Alpha Beam with Ernie

Alpha Beam With Ernie is an edutainment video game released for the Atari 2600 by Atari in 1983.[1] It was developed in conjunction with the Children's Computer Workshop. The game was programmed by Michael Callahan and Preston Stuart.[2]

Alpha Beam with Ernie Cover.jpg
North American cover art
Developer(s)Atari, Inc.
Children's Computer Workshop
Platform(s)Atari 2600


Gameplay Screenshot of Alpha Beam with Ernie

The object of Alpha Beam is to help Sesame Street's Ernie pilot a small shuttle, collect fuel tanks (marked by a letter of the alphabet), and return them to his space ship so that he can return to Earth.

The game was marketed as a family-friendly game that could teach children pre-reading skills such as identifying and matching letters. Alpha Beam was compatible with the Atari Kid's Controller, which was sold separately, although the regular keyboard controller is also compatible.[3]