|Sold with the skiing game Mogul Maniac, the
joyboard is a platform that you control by standing on it and
leaning in different directions. It is also used by the
prototype games Off Your Rocker and Surf's Up. It's an Interesting
controller, but not terribly effective. You'll probably have
better luck with a joystick.
|The classic. This joystick was packed in
with most officially released Atari consoles, from the very
first 'heavy sixers" to the last 2600 Junior. The directional
controls of the very first models (1977-1979) were spring activated,
the revised version that you normally find uses pressure contacts.
The only way to really tell the difference is to open it up.
Unfortunately there is no 'quick fix' for these like there is
for the paddle controllers - the only way to really repair them
is to replace the parts. If you're going to do that, it's probably
just as cheap (and much easier) to just buy a working controller
|Atari Paddle Controllers
These are the standard paddle controllers for use with games
such as Breakout and Warlords. There is one pair of
controller per connector (this allows for 4-player Warlords).
While they may look similar to the Driving Controller, they
do not allow 360' movement, so it is not possible to play
Indy 500 with the Paddle controllers. A common problem with
these units is 'jittery' movement on-screen, caused by dirt
and other foreign objects in the controller pots. You can
clean them by gently lifting off the top dial, and spraying
some electrical cleaner into the pots you see. Replace the
cover, and give it a few good spins to loosen it up.
|Atari Driving Controller
|The Atari Driving Controller looks similar
to the Paddle Controllers, but it allows 360' movement.
It was packaged with Indy 500, the only game that uses 360'
turning. Also, there is only one controller per cable, as opposed
to the Paddle Controllers two per cable. A common problem with
these units is 'jittery' movement on-screen, caused by dirt
and other foreign objects in the controller pots. You can clean
them by gently lifting off the top dial, and spraying some electrical
cleaner into the pots you see. Replace the cover, and give it
a few good spins to loosen it up.
|Atari Space Age Joystick
|Marketed as an advanced controller, the Space
Age joystick features a pistol grip and trigger button. The
control stick is on the top of the unit, and an additional button
sits atop that. Aside from the unusual shape and choice of buttons,
this joystick doesn't add any new functionality, and is compatible
with all other joystick games.
|Atari Remote Control Joysticks
|These wireless controllers look like standard
joysticks, but have a deeper base for batteries and extra wiring.
The receiver plugs into the two joystick ports on the 2600 console.
It was packaged in the silver style of the black 2600 consoles.
|The original Atari home Trak-Ball. This model
comes in brown and beige, with standard circular fire buttons
and a central Trak-Ball. These units commonly have flaky fire
|The revised Atari Trak-Ball. This model came
out in the mid-80's, and featured the silver packaging that
Atari used at the time. This model is slightly smaller than
the original, almost all black, and has unusual triangular fire
|Atari Kid's Controller
|Marketed for the Children's Television Workshop
series of games. Functionally it's the same as a Touch
Pad or Keyboard Controller, but it's larger so that children
may more easily use it. Separate Overlays for the controller
were sold with the four CTW games.
|Atari Keyboard Controllers
|Sold in pairs, functionally identical to
the Kid's Controller and the Video Touch Pad. The Keybaord
Controllers came packaged with Basic Programming, and Included
overlays with commands.
|Atari Video Touch Pad
|Also known as the Star Raiders controller,
functionally identical to the Kid's Controller and Keyboard
Controller. Game included an overlay with commands, for
use with Star Raiders.
|Atari Track & Field Controller
|This controller features a design similar
to the arcade version. Sold with Track & Field, but
also available separately for use on other systems. Will
work with any game, but it only offers left/right/fire functions.
It works surprisingly well, and certainly adds a new dimension
to Track and Field.
|Atari XE Light Gun
|Actually sold under the XE line, but compatible
with the two Atari 2600 games that utilize a light gun, Sentinel
and Atari's Shooting Gallery (prototype). It's also compatible
with the Atari 7800 and other Atari home systems. Atari never
made a gun specifically for the 2600.
|CBS Booster Grip
|The Booster Grip is a controller add-in that
plugs directly into the joystick port and provides a pass-through
for the joystick. In doing so, it provides the two independant
buttons necessary for Omega Race. If you want to play
Omega Race and you don't have a Booster Grip, you can substitute
a Colecovision controller.
|Exus Foot Craz Activity Pad
|The Foot Craz was sold with Video Jogger
and Video Reflex, and is sort of a precursor to Nintendo's Power
Pad. Intended to get lazy video game players off their
rear's and engaged in physical activity, I'll bet most owner's
reverted to the good old joystick after trying this device.
|Milton Bradley Cosmic Commander
|An elaborate joystick sold with the game
Survival Run, meant to appear like a futuristic space age controller.
It functions like a regular controller, and was not sold separately
from the game. It really doesn't work that well, and you can
probably play Survival Run much better with a standard joystick.
|Milton Bradley Flight Commander
|Packaged with Spitfire Attack, an elaborate
joystick meant to look like a fighter plane gun mount.
It has a similar button/handle configuration to the Cosmic Commander,
and still functions like a regular controller. It was
not sold separately from the game. It really doesn't work that
well, and you can probably play Spitfire Attack much better
with a standard joystick.
|MNetwork Tron Joystick
|Molded in translucent blue plastic, this
controller mimicks its arcade counterpart. It also features
a retractable cord like the Champ joysticks. It was sold
in a large box that included MNetwork's Tron: Deadly Discs and
Adventures of Tron. It's actually a pretty nice controller,
and sought after by collectors simply because it looks so cool.