Panky the Panda - Atari 2600



TV Type:  NTSC        PAL60      
Box Upgrade:  No        Yes (Add $15.00)      

You Hold The Keys!

Your brother has been kidnapped and is being held in an old underground mine. Now you must embark on a quest to save him before it's too late. But be careful, the caves are filled with many dangerous obstacles.

Good luck, Panky! Your brother is counting on you!

Panky the Panda


As Panky the Panda, you must rescue your brother from the poacher's cave. But it will not be easy! The poacher's lair is packed with various minions as well as secret rooms disguised as unassuming walls, so stay on the lookout! Depending on the amount of keys and special items in his inventory, Panky can move through over 120 danger-filled screens.

While exploring the caves, stay alert, as there are many dangers that can put a quick end to your brother's rescue! These include bats, cave pigs, duck goons, fireballs, spiked platforms, and more! And also be careful not to fall to your death as Pandas cannot fly! Be on the lookout for the six keys that will open doors throughout the cave. And watch for special items that can help you on your quest! These include the candle, high jump boots, flute, holy book, and snow boots.

Remember that not all walls are as they appear! The cave is filled with secret pathways used by the poachers. If you get stuck, we've included a map that could offer a clue to help you past your current quagmire!


  • Over 120 screens to explore!
  • Three difficulty levels: Normal, Hard, and Impossible!
  • Game Continue option
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Panky the Panda Map

To aid you on your journey, we've included a 20" x 14" map that might provide some clues when you are in peril!

Panky the Panda Map

Additional Information

Panky the Panda includes game cartridge, full-color, 8-page manual, and a 20" x 14" poster map. Panky the Panda is available in NTSC and PAL60 television formats — please select above. If you do not select an option, you will receive an NTSC cartridge by default.

Get a Panky the Panda Box!

Panky the Panda BoxIf you'd like a boxed copy of Panky the Panda, please select "Box Upgrade: Yes" at the top of the page before adding Panky the Panda to your cart. Our boxes are professionally printed and include a box insert to hold your Panky the Panda cartridge in place. We want you to play our games, so we have not sealed or shrinkwrapped the boxes in any way, allowing you easy access to the game cartridge and manual.

These boxes are the same size as boxes Atari produced for their games "back in the day". They look great sitting on a shelf with your other boxed homebrew games, or alongside games from the classic Atari 2600 library. We only have a limited number of boxes for each game, and there is no guarantee they will become available again once our supplies are exhausted. Click on the images to the right to see larger photos of the box.

Number of Players 1
Controller Joystick
Cartridge Size 16K
Code and Design Ben Larson
Packaging Design Brian Ostrowski
Manual Text Brian Ostrowski

JOHN ODONNELL on 10/03/2019 06:39pm
The game oozes quality from the main character Panky to the level design. Playability is high including the need for just one more go. The music is catchy and I find myself looking forward to more adventures with Panky the Panda! It is a great example of what the 2600 can do with a great coder.
Patrick on 09/24/2018 09:46pm
Unbelievable. Compares well to early NES platformers, and has a certain Metroid quality to it. It even has a full musical score!
Lincoln helm on 05/07/2018 06:09pm
Panky the panda is an interesting and very advanced Atari 2600 adventure video game. I will admit, I have always preferred shooter games over adventure games. I have never found it much fun to travel down a section of a game, dying along the way, just to find a locked door that you have to find a key for, so it can be opened, so you can continue. This game is built on this concept. If you enjoy spending hours exploring different sections of a game then this game is for you. You will have to find all six keys and special items so you can explore all the sections, in order to complete this game. ( this game is large and complex). I will admit, I cheated and watched a walk through on YouTube so I could finish the game. This game looks great and the controls are very responsive, which you will need to make some spot on jumps if you want to survive. The game does allow unlimited continues, and most importantly, you can keep all the keys and special items you have found to that point. My only complaint would be, once you finish the game, the desire to keep playing the game diminishes. The game has no score to try and beat. Maybe if the game kept track of how many times you had to continue you would want to keep playing the game over and over again. For example: if you beat the game and continued 50 times, then you could try beating the game with less continues.
Konqrr on 08/30/2017 02:57am
Superb and challenging platformer. I thoroughly enjoyed this game. My daughter asks me to play it all the time.

Even though you may cuss at the screen from dying repeatedly on difficult jumps, it gets easier the more you played it.

Thankfully, when you "Continue" you keep all of your items!

It's amazing what these programmers are able to do with this system now.

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