Typo Attack is an educational game for the Atari 8-bit family designed to improve the user's typing skill. It was written by David Buehler and published by the Atari Program Exchange in 1982.[1] Buehler was seventeen years old when the game won the US$25,000 (equivalent to $75,800 in 2022) Atari Star Award for the best APX program of 1982.[2] In 1984, Atari, Inc. moved Typo Attack into its official line as a cartridge.

Typo Attack
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Publisher(s)Atari Program Exchange
Atari, Inc.
Designer(s)David Buehler[1]
Platform(s)Atari 8-bit
Release1982: APX
1984: Atari
Genre(s)Fixed shooter, educational
Mode(s)Single player

After writing Typo Attack, Buehler had two action games published by the Atari Program Exchange in 1983: Wyzle![3] and Impact.[4]


The game takes place on a single screen, divided up into multiple columns. At the bottom of each column is a letter or punctuation symbol and various enemies appear randomly at the top of the columns. Players must press the corresponding letter in a column in order to make the letter fire at the advancing enemies. If an enemy reaches the bottom of the screen they will remove part of the shield around the letter, and if it is eaten away completely the player will lose a life. Depending on the level, the letters assigned to each column will change at irregular intervals.


A version was planned for the unreleased Atari CX-3000 Graduate, an add-on to turn the Atari 2600 into a home computer.[5]


  1. ^ a b Hague, James. "The Giant List of Classic Game Programmers".
  2. ^ "Inside Atari: Star Award Winner", Antic, April 1983
  3. ^ "Wyzle!". Atari Mania.
  4. ^ "Impact". Atari Mania.
  5. ^ "The Atari CX-3000 "Graduate" Computer". Archived from the original on August 17, 2018. Retrieved February 18, 2023.