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The best Atari 2600 programmer said it couldn't be done! Now, over 30 years later get your very own Atari 2600 Star Castle cartridge!
418 backers pledged $23,946 to help bring this project to life.

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    1. Creator Eric Nikolaisen on March 14, 2013

      Same thing with my cartridge, both labels have come off. Maybe you could post the artwork so we could print new lables.

    2. Creator Michael Mischna on February 4, 2013

      So great to get my cart in the mail--brings back all those great memories of bringing home a new game from KB Toys! I did want to ditto the comment of Collin David. My label has pretty much peeled off the cart already, too, and I wanted to see if you had any suggestions (or additional labels)?

    3. Creator Collin David on January 16, 2013

      Do you have any suggestions to re-attach the label? It seems like the resin on one side of my cart didn't completely cure, and it's rejecting the label.

    4. Creator Jonathan on December 24, 2012

      I just got my cartridge today! Can't wait to find my power supply for my atari and play this.

      Thanks Scott, and merry Christmas!

    5. Creator Chris Long on December 15, 2012

      Fantastic, Scott! What an accomplishment! Seeing the detail on the box gave me the shivers as I remember seeing similar boxes behind the glass shelves at Sears in 1982. Those were good times. Later, unfortunately, I remember Revco Drug Store in 1984 selling 2600 and Intellivision games for a dollar each; and I didn't care. I guess I was just another kid who was a part of the 1983 crash.

      It's so nice to see a quality game (that supposedly couldn't be done) on the classic system of my childhood. Thank you for your hard work!

      -Chris Long

    6. Creator Kai Darius Kohl on December 6, 2012

      oh, Scott also said you could give him permission and he would share the images in the atariage thread if that is easier for you. :)

    7. Creator Kai Darius Kohl on December 6, 2012

      Hello fellow Star Castle backers :) I would love to see the other vanity screens that others have designed! Here is a link to mine.

      http://www.atariage.com/forums/topic/191293-whats-the-deal-with-star-castle-2600/page__st__650#entry2602549

      you can enlarge the picture by clicking on it.

    8. Creator D. Scott Williamson on November 29, 2012

      The best source of help, discussion, and advice on Atari development has to be the forums on AtariAge.com

      If you want to develop or just run your game on a cartridge you should get a Harmony flash/development cartridge, you can get them from http://harmony.atariage.com/. Fred Quimby (BATARI in AtariAge forums) and I worked together to make the production Star Castle 2600 cartridges.

      If you would like to sell your homebrew game, the best way I know is through www.AtariAge.com. Albert runs the site and is the most active supporter of the Atari homebrew market I'm aware of.

      Check out the forums and contact Albert, h

    9. Creator Marcel Schoen on November 29, 2012

      As I wrote before, I got my personalized game, and it's great! Top quality and quite fun. But more importantly, all the CD contents of the "Development" folder has inspired me to try to get into 2600 development myself, and I have a working dev environment set up and running now (could successfully rebuild your game) and am now learning the ropes with 6502 assembler. Thanks for all that!

      Do you think you could (eventually) give a few hints about how to get into physical cartridge production, should I ever get to the point that I have a finished game? Because I never was a hardware guy and really have no clue whatsoever where to begin with that. Not really an issue now, but who knows, maybe someday...

    10. Creator Mark Kohler on November 21, 2012

      Still waiting for mine. Hope to get it soon.

    11. Creator Leonard Herman on November 20, 2012

      Mine arrived today, also. Thanks, Scott. It looks great!

    12. Creator Roy Stanfield on November 20, 2012

      Nice surprise this morning when I walked into work and found Star Castle waiting at the office. It looks awesome. Can't wait to get home, break out my heavy sixer and check out the LEDs in the cart. Thanks Scott :-)

    13. Creator Mark Kohler on October 3, 2012

      Wondering if you have an update?

    14. Creator Adam Thomas on September 28, 2012

      Hi Scott, should I have received my box yet? No big deal if you are still working on the shipping, but wanted to touch base since it has almost been a month since you started shipping. Thanks! Adam

    15. Creator Jeremy Newman on September 7, 2012

      I just got my box! The production quality is spot on. Looks feels smells like a 2600 box and cart. Love it! Fantastic work Scott!

    16. Creator D. Scott Williamson on September 5, 2012

      Yes, I intended to ship all the cartridges by the end of July. Production delays coupled with 230% anticipated demand have made that impossible. We are doing everything possible to ship all the cartridges quickly and with uncompromising quality.

      Steven, did you miss the last two updates or are you suggesting that updates should come more often? I've posted updates when I've had actual information to convey and not posted when I did not have answers to inevitable questions.

    17. Creator Steven Scavone on September 5, 2012

      I thought we were supposed to see this game by the end of July? It's now September and I still do not have my blinking LED cart for my $50 dollar donation. I understand that life can get in the way but regular updates would be nice....I'm sure I speak for everyone still waiting when I [point this out.

    18. Creator Mark Kohler on September 3, 2012

      Any updates?

    19. Creator Paul Hartman on August 29, 2012

      Any updates?

    20. Creator Eric Smith on July 27, 2012

      I pledged at the $50 level for a clear cart. Can I upgrade to the $100 autographed clear cart with box?

    21. Creator Shaun Meldon on June 27, 2012

      Cant wait for the first vcs game I have bought since 1984 :-) Ah happy days......Roll on July

    22. Creator Ralf G on June 10, 2012

      just downloaded the rom and played on Stella while waiting for the original cartridge...WOW! Amazing game, can't wait to play it on "the real thing"!

      Great work! I am happy to be a backer!

    23. Creator Dougal Campbell on May 25, 2012

      Can't wait to get this. When I was a kid, back in the early 80's, my cousin and I discovered Star Castle in the arcade at the amusement park in Fort Walton Beach, FL. I was hooked immediately. I think I only ever saw the game at one other place. But when I found it, I'd pump in every quarter I could get my hands on.

    24. Creator Ralph Mastrangelo on May 25, 2012

      Congrats on the funding..... I can not wait to play on my Original 1981 2600....

    25. Creator walter white on May 24, 2012

      A Pimped out cart for my VCS Adapter!

    26. Creator Curtis Hart on May 24, 2012

      Congratulations on the funding!

      Now...where's my cart? :)

    27. Creator Michael Fanning on May 23, 2012

      First I buy a 2600 at a flea market for a few bucks and the next thing i know I'm dropping a Ben on one game. Somebody replaced my Flintstone vitamins with crazy pills.

    28. Creator K W Fuchs on May 23, 2012

      The Father of Atari, Nolan Bushnell, is on another project here in Kickstarter. Xeko, a game. Looks pretty cool for my kids.

      Great work with this one.

    29. Creator Gregory Batty on May 21, 2012

      Dude, this game looks to fulfill a massive void of "want" from between 1981-1982. Killer!!!

    30. Creator Steven Scavone on May 20, 2012

      Great job on this Scott! Don't let the negative entitlement minded clowns discourage you!
      Can't wait to plug this thing into my Atari!

      Thanks for your dedication and hard work!

      Steven 'Gorf' Scavone

    31. Creator Curtis Hart on May 17, 2012

      Wanted to say I cannot WAIT for my cartridge to come in so I can play it on my Atari (still hooked up to a TV at home and play frequently) Nothing cooler than getting a new game for a system 35 years old!

    32. Creator Byron on April 28, 2012

      Star Castle was the very first Arcade game I played (lifelong addiction started that day). Pleased beyond belief that this project was/is funded. :)

    33. Creator JasonZ on April 27, 2012

      This is an amazing achievement. Now Mr. Williamson can take on the next Atari 2600 challenge: http://doom.wikia.com/wiki/Atari_2600

      I went back to "Atari Age" and the Stelladaptor are still out of stock. So I bought one of these:
      http://home.comcast.net/~tjhafner/2600-daptor.htm

    34. Creator Marc Mackin on April 27, 2012

      Projects like this... this is one of the reasons why I like Kickstarter. It allows things like this to happen.

    35. Creator Greg McLemore on April 27, 2012

      Opps... I should have given a link to our Star Castle page!
      http://www.arcade-museum.com/game_detail.php…

    36. Creator Greg McLemore on April 27, 2012

      I'm excited to see your project and to be the one to personally push you over the 10k 'funded' line! Greg, International Arcade Museum, www.arcade-museum.com

    37. Creator KingDavid73 on April 27, 2012

      oh MAN! I wish I could justify spending $50 on an Atari 2600 game, because this is so incredible... but for now I'll just stick with the $20 pledge level.

    38. Creator Jeremy Newman on April 27, 2012

      This looks amazing! More, than just a ROM for an emulator, you get to play it on actual 2600 hardware. A fantastic reason to break out the old Atari from storage. Color me excited!