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Atari 8-bit Sinistar Released!

posted Jun 30, 2010, 6:35 AM by Troy Cheek   [ updated Jun 30, 2010, 6:38 AM ]
From the AtariAge forums:

If you grew up in arcades during the early 80's, you're probably familiar with the haunting, "Beware I Live!" emanating from Sinistar. One of Williams Electronics' later games, Sinistar is a fast-paced space-based shooter where you must mine crystals from asteroids, while avoiding enemy drones and Warriors who are building the evil Sinistar. These crystals form the basis of bombs you'll use against Sinistar, who will ruthlessly chase you through space once his drones complete assembling him.

Atari created a nearly complete version of Sinistar for their Atari 8-bit computers, but the game was never commercially released. You can read a thorough review of Sinistar over at Thanks the efforts of Ken Van Mersbergen (Dutchman2000 in our forums), Sinistar is now available for you to enjoy. Ken has posted XEX and ATMAX versions of the game in our Atari 8-bit Forum, and an ATR version is available here.

If you have an Atari 5200, we've made some Sinistar Cartridges available, featuring beautiful, hand-painted Sinistar artwork by David Exton. The Atari 5200 version of Sinistar was ported from the 8-bit version by AtariAge member Mark Keates and is basically identical to that version.