Atari 2600 logo
Atari 2600 Logo

Megamania by Activision on the Atari 2600

Megamania is an Atari 2600 game by Steve Cartwright and published by Activision in 1982.

General Information

Developer - Activision

Publisher - Activision

Release - September 24, 1982

Platform(s) - Atari 2600

Number of Players - Single-player, multiplayer

Genre - Fixed shooter

Versions were released for the Atari 5200 and Atari 8-bit family in 1983. Megamania is similar to Sega's 1981 arcade title Astro Blaster. Both games have nearly identical patterns of approaching enemies with the player relying on an "energy" meter. The player's ships are remarkably similar in both games. The game took Cartwright six months to initially develop and another three months to fine-tune. The band The Tubes performed a Megamania theme song in a 1982 television commercial advertising the Atari 2600 version of the game.

Megamania gameplay resembles that of Astro Blaster, but rather than being aliens or spaceships the enemies are various objects such as hamburgers, bow ties, and steam irons. The object is to shoot them down before the energy bar at the bottom of screen is depleted, all while avoiding the oncoming enemies and their own projectile attacks. Each of the enemies fly in select patterns and as soon as they hit the bottom of the screen, they re-appear at the top until shot by the player. The player's spacecraft depicted in the game is a cross between the U.S.S. Enterprise and Klingon battlecruiser from the Star Trek universe.


Recent Atari Game Additions