Dare Devil - Atari 2600



TV Type:  NTSC        PAL60      

Do you have what it takes to become a Dare Devil?

Dare Devil

You are the Dare Devil, always looking for a new challenge. You do not know fear, you know only the rush of wind as your parachute carries you to the ground. You ignore the wind and rain. Landing in a forest? No problem. A desert island? Anytime! A moving boat? Bring it on!

Dare Devil is a test of skill, agility, reactions and bravery. Your reactions will be challenged as you hurtle to earth. Each zone gets harder with new obstacles to avoid, wind and rain conspire to send you to your doom. Remember when to Zig and when to Zag!

Glide and zoom past hot air balloons, helicopters and aircraft while picking up bonus balloons. The landing zone is getting closer now, avoid the trees and don’t land in the water unless you want to be shark food. Remember to slow down or you will crater! Watch the geese!

The only sound now, is your heartbeat, getting faster, as the ground gets closer.

Dare Devil

How to Play

The objective of Dare Devil is to glide down safely to the ground while avoiding the many obstacles you'll encounter along the way.

Parachuting: Use your joystick controller to control Dare Devil Dave. Up will slow your decent a little, down will increase your decent speed, useful for zooming in and out of tight spaces. Left and right will slide Dare Devil Dave left and right so that he can manoeuvre between obstacles.

Obstacles: There are many different obstacles that you will need to avoid as you glide to the ground. Hitting an obstacle means you will plummet to your doom. Clouds are harmless and you can pass through them without worry. Geese will not hurt you but they will push you off course.

Balloons: There are different bonus balloons that you can pick up as you descend. Red Balloons will award 300 bonus points, Purple Balloons will award 600 bonus points, Green Balloons will award 150 bonus points + 4x score multiplier for 18 seconds (parachute flashes red), and Gold Balloons award invulnerability for 15 seconds (your parachute flashes white).

Wind: Starting at level 2, you will have to contend with variable wind, which will push and pull you across the sky.

Landing: It is important to ensure that you slow down by holding the joystick up in order to land safely. Failure to do this will result in a large crater and the loss of a life! Land in the circle for maximum points.

Scoring: You score points as you descend through each screen, the further you go the more points you will collect. Landing as close to the centre of the landing zone awards extra points.

Gameplay Video


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Game Options

  • Game 1: Easy - Obstacles and Speed are slower.
  • Game 2: Hard - Obstacles and Speed are much faster.
  • Use the Color/BW switch to pause the game.

MelodyAdditional Information

Dare Devil is a Melody-enhanced game and includes game cartridge, full-color 8-page manual, and professionally printed box.

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.

Number of Players 1
Controller Joystick
Cartridge Size 32K Melody
Graphics, Code and Design Lewis Hill
Sound Effects Driver Darrell Spice, Jr.
Packaging Illustration and Design Atariboy2600
Steven Ramirez on 07/11/2021 03:15pm
Paying homage to Parachute, Dare Devil is a fun and engaging game that requires you to maneuver Dare Devil Dave between various obstacles, while gliding safely down to the ground. Dare Devil includes a nice title screen with excellent music and an additional medley between rounds. I love the look of the many varied sprites, including birds, helicopters, hot air balloons and dirigibles. The game includes Bonus Balloons and Wind (beginning with Level 2) which adds some strategy (risk/reward) to the overall gameplay. In later levels, the movement of the obstacles becomes more random and you encounter landing sites that are partially obstructed by trees and other sites that move across the screen. Dare Devil provides two difficulty levels (Easy/Hard) and an opportunity to earn a patch. This is a solid title and one that I recommend.

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