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  • Rescue on Fractalus (Commodore 64, Apple II, Atari 8-bit)

    Rescue on Fractalus (Commodore 64, Atari, Apple)


    Though it may not be as true today, in the 1980s you could almost always count on a Lucasfilm game (or Epyx game for that matter) to be of high quality. Rescue on Fractalus is no exception. It was initially developed for the Atari 8-bit line of computers (and the Atari 5200 which is essentially the same thing internally anyway) and later ported to other popular computers such as the Commodore 64, Apple II and even the Tandy Color Computer 3 (a rare high profile 3rd party title for that system). It was developed by Lucasfilm Games and distributed by Epyx, Activision or Atari depending on the version and location it was released.

    Commodore 64

    In Rescue on Fractalus, you pilot a spaceship through mountainous terrain looking for downed pilots to rescue. Once found, you must land close enough so that the downed pilot can make it to your ship before dying in the acidic atmosphere. To make matters more difficult, aliens take pot shots at you during you search. In addition, they will sometimes impersonate downed pilots in an attempt to get aboard your ship. One unique aspect of this game is that the terrain is generated using fractals (hence the name).

    Atari 8-bit

    This is definitely a challenging game but one that is well worth playing. Both the Atari 8-bit and Commodore 64 versions are good and are easy enough to find for emulation purposes if you can’t track down an original (or don’t have the equipment). This game would make for a great modern remake but alas there have been none. The most “modern” versions are a slightly expanded Atari XE/XEGS version with more levels and an unfinished Atari 7800 prototype that was discovered in 2004.

    A strategy guide and a little bit more info about the game can be found here: http://www.megalextoria.com/wordpress/index.php/2017/03/15/rescue-on-fractulus-atari-xe-strategy/

  • K-Power (March 1984)


    Source: K-Power – Issue Number 2 – March 1984

    K-Power was a short-lived magazine by Scholastic oriented towards kids and teens but it had a lot of good content.

    The March 1984 issue includes:


    • Computer Camp-Out – Everything you always wanted to know about camps but were afraid to ask: Where’s a hacker camp in your area, how to be a counselor and get financial aid.
    • Famous Hackers In History – The first computer wasn’t the PC, it was the CC (Cave Computer).
    • Pinball Bounces Back – Some great computer software (with beeps, buzzers, and bounce) show that flippers are still flapping in living rooms everywhere.
    • Computer Rock & Scroll – A roundup of the latest music software for your computer. Plus, the Talking Heads talk music software.
    • Will Harvey & His Music Construction Set – Meet the creator of the most talked-about music software around.
    • Program Along With Joey Ramone – Joey visited K-Power offices and gave us the go-ahead to program his song “Slug” into the computer. Play it!


    • Hacker Heaven – There’s a program here for your computer.
    • Programs – Boooo-o, snore, or ha-ha. What kind of audience response will Your Comedy Debut get?
    • Pixel That! – Pick up the tricks of the computer art trade for your C 64.
    • Puzzle Power – A puzzling ancient disk game that makes you think twice.


    • Screening Room – Software reviews, strategy, and the latest in new products.
    • Rating Game – Reviews and views on Murder by the Dozen, Major League Hockey, Repton, Murder on the Zinderneuf, and more.
    • Strategy – Aaaaargh! It’s The Bilestoad!
    • Rising Stars – Preview the Timex 2068 and meet Chip, the stuffed computer.


    • Editor’s Note
    • Compuzine – K-Power’s computer-news mag.
    • Scrolling in Dough – It’s breezy and warm for 18-year-old weatherman Lee Smith.
    • Silicon Alley – Ready for the hottest scoops from the Valley?
    • Dr. Kursor’s Klinic – Which computers have music capabilities; how a light pen works.
    • K-Net – K-Power’s network talks about the coming computer age.
    • Contest – Send us a 10-line encoder/decoder program, and win a K-Power T-shirt!
    • Graphics Gallery – K-Power’s computer-generated centerfold poster. “Ed’s Synapse” by Mike Newman.

  • ANALOG Computing (March 1989)


    Source: ANALOG Computing – Issue Number 70 – March 1989

    ANALOG Computing was the most popular Atari 8-bit magazine in the U.S. It sometimes also covered the Atari ST. This issue is from 1989, the last year it was published.

    The March 1989 issue includes:


    • Cartridge Games for Your XEGS – The addition of the XEGS to the Atari line has caused a resurgence of cartridge-based games – old and new – and 130XE and XEGS owners both can take advantage of the fun.
    • Pebbles – From ancient Egypt comes this deceptively simple desert game using nothing more than a few holes in the sand and a handful of stones.
    • Master Memory Map, Part VIII – The most complete Atari 8-bit memory map ever published in a magazine continues.
    • Un-Sprites – Now you can have software-controlled sprites as well as Atari’s player/missile graphics.
    • Atari Videodisc System – The secrets of controlling a laser videodisc from your Atari computer.
    • DUPing BASIC – This handy patch to DOS 2.5 will automatically switch BASIC on and off as you enter and leave DOS.
    • Disk Games for Your XEGS – Did you know that with the addition of a disk drive, all the disk-based games for the 130XE computer will also run on the XE Game System? Here’s a quick overview of some of the exciting games available now.
    • Electra-Ball – A challenging, two-player game of strategy and reflexes written in Atari BASIC.


    • Turboword
    • Quintopus


    • Database DELPHI
    • The End User
    • Game Design Workshop


    • Editorial
    • Reader Comment
    • 8-Bit News
    • M/L Editor
    • Basic Editor II

    …and more!