National Game Registry 1981: Yars’ Revenge

YARS’ REVENGE
original platform
Atari 2600
developer/publisher
Atari
key personnel

Howard Scott Warshaw

A “Yar” is a spaceship/bug creature whose mission in life is to exact revenge on its archenemy, the Qotile, cowardly hiding behind a huge wall. Destroying this barrier is only one of the issues that the Yar must deal with, including avoiding a roving cursor and lining up the power shot the it acquires by eating parts of the wall (?!). The screen is split by a strip of static that, combined with droning sound effects, results in a surprisingly hypnotic experience.

Yar’s Revenge was inducted on February 23rd, 2009.

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