ATARI VCS/2600 High Score Contest 

 

I'm offering a $15 bounty for anyone who can break any score listed below. The requirements (subject to change) are:

The game must be played on an original Atari-made NTSC VCS/2600 console - no 3rd-party systems or modules.  No emulators allowed.

Only original cartridges allowed for the contest - no hacks or pirate versions (unless the original versions were never archived).  No Cuttle Carts, Harmony carts, Krokodile carts, modified Superchargers, or similar devices allowed, unless complete video of the game is made available - reason being, it's too easy to use a modified ROM file. 

Games designed for use with a specific type of controller must use that controller.  For example, using a Trak-ball controller for Track & Field is not allowed; only a joystick or a button controller may be used.

Custom controllers are allowed, as long as they don't alter or modify the directional controls for speed in games like Decathlon and Track & Field.

Nobody can assist you with playing the game (i.e. taking control of the game for you).

Pausing is allowed, either with a hardware mod or a game software feature.

Point-pressing is allowed, but not through exploiting glitches or scoring anomalies.  Check the Easter egg page for the most recent listing of them.  It's about getting the highest score, not the most screens/levels or longest playing time.

Auto-firing (either with 3rd-party controllers or add-on devices) is also allowed for all but a few games (which aren't tracked, like Kung-Fu Master and RealSports Boxing).

All contest submissions must be recorded and include footage showing the system, controller(s), and cartridge.  The footage also needs to show the game being powered up and started, along with the difficulty switch settings and what game variation is being used, as well as the controller in use during the game.  The footage can either be transferred to DVD and sent to me, or uploaded to sites like YouTube or Vimeo and accessible to everyone.  It should include a card onscreen with your full name (or the video watermarked with your name).

Any player found to have cheated or lied about what format or version they used will have all their scores removed and be permanently banned from the site. 

If you have any additions, suggestions, or corrections, please email me.

 

UPDATES!

2018 - Greg Degeneffe raced to a record in game 3 for Grand Prix!

Greg Degeneffe claimed the bounty for Steeplechase!

Greg Degeneffe shot down the bounty for Shootin' Gallery!

Glen Sampson rolled the score for Flash Gordon!

Greg Degeneffe is hardly swimming with the fishes in Aquaventure!

John McAllister chased down the bounty for Chase the Chuck Wagon!

Glen Sampson hopped to it with nabbing the bounty for Rabbit Transit!

Glen Sampson is simply super at Super Cobra!

Glen Sampson is rockin' at Rocky and Bullwinkle!

2017 - Steve Germershausen rolled the score for Adventures of Tron!

Greg Degeneffe claimed the bounties for Riddle of the Sphinx, Grand Prix, Frog Pond, Rabbit Transit, Asterix, Qb, and Pick Up!

Glen Sampson rolled the score for Space Cavern, maxed out Wabbit (and in the process found a kill screen), and rolled Nexar twice!

Jeff Adkins showed everyone how to really drive a race car by tying the world record in Pole Position!

2016 - Steve Germershausen claimed the bounty for Adventures of Tron!

2015 - Jeff Adkins claimed the Mr. Do! bounty!

Greg Degeneffe set a new high score for Skiing!

Steve Germershausen claimed the bounty for Sssnake!

2014 - Steve Germershausen claimed the bounties for Circus Atari, Donkey Kong (1 million w/o losing a life), Roc 'N Rope, and Mountain King (rolling score)!

 

GAME SCORE TO BEAT NOTES
Allia Quest 80,000 Double bounty for matching or breaking 91,900.
Atari Climber 26,600  
Blue-Print 264,825  
Boxing 1:32  
Buck Rogers break 2 million  
Bugs 500 Double bounty for 1,000
Climber 5 Level 11  
Coconuts break 20,000  
Commando 1,012,900  
Communist Mutants From Space break 200k  
Cosmic Ark 1,264,850  
Crazy Climber reach building #9 Double bounty for rolling score.
Cross Force 127,560  
Crystal Castles 1 million  
Dark Chambers 1 million  
Death Trap 35,218  
Decathlon 12,704  
Demons to Diamonds 15,127  
Dragonfire 1,265,310  
Dukes of Hazzard, The (prototype) 5,080  
Encounter at L-5 4,733  
Enduro 118,000  
Entity, The (prototype) 19,492  
Entombed 311  
Escape from Supercade 1,296  
Farmyard Fun 4,122  
Fireball – cascade 75,000  
Fireball – firetrap 100,000  
Frankenstein’s Monster 4,920  
Frog Pond (prototype) 1,195  
Frogger, The Official (Starpath) break 100k  
Frostbite 2,000,000  
Funky Fish (prototype) 29,710  
G.I. Joe: Cobra Strike 1,000,000  
Gopher 1,000,000  
Gorf 338,500  
Grand Prix 01:34.33 - game 4  
Gremlins 2,000,000  
Indy 500 3 seconds left game 6. Difficulty A. Max score is 50.
  17 seconds left game 8, Difficulty A. Max score is 50.
Jungle Hunt break 100k Double bounty for breaking 851,500.
Kaboom! 960,001 difficulty A
Kamikazi Saucer 4,075  
Krull 1,245,900  
Lock 'N' Chase 80,000 Double bounty for maxing score.
M.A.D. 17,000  
Marauder 99,980  
  95,470 game 4, difficulty A
Marine Wars 28,570  
Mega Force 1,000,000  
Meltdown 29,498  
Mines of Minos 9,150  
Missile Command 7,232,890  
Ms Pac-Man 1,596,930  
Name This Game 35,980  
Nuts 20,000  
Out Of Control under 1 minute  
Pengo 311,310 Double bounty for rolling score.
Pitfall! 114,000 (1:42 left)  
Pitfall II: Lost Caverns 199,000 (9:47)  
Plaque Attack 100,000  
Planet Patrol 137,820  
Pleiades (prototype) 35,410  
Popeye 805,750 Double bounty for rolling score.
Qb (homebrew) 64,150  
Quadrun 999,990 Match score
Quickstep 5,770  
Reactor 1,615,526  
Robot Tank 100 tanks Double bounty for 144 tanks
Save the Whales (prototype) 7,900  
Shootin’ Gallery 253,900  
Sinistar 563,445 * Must use latest prototype version 2-13-84
Smurf: Rescue in Gargamel's Castle 200,000  
Springer 7,909  
Sssnake 3,256  
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back 15,931  
Starmaster 3,971 Ensign
Stay Frosty (homebrew) 276,518  
Stay Frosty 2: Stay Frostier (homebrew) 378,853  
Sub-Scan break 100,000  
Threshold 80,270  
Tutankham Double bounty for breaking 6k  
Venture break 40,000 Double bounty for breaking 100k.
Warplock 300  
Zaxxon 100,000  


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