The Atari XEGS Cart by Cart Podcast

Hosted by David and Michael (with Bill & Kieren)

The Atari XE Gaming System was a version of their XE 8-bit line of computers but attempting to compete against the successful Nintendo Entertainment System. At the same time offering the computer option. Our podcast will focus on the cartridge games made for this system but, because this is essentially an atari 8-bit computer, we'll also review games that will play on this system.

17 Episodes

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Review Episode 15

     12/31/2021

In Episode 15, we take to the skies during WWII and battle the Axis powers to become the Ace of Aces. Then the federation needs you once again to take out the invading Zylon Empire in Star Raiders II.

News

  • Going forward, we're omitting the “Where to Buy” section from our reviews

Ace of Aces

Star Raiders II


Review Episode 14

     9/27/2020

In Episode 14, we serve up a bit of surf and turf. First we put everything at “steak” by entering the BattleZone. Then find out if the submarine simulator GATO is a fresh catch?

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BattleZone

  • Publisher by
    • Atari (USA) - 1987
  • Developed by Ken Rose @ Atari, Inc.
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GATO

  • Publisher by
    • Atari (USA) - 1987
  • Developed by James Yee of Xanth F/X
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Review Episode 13

     11/5/2019

In episode 13, we have a “Dandy” of a show where we crawl through two dungeon based shooters. First, we review the XEGS game, Dark Chambers. Then we pit it against the 8-bit arcade version of Gauntlet. Who will be victorious?

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Dark Chambers

Gauntlet


Review Episode 12

     5/24/2019

In episode 12, we feature two space behemoth themed games. First we rumble with the side scrolling Thunderfox and then snake our way through an exhaust port in the budget game Sidewinder II.

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Thunderfox

Sidewinder II


Review Episode 11

     1/28/2019

In episode 11, we go isometric when we review two games with similar angles. First, we'll pump you up with Airball and then see if the budget game Head over Heels is something to flip over.

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Airball

Head Over Heels


Review Episode 10

     10/26/2018

In episode 10, we’ll put on the gloves and get in the ring to go toe to toe with Accolade’s boxing game, Fight Night, and although revenge is sweet, will Jeff Minter’s Revenge II, a follow up to Revenge of the Mutant Camels, be a tasty treat?

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Fight Night

Revenge II


Review Episode 9

     7/16/2018

In episode 9, we conjure up a magical review while battling evil, in Necromancer, and we strap on jetpacks and blast off to rescues human souls trapped by an alien force in the budget game Excelsor.

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Necromancer

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Excelsor

  • Published by
    • Players (1986)
  • Developed by
    • Keith "Howlin' Mad" Harvey

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Review Episode 8

     12/24/2017

In this episode, we take a shot at playing the light gun game Crossbow and say, “shuriken” (sure-I-can ☺) to reviewing the budget game Ninja.

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Crossbow

  • Published by
    • Atari Corp (1988)
  • Developed by
    • Sculptured Software

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Ninja

  • Published by
    • Mastertronic (1986)
  • Developed by
    • Sculptured Software
    • Steve Coleman (programming)
    • Rob Hubbard (music)

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Review Episode 7

     6/25/2017

In Episode 7, we'll have a lip-smacking review of Food Fight and we'll put our lives on the line for you by participating in the deadly budget game Death Race!.

Show Notes

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Food Fight

  • Published by
    • Atari Corp (1987)
  • Developed by
    • John Sanderson, General Computer Corporation (GCC)

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Death Race

  • Published by
    • Atlantis Software (1987)
  • Developed by
    • Simon Leck

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Review Episode 6

     4/1/2017

In this episode we hop into our Valkyrie space fighters and shoot up some Jaggie saucers to review LucasFilm's, "Rescue on Fractalus!" and we'll go full tilt on one of Kieren's budget game, "Advanced Pinball Simulator".

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Rescue on Fractalus!

  • Published by
    • Atari Corp (1987)
    • Epyx (1984, US) & Activision (1985, UK)
  • Developed by
    • Lucasfilm Ltd.
      • David Fox (programmer)
      • Loren Carpenter (programmer)
      • Charlie Kellner (graphics)
      • Gary Winnick (graphics)
      • James St. Louis (graphics)
      • Douglas "Crock" Crockford (graphics)
      • Peter Langston (sound, and team lead)
      • Charlie "Dragon" Kellner (sound)

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Advanced Pinball Simulator

  • Published by
    • Codemasters (1989)
  • Developed by
    • The Oliver Twins: Philip & Andrew Oliver (designers)
    • Hassan Mehmet (Atari code)
    • Terry Lloyd (Atari graphics)
    • David Dunn (Atari sound)

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Review Episode 5

     2/13/2017

Just in time for winter here in the northern hemisphere, we’re reviewing Summer Games! So grab your sunscreen, power up your Atari, and on your mark… get set… go!

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Summer Games

  • Published by
    • Atari Corp (1988)
    • Epyx (1984, US) & US Gold (1984, UK)
  • Developed by
    • Epyx Inc.
      • Scott Nelson
      • Stephen Landrum
      • Erin Murphy
      • Jon Leupp
      • Stephen Mudry
      • Randy Glover
      • Brian McGhie

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Review Episode 4

     10/29/2016

In our first interview episode, David sits down with homebrew creator, tep392 (AKA: Perry Thuente) to discuss his latest creation, Pac-Man Arcade. Hear how he was able to make such a spot on version of the classic arcade game and get some early insite into some of his upcoming projects.

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Pac-Man Arcade

  • Published by
    • Perry "TEP392" Thuente - Atari 8-bit homebrew cart, 2012
    • AtariAge - Atari 5200 cart, 2012
  • Developed by
    • Atari Inc. - original 1983 Ms. Pac-Man game
    • Perry Thuente, with contributions from MrFish and others - Pac-Man Arcade hack
  • Based on NAMCO's 1980 arcade game

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Pac-Man (mini review)

  • Published by Atari Inc., 1982
  • Developer Joe Hellesen
  • Based on NAMCO's 1980 arcade game

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Donkey Kong

  • Published by Atari Inc., 1983 & Atari Corp., 1988
  • Developed by Landon Dyer (code & graphics), Brad Fuller (sound), Atari Inc.
  • Based on Nintendo's 1981 arcade game

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Warhawk

  • Published by Firebird, 1986
  • Developed by Andrew Betts (code), Rob Hubbard (music)

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180!

  • Published by Mastertronic, 1986
  • Developed by Binary Design:
    • David Forward (code)
    • Steve Pickford & Jeremy Pickford (graphics)
    • Jason C. Brooke (music)

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Interview Episode 1

     8/29/2016

In our first interview episode, David sits down with homebrew creator, tep392 (AKA: Perry Thuente) to discuss his latest creation, Pac-Man Arcade. Hear how he was able to make such a spot on version of the classic arcade game and get some early insite into some of his upcoming projects.

Show Notes

New Theme Song

Links


Review Episode 3

     6/14/2016

In Episode 3, we find out if the Choplifter! will be an uplifting experience, and we break out our loupe and peer into Crystal Castles to see if it's a cut above. Also, Kieren Hawken is back but this time he'll be bringing with him some of that British class live to our little show. This time we'll all review two budget titles; L.A. SWAT and Yogi Bear & Friends in The Greed Monster.

Show Notes

New Theme Song

News

Choplifter!

  • Published by Atari Corp., 1988
  • Developed by Steve Aguirre, Sculptured Software
  • Based on 1982 Brøderbund Software original, by Dan Gorlin

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Crystal Castles

  • Published by Atari Corp., 1988
  • Developed by The Software Factory
  • Based on Atari Inc. unreleased 1984 prototype, by Paul Metz and William Jahnke

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L.A. SWAT

  • Published by Mastertronic, 1986
  • Developed by Randy Platt, Sculptured Software

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Yogi Bear & Friends in The Greed Monster

  • Published by Hi-Tec Software, 1990
  • Developed by Russell Knight (code) & Rich Morton (graphics), PAL Developments

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Review Episode 2

     4/16/2016

In Episode 2, we take to the skies with Blue Max, then dive down to the sewers to join the Mario Brothers. We also touch on Joust and Zaxxon, two games that share many similarities to our featured reviews. Kieren Hawken gives his two pence on Budget Titles, and we finally get to our user feedback.

Show Notes

New Theme Song

News

Missing Links (Ep 1.: Missile Command)

Mario Bros.

  • Published by Atari, 1988
  • Developed by Sculptured Software

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Joust

  • Developed and published by Atari, 1983

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Blue Max

  • Original disk version (1983)
    • Published by Synapse Software (aka SynSoft in the UK) & U.S. Gold
    • Developed by Bob Polin
  • XEGS cartridge port (1987)
    • Published by Broderbund / Atari
    • Developed by Sculptured Software

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Zaxxon

  • Published by Sega, 1983
  • Developed by Ron J. Fortier, Datasoft
  • (Disk and tape versions published by Datasoft and others)

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Kieren Hawken on Budget Games


Review Episode 1

     2/1/2016

In our first review episode, we review EA’s Archon to find out if the game is good or evil. Then we set our sights on the XEGS packaged light gun game, Bug Hunt. We also have user submision from Shinto, the host of the The Atari Jaguar Game by Game Podcast and Kieran Hawkin introduces his new UK Budget Games segment. This time he reviews Fruit Machine Simulator and puts in his two pence on our two featured games.

Show Notes

Archon: The Dark and the Light

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Other ports:

  • Archon was ported to the Apple II, Commodore 64, Amiga, IBM PC, Apple Macintosh, NES, Amstrad CPC, ZX Spectrum, and PC-88
  • Archon II: Adept - 1984 sequel for Apple II, Atari 8-bit, Commodore 64, Amiga, Amstrad CPC, and ZX Spectrum. Unfortunately, was never released on cartridge
  • Archon Ultra - 1994 remake for MSDOS, by Free Fall Assoc (published by SSI)
  • The Unholy War - 1998 spiritual successor by Paul Reiche III for PlayStation, by Toys for Bob (published by Crystal Dynamics)
  • Kombat Chess - mini-game (similar to Archon) within 2004’s Mortal Kombat: Deception for PS2, Xbox, GameCube, and PSP
  • Archon: Conquest - 2009 iPhone remake, by React Games. Licensed by Free Fall. Available today, via App Store!
  • Archon: Classic - 2010 Windows remake, by React Games. Available today, via Steam!

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Episode 0

     11/21/2015

Welcome to the first Episode of the Atari XEGS Cart by Cart Podcast. In Episode Zero we will focus on the Atari XE Game System Console. We will learn about the hosts and get up to speed on the XEGS technical Specifications. Come join Bill, David, and Michael and find out why we love the XEGS.

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