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Atari 2600 Tips, Cheats, and Easter Eggs

It all started a long time ago with the Atari 2600 game Adventure, one of the first (if not the first!) game to contain an Easter Egg. By placing a certain object in a certain place in the game, the programmer's name, Warren Robinett, is revealed on the screen. These days we come to expect games to have Easter Eggs and many people are disappointed when games ship without them. In addition to Easter Eggs, many games have cheat codes that might unlock secret levels, change the game difficulty, make you invincible, and so forth.

This list shows all the Tips, Cheats, and Easter Eggs we've put into the AtariAge database. For the 2600 we have not including tips that require frying the system, since those results are usually unpredictable and difficult to reproduce. If you have any additions you'd like to submit to us, please drop us a line!

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SystemTitle Hint
Yars' RevengeProgrammer credit
Yars' RevengeProgrammer credit
Yars' RevengeProgrammer credit
XenophobePause game play
VongImpossible Mode
Video PinballLower bonus points
Video PinballDemonstration mode
Video PinballManual control
Video ChessView CPU moves
Video ChessView CPU moves
VanguardHint: Stripe Zone
VanguardExtra invincibility
TutankhamGlitch level
TurmoilChange maze color
TurmoilPause game play
Tunnel RunnerGlitched game
Tunnel RunnerEmergency transport
TennisSuper Hit
Tax AvoidersGlitched screen
TapewormSelect first prize dot location
Tank PlusTurbo tank
Tank PlusSpinning tanks
Tank PlusSuper shot
Tank PlusFlying tanks
Tank PlusTeleporting shot
Tank PlusSwitch tanks
Survival IslandLoad second part of game
Survival IslandLoad third part of game
SupermanStop And Smell The Bad Guys
SupermanQuick win
SupermanThe Magic Blink
SupermanNon-Violent Plot
SupermanStop And Smell The Bad Guys
SupermanEasy mode
SupermanNon-Violent Plot
SupermanQuick win
SupermanThe Magic Blink
SupermanEasy mode
Super FootballBoth teams celebrate
Super Challenge BaseballWild pitches
Super Challenge BaseballEasy home runs
Super Challenge BaseballLeave the infield
Super Challenge BaseballWild pitches
Super Challenge BaseballEasy home runs
Super Challenge BaseballLeave the infield
Super Challenge BaseballWild pitches
Super Challenge BaseballEasy home runs
Super Challenge BaseballLeave the infield
Super BreakoutHitting Brick Sounds
Super BreakoutHitting Brick Sounds
Street RacerQuick points
SteeplechaseControl two horses
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes BackThe Emperor's Yellow Clothes
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes BackTemporary invincibility
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes BackTwo For The Price Of One
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes BackDouble points
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes BackCarried Over By Popular Demand
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes BackThe Wile E. Coyote Look Of Surprise
Star RaidersNew rank
Star RaidersNew rank
StampedeSteer heads on score
Spider FighterExtra points
Speedway IIQuick points
Space InvadersDouble Trouble
Space InvadersDouble Trouble
SolarisAll Must Pay
SolarisWrap 'Em
SolarisBeat the Game
SolarisAn Advantageous Feature
SolarisHome Is Where The High Score Is
SolarisTime Those Shots
Solar FoxHidden message
SkiingEasy mode
Riddle of the SphinxBeat the Game
RealSports BaseballEasy Homeruns
ReactorExtra points
Raiders of the Lost ArkBeat the Game
Raiders of the Lost ArkProgrammer credit
RaceAlternate control
RaceQuick laps
Q*bertUse What You've Got
Q*bertExtra points
Q*bertJump through enemies
Q*bertBreaking The Rules
Q*bertExtra points
Q*bertJump through enemies
Q*bertUse What You've Got
Q*bertExtra points
Q*bertBreaking The Rules
Q*bertJump through enemies
PopeyeLow pitched music
Pole PositionSlower braking
Poker PlusInstant Win
Planet PatrolNo random enemy bases
Pitfall!Ladder jump
Pete Rose BaseballEasy hit
Pac-ManUnlimited lives
Pac-ManMove through walls
Pac-ManUnlimited lives
Pac-ManMove through walls
Omega RaceAlternate controllers
Ms. Pac-ManDisappearing ghosts
Mountain KingHi-score Easily
Mountain KingQuick scoring
Mountain KingChange ladder and plateau parts
Missile CommandExtra points
Missile CommandProgrammer credit
Missile CommandExtra points
Missile CommandProgrammer credit
Laser BlastStay in position
Laser BlastEndless Game
KrullBonus points
KrullPersistent jumping sound
KrullEasy object collection
KLAXStrategy
Kaboom!I Did That On Purpose
Kaboom!Mad Bomber surprise
Kaboom!Follow The Bomber
Indy 500Quick laps
Indy 500Alternate control
Ice HockeyEasy Goal
Haunted HouseJuggling Not Recommended
Haunted HouseJuggling Not Recommended
HalloweenAlternate head
GalaxianQuick shots
G.I. Joe - Cobra StrikeProgrammer credits
FroggerTeleporting frog
FathomProgrammers' initials
FathomImagic address
Fast EddiePause game play
Fast EddieSelect ladder arrangement
Fast EddieSelect maze color
E.T. The Extra-TerrestrialToo small mother ship
E.T. The Extra-TerrestrialMother ship crash
E.T. Book CartEaster Egg
DragonstomperProgrammer credits
DragonstomperHarmless traps
DragonfireRun backwards
DragonfireGive damage to next player
Dig DugBonus points
Desert FalconProgrammer credits
Demon AttackLast wave
Demon AttackStuck demon
DefenderPlaying Tip
DefenderProgrammer credits
DefenderPlaying Tip
DefenderProgrammer credits
DefenderPlaying Tip
DefenderProgrammer credits
Dark ChambersPause game play
Crazy ClimberCycle sprite data
Crazy ClimberPause game play
Crazy ClimberCrash opening song
Crazy ClimberBroken eggs
Cosmic ArkDisable star field
Communist Mutants from SpaceProgrammer credit
CombatTeleporting shot
CombatSwitch tanks
CombatTurbo tank
CombatSpinning tanks
CombatSuper shot
CombatFlying tanks
CasinoInstant Win
CarnivalProgrammer credit
Canyon BomberJoystick control
Canyon BomberJoystick control
Bump 'n' JumpContinue game play
Bump 'n' JumpExtra car and points
Bump 'n' JumpContinue game play
Bump 'n' JumpExtra car and points
Bump 'n' JumpContinue game play
Bump 'n' JumpExtra car and points
BreakoutUnlimited balls
Breakaway IVUnlimited balls
BerzerkAvoiding Evil Otto
BerzerkEvil Otto smashes through a wall
BerzerkHarmless shot
BerzerkShooting around the world
BerzerkRandom number display
BerzerkEvil Otto smashes through a wall
BerzerkAvoiding Evil Otto
BerzerkRandom number display
BerzerkHarmless shot
BerzerkShooting around the world
BasketballControl CPU player
BasketballControl CPU player
BasketballControl CPU player
Basic ProgrammingScrambled line display
AstroblastNo small rocks
AstroblastNo small rocks
Arcade PinballDemonstration mode
Arcade PinballManual control
Arcade PinballLower bonus points
Adventures on GX-12Programmer Credit
Adventures of TronProgrammer Credit
Adventures of TronProgrammer Credit
AdventureWalk over title screen
AdventureEat Your Heart Out, Rhindle
AdventureSlow end music
AdventureBatter Up!
AdventureEat Your Heart Out, Rhindle
AdventureProgrammer Credit
AdventureBatter Up!
Activision Decathlon, TheUse Paddles on Running Events
Activision Decathlon, TheSkipping On Air
Activision Decathlon, TheHigher pole vaulting
Activision Decathlon, TheEasy running