Draconian - Atari 2600




As pilot of the Space Fighter Draconian, your mission is to destroy enemy space stations – sector by sector – until they’re all wiped out!


Your task won’t be easy - the enemy stations will relentlessly attack you with aggressive missiles and a barrage of defensive fire.


Formations of missiles will gang up and hunt you down. But if you take out the lead missile, the others will scatter!


If you see one of the enemy’s Spy Ships you need to destroy it immediately! If it escapes, it will report your position, and then...


The enemy will throw everything it has at you. Can you survive long enough to move onto the next sector? Good luck! The galaxy is counting on you!

Draconian has all of the excitement you’d find in a classic arcade game! Featuring digitized voices, a radar scanner, enemy formation display, over 48 unique sectors, and much, much more! Draconian was written by Darrell Spice, Jr., whose previous Atari 2600 titles include Medieval Mayhem, Stay Frosty, Stay Frosty 2, and Space Rocks.


Enemy forces have had the audacity to invade our galaxy and set up occupation forces, operating from space stations that have been strategically placed throughout the five quadrants of our galaxy. (We’re aware that there should only be four quadrants, but interplanetary gerrymandering resulted in there being a fifth one.) Your mission is to choose one of the quadrants, then clear out the enemy forces, one sector at a time.

Game Options

  • Features five Quadrants with sixteen sectors each!
  • Built-in speech from the arcade without the need of an AtariVox!
  • Quadrant Selection (Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta, Epsilon)
  • Includes user-designed sectors in the Delta quadrant!
  • Starting Sector Selection
  • Difficulty Level (Kids, Easy, Normal, or Hard)
  • TV-TYPE Options (NTSC, PAL, SECAM Support)
  • Built-in Pause feature
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Draconian Poster

Nathan Strum's beautiful artwork for Draconian is featured on a 10" x 14" poster and including free with the game!

Additional Information

Draconian is a Melody-enhanced game that takes full advantage of the CDF mode in the Melody. Draconian includes a box, game cartridge, beautifully illustrated 8-page manual, and a 10" x 14" poster featuring the Draconian box artwork! Draconian auto-detects NTSC, PAL60, and SECAM60 television formats. If auto-detection does not work on your system, you can manually override the TV setting.

Number of Players 1
Controller Joystick
Cartridge Size 32K CDF
Code and Design Darrell Spice, Jr.
Additional Programming Chris Walton
Graphics and Level Design Nathan Strum
Music, Speech, Sound Effects Michael Haas
Label, Box, and Manual Design Nathan Strum

-^CrossBow^- on 01/06/2018 01:11pm
This game is simply a technical marvel for the Atari 2600! Honestly the graphics, amount of stuff on the screen at once, a scrolling starfield background, and the speech! All of this without any real slowdown and very minimal flicker makes this game not only one of the best homebrews to be released for the venerable VCS but one of the best (Top 10) games released for this system period! Very simple one button controls insure that any deaths you encounter in this game are your fault and not the game. Highly recommended!

save2600 on 01/04/2018 02:27pm
Was pleasantly surprised when this gem popped up in development a while ago. I played Bosconian whenever I could BITD and always preferred its style of gameplay over Sinistar's.

Draconian for the VCS has a beautiful animated starfield background, plenty of things to blow up such as space stations, space turds and enemies - that all occupy the screen at once (nearly flicker-free I might add!) and help make this one of the more frantic shooters ever for the VCS. I especially like how your fighter is outfitted with laser canons fore AND aft. Allows for simultaneous shooting, which during those tense moments you're being chased and trying to out-maneuver, really comes in handy.

Level progression and design seem well balanced and 'just right' to me too. Attention to detail is obvious throughout. Everything is beautifully drawn, speech is rendered nicely and the tiny radar screen is effective as well.

Draconian has a particularly addictive arcade quality to it and with its high-score retention and option to continue while your machine is left on, keeps you coming back for more and more. You can believe all the hype, reviews and gameplay vids because Draconian *is* that great of a game!
Steven Ramirez on 12/30/2017 02:46pm
This game is a site to behold. It looks, sounds and feels like an actual arcade game. And for all you CIB collectors, the box, manual and label designs are simply stunning. The quality of the gameplay is nearly matched by the quality of the packaging. This game deserves to be played on actual hardware and everyone should own a copy of it.

An all-around A effort!
ZillaRush on 12/23/2017 08:53am
WOW.unreal! I cannot believe this is an Atari 2600 game. There are games to have for the 2600.this is one you must have. Gameplay is awesome. I thought AA could not beat Space Rocks for the best 2600 game. This is tops in my book. 5 Space Stations out of 5!!!
Tarzilla on 11/11/2017 01:31pm
Absolutely incredible port of the arcade game. Easily discernible voice sample play while the game is in action.absolutely amazing. Attention to detail is apparent which results in an accurate port of the arcade. New levels along with a random generated zone add lots of play value. You won't believe that your 2600 is producing what your eyes and ears are witnessing!
Froggo Gamer on 11/10/2017 11:02pm
I have to admit, this was more of an impulse buy because it was being rolled out at the PGRE, having no experience with Bosconian in the past. I'm glad I shelled out the cash to get this game.

The gameplay is absolutely amazing. The controls are solid. The enemies look great. It is as impressive as the pictures you see online.

AtariAge continues to raise the bar with each homebrew. needless to say, this game gets 5 stars.

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