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Blaster - Atari 5200
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System: Atari 5200
Company: Atari
Model #: n/a
Year of Release: 1984
Media Type: Cartridge
Number of Players: 1
Controller: Joystick
   Eugene Jarvis (Programmer)
Larry DeMar (Programmer)
 North America
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Not many people are familiar with Blaster, and not just because it's an unreleased Atari 5200 game. Blaster is an obscure arcade game created by Williams as a spiritual successor to the popular Robotron: 2084 arcade game. Only about 500 copies of Blaster were produced for the arcades, as it's 3D action (unusual for 1983) and difficult nature sealed Blaster's fate from the start. What makes this game more interesting is it was originally conceived and written first for the Atari 400/800, and then ported to the 5200 when the 5200 hardware was finalized. At some point the developers showed the prototype to Williams, who decided they wanted to make an arcade adaptation of the game. Unfortunately, due to the weak video game market in 1984, Blaster was never released as planned by Atari.

Fast forward 20 years to 2004, and Matt Reichert of has discovered prototypes of both 8-bit and 5200 versions of the game. Now you can enjoy Blaster in your favorite emulator, and wonder along with us how the game would have fared had it been released when intended. You can read Matt's full review of Blaster here.

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