Quantum (video game)

Quantum is a color vector arcade video game developed at General Computer Corporation for Atari Inc. and released in December 1982. It was designed by Betty Ryan (née Tylko) who was the first female developer at GCC.[2] The premise of the game is related loosely to quantum physics; the player directs a probe with a trackball to encircle atomic "particles" for points, without touching various other particles. Once the particles are surrounded by the probe's tail they are destroyed.

Quantum
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Arcade flyer
Developer(s)General Computer Corporation
Publisher(s)Atari, Inc.
Designer(s)Betty Ryan
Composer(s)Patty Goodson
Platform(s)Arcade
ReleaseDecember 1982
Genre(s)Action
Arcade systemAtari Vector[1]

GameplayEdit

High score tableEdit

 
A legible high score signature

To enter initials for a high score, the player uses the trackball to circle letters in the same fashion used during gameplay. If the player achieves the highest score on the table, the initials screen is preceded by another on which adept players can use the trackball to draw their initials.

LegacyEdit

A screenshot of a clone called Tachyon was previewed in Atari 8-bit family magazine ANALOG Computing, but the game was never completed.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "System 16 - Atari Vector Hardware (Atari)".
  2. ^ "Betty Ryan". Atari Women. 13 May 2019.
  3. ^ Hague, James. "Brian Moriarty Interview". Halcyon Days: Interviews with Classic Computer and Video Game Programmers.

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