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  • JoyStik (November 1983)


    Source: JoyStik – November 1983

    Most early video game magazines had the misfortune of being born right around the time of the video game crash and hence did not survive very long. JoyStik is no exception. The November 1983 issue includes:


    • The Secrets of Dragon’s Lair – Laser disk technology in the arcades with the latest entry from Cinematronics. We’ll show you how it works…and how to win.
    • The Winning Edge
      • Joust – Even the best flyers will rack up higher scores with these top strategy tips from Eric Ginner.
    • Features
      • Star Wars – The force is with you with Tad Perry’s strategy tips for Atari’s flashy new space game entry.
      • Hurdling the Obstacles of Bump’N’Jump – Fast-paced strategies for the newest game to hit the driving circuit.
      • Millipede: The Bugs Are Back – The Swarms have returned, but they’re not unbeatable in this sequel to Centipede. Beat them in no time with these tips.
      • Interactive Video: The Choice Is Yours – Home computer technology from Pioneer and RCA offers the player a series of options.
      • Reaching the Summit of Cannonball Blitz – Master the rivet and springboard screens with updated strategy for an Apple classic.
    • Departments
      • Letters
      • New Waves – The best from the Consumer Electronics Show.
      • Home Front – The last word on bargains for your home video library.
      • Tricks of the Trade – Inside tips from the arcade pros.
      • Technocracy
      • Charts

  • Spider-Man (Atari 2600)

    Spider-Man and Stan Lee playing Spider-Man, 1983


  • Krull (Atari 2600)

    KRULL (1983)


    Krull for the Atari 2600 is based on the movie of the same name. It was released late in 1983 and video game sales were plummeting at this time so Krull probably didn’t sell as well as it could have. For a game based on a movie, it isn’t as terrible as most.

    Krull the movie is a cult classic and is sort of a fantasy/sci-fi hybrid. While it doesn’t have quite the name recognition of say Tron or Star Wars or probably even Willow, it was a decent movie for those that like that sort of thing. The game follows the plot of the movie pretty closely and consists of four different parts matching up with different parts of the movie. While the game received mixed reviews, it’s above average for a movie license and is worth a try, particularly if you are a fan of the movie.

    There aren’t any sequels, remakes or rereleases of this game that I know of so you will have to play on an original Atari 2600 or use emulation. The only other game based on Krull was an arcade game by Gottlieb but it is unrelated to the Atari 2600 game other than also being based on the movie.