Amoeba Jump - Atari 2600



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Amoeba Jump

Amoebas To The Rescue!

Amoebas have a bad reputation, which is totally unfair. Almost all of these single-celled creatures just like to eat bacteria, not brains! Did you know that amoebas don’t have a fixed body-shape and move around by changing the shape of their pseudopods, which they also use to gather food?

In this game you play as Mr. Amoeba, a friendly microbe who enjoys eating bacteria pretty much indiscriminately. However, you first have to jump up the platforms and earn 1,000 points before those delicious bacteria start appearing.

Mr. Amoeba has two pseudopods on his head, which he uses both for jumping and eating bacteria.

Amoeba Jump

How to Play

Amoeba Jump is a vertical jumping game where your objective is to guide the amoeba up a never-ending series of platforms without falling. The higher you get, the higher your score will be.

There are three different platform types:

  • Yellow - these are the basic, stable platforms
  • White - these are unstable platforms that disappear after you bounce off them once
  • Blue - these platforms are harder to hit because they move back and forth

Jumping on red or green mushroom push-buttons will give you a short boost and some bonus points, but best of all: it makes the little amoeba rejoice! When your score gets beyond 1,000 points, little white oval-shaped bacteria start appearing on the platforms, which can be eaten by the amoeba. Each bacteria holds one of the six letters of the word A-M-O-E-B-A. Collect all six and the single next time you jump on a spring, you will get a super boost.

The screen wraps around, which means that the amoeba can leave one side of the screen and immediately reappear on the opposite side. You’re going to need this to reach some platforms!

Gameplay Video


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Amoeba Jump is the first Atari game developed by Dion Olsthoorn. He initially planned to build this game for the Commodore 64, but after reading the book ‘Racing the Beam’ he decided to buy an old Atari VCS and challenge himself to write a game for this strange, limited, but wonderful machine.

Get an Amoeba Jump Box!

Amoeba Jump Box

If you'd like a boxed copy of Amoeba Jump, please select "Box Upgrade: Yes" at the top of the page before adding Amoeba Jump to your cart. Our boxes are professionally printed and include a box insert to hold your Amoeba Jump 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.

Additional Information

Amoeba Jump supports the AtariVox or SaveKey for saving your high score. Amoeba Jump includes game cartridge and full-color, 4-page manual. You can optionally purchase a professionally printed box (see above). Amoeba Jump is available in NTSC and PAL television formats. Please specify above when ordering or you will receive an NTSC cartridge by default.

Number of Players 1 - 2
Controller Joysticks
Cartridge Size 4K
Game Design and Development Dion Olsthoorn
Label, Box and Manual Design Nathan Strum
Keebz on 10/15/2023 08:36pm
It doesn't get more addictive than this! This game is a ton of fun and perfectly executed on the 2600. It's a must-have in my opinion.
Michael Johnson on 08/07/2023 03:31pm
This game is my new favorite way to waste time. I've played it for at least 20 hours so far, and I've no intention of stopping soon. If you're considering it, go for it, you will not be disappointed.
Scott Inman on 06/27/2023 08:48am
Perfect game for the Atari 2600! Simple enough to play for a child yet challenging enough for the seasoned enthusiast. The difficulty ramps up in a reasonable manner so both beginners and experts alike will love this game!

I recommend Amoeba Jump to any Atari fan! I'm addicted and play it on a daily basis. :)
Steven Peloquin on 06/24/2023 09:58am
Great gameplay. Has a Circus feel to it. My favorite home-brew so far.
Popixel on 10/13/2022 07:54pm
Amoeba Jump harkens back to the early 80's in terms of the perfect 2600 video game. Simplistic in gameplay in terms of pick-up and play, yet masting the game will take time. I keep coming back for more and more, quite often if I have a few minutes to kill I'll turn this game on and give it a go. yet I don't want to put it down after those few minutes are up. This game is great.
Adam Ford on 09/14/2022 05:49pm
This game is a ton of fun to play. I love the verticality of the game. It feels like your being beamed up to the next level every time you land on a magic mushroom. I've never experienced that feeling of speed in any 2600 game, and not many games on other platforms can pull it off with such precision. I like how the game allows you to leave the screen through either the left or the right and come back in on the other side. Its such a simple piece of game design, but its implemented so perfectly in this game when it comes to landing on platforms. If I could give this game a score from 1-10, it would be a 10. This is what an Atari 2600 game should aspire to be.
socrates63 on 04/20/2020 12:43pm
This game is a classic -- simple game mechanics, addictive game play, and charming graphics. It's a very approachable game that even casual or non-gamers would love. Amoeba Jump is one of those must haves for your library.
Steve Webber on 04/05/2020 12:15am
This game is simple but is an absolute winner with that addictive quality that makes you want to have just one more go. It is the kind of game which the Atari handles well and this is a fantastic score chaser and party / family game. Games are short and quick so if 4 people want to play, no-one is waiting long to get a go. I love the way that you have to think quickly or you will find yourself without any platforms to land on. It is great fun watching as well to see the risks people take to get to the springs. A really fun game that I would love to have had in the collection back in the 80s. Highly recommended!!
Patrick Connor on 02/27/2020 08:20pm
Very nice game which makes alot of fun. The gameplay itself is really good.

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