• Tag Archives Atari 65XE
  • Atari Football (Atari 8-bit)

    Atari Football, also known as just Football and most commonly RealSports Football, is a very early and very rudimentary football video game. I mean very rudimentary. It plays kind of like the old LED handheld football game by Mattel with slightly improve graphics. Limitations include:

    • Players cannot go out of bounds
    • Players cannot fumble the ball
    • No penalties
    • No extra points (touchdowns are an automatic 7 points)
    • No kickoffs
    • Only 5 players per side
    • No punt returns
    • Limited play selection (pass left, pass right, run or kick)

    ..and lots more.

    Despite all of these limitations, for the time it was released (1982), it was probably one of the best sports games out there. RealSports Football was also released on the Atari 2600 and Atari 5200. It does not appear that much effort was put into improving graphics or anything else for the 5200 and Atari 8-bit versions. Still, if you are looking to give it a try, the Atari 8-bit (and Atari 5200) version does offer slightly better graphics and sound…slightly.

    Obviously, football games and sports game in general progressed very quickly from this point. There isn’t much point playing this game against the computer since there are so very many much better football games out there. However, like many older games, it can still be a blast to play against someone else, at least for short bouts.

    While there are commonly annual sequels to sports games today, RealSports Football had no sequel. There were a number of other games in the RealSports lineup though, including baseball, boxing, soccer, tennis, and volleyball. The images above are from the Atari 8-bit computer version of the game.

    Atari Football 800 XL XE


  • Antic (February 1986)


    Source: Antic – Volume 4, Issue Number 10 – February 1986

  • 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!