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Satoshi_Matrix
25-04-11, 06:26
I've already posted this on AtariAge, but I thought I might get more insight by asking here as well.

About a month ago, on a residential side street in Toronto, I came across...an unusual find. Standing on the ground near the sidewalk was an old plastic case holding 14 Atari 800 games, and also an Atari 2600 Joystick.

I don't own an Atari 800 to test any of these but here's what I got:

Pole Position RX8034
Star Raider CXL4ON
Pac-Man CXL4022
Donkey Kong RX8031
K-razy Kritters ATR1001
Soccer THB 12003
Joust RX8044
Space Invaders CXL4008
Centipede CXL4020
Qix CXL4027
BASIC Computing Language CXL4002
Pitfall II CZ-011
and finally
H.E.R.O CZ-007


Are these worth anything? Probably not but I know next to nothing about the Atari 800.


Even still, I know enough to know there's something odd about the copy of H.E.R.O I have. It doesn't look anything like the others. In fact, I wonder if it might even be a prototype? Here's a picture.

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5143/5652043867_76ef99c38f_b.jpg

Can anyone provide some insight for just what I might have? There's a single screw holding it together, but even after removing the screw, I can't figure out how to get the shell apart to take a look at the pcb. If the label is correct, I suspect to see an EPROM chip without a window. If so, should I cover it with black electrical tape before taking a pic? I'm a total noob when it comes to Atari 800. As much info as you guys can provide would be appreciated.

retroshaun
25-04-11, 05:48
Maybe a pre-release version for review /promo purposes? Should be a worth something to serious collectors though. It also looks like a 2600 game, not an Atari 8-bit.

SubaruBrat
25-04-11, 06:16
Erasing an eprom takes 10~15 min under UV light, your flash or casual exposure to room light it not likely to cause a problem, but in my opinion why take a chance. If I get an eprom that does not have a sticker I usually apply one.

Satoshi_Matrix
25-04-11, 07:15
I knwo this looks like a 2600 cart, but its definitely not. I don't know a whole lot about the Atari 800, but this cartridge is smaller and has a different number of connector pins. There's no way this is a 2600 game. I wish it were, as then I could test it and see what I've got going on.

GameGavel
25-04-11, 10:45
I would say def an Activision HERO Proto for some 8-bit computer. It does look like an Atari 2600 cart though without anything to judge its size. Very cool!

retroshaun
26-04-11, 12:50
I would say def an Activision HERO Proto for some 8-bit computer. It does look like an Atari 2600 cart though without anything to judge its size. Very cool!

Hey Socal - can you delete some messages? I cannot send you a PM, your message box is full :(

GameGavel
26-04-11, 03:05
Hey Socal - can you delete some messages? I cannot send you a PM, your message box is full :(

Oops, cleared :) Thanks.

Satoshi_Matrix
26-04-11, 03:34
Sorry for the wait. Here's some photos of the entire lot.

All 14 games
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5185/5655470687_df855eb577_b.jpg

H.E.R.O proto(?) compared to Kaboom for the 2600, also by Activision
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5303/5655473607_3587eabbd8_b.jpg

Comparison of the edge connectors. H.E.R.O on top.
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5229/5655475233_60c9839379_b.jpg

The back of the H.E.R.O proto. Pitfall II also looks exactly like this.
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5145/5656049768_a1afb66390_b.jpg

Here's Pitfall II. It lacks the extra info H.E.R.O has, but considering it's age, the top sticker could well have simply fell off and I didn't notice it. http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5229/5655477689_178c2b436f_b.jpg

H.E.R.O and Pitfall II carts
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5068/5655472163_dbbc781378_b.jpg

The tops of both H.E.R.O and Pitfall II completely lack end labels. Most of the others say <- Left Cartridge. Not these.
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5181/5655481411_0c2c2acf29_b.jpg

So this presents the question: Do I have two prototypes here? They look so very different from the others.

Tepic
30-04-11, 03:52
IMO Qix and Galaxian were great versions. I had them on my old 800!