By Jeff Fulton
Star Castle was one of thee very first arcade games that Steve and I (along with Eric Barth) became addicted to in the early 1980’s. There was a simplicity to the design and the objective that made it as addicting as any other game made in the era. We longed for a home version of the game for many years. I remember playing a public domain version on the Atari 800 and even one on the Atari ST, but nothing ever compared to the original. The Vectrex version came close, but once the controller broke for that stand-alone masterpiece, we had no way to play this game at home.
It was rumored that Atari was working on a 2600 version that never materialized. in it’s place though, one of the most popular and beloved Atari 2600 games of all time was produced: Yars Revenge.
Now, 30 years later, with help from some generous Kick starter supporters, a 2600 version of this classic has been completed by D Scott Williamson. Not only has he created the game very faithfully on this ancient hardware, but he has done it in style by creating his own self-machined clear cartridge with flashing lights, a beautiful box and CD with source code and, manual and game assets for those interested in learning how the game was created.