJoystick control
CarnivalProgrammer credit
CasinoInstant Win
CombatSpinning tanks
CombatSuper shot
CombatFlying tanks
CombatTeleporting shot
CombatSwitch tanks
CombatTurbo tank
Communist Mutants from SpaceProgrammer credit
Cosmic ArkDisable star field
Crazy ClimberPause game play
Crazy ClimberCrash opening song
Crazy ClimberBroken eggs
Crazy ClimberCycle sprite data
Dark ChambersPause game play
DefenderPlaying Tip
DefenderProgrammer credits
DefenderPlaying Tip
DefenderProgrammer credits
DefenderPlaying Tip
DefenderProgrammer credits
Demon AttackLast wave
Demon AttackStuck demon
Desert FalconProgrammer credits
Dig DugBonus points
DragonfireRun backwards
DragonfireGive damage to next player
DragonstomperHarmless traps
DragonstomperProgrammer credits
E.T. Book CartEaster Egg
E.T. The Extra-TerrestrialMother ship crash
E.T. The Extra-TerrestrialToo small mother ship
Fast EddieSelect ladder arrangement
Fast EddieSelect maze color
Fast EddiePause game play
FathomImagic address
FathomProgrammers' initials
FroggerTeleporting frog
G.I. Joe - Cobra StrikeProgrammer credits
GalaxianQuick shots
HalloweenAlternate head
Haunted HouseJuggling Not Recommended
Haunted HouseJuggling Not Recommended
Ice HockeyEasy Goal
Indy 500Quick laps
Indy 500Alternate control
Kaboom!Mad Bomber surprise
Kaboom!Follow The Bomber
Kaboom!I Did That On Purpose
KLAXStrategy
KrullPersistent jumping sound
KrullEasy object collection
KrullBonus points
Laser BlastEndless Game
Laser BlastStay in position
Missile CommandExtra points
Missile CommandProgrammer credit
Missile CommandExtra points
Missile CommandProgrammer credit
Mountain KingQuick scoring
Mountain KingChange ladder and plateau parts
Mountain KingHi-score Easily
Ms. Pac-ManDisappearing ghosts
Omega RaceAlternate controllers
Pac-ManMove through walls
Pac-ManUnlimited lives
Pac-ManMove through walls
Pac-ManUnlimited lives
Pete Rose BaseballEasy hit
Pitfall!Ladder jump
Planet PatrolNo random enemy bases
Poker PlusInstant Win
Pole PositionSlower braking
PopeyeLow pitched music
Q*bertJump through enemies
Q*bertUse What You've Got
Q*bertExtra points
Q*bertBreaking The Rules
Q*bertJump through enemies
Q*bertUse What You've Got
Q*bertExtra points
Q*bertJump through enemies
Q*bertBreaking The Rules
Q*bertExtra points
RaceQuick laps
RaceAlternate control
Raiders of the Lost ArkProgrammer credit
Raiders of the Lost ArkBeat the Game
ReactorExtra points
RealSports BaseballEasy Homeruns
Riddle of the SphinxBeat the Game
SkiingEasy mode
Solar FoxHidden message
SolarisAn Advantageous Feature
SolarisHome Is Where The High Score Is
SolarisTime Those Shots
SolarisAll Must Pay
SolarisWrap 'Em
SolarisBeat the Game
Space InvadersDouble Trouble
Space InvadersDouble Trouble
Speedway IIQuick points
Spider FighterExtra points
StampedeSteer heads on score
Star RaidersNew rank
Star RaidersNew rank
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes BackCarried Over By Popular Demand
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes BackThe Wile E. Coyote Look Of Surprise
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes BackThe Emperor's Yellow Clothes
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes BackTemporary invincibility
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes BackTwo For The Price Of One
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes BackDouble points
SteeplechaseControl two horses
Street RacerQuick points
Super BreakoutHitting Brick Sounds
Super BreakoutHitting Brick Sounds
Super Challenge BaseballEasy home runs
Super Challenge BaseballLeave the infield
Super Challenge BaseballWild pitches
Super Challenge BaseballEasy home runs
Super Challenge BaseballLeave the infield
Super Challenge BaseballWild pitches
Super Challenge BaseballEasy home runs
Super Challenge BaseballLeave the infield
Super Challenge BaseballWild pitches
Super FootballBoth teams celebrate
SupermanNon-Violent Plot
SupermanQuick win
SupermanThe Magic Blink
SupermanEasy mode
SupermanStop And Smell The Bad Guys
SupermanQuick win
SupermanThe Magic Blink
SupermanNon-Violent Plot
SupermanStop And Smell The Bad Guys
SupermanEasy mode
Survival IslandLoad third part of game
Survival IslandLoad second part of game
Tank PlusSuper shot
Tank PlusFlying tanks
Tank PlusTeleporting shot
Tank PlusSwitch tanks
Tank PlusTurbo tank
Tank PlusSpinning tanks
TapewormSelect first prize dot location
Tax AvoidersGlitched screen
TennisSuper Hit
Tunnel RunnerGlitched game
Tunnel RunnerEmergency transport
TurmoilPause game play
TurmoilChange maze color
TutankhamGlitch level
VanguardExtra invincibility
VanguardHint: Stripe Zone
Video ChessView CPU moves
Video ChessView CPU moves
Video PinballDemonstration mode
Video PinballManual control
Video PinballLower bonus points
VongImpossible Mode
XenophobePause game play
Yars' RevengeProgrammer credit
Yars' RevengeProgrammer credit
Yars' RevengeProgrammer credit