Outlaw (Atari 2600)

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Outlaw is a shoot-em-up video game developed by David Crane and published by Atari in 1978 for the Atari 2600. The game has several different modes supporting one or two players. Each player controls their outlaw and can shoot at their opponent. The objective is to hit your opponent more than they hit you in the allotted time. In single-player mode, one player is replaced by a moving target.

My family had this game for our Atari 2600 around 1986. I remember enjoying playing it with my family members.

Status

I do not own Outlaw. I have not made an attempt to reach a high score in any of the single-player modes.

Review

  • Overall: 2/10
  • Best Version: Atari 2600

Good

  • Like many early Atari games, it had several different modes which gives the game a bit of replay value.
  • Having a single-player mode was really nice, and uncommon for games of this style.
  • The various obstacles (stage coach and cactus) are thematic to the game.

Bad

  • There is no way to handicap a player who is objectively better than another.

Ugly

  • There isn't anything wrong with the game, but the limited hardware of the Atari means there just isn't enough depth in the game to prevent it from becoming boring pretty quickly.

Media

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Documentation

Videos

Download

Manuel Rotschkar has disassembled and commented the source code of Outlaw.

Titles

Language Native Transliteration Translation
English (North American) Outlaw
English (Sears release) Gunslinger

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