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Super Football
ATARI 2600 TM Game Manual



INTRODUCTION                                                 1
     Scramble for the Touchdown                              1
     Getting Started                                         1

PLAYING THE GAME                                             3
     Buckle Down and Score                                   3
     The Scoreboard                                          4
     Running the Play                                        5
          Passing                                            5
          Running                                            5
     Selecting Plays                                         6
     Super Football Playbook                                 7
          Offensive Plays                                    7
          Defensive Plays                                    9

SCORING                                                     11


Scramble for the Touchdown

Super Football offers 3-D football action. On screen, you get a
full view of the field from above and behind the offensive team.
And you control the action as the players line up, kick, run,
pass, and score.

You can play Super Football on any one of four game levels. As
you advance to higher levels, game play lasts longer and the
action heats up. You'll even select formations and patterns to
run the game your way. To win, your five-player team has to score
more points than your opponent's, with touchdowns, extra points,
and field goals.

During game play, the clock runs continuously. There are no
time-outs, fumbles, penalties, safeties, or running out of bounds
in Super Football, so your game continues uninterrupted while you
rack up points.

With Super Football, it's nonstop gridiron action until the final

Getting Started

1.   With the television turned on, insert your Super Football
     cartridge into your Atari 2600 (or 7800) as explained in
     your Owner's Manual, and then turn on your console. The
     Super Football title screen appears.
2.   Plug a joystick into the left controller port for a
     one-player game; plug a second joystick into the right
     controller port for a two-player game.

3.   Press [Selectl or push the left joystick handle in any
     direction to see the selection screen. On the scoreboard at
     the top, the game level is displayed in the top row on the
     left and the number of players is displayed on the right.
     Push the joystick handle left or right to choose a game
     level. Push it forward or back to select a one-player or
     two-player game. (You can also press [Selectl to make your

     You can choose a game level from 1 to 4. The higher level
     games are more difficult and last for a longer time.

          Level          Time
     1 (Novice)     3 minutes per quarter
     2 (Standard)   7 minutes per quarter
     3 (Advanced)   10 minutes per quarter
     4 (Expert)     15 minutes per quarter

4.   Press [Resetl or the left joystick fire button to start the

5.   If you are using an Atari 2600, you can pause during a game
     by moving the TV-type switch to BW. Move the switch back to
     COLOR to resume play.

6.   During a game, you can press [Reset] to restart the game or
     press [Select] to return to the selection screen.


Buckle Down and Score

The game begins with both teams running onto the field and taking
their positions on the scrimmage line. Player 1's team (left
joystick control) wears red jerseys, and the computer's or player
2's team (right joystick control) wears green jerseys. Once the
action starts, the man currently under joystick control on each
team will have a slightly different-colored jersey. 

The defensive (red) team faces you. The green team kicks off to
the red team, and the red team's receiver catches the ball.

The red receiver is now under player 1's joystick control. Move
your joystick in any direction to maneuver him up the field
toward the end zone, while avoiding the greenteam's players. When
the receiver is tackled, the two teams take their positions on
the scrimmage line, with the offensive team at the bottom of the

With both teams at the scrimmage line, you have an opportunity
to choose your plays. (See Selecting Plays.) Then the action
The Scoreboard

The scoreboard at the top of the screen shows both teams' scores
on the top line. On the second line, the number on the left shows
which yard line the ball is currently on. The number on the right
shows how many yards the ball must be moved in order to get a
first down. The down that's underway is indicated by one to four
flags in the center of the scoreboard. The quarter indicator in
the lower left corner shows which quarter the game is in by
displaying one to four vertical bars. The clock on the bottom
line keeps track of time remaining in the quarter.

The scoreboard is red when the ball is in the defensive half of
the field and blue when the ball is in the offensive half. The
game begins with the green team kicking off to the red team. Play
stops at the end of the second quarter (halftime), and then the
red team kicks off to the green team. The game ends when the
clock reaches 00:00 in the fourth quarter.

At the end of a game, press [Reset] to play again with the same
number of players at the same level, or press [Select] to make
a different game selection.

Running the Play

With both teams at the scrimmage line and the plays selected, the
offense can press the joystick fire button to hike the ball. (The
ball will automatically be hiked after about four seconds if the
fire button is not pressed.) 

Once the ball is hiked to the quarterback, both teams carry out
their plays. The defensive rusher will rush the quarterback, the
offensive receiver will run the selected pattern, the halfback
(or tight end) will try to block the rusher, the linemen will
block, and the cornerback and safety will try to cover the
receiver. When the quarterback has the ball, he is under joystick
control. The quarterback can either run with the ball or pass to
the receiver, depending on the play selected.


Wait until the receiver is "open" before throwing the ball to
him; then press the fire button to initiate a pass. You can move
your joystick handle left or right to make the quarterback "lead"
the receiver and throw the ball in that direction. Release the
fire button to pass the ball.

Note: The quarterback cannot pass the ball once he crosses the
scrimmage line.


You can decide either to make the quarterback run with the ball
or pass to a receiver, depending on the play selected. Once the
ball is thrown, joystick control switches to the receiver. Move
the joystick handle to get the receiver in a good position to
make the catch. 

Maneuver your ball carrier up the field. Move your joystick to
make him avoid defensive players, and use your blockers as

When the ball carrier is tackled, the teams go to the scrimmage
line for another play selection.

The offensive team has four "downs" to advance the ball 10 yards.
If it is the fourth down, you can punt the ball or try for a
field goal (if you are within 50 yards of the goalline). If the
offense misses a field goal, the defense takes the ball. If a
punt is kicked into the end zone, the defense takes over at the
20-yard line.

A touchdown is scored when the ball carrier crosses the goal line
in the end zone. The teams then run onto the field to try for the
extra point. After the extra point try, the offense kicks off to
the defense.

Note: The ball carrier cannot be tackled between the 5-yard line
and the goal line. 

If the defensive team intercepts a pass thrown by the offensive
quarterback, the defensive team becomes the offense and attempts
to move the ball up the field toward the goal at the top of the
screen. No runback is allowed onan interception. 

Selecting Plays

When the teams go to the scrimmage line, you select a play by
moving the joystick. Once you have made yourselection, lock it
in by pressing the fire button.

Note: At game level 1 (Novice), plays are automatically selected.

At the fourth down, either a punt or a field goal will take
place. The offense has about 25 seconds to select its play and
lock it in. If no play is locked in, the previous play will be
used. After the offense selects its play, the defense has two to
four seconds (depending on the game level) to select its play.
Again, if no play is locked in, the previous play will be used.

The plays you select appear on the scoreboard, in place of your
score. When both teams' plays are locked in, the scores reappear
and play resumes.

Super Football Playbook


The offense can select both a formation and a pattern (the route
the receiver will run). The formation number appears as the left
digit of your score and the pattern number as the right digit.
Move the joystick handle left or right to choose a formation
(from 1 to 9). Move the joystick handle forward or back to choose
a pattern (from 1 to 4).

Once the play is under way, use the joystick to control the
quarterback or the receiver, depending on which man has the ball.

On motion plays, the halfback will go into motion before the ball
has been hiked. When the ball is hiked, the halfback will begin
the pattern from that point if he is the receiver. On run plays,
the quarterback still has the optionto pass.

Offensive Formations

H = Halfback          W = Wide receiver
Q = Quarterback       X = Oher players
T = Tight end   

1    Run right                          X    X    W
     option pass                   H

2    Wide right                         X    X    W

3    Run left                 W         X    X
     option pass                   H

5    Halfback pass                 X    X    X
     motion left                                  H

6    Halfback pass                 X    X    X
     motion right             H

7    Tight end pass                T    X    X
     fake motion right        H

8    Punt formation

9    Field goal formation

Note: When the offense selects either formation 8 or 9, the
defense auomatically selecs the same formation.

Offensive Patterns

The receiver (wide receiver tight end or halfback) will start the
play by running up the field (to the dotted line indicated
below). At that point the receiver will run to points on the
field depending on the pattern you selected.

                    Point 2
Point 1   Point 4             Point 5   Point 3
   X         X                   X         X

______________________ XX ___________________ Scrimmage Line

1    Run to point 2, point 3, point 4 then improvise

2    Run to point 2, point 1, point 5 then improvise

3    Run to point 1, point 5, then improvise

4    Run to point 3, point 4, then improvise


The offense selects a formation, and the formation number appears
as the left digit of your score. Move the joystick left or right
to choose a formation (from 1 to 9).

Once the play is under way, use the joystick to control the

On a blitz, the defense will rush two players. The safety plays
a deep zone and will track either the wide receiver or the

Defensive Formations

C = Cornerback                X = Other Players
S = Safety

1    Wide coverage                           S
     left                          C         
                                        X    X    X

2    Wide coverage                           S
     right                                             C
                                        X    X    X

3    Motion prevent                          S
     defense                                 C
                                        X    X    X

4    Bliz corner                             S
     right                                             C
                                        X    X    X

5    Blitz corner                            S
     left                          C
                                        X    X    X

6    Run right                               S
     defense                                           C
                                        X    X    X

7    Run left                                S
     defense                       C    
                                        X    X    X

8    Punt formation

9    Field goal formation

Note: When the offense selects either formation 8 or 9 the
defense auomatically selects the same formaion.


Touchdown                                             6 points
Field goal                                            3 points
Extra point                                            1 point

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the product
documentation in his manual. However because Atari Corporaion
isconstantly improving and updating its compuer hardware and
software it is unable to guarantee the accuracy of printed
material after The date of publication and disclaims liability
for changes errors or omissions.

Atari, the Atari logo, Super Football, 2600, and 7800 are
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Reproduction of all or any portions of his manual is not allowed
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Copyright (c) 1988 Atari Corporation
Sunnyvale CA 94086
All rights reserved.

Printed in Hong Kong          C300016-154  Rev.  A

This document obtained from the History of Home Video Games Homepage, �1997-1998 by Greg Chance