ATARI VCS/2600 Scoreboard 

Updated 11-19-2017

 

This is a compilation of top VCS scores from various sources.  All scores are NTSC at default settings, set on original consoles, unless noted. 

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 (preferred), modified Supercharger cartridges, multi-carts, or Harmony cartridges allowed.  Only ROMs of original games or latest version of prototypes are tracked - no hacks or pirate versions (unless the original versions were never archived).  No Cuttle Carts, Krokodile carts, or similar devices allowed. 

Custom controllers are allowed, as long as they don't alter or modify the directional controls (i.e. one that rapidly switches back-and-forth the left+right directions for games like Decathlon and Track & Field).

No exploiting glitches or scoring anomalies.  Check the Easter egg page for the most recent listing of them.

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.  The focus here is on high scores, not physical endurance records.

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 (unless this can be ascertained by watching the video), as well as the controller in use during the game.  The footage can either be transferred to DVD and sent to us, 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), but this is not required (it's only to protect your video).

Any player found to have knowingly cheated or lied about what format or version they used will have all their scores removed.  Same for anyone who refuses to admit what they used when asked.  To paraphrase Walter K., "This isn't TG.  There are rules."

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

Click the star for info on the high score contest!

Notes:

Game name in blue - high score(s) where the score counter rolled over.
High score in blue - maximum score possible
Score or text highlighted in yellow - person's score is in question.
Player block is greyed out - more than one person has top score or has maxed out the game.


Complete set of the Activisions scoreboards
Activision patches FAQ

GAME SCORE PLAYER NOTES
3-D Genesis 134,640 Scott Stilphen screenshot
Acid Drop (PAL) 354,700 John Drake  
Adventures of Tron 1,045,200 Steven Germershausen video #1 video #2
Air Raid 13,125 Christian Keilback  
Air Raiders / Bogey Blaster 122 Steven Germershausen  
Air-Sea Battle 74 Greg Bendokus game 2, Difficulty A screenshot
Alien 251,916

Mark Feldt

 
Allia Quest (homebrew) 91,900 Al Backiel link (page 16)  Scott Stilphen got 77,800 (on DVD) screenshot and hit a point he couldn't get past.
Alligator People (prototype) 151,950 Scott Stilphen game 7,  4-life limit
Amidar 155,339 "The MindMaster" screenshot
Aquaventure (prototype) 275,500 Scott Stilphen screenshot
Asterix* 335,500 Greg Degeneffe video *NTSC version used.
Asteroids
10,004,100 Mike Morrow 33hr game link  Todd Rogers' previous record was 4,210,100 done in 13 hours link.   Keith Dexter claimed a fake score of 16,260,120 in 5 hours on a PAL version (info from Atari VCS Owners Club Bulletin, August 1983 issue)!
  79,660 Frankie Cardulla

game 32, Difficulty A

Astrowar (PAL) 129,920 Scott Stilphen  
Astroblast 1,038,505 Glen Sampson link
Atari Climber 26,600 Scott Stilphen Novice  screenshot
Atari Video Cube 01:42:800 Dan Mowczan game 12
Atlantis 7,352,737 Paul Zimmerman  
Atlantis II 559 James Randall screenshot
Bachelor Party 10,390 Daniel Vignes  
Bachelorette Party 1,115 James Carter  
Bank Heist 199,978 James Randall screenshot
Barnstorming 32.67 Todd Rogers screenshot and link  He was originally recognized for a 32.74 in Activisions December 1982 V5 newsletter, and later credited by Activision for a 32.04 score, which was a typo on their part. 3 TG refs claim he achieved a 32.50 on 2 separate occasions, but no proof was ever shown.  Todd also has a video of a 32.77 run.
  32.74 Greg Degeneffe
Glen Sampson
screenshot and link
screenshot
  49.97 Greg Degeneffe game 2 screenshot and link
52.40 Greg Degeneffe game 3 screenshot and link
Battlezone 863,000 Shawn B screenshot and link
Beamrider 999,999 Douglas Korekach (maxed on sector 81. Also maxed sector counter at 99), Jonas Carlson (sector 83)  
Beany Bopper 255,110 Paul Zimmerman  
Beat ‘Em & Eat ‘Em 454 James Carter  
Bermuda Triangle 437,200 "JacobZu7zu7" screenshot
Berzerk 868,590 Christian Keilback game 3 video
Blue-Print 264,825 Scott Stilphen video
BMX Airmaster 1,116,338 Mike Yesenko  
Bobby is Going Home (PAL) 184,900 "The MindMaster" Level 48 screenshot
Boing! 58,670 James Randall link
Boulder Dash 16,431 Scott Stilphen screenshot
Bouncin’ Baby Bunnies (prototype) 2,171 Scott Stilphen screenshot
Boxing 1:42 Douglas Korekach  
Buck Rogers 1,783,015

Virender Dayal

 
Bugs 426 Matt Reed  
Bump ‘N Jump 6,572,700 Steven Germershausen  
Bumper Bash 1,199,335 Steven Germershausen link
BurgerTime 121,300 Jeff Adkins screenshot
Cakewalk 29,000 Greg Degeneffe screenshot
California Games  - BMX 99,990 Greg Degeneffe
Glen Sampson
Greg's screenshot and link
Glen's link
California Games - Halfpipe 29,700 Frankie Cardulla
Greg Degeneffe
link
California Games - Surfing 12,420 Frankie Cardulla  
Canyon Bomber 5,053 Douglas Korekach Difficulty BB
  4,492 Douglas Korekach Difficulty AA screenshot
Carnival 1,837,740 Greg Degeneffe video
Casino $10,060 Roger Blair link
Cat Trax (prototype) 235,100 Greg Degeneffe screenshot
Centipede 1,301,709 William Rosa  
Challenge (NTSC version) 31,460 Jeffrey Lowe Jr.  
(Pele's) Championship Soccer 10 Marc Cohen

game 28

  9 Marc Cohen

game 30, Difficulty A

Chase the Chuckwagon 2,742 Douglas Korekach Difficulty A screenshot
China Syndrome* 136 Steven Germershausen Difficulty AA * The lowest score is best, not the highest.
Chuck Norris Superkicks /
Kung Fu Superkicks: Pursuit of the Ninja
254,000 Scott Stilphen screenshot and video
Circus Atari 106,111 Steven Germershausen on DVD
Climber 5 (homebrew) Level 11 Scott Stilphen Original variation screenshot
Coconuts 19,965 Douglas Loyd  
Commando 1,012,900 Frankie Cardulla  
Commando Raid 308,110 Glen Sampson Difficulty AA link
  1,406,370 Glen Sampson Difficulty BB video
Communist Mutants From Space 197,330 James Randall  
Congo Bongo 229,400 Scott Stilphen screenshot
Conquest of Mars (homebrew) 43,770 Darrell Spice Jr. screenshot
Cosmic Ark 1,264,850 Todd Rogers screenshot  Heavy use of point-pressing
Cosmic Commuter      
Cosmic Creeps 155,500 James Randall screenshot
Cosmic Swarm 85 Stephen Knox  
Crack’ed (prototype) 82,600 Greg Degeneffe screenshot
Crackpots 1,000,000 Todd Rogers screenshot
Crash Dive 171,384 James Randall screenshot
Crazy Climber 447,000 Scott Stilphen screenshot
  253,800 Scott Stilphen Difficulty A screenshot
Crossbow 1,156,950 Douglas Korekach screenshot
Cross Force 127,560 Douglas Korekach Score rolls at 100k, after which you no longer get a free life at 10k.
Crypts of Chaos 10,476 “JacobZu7zu7”  
Crystal Castles 362,286 Brian Gilman  
Cubis (homebrew) 20,323 Scott Stilphen screenshot
Custer’s Revenge 22,069 Paul Zimmerman     Difficulty A
Dancing Plate (PAL) 36,510 Scott Stilphen screenshot Doesn't play the same as Dishaster.
Dark Cavern 1,705,000 Scott Stilphen video
Dark Chambers 299,820 Mark Feldt  
Death Trap 35,218 John McAllister video
Decathlon - 100m dash 9.15 Todd Rogers
Steven Germershausen
Todd's screenshot
Greg Degeneffe used a modified joystick to achieve this - link
Decathlon - 110m hurdles 11.82 Todd Rogers
Steven Germershausen
Todd's screenshot
Decathlon - 1500m race 3:36.3 Todd Rogers
Steven Germershausen
Todd's screenshot
Decathlon - 400m race 0:39.3 Todd Rogers
Steven Germershausen
Todd's screenshot
Decathlon - discus throw 72.84 Todd Rogers
Steven Germershausen
Todd's screenshot
Decathlon - high jump 2.4 Todd Rogers
Steven Germershausen
Greg Degeneffe
Todd's screenshot
Steven's screenshot
Greg's link
Decathlon - javelin throw 93.09 Todd Rogers
Steven Germershausen
Todd's screenshot
Decathlon - long jump 11.57 Todd Rogers
Steven Germershausen
Todd's screenshot and video
Decathlon - shot put 23.81 Todd Rogers
Steven Germershausen
Todd's screenshot
Defender 5,443,150 Frankie Cardulla Andy Tumieki claims 13,101,700 from Arcade Express v1n23
  1,175,000 Marc Cohen Difficulty A
Demolition Herby 150,999 James Randall  
Demon Attack 1,556,345 Paul Zimmerman  
  1,650,045 Frankie Cardulla game 7, Difficulty B
Demons to Diamonds 15,127

John McAllister

link
Desert Falcon 1,012,442 Glen Sampson screenshot and video
Dig Dug 2,497,060 Scott Stilphen Easy.  Game starts acting strangely around 1.7 million.
  1,919,300 Marc Cohen Normal  link
Donkey Kong 1,472,100 Steven Germershausen screenshot (before roll) on DVD.  Got 1,325,400 before losing 1st life.
video #1, video #2, video #3  Todd Rogers claims 15,048,050* (must be a typo since all scores must end in "00") in 38 hours (link 1 and link 2).  Steven's scoring rate proves it would have only taken a little over 32 hours to reach 15 million.
Donkey Kong Junior 1,328,000 Virender Dayal video
Double Dragon 140,640 "Bentley Bear!" screenshot and video #1, video #2, video #3
Dragon Defender (PAL) 367,800 Scott Stilphen screenshot
Dragonfire 225,740 "botbird" screenshot and link
Dragster 5.57 Tony Armstrong
Todd Rogers
Greg Nichols
"darbian"
Greg Degeneffe
Bailey Chestnut
Glen Sampson
"darbian"'s videoGreg Degeneffe's screenshot and linkBailey Chestnut's link.  Glen Sampson's screenshot.

Tom Hirschfeld's book (pg. 141) says Tony Armstrong was the first to achieve a 5.57, followed by Todd Rogers; the V2 issue of Activisions newsletter recognizes Armstrong, Rogers, and Greg Nichols.  Todd Rogers has long been credited for 5.51 and claims he beat Activision's 'perfect' run of 5.54, but no proof exists and neither David Crane or anyone from Activision has confirmed Todd's time or the perfect simulation time.  Recent analysis by Eric “Omnigamer” Koziel shows that 5.57 is the fastest time possible, which he achieved using an emulator (video); this was backed up on a VCS by TAS player "dwangoAC" using TASbot (video) and later by "darbian" using a stock 7800.  Koziel also states a hacked version that allowed for max tachometer would result in 5.54 (yet Rogers also has a screenshot of a 5.54...).  2 other people were recognized for 5.51 by Activision prior to Rogers, in the Activisions December 1982 V5 newsletter - William A. Stewart and Kevin Kopaczewski (Rogers was recognized in the Spring 1983 V6 issue).  Rogers claims the other 2 times were DQ'd by Activision but the 7th and final issue simply doesn't have a listing for Dragster.  Koziel tracked down Kopaczewski and asked him what he recalled about his score, but all he remembered was having a sensitive joystick.  The top times in Activision's UK Fun Club newsletter had Alan Carter with 5.61 (which would have been on a PAL version).  Also, someone on Atariage posted a screenshot of a 5.54 on a PAL version, but the screenshot is no longer available, so it's unknown if this was on a console or emulator.

  5.61 Greg Degeneffe game 2  link
Dukes of Hazzard, The (prototype) 5,080 Scott Stilphen screenshot
Dumbo’s Flying Circus (prototype) 39,321 Greg Degeneffe screenshot
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial 1,202,387 Jeff Adkins Difficulty A video #1, video #2, video #3  Took 9-10 hours.  Todd Rogers claims 1,011,657 in  35 hours link Jeff's scoring rate proves it would only take 1/3rd as long to roll the score.
Earth Dies Screaming, The 196,825 Glen Sampson link
Eggomania 1,111,002 Greg Degeneffe video
  25,196 Greg Degeneffe Difficulty A  screenshot
Elevators Amiss! (homebrew) 13,895 "darthkur" screenshot
Elk Attack (prototype) 3,162,000 Scott Stilphen  
Encounter at L-5 4,733 John McAllister link
Enduro 3,617.9 Christian Keilback link Also has screenshot of 3616.9.   Todd Rogers claims 118,000 in 48 hours (398 days) screenshot and link, but his picture shows 18,000 and 98 days.  Each day takes 3m 42s so 98 days would take 6 hours; 398 days would take 24 hours, not 48.  The average miles traveled per day (per Steven Germershausen’s game) is 170 miles.  170 miles x 98 days = 16,660 miles (close to 18,000).  Todd would had to have averaged almost 300 miles a day (118,000 / 398).
Entity, The (prototype) 19,492 Scott Stilphen screenshot
Entombed 311 “StanJr”  
Escape from Supercade (homebrew) 1,296 David Nelson
Patrick Wyrick
 
Escape from the Mindmaster 615 James Randall screenshot
Espial 24,450

James Randall

screenshot

Exocet (PAL) 19,890 "Vocelli" screenshot
Fantastic Voyage 409,139 Paul Zimmerman  
Fast Eddie 321,970 Paul Zimmerman  
Fast Food 1,000,000* Todd Rogers max score screenshot  * score counter turns to 6 objects (confirm?)
Fatal Run (PAL) 319,980 PRJ "deteacher" screenshot
Fathom 24,300 "frostbite76" screenshot  Todd Rogers claims 1,110,500 which is highly unlikely since point-pressing is not possible and the game ends after level 7 with scores under 30k.
Final Approach 10,000 James Randall  
Fireball – cascade 28,348 Scott Stilphen Todd Rogers claims 74,227 but his screenshot doesn't show any bricks and more importantly, any balls!
Fireball – firetrap 42,544 Christian Keilback Todd Rogers claims 97,990 but his screenshot doesn't show any bricks and more importantly, any balls!
Fireball – knock-a-block 25,752 Scott Stilphen  
Fireball – marching 16,054 Greg Bendokus screenshot
Fireball – migrating 33,976 Greg Bendokus screenshot
Flag Capture 16 Greg Degeneffe game 8, dif B video
Flash Gordon 343,385 James Randall  
Frankenstein’s Monster 4,920 Douglas Korekach screenshot
Frog Pond (prototype) 1,195 Greg Degeneffe screenshot and video
Frogger (Parker Brothers) 41,994 Marc Cohen  
  19,300 Stephen Knox game 3, Difficulty A
Frogger, The Official (Starpath) 97,390 "keir" Difficulty A screenshot
Frogger II: Threeedeep! 25,611 Douglas Korekach  
Frogs and Flies 99 Steven Germershausen
Glen Sampson
max score
Glen's screenshot and video
Front Line 116,800 James Randall screenshot
Frostbite 1,000,720 Todd Rogers screenshot
Funky Fish (prototype) 29,710 Greg Degeneffe screenshot
G.I. Joe: Cobra Strike 219,200 Douglas Korekach link
Galaxian 1,955,060

George Riley

videos Took 7 hours
Gas Hog 27,540 Scott Stilphen video
Gauntlet (prototype) 21,800 Scott Stilphen  
Ghost Manor 536,850 Glen Sampson link
Glacier Patrol 59,250 Mark Feldt  
Go Fish! (homebrew) 9,999 James Randall screenshot  Score stops at 9,999 but you can keep playing.
Golf 31 Steven Germershausen  
  32 Steven Germershausen Difficulty A
Gopher 1,000,000* Todd Rogers max score screenshot  * score counter turns to 6 carrots (confirm?)
Gorf 338,500 Scott Stilphen  
Grand Prix 29.61 Jonathan A Ewing
Greg Degeneffe
Todd Rogers was recognized for a 29.49 in Activisions Fall 1982 V4 newsletter, which is believed to be impossible.  Also both Todd and Jonathan Ewing have a 29.61 link
  50.90 Greg Degeneffe game 2  screenshot and link  Todd Rogers claims 50.81 which is highly questionable.
  01:13.97 Mike Ratledge game 3  Todd Rogers was recognized in Activisions Fall 1983 V7 newsletter for 01:13.88.
  01:34.93 Perry Brenkman game 4  Todd Rogers was recognized in Activisions Fall 1983 V7 newsletter for 01:34.33.
Gravitar 1,673,950 Jeff "jedijeff"  
  999,950 Mike Southerland
Jeffy Arensmeyer
Todd Rogers
Max score possible before rollover.  Southerland was the 1st person recognized to roll it, as part of Atari's Masters contest.  Jeffy's screenshot Todd's screenshot
Gremlins 1,054,670 Douglas Korekach  
Guardian 184,900 Scott Stilphen video
Gyruss 1,023,000 Frankie Cardulla  
H.E.R.O. 397,015 Jeff Adkins game 5 1-life run screenshot
Harem (prototype) 127 Scott Stilphen screenshot
Halloween 4,045,575 Rudy Ferretti video
Holey Moley (prototype) 6,180 Scott Stilphen screenshot
Hunchy II (homebrew) 2,920 "S.Baz" screenshot
I Want My Mommy* 1,160* John McAllister link  * This is only for the first screen, since according to the manual, the lowest score (for each screen) is the best, not the highest.
Ice Hockey 36 Glen Sampson game 3  link
Indy 500 3 seconds left Ryan Gavigan
Scott Stilphen
game 6. Difficulty A. Max score is 50. Ryan's screenshot, Scott's screenshot
  17 seconds left Scott Stilphen game 8, Difficulty A. Max score is 50. screenshot
Ikari Warriors 92,400 Jeff Adkins screenshot
Inca Gold (NTSC version) 1,220 Scott Stilphen screenshot  Score rolls at 1,000
Infiltrate 2,043,600* Glen Sampson link and video * Heavy use of point-pressing (sat in lower-left corner and kept firing) but that's the only way to get a high score in the game.
Ixion (prototype) 600,850 Darrell Spice Jr. screenshot
James Bond 007 45,550 Scott Stilphen screenshot
Jawbreaker 101,220 "DarQ Massacres" screenshot
Journey Escape $105,779,605 Todd Rogers screenshot and link  Todd Rogers claims marathoning this game for 86.4 hours (link), but other videos have shown a scoring rate w/o breaks (the game allows you to pause between every level) would take twice as long to achieve.
Joust 456,300 Tom Swingle easy
  4,027,800 Craig Queen skilled
Jr. Pac-Man 902,660 Mark Feldt  
Jungle Hunt 73,980 "JacobZu7zu7" screenshot
Juno First (homebrew) 229,400 James Randall  
Kamikazi Saucers (prototype) 5,307 Scott Stilphen screenshot
Kangaroo 1,436,500 Scott Stilphen  6+ hours (on DVD)
King Kong 10,515 Mark Marrese  
KLAX 181,680 Jeff Adkins screenshot
Knight on the Town* 2,236* Scott Stilphen screenshot * The lowest score is best, not the highest.
Kool-Aid Man 214,800 Mason Cramer screenshot and video
Krull 1,006,680* Scott Stilphen screenshot (before rollover) and video.  * Heavy use of point-pressing.
Lady Bug (homebrew) 419,040 James Randall  
Laser Gates 83,406 Frankie Cardulla link
Lilly Adventure (PAL) 23,740 Scott Stilphen screenshot
Lock 'N' Chase 999,999 Todd Rogers screenshot
Looping (prototype) 1,005,520 Scott Stilphen screenshot (before rollover)  Heavy use of point-pressing
Lord of the Rings, The: Journey to Rivendell (prototype) 214,900 Scott Stilphen screenshot and video
Lost Luggage 609,300 James Randall Unknown which version used, green or blue.
M.A.D. 17,000 Stephen Riesenburger  
Malagai 11,800 Scott Stilphen Difficulty A  screenshot.  Perfect game (w/o losing any lives)
Marauder 99,990 Douglas Korekach link Game rolls at 100k.
Marble Craze (homebrew)      
Marine Wars 28,570 John McAllister link
Mario Bros. 2,009,500 William Rosa link
Master Builder 59,362 Steven Germershausen  
Masters of the Universe: The Power of He-Man 394,800

Glen Sampson

video
Mega Force 206,164 Mark Feldt  
Meltdown (prototype)      
Midnight Magic 3,401,240* William Smith * Difficulty setting unknown.
  998,015 Christian Keilback Difficulty A
Millipede 1,114,117 Frankie Cardulla  
Miner 2049er 11,813 Randall H. Ball  
Miner 2049er Vol. II 6,724 Randall H. Ball  
Mines of Minos 11,450 unknown screenshot
Missile Command 5,247,180 Mark Feldt  
Missile Control 11,020 "darthkur" screenshot
Mission 3000 AD (PAL) 33,500 "TheHoboInYourRoom" screenshot
Mogul Maniac 5:25 Steven Germershausen
Greg Degeneffe
Glen Sampson
 
Greg's
screenshot
Glen's
link
Montezuma’s Revenge 1,219,200 James Randall  
Moon Patrol 66,330 "Atarian7" screenshot
Moonsweeper 321,210 Jeff Adkins screenshot
Motocross (PAL) 125.9 Scott Stilphen screenshot  This is a pirate version of the unarchived Around The World.
Motocross Racer 02:39:08 Glen Sampson screenshot
Motorodeo 1,320 Jeff Adkins screenshot
Mountain King 1,057,425 Steven Germershausen video #1, video #2
Mouse Trap 210,500

David R Archey

 
Mr. Do! 123,500 Jeff Adkins video of his 113,150 score
Mr. Do!’s Castle 144,940 "disjaukifa" screenshot
Mr. Postman (PAL) 80,290 Darrell Spice Jr. screenshot Used pirate CCE NTSC version.
Ms. Pac-Man 290,090 Chris Parsley  
Music Machine 1,293,330 Douglas Korekach
Name This Game 25,220 James Randall  
Nexar, The Challenge of 2,021,150 Glen Sampson video  Left Difficulty B, Right Difficulty A.  Glen's game was at level 26 at 2 million; the manual states there's 99 levels!
  82

“JacobZu7zu7”

game 2
No Escape! 7,008,208 Douglas Korekach  
Nuts 17,900 Scott Stilphen screenshot
Obelix 468,770 Nathan Strum screenshot
Off the Wall 118,344 Scott Stilphen Difficulty A
Off Your Rocker (prototype) 70 Roger Blair link
Oink 999,999 Todd Rogers
Glen Sampson
Todd's screenshot
Glen Sampson's video
Omega Race 282,500 Scott Stilphen screenshot  Heavy use of point-pressing - hunting photon mines strategy.
Pac-Man 72,738 "Stan Jr." game 6, Difficulty A  screenshot
Pengo 311,310 James Randall screenshot
Pepsi Invaders 18,800 John McAllister link
Pesco (homebrew) 24,480 Scott Stilphen screenshot
Phaser Patrol Hero Level C "shadow460" screenshot
Phoenix 4,014,440

Paul Zimmerman

 
Pick Up (prototype)      
Picnic 9,900 Greg Degeneffe link
Piece O' Cake 52,360 Greg Degeneffe screenshot
Pigs In Space 1,100,667 Frankie Cardulla  
Pitfall! 114,000 (1:42 left) Douglas Korekach Fastest perfect game w/o any deaths.
  113,982 (1:46 left) Douglas Korekach screenshot  Fastest time with deaths (dying twice in last tunnel).
Plaque Attack 999,999 Todd Rogers max score screenshot
Planet Patrol 137,820 Mark Feldt  
Pleiades (prototype) 35,410 Scott Stilphen screenshot on DVD
Polaris 143,800 “The MindMaster” screenshot
Pole Position 60,960 Frankie Cardulla
Jeff Adkins
Frankie's link and Jeff's screenshot.  Jeff noted driving perfect laps gets you a faster time but a lower score (60,910 max).  Driving imperfect laps (going around cars off-road in the corner and occasionally skidding) allows you to pass 1 or 2 more cars.  "MayDay" claims he once got scores of 63,210 and 63,260.
Pooyan 19,145 Marc Cohen screenshot
Popeye 239,500 Peter Nadalin  
Porky’s 8,999 Scott Stilphen
Steven Germershausen
max score Steven's screenshot
Pressure Cooker 999,999 Todd Rogers screenshot
Private Eye 103,100 Greg Degeneffe game 4, Difficulty A link
  252,400 Greg Degeneffe game 5  screenshot
Pursuit of the Pink Panther (prototype) 23,870 Scott Stilphen screenshot on DVD
Q*bert 2,400,000 Greg Degeneffe video
Q*bert’s Qubes 1,274,000 Douglas Korekach Difficulty A/A linkJeff Adkins has 2 videos of his million+ game: video #1 and video #2
Qb (homebrew) 46,270 Greg Degeneffe video
Quadrun 812,670 Mike Southerland  
Quest for Quintana Roo 109,600 Jeff Adkins screenshot
Quick Step 5,770

Alan Hewston

 
Rabbit Transit 85,479 Greg Degeneffe screenshot and video
Racer (prototype) 10,015 Scott Stilphen video
Radar Lock 59,534 James Randall screenshot
Raft Rider 100,227 Scott Stilphen  
Ram It 198,850 Alan Hewston  
Reactor 999,999 Todd Rogers screenshot
Reindeer Rescue (homebrew) 61,100 "vdub_bobby" screenshot
Rescue Terra 1 456,225 James Randall screenshot
Revenge of the Beefsteak Tomatoes 1,010,000 Steven Germershausen  
Riddle of the Sphinx 316,741 Greg Degeneffe video
River Patrol 9,800 Jeffrey Lowe Jr.  
River Raid      
River Raid II 999,999 Todd Rogers Todd's screenshot
Road Runner 2,038,100 Scott Stilphen  
Robin Hood 360,000 James Randall screenshot
Robot Tank 74 tanks George Reese
Brien King
Roc ‘N Rope 150,780 Steven Germershausen screenshot on DVD  video
Rocky and Bullwinkle (prototype) 104,900 James Randall screenshot
Room of Doom 51,450 Scott Stilphen completed screenshot
Save Mary (prototype) 63,190 Darrell Spice Jr. screenshot
Save Our Ship (PAL) 2,480 Scott Stilphen screenshot
Save the Whales (prototype) 7,900 Greg Degeneffe screenshot
Scuba Diver 94,000 Rudy Ferretti  
Scramble (homebrew) 271,860 "liduario" screenshot
Sea Monster (PAL) 20,100 Scott Stilphen screenshot
Sea Wolf (homebrew) 15,850 Scott Stilphen screenshot
Seaquest 999,999 Todd Rogers Todd's screenshot
Secret Quest 128,350 James Randall screenshot
Sentinel 62,540 Scott Stilphen screenshot  "ninermaniac" claimed 96,000 but offered no proof.
Shootin’ Gallery 218,800 Glen Sampson screenshot  Todd Rogers claimed 1,005,300 but there's no way to get extra bullets after 80k.
Shooting Arcade (prototype) 35,800 Scott Stilphen screenshot
Shuttle Orbiter 6:59 Douglas Korekach  
Sinistar 563,445* Rob Maerz * Unknown which version was used.  At least 4 versions exist.
Sir Lancelot 1,031,800 PRJ "deteacher" screenshot
Skateboardin’ 0 obstacles
2:30 remaining
James Randall James' screenshot
Skeet Shoot 25 Greg Degeneffe link
Ski Hunt (PAL) 6,145 Scott Stilphen screenshot
Ski Run (PAL) 190,733 Scott Stilphen screenshot
Skiing 32.72* Justin Curtis
Jonathan Ewing
Greg Degeneffe
Glen Sampson
* Fastest score possible?  game 1  Justin's video

Jonathan's link

Glen's video
  32.83 Douglas Korekach
Greg Degeneffe
Glen Sampson
game 1, Difficulty AA
Greg's link
Glen's video
  01:05.05 Greg Degeneffe game 2 link Todd Rogers claimed 01:04.25 which is thought to be impossible link.  The record was later removed.
  01:07.99 Greg Degeneffe game 2, Difficulty AA link
  27.94 Greg Degeneffe game 3 video  Todd Rogers was recognized for 27.64 in Activisions Winter 1982 V2.  This was changed to a 27.54 in the Fall 1982 V4 issue.  Atwell Shearer was recognized for the same 27.54 score in Activisions December 1982 V5 issue.  Brent Metcalf was recognized in Activisions Fall 1983 V7 newsletter for 27.51Todd Rogers also has the same score on Twin Galaxies.  Douglas Korekach says this score can only be achieved by exploiting the Difficulty switches link.
  28.57 Greg Degeneffe
Glen Sampson
game 3, Difficulty AA Greg's link
Glen's link
  27.36 Greg Degeneffe
Glen Sampson

game 6, Difficulty AA.  Glen's video  Todd Rogers is recognized for having 27.34 but Glen Sampson says this score can only be achieved by exploiting the Difficulty switches video.

  23.66 Greg Degeneffe
Glen Sampson
game 7, Difficulty BB.  Todd Rogers is recognized for having 23.59 but Greg Degeneffe says this score can't be achieved even by exploiting the Difficulty switches, since the clock moves from 23.58 to 23.60.
  23.66 Greg Degeneffe
Glen Sampson
game 7, Difficulty AA.
  01:09.84 Greg Degeneffe game 10 link
  01:09.92 Greg Degeneffe game 10, Difficulty AA
Sky Jinks 34.49 Douglas Korekach Stephen C. Tokich was recognized for 31.64 in Activisions Fall 1983 V7 newsletter.  Jay Doming was recognized for 31.99 in the Spring 1983 V6 newsletter.
  34.56 Greg Degeneffe Greg doesn't see how a 34.49 was achieved, let alone the 31.xx times link
  01:08.2 Greg Degeneffe game 2
  01:42.06 Greg Degeneffe game 3
  02:14.8 Greg Degeneffe game 4
Sky Skipper 200,000 Scott Stilphen 1 life only.  Score rolls at 100k.
Smurf: Rescue in Gargamel's Castle 163,600 "liduario" screenshot
  171,600 Jeff Adkins game 3  screenshot
Snail Against Squirrel (PAL) 33,000 Scott Stilphen screenshot
Snoopy & the Red Baron 1,829,080 Todd Rogers game 1 (Pilot First Class) screenshot and link 45hr game.  Steven Germershausen's scoring rate in his video show approximately 28-29 hours to roll score
Solar Fox 16,426,700 Steven Germershausen video #1   video #2   video #3
Solar Plexus (homebrew) 15,490 James Randall screenshot
Solar Storm 12,620 Douglas Korekach  Score rolls at 10k.
Solaris 281,740  “Jifremok” screenshot Robert Macauley’s 200k+ score was removed from TG
Sorcerer's Apprentice 51,491 Scott Stilphen video
Space Cavern 1,029,035 Glen Sampson link  Took just under 3 hours
  52,215 Frankie Cardulla

game 35, Difficulty A

  33,485 Scott Stilphen game 39, Difficulty A
Space Invaders 621,535 Frankie Cardulla Jason Kennedy claimed 2,306,530 in 5 hours on a PAL version (info from Atari VCS Owners Club Bulletin, August 1983 issue)!
  165,200 Rebecca (Bill) Heineman Difficulty A  Won Atari's 1980 Space Invaders championship.  Contest had a 2-hour limit.
  6, 535 Scott Stilphen game 7 screenshot
Space Jockey 1,500,000 Greg Degeneffe video
Spacechase 185,075 Tom Garcia  
Spacemaster X-7 3,156,900 Jonathan A Ewing  
Spider-Man 220,920 Scott Stilphen screenshot (2 hrs)
Spike’s Peak 457,550 Lafe Travis  
Spinning Fireball (prototype) 999,999 Scott Stilphen 1 life run. Max score possible. screenshot on DVD
Spitfire Attack 1,101,500 Glen Sampson screenshot and video
Springer 7,909 "voodoo chilly" screenshot
Sprint Master 13.300 Frankie Cardulla track 1
Spy Hunter 530,350 Mike Morrow  
Squeeze Box 182,940 James Randall screenshot
Squish ‘Em (homebrew) 106,330 Scott Stilphen screenshot
Sssnake 2,000 Steven Germershausen link
Stampede 36,589 Greg Degeneffe Todd Rogers claims 99,999 but from the screenshot it appears to be a different version of the game, as does this screenshot of 13,279.  He was recognized for 73,754 in Activisions Spring 1982 V3 newsletter, along with 157,000 for Kenny Vance, although the scores are well beyond what should be possible link since you can't play the game beyond the 8th herd link
  36,589 Greg Degeneffe screenshot  link
Star Fire (homebrew) 7,538

Christian Keilback

screenshot
Star Ship 78 Stephen Risenberger game 4
  60 Greg Degeneffe game 11 video
  31 Greg Degeneffe game 14 video
Star Trek 772,000 Glen Sampson screenshot  link
Star Voyager 290 Erik Kaufman Difficulty B A screenshot and video
Star Wars: Return of the Jedi - Death Star Battle 89,803 Douglas Korekach  
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back 13,035 Glenn Bussell  
Star Wars: The Arcade Game 3,279,748 Keith Post  
  968,823 Christian Keilback Difficulty A
Stargate / Defender II 263,750 James Randall  
Stargunner 63,700 J. Fetzer screenshot
Starmaster 3,971 Mike Ratledge
Glen Sampson
Ensign  Glen's link  Todd Rogers claims 3,985 but this is thought to be impossible.
  5,935 Mike Ratledge
Glen Sampson
Leader  Glen's link
  7925 Tracy Gross Wing Commander  Recognized in Activisions Spring 1983 V6 newsletter.
  9,793 Frank Walters StarMaster  Recognized in Activisions Spring 1983 V6 newsletter.
Stay Frosty (homebrew) 276,518 John McAllister screenshot
Stay Frosty 2: Stay Frostier (homebrew) 378,853 John McAllister screenshot
Steeplechase (Atari) 01:07:00 Douglas Korekach  
Strat-O-Gems Deluxe (homebrew) 74,635 Chris Read screenshot
Strategy X 18,080 Jeff Adkins screenshot
Stronghold 5,290 Greg Degeneffe screenshot
Submarine Commander 2,760* James Randall
“Gorfy”
* Max score?
Sub-Scan 94,090 Scott Stilphen screenshot
Subterranea 115,701 Douglas Korekach Score rolls at 100k.
Suicide Mission 1,001,410 Scott Stilphen  

Summer Games

Dash
11.
1
Greg Degeneffe link
  Gymnastics
7.1
Greg Degeneffe link
Hurdles
21.2
Greg Degeneffe
Glen Sampson
link
link
  Rowing
23.
6
Greg Degeneffe link
  Swimming
2
2.9
Greg Degeneffe screenshot and link
  Swimming Relay
01:10.5 
Greg Degeneffe link
Super Breakout 6,843 Douglas Korekach  
  10,594 Douglas Korekach game 3
  6,696 Marc Cohen game 5
  4,011 Brian L. Wagner game 7
Super Cobra 122,930 John McAllister slow mode  link
Superman 46 seconds Jeff Adkins  
  57 seconds Jeff Adkins Difficulty A  video
Surf’s Up (prototype) 107,680 Greg Degeneffe screenshot and video (just ending)
Surfer's Paradise but Danger Below! (PAL) 1,298 Scott Stilphen screenshot
Survival Run 457,120 Glen Sampson screenshot and link
Tac-Scan 455,300 Mark Feldt  
Tanks But No Tanks 47,800 James Randall  
Tapeworm 8,930 Steven Germershausen screenshot
Tapper 982,725 Todd Rogers screenshot
Targ (prototype) 1,002,150 Scott Stilphen  
Tax Avoiders 909,500 Glen Sampson screenshot and link
Taz 328,000 Greg Degeneffe screenshot  and video Todd Rogers claims 999,900 using a rare 1984 released version screenshot.  As of yet, nobody has ever found a 1984 version of Taz.
Telepathy (prototype) 143,055

Scott Stilphen

screenshot
Tempest (prototype) 19,950 Greg Degeneffe screenshot
Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The 53,000 Glen Sampson screenshot and link
Threshold 76,410 Darrell Spice Jr. screenshot
Thrust (homebrew) 192,360 ”bjk7382” screenshot
Thunderground 7,046,820 John McAllister link
Time Pilot 66,500 Jeff Adkins screenshot
Time Warp (PAL) 69,722 Scott Stilphen screenshot
Tomarc the Barbarian 36,460 "robotron2084" link
Tooth Protectors 1,021,300 "RaccoonyDave" screenshot
Towering Inferno 3,730 Glen Sampson video
Toyshop Trouble (homebrew) 81,326 James Randall screenshot
Track & Field 84,160 Greg Degeneffe video
Track & Field - 100m dash 8.76 Greg Degeneffe link
Track & Field - long jump 10.53 Greg Degeneffe link
Track & Field - javelin 97.53 Greg Degeneffe link
Track & Field - 110m hurdles 10.47 Greg Degeneffe link
Track & Field - hammer throw 92.80 Greg Degeneffe video
Track & Field - high jump 2.42 Greg Degeneffe video
TRON Deadly Discs / Deadly Discs 999,900 Todd Rogers screenshot
Tunnel Runner 511,440 Jeff Adkins screenshot  129 runs completed, at which point game crashes.
Turbo (prototype) 14,249 James Randall  
Turmoil 153,090 Alan W Hewston Score rolls at 100k
Tutankham* 3,493 John McAllister video * Only video accepted for this, due to a trick to continue a game while keeping score.
UFO Patrol (pirate NTSC version) 111,950 PRJ "deteacher" screenshot (Pirate NTSC copy of Home Vision's X'Mission)
Ultra SCSIcide (homebrew) 3,672,627 (380A33) Darrell Spice Jr. The score is given in hexadecimal screenshot
Universal Chaos 362,660 James Randall screenshot
Up‘n Down 154,820 “Frostbite76” screenshot
Vanguard 1,037,480 Marc Cohen Score rolls at 1 million.
Vault Assault (homebrew) 887,070 Greg Degeneffe Difficulty A screenshot and video
Venture 31,900 Stephen Riesenberger
Stephen Knox
 
Video Jogger 6,110 Scott Stilphen screenshot
Video Pinball 91,862,206 Steven Germershausen Approximately 12 hours.  Todd Rogers claims 12,464,974 in  28 hours link.  Steven's scoring rate was just under 9 million/hour, meaning Todd's score should have taken less than 2 hours. 
  38,161,198 Steven Germershausen Difficulty A  Approximately 5 hours.
Wabbit 1,300* Glen Sampson
Rudy Ferretti
Glen's video and link  *Game has a 'killscreen' at 1,300 due to the rabbits disappearing!  Twin Galaxies recognizes Todd Rogers for 1,698, which is clearly bogus since the game stops at 1,300, and scores can only end in either a 0 or 5.
Wall Ball 81,235 "robotron2084" screenshot
Wall Defender (pirate PAL version of Home Vision's Wall Break) 999,999 "liduario"
Greg Degeneffe
Glen Sampson
"liduario's" screenshot
Greg's screenshot and video
Glen's
link

Winter Games

Biathlon
0:44.5
Greg Degeneffe link
  Bobsled
0:20.6
Greg Degeneffe link
  Luge
0:30.3
Greg Degeneffe
Glen Sampson
Greg's link
Glen's link
  Ski Jump
177.9
Greg Degeneffe
Glen Sampson
Greg's link
Glen's link
  Slalom
0:35.9
Greg Degeneffe link
  Speed Skating
0:23.4
Greg Degeneffe link
Wizard of Wor 233,700 Stephen Knox  
Worm War I 1,003,525 John McAllister link
Word Zapper 59 (seconds left) Greg Degeneffe screenshot
Xenophobe 1,628,370 Scott Stilphen  
Yars’ Revenge 15,000,105 Steven Germershausen game 2, Difficulty B
  8,324,760 Steven Germershausen game 2, Difficulty A
Zaxxon 100,000 Stan Jr. screenshot
Zoo Fun (PAL) 6,958 David Archey  

 

TOP 5 RECORD HOLDERS

Scott Stilphen (75)
Greg Degeneffe (59)
James "toymailman" Randall (32)
Douglas
Korekach (25)
Steven Germershausen (21)

 

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Ron Corcoran - former disgraced Twin Galaxies ref who verified his own scores against TG's rules, and set most using an emulator w/o noting it.  His scores were finally removed from TG's database... 11 years after I publicly called for Mruczek to remove them (link).

Rodrigo Lopes - used PAL versions (and an emulator) to tie or break several Twin Galaxies scores on prominent titles like Decathlon and Pitfall.  He refused to answer when repeatedly asked what platform (NTSC, PAL, or emulator) he was using (link), and when he claimed he only used NTSC versions of ROMS, I pointed out a half-dozen records of his were only released in PAL format.  Years later, someone else claimed he was cheating on several games.

Robert Mruczek - former disgraced Twin Galaxies ref who supported known cheaters like Corcoran and Lopes and refused to remove their scores (but 11 years later he suddenly had a problem with Corcoran's scores and lobbied to have them removed?), removed legitimate scores from several players w/o legitimate reasons or proof, such as falsely claiming there's 2 different ROM versions of Donkey Kong (and Berzerk) - link 1, link 2, link 3 - which in many cases left him with the top score - and viewed PAL and emulator scores as being equal to NTSC which allowed players like Lopes to receive credit for breaking several long-standing records (link).  Also recently admitted most TG refs self-entered their own scores (because "We were severely backlogged, so it was not uncommon for self-entry to occur.")  Apparently, taking care of their own scores took priority over everyone else's!  That admission alone makes *every* score from a referee questionable, especially w/o any evidence.  For several years, myself and others told him TG needed to split their database scores for NTSC, PAL, and emulator due to the obvious differences between them, to which he flat-out refused to accept or implement.. until Walter Day ordered him to, only to soon dump it on someone else to do, but not before re-labeling countless verified scores as being done on different platforms - based on nothing more than his own, personal definition of how 'rare' a game was (link); to this day Mruczek *still* doesn't agree they need to be separate.  He even recently suggested rounding down questionable scores to correct suspected typos!  As if TG's database doesn't have enough errors (partly thanks to him).   What can I say?  Some people will never learn or ever admit they were wrong.

Wilson Oyama "oyamafamily" - caught using emulator save states on another scoreboard.  Also suspected of editing his videos.

Todd Rogers - former disgraced Twin Galaxies ref who verified his own scores against TG's rules (and used Mruczek's name in doing so).  There has been years of speculation regarding some of his scores (Adventures of Tron, Barnstorming, Blackjack, Dragster, Enduro, Fathom, Fireball, Grand Prix, Journey Escape, Jungle Hunt, Reactor, Shark Attack, Skiing, Shootin' Gallery, Skiing, Slot Machine, Stampede, Starmaster, Sub-Scan, Taz, Wabbit) - some of which he claims to have different versions of, not to mention the marathon times he's claimed that aren't close to what others have shown.  It seems the "world's greatest home video game player" sometimes did whatever he could to be on top.  Rogers joins the list of players who need to 'put up or shut up'.

David Yancey - claimed a score of 999,995 for Nexar, which is impossible due to how the game's scoring works.  No proof shown to back up any of his other TG scores.

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