Attack of the PETSCII Robots - Atari 7800
The day of the revolution will never be forgotten. All transmissions from the colony worlds just stopped, all at once. Agonizing days of silence passed, and then finally the last message was sent.
We, the robots, now rule the colonies. Do not come. You will obey.
In Attack of the PETSCII Robots for the Atari 7800, your mission is to liberate all of the fifteen colonies, one by one. Hunt the robots down in the deep forests, destroy them in the sprawling colony buildings, and wipe them out in the space ports. Take back our worlds!
Attack of the PETSCII Robots is an action game, with exploration and puzzle elements. At the beginning of each game you'll start with nothing in your inventory. You need to search the colony for guns, bombs, magnets, EMP devices, key cards, and health kits to help with your mission.
When you come across a robot, or group of robots, you'll need to figure out the best way to take them out. You might move objects in-between you and your enemy, to prevent them from reaching you, while you shoot at them. Or you might setup an explosive trap with movable explosive canisters. Or you might change your active weapon from a pistol to a plasma cannon - but be careful you don't get hurt by the resulting explosion!
However you manage it, free the colony by destroying every last robot, and then escape by finding and using the colony transporter pad. Humanity is counting on you!
Built-in HOKEY chip for POKEY audio!
Attack of the PETSCII Robots features an amazing, original soundtrack crafted by Noelle Aman for Atari's POKEY chip. The POKEY was included in Atari's 8-bit computer line, the Atari 5200, and in two 7800 games (Ballblazer and Commando). Unfortunately, as the POKEY was a proprietary Atari chip that hasn't been manufactured in decades, they can only be found in limited quantities at high prices these days.
Hardware engineer Fred Quimby has developed a new POKEY-compatible chip called the HOKEY, and we have several new 7800 cartridge board designs that feature this chip. This means we can offer more games with POKEY audio at a lower cost than including a POKEY chip. This allows for significantly higher-quality sound effects and music for new 7800 homebrew games. Attack of the PETSCII Robots is one of the first games to feature the HOKEY!
SNES2Atari Adapter Included Free!
Attack of the PETSCII Robots includes a free SNES2Atari adapter that allows you to use an SNES controller with the game! As the SNES controller has several additional buttons over the stock Atari 7800 Proline Controller, this allows you to easily access more game functions.
The 7800 version of Attack of the PETSCII Robots features four different controller schemes that can be used to enjoy the game. These are:
- Single 7800 Proline Controller: Uses Standard control scheme.
- Super Nintendo (SNES) gamepad with the included SNES2Atari adapter (pictured above): Uses Standard control scheme.
- Twin 7800 Proline Controllers: Allows you to move with one joystick and shoot with the other.
- 7800 Proline Controller + Atari 2600 Keypad Controller: Allows you to move with the joystick and shoot with the keypad controller.
These control schemes are described in detail in the manual.
Included with Attack of the PETSCII Robots is the game cartridge, full-color 24-page manual, professionally printed box, and SNES2Atari controller interface.
|Number of Players||1|
|Controller||7800 Proline Joystick(s), SNES gamepad, or 7800 Proline + 2600 Keypad Controller|
|Original game design, assembly coding||David Murray|
|Atari 7800 Coding||Mike Saarna and Matthew Smith|
|POKEY Music||Noelle Aman|
|Original box art||Brendan Carmody|
|Atari 7800 Box, manual, and labels||Grazi Mello|