Gunfight - Atari 2600



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It's shoot-out time and you've got to be faster than your opponent or the computer. Move, dodge, or hide behind a covered wagon or cactus. But whatever you do, don't waste your time because your opponent is shooting back. Take your position, aim, and fire before he gets you...

Gunfight is the first release from Manuel Rotschkar and is heavily inspired by the 1975 Midway arcade game Gun Fight. Gunfight features eight-way movement with the following gameplay modes:

  • Standard Duel: The first player to score 7 points wins
  • Sixshooter Duel: The first player to score 7 points wins
  • Escape Scenario: The left player wins when scoring _once_! The right player wins when surviving 99 time units.
  • Target Shooting: The first player to score 77 points wins. Hitting a target scores 1 point. Hitting the opponent scores 5 points.

AtariAge sponsored a contest to see who could create the best label for Gunfight. The winner was David Exton and you can view his winning entry here!

Includes cartridge and full-color manual. Available in NTSC and PAL formats (please specify above when ordering).

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If you'd like a boxed copy of Gunfight, please select "Box Upgrade: Yes" at the top of the page before adding Gunfight to your cart. Our boxes are professionally printed and include a box insert to hold your Gunfight cartridge in place. We want you to play our games, so we have not sealed or shrinkwrapped the boxes in any way, allowing you easy access to the game cartridge and manual.

These boxes are the same size as boxes Atari produced for their games "back in the day". They look great sitting on a shelf with your other boxed homebrew games, or alongside games from the classic Atari 2600 library. We only have a limited number of boxes for each game, and there is no guarantee they will become available again once our supplies are exhausted. Click on the images to the right to see larger photos of the box.

Author Manuel Rotschkar
Number of Players 1 - 2
Controller Joystick
Cartridge Size 4K
Label Design Dave Exton
Rick R on 04/25/2020 02:49pm
As the others have mentioned, Gunfight is way better as a two player game. There is an error in the manual however that caused us some problems until we figured it out and reviewed what the symbols at the top meant. The manual states right difficulty switch in "B" is two players. Actually, this is the AI setting. "A" position is two players.
save2600 on 01/29/2019 09:18am
Hello Gunfight, goodbye Outlaw! ;-)
Andrew Logan on 09/06/2018 11:59pm
Pretty cool game, pretty impressive all that on a 4k cartridge! In gunfight there are 4 game modes and a fee options to choose from. If you like games similar to Outlaw you should check this game out. Would have earned a solid 4 but the awesome music earns it the 5th star.
moycon on 08/17/2017 11:11pm
I have fond memories of playing Outlaw with my father back in the day and while fun, it really showed it's age quickly, with it's HUGE blocky graphics, bland two toned colors (foreground/background) slow movements, and sparse sound FX.

Gunfight address all this by adding a variety of color, making the character sprites smaller and faster, and the best part adding the song Ring of Fire into the mix!! I love it. All this and no flicker! Gunfight is a high quality homebrew.

One last thing i wanted to mention, that is different from Outlaw, This time getting shot once won't kill you, rather it just knocks off your hat, but get hit again and you'll be pushing up daisies!
Roger Wolf on 11/24/2016 10:50am
A truly good game. Very fun 2-player mode. Lots of modes to chose of. You cannot go wrong buying this solid piece of homebrew art.
Mike on 08/13/2015 10:42am
I liked this game. Love the Ring of Fire music! This game is head and shoulders above Outlaw. It is a great game for 2 players. Playing in 1 player mode against the CPU is fine too, but didn't hold my attention as well as playing against a buddy
BenjaminR on 03/20/2014 01:45pm
Gunfight is way more fun than you may initially imagine it to be. I put off buying this game for a long time because I assumed it would be a little too simple. After reading so many positive reviews, I decided to go ahead and give Gunfight a try and I’m so happy that I finally did! If you have played the excellent ‘Pac-Man 4K’, then you know just how much of an improvement it was on the original 1981 Atari 2600 version Pac-Man. Similarly, Gunfight is an improvement on Atari’s Outlaw in every way imaginable. You can take more than one hit, it can move at different speeds (believe me, this game is capable of moving FAST!), it features different game variations that are all fun and worth trying out, and the computer can actually beat you! I know that it’s easy to dismiss gushing/glowing reviews, but this honestly is one of the best 2 player games on the Atari 2600, even the 1 player game is excellent. Hearing Johnny Cash’s ‘Ring Of Fire’ Atari-ized will make you laugh out loud. Finally, the instructions are well written and very amusing to look through; the artwork is worth mentioning because it really is very nice and the artist did a wonderful job of designing the label and manual. Perfect Atari action! Show this game to your X-Box and Playstation loving friends and blow them all away knowing that you own the superior system :)
Nathan Strum on 07/17/2007 08:52pm
Gunfight got it's inspiration from vintage arcade games like Boot Hill and Gun Fight, and is a major improvement over Atari's own Outlaw. You control one of two gunslinging cowboys, and have to gun down your opponent before he takes you out. One shot will knock his hat off... two will take him down. Take him down seven times, and he'll be six-feet-under. Gunfight offers really nice graphics (although what I thought to be an overhead view of a cattle stampede turned out to be arrows), and a good number of variations, the best of which requires you to reload your gun every six shots (unlike most Western movies). The addition of a computer-controlled opponent is one of the biggest improvements, so you can enjoy it as a one-player game, but it gets pretty easy to beat after a few games. However, Gunfight is best as a two player game, and this is where it really shines. Head-to-head games on the 2600 became few and far-between after the early Atari releases, and it's nice to see another one added to the library. Throw in a 2600-ified version of Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire", and you have a winner.
Scott Inman on 04/15/2007 12:33pm
Manuel Rotschkar has rustled up a great game in Gunfight as he captures the spirit of Atari's Outlaw and gives it a fresh new look and feel. Gunfight's game play, graphics, and music are remarkable and addictive. There are several game variations and is easy to play by any cowpoke young or old. Detailed manual and cartridge labels are also a nice touch.

I highly recommend this to all cowboys and cowgirls looking for a fresh new way to settle disputes the good ol' American way... with cold hard steel!
Matthew Johnson on 04/03/2006 04:40pm
If you like Outlaw, you will love this game! the game really shines as a two player game. The Johnny Cash music makes it even more enjoyable.
Raul Torres on 01/03/2006 09:56am
If you do not own Fall Down, then you need to own this game... other wise, you are missing out on some of the best 2 player games available for the 2600... Gunfight looks great, extremely fun to play, has cool sounds, and is jam packed of fast paced fun...
chris folkerts on 10/13/2004 06:17am
This game is GREAT! My oldest step-son and I used to play Outlaw all the time, but Gunfight has taken over.

Due to the smaller size of the characters, you have more room to maneuver. And with the first hit only taking off your hat, you can actually stage a fairly exciting comeback!

If you like blasting away at rival cowboys in Outlaw, but find the game a little slow and a lot confining, then this is your game.

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