Who would’ve thought that anyone would still be producing video games for the Atari 2600 in 2021? And yet that’s exactly what David Crane and Garry Kitchen of Audacity Games are doing. They released Circus Convoy in March, and those interested in vintage games will definitely want to check this one out.
The Atari 2600 had its heyday in the 1970s and early ‘80s. It faded away after that and by now even the Atari brand is all but extinct. So it’s pretty surprising that people are still making games for this gaming system. Even more surprising, perhaps? Two people who are doing so are the same people who created some of the biggest, original Atari games.
Here’s what the Audacity Games website has to say about Circus Convoy creators Crane and Garry Kitchen (and Audacity Games cofounder Dan Kitchen).
David Crane, one of the most successful video game designers of all time, is best known for his smash hits PITFALL!, DRAGSTER and GHOSTBUSTERS to name just a few. Garry Kitchen’s work spans five decades of successes with such hits as KEYSTONE KAPERS, PRESSURE COOKER and the Atari 2600 version of DONKEY KONG. Dan Kitchen rounds out the trio with over 40 years of game design experience creating such games as CRACKPOTS, and the Atari 2600 versions of KUNG-FU MASTER and GHOSTBUSTERS.
So how are gamers reacting to Circus Convoy? The No Swear Gamer gives it high marks.
Circus Convoy appears to be a winner. It looks like a video game you could’ve purchased back in the 1980s—one that takes full advantage of all the limited power the Atari 2600 has to offer. Lots of screens and tons of different things to do. Thematically (a circus strongman saving the day) it feels like a 1980s Atari 2600 game too.
Audacity has plans to release at least one other title this summer: Casey’s Gold.
So if you’re a vintage gamer and this excites you, head over to Audacity Games for more info on Circus Convoy and to find out how to purchase a copy for yourself.
Top Image: Screen grab from Circus Convoy trailer.