Released for the first time today — a holiday present from Aric Wilmunder: the unreleased, almost-finished sequel to Star Raiders for the Atari 8-bits. He created and developed it while working in the R&D lab of Atari coin-op.
(This is not the Last Straighter rebranded game. Aric told me, “When The Last Starfighter didn’t do well in the theaters and marketing re-branded the Atari 800 Last Starfighter game as Star Raiders II, they didn’t take into account that there was already an actual sequel to Star Raiders that was just a few months away from completion. I was the designer and solo engineer who worked for about a year on the project as a member of an R&D team inside Atari Coin-Op.")
My interview with Aric is published on the ANTIC podcast today. Our discussion of Star Raiders II starts at about the 30 minute mark. http://ataripodcast....emple-of-apshai
Here's video of it in action, and the ATR file and documentation is attached.
The files are attached, and also at https://archive.org/...ersII_Wilmunder
Wilmunder_Star_Raiders_II_8-2.atr 90.02KB 1914 downloads
Star Raiders II Controls.pdf 765.03KB 2043 downloads
The Authoritative Star Raiders II v0.3.pdf 58.83KB 5078 downloads