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  • Antic (July 1983)

    Source: Antic – July 1983



    Antic, subtitled “The Atari Resource”, was one of the two most popular magazines to primarily cover Atari 8-bit computers in the U.S. (the other being ANALOG). The July 1983 issue would have been published a few months before the XL line of computers was widely available. It includes:

    Features

    • 400 Upgrade – Keyed up and RAMing to go
    • Adventuring – Participate in fantasy
    • Unfazed by the Fazer – Data buffer speeds printing
    • Conserve RAM – With BASIC’s USR function
    • Talk is Cheap – Voice I/O for the Atari
    • Antic Pix Adventure – Seven adventure games

    Departments

    • Profiles – Scott Adams
    • Starting Line – I/O and You
    • Inside Atari – E.T. Game for ComputersXL Line Debuts
    • Pilot Your Atari – Lines Away!
    • Systems Guide – List Assister
    • Dragonsmoke – Nice Dice
    • Education – Shoot ‘Em Up Math
    • In the Public Domain – Stunt Clown
    • Games Department – Star Raiders AcademyPacmanDial-A-Game
    • Tape Topics – Ten Ten
    • Forth Factory – Why Go Forth
    • Assembly Language – Hokey Pokey Interrupts
    • I/O Board
    • Help!
    • New Products
    • Microscreens
    • Product Reviews
    • Atari Clinic
    • Computer Quiz
    • Looking At Books
    • Goto Directory
    • Public Domain Software
    • Listing Conventions
    • Advertisers’ List

    …and more!


  • Mario Bros. (Atari 2600, Atari 5200)


    Before Nintendo and Super Mario Bros. took over there world, there was Atari and Mario Bros. Of course, Nintendo still made the original arcade game but it was popular on Atari (and other) systems of the time more so than the NES. It was of course released for the NES also but by the time the NES gained popularity, the original Super Mario Bros. had the far better Super Mario Bros. to contend with.

    Like Super Mario Brothers, Mario Brothers also feature the Italian plumber duo, Mario and Luigi. Even the turtles and pipes will look familiar. However, whereas Super Mario Bros. was a side-scrolling game with many varied levels, the original Mario Bros. was played on a single screen at a time on levels that really didn’t vary all that much.


    Atari 2600

    That isn’t to say that Mario Brothers isn’t any fun. It’s a lot of fun in the way that many classic arcade games are. It’s just that you aren’t likely to spend nearly as much time in one sitting playing it as its sequels. It’s a much smaller game in which score is more important than completion.

    In the original Mario Bros., the goals are a bit simpler. There is no princess to rescue but just turtles and crabs and flies to knock over and kick. You must first jump up and hit below where they are standing to knock them over then you have a limited amount of time to kick them off of the platform before they right themselves. To progress to the next level you must collect a certain number of coins. This game introduced Luigi and when playing two-players, it is a competition to see who can collect the requisite number of coins first.


    Atari 5200

    The ad and screenshots above are for the Atari versions of the game but it was released on a number of other contemporary platforms and more recently for the Wii, Wii U and Nintendo Switch so there are modern ways to play it as well. It’s a fun game wor