Space War

Space War is a video game cartridge released by Atari, Inc. in 1978 for the Atari Video Computer System (renamed to the Atari 2600 in 1982). The game is a version of Spacewar!, the 1962 computer game by Steve Russell.[3] It was released by Sears as Space Combat, for its Atari compatible Tele-Games system.[4]

Space War
Developer(s)Atari, Inc.[1]
Publisher(s)Atari, Inc.
Programmer(s)Ian Shepard[2]
Platform(s)Atari 2600
Genre(s)Multidirectional shooter
Mode(s)Single-player, two-player


The cartridge includes 17 game variations. Variations 1–13 are duels between two ships and 14 to 17 are for one player. In some of the variations the ships fight near a planet which has gravitational attraction. [5]


  1. ^ a b Space War at GameFAQs
  2. ^ Hague, James. "The Giant List of Classic Game Programmers".
  3. ^ Moby Games. "Game Trivia for Space War," (retrieved on March 9th, 2009).
  4. ^ "Atari 2600 Space War". AtariAge.
  5. ^ Atari Age. "Atari 2600 Boxes - Space War," (retrieved on March 9, 2009).

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