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Atari 5200 Tips, Cheats, and Easter Eggs

It all started a long time ago with the Atari 2600 game Adventure, one of the first (if not the first!) game to contain an Easter Egg. By placing a certain object in a certain place in the game, the programmer's name, Warren Robinett, is revealed on the screen. These days we come to expect games to have Easter Eggs and many people are disappointed when games ship without them. In addition to Easter Eggs, many games have cheat codes that might unlock secret levels, change the game difficulty, make you invincible, and so forth.

This list shows all the Tips, Cheats, and Easter Eggs we've put into the AtariAge database. For the 2600 we have not including tips that require frying the system, since those results are usually unpredictable and difficult to reproduce. If you have any additions you'd like to submit to us, please drop us a line!

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SystemTitle Hint
BerzerkLost Evil Otto
BerzerkHarmless shot
Bounty Bob Strikes BackLevel select
Bounty Bob Strikes BackLevel warps
Bounty Bob Strikes BackHidden messages
BristlesHidden Serial Number
CountermeasureProgrammer credit
FroggerAlternate game control
Frogger II: Threeedeep!Alternate game control
Miner 2049erArea select
Miner 2049erUnlimited lives
Missile CommandRapid Fire
Mountain KingProgrammer credit
Pac-ManEasy key rounds
Pac-ManMissing dot
Pac-ManInvincibility on High Levels
Q*bertInvisible pyramid
Quest for Quintana RooLevel Password
Realsports BasketballProgrammer credit
Realsports BasketballTelephone Touch Tones
Realsports FootballProgrammer credit
Star RaidersEasily destroy Xylon ships
Star Wars: Return of the Jedi Death Star BattlePause game play
Star Wars: Return of the Jedi Death Star BattleStrange ending