Megamania (Atari 2600)

’Megamania’ for the Atari 2600.

Megamania is a fairly typical shooter from the early 1980s. It is similar to games like Space Invaders and Galaxian and is a near clone of Astro Blaster. It’s unique twist is that instead of fighting alien invaders, you are shooting at various random objects like hamburgers and refrigerator magnets.

While there had already been many games like Megamania before this one was released in 1982, it’s unique humourous twist and Activision quality make it worth a try if you like classic arcade type games. In a way, this game is a symptom of the problem that led to the video game crash in 1982/83. Too many similar games. However, if they all had the quality of the typical Activision game perhaps it wouldn’t have been as bad.

Megamania does have a more modern release in the Activision Anthology that was first released in 2002 for the PS2 and re-released for various systems through 2012. It’s also fairly easy to find an original cartridge for your 2600 or to emulate. There were also contemporary ports for the Atari 5200 and Atari 8-bit computers. The gameplay was identical but the graphics were somewhat improved.

Screen shots above are from the Atari 2600 version of the game.