The End - Atari 2600



TV Type:  NTSC        PAL60      
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The End

The End!

SPACE BANDITS are trying to steal bricks from your defense bases to create a message for humanity.

Your mission is to defend your bases, destroying as many SPACE BANDITS as you can with your SPACESHIP before they can complete their chilling message. But be careful; these SPACE BANDITS are not alone. From the depths of space, the MOTHERSHIP approaches!

Beware humans...

The End is near!

The End


THE END is based on the 1980 Konami coin-op of the same name. The Japanese original was licensed by Stern Electronics in the US who modified the game with an insect theme and some gameplay changes; most notably the repositioning of your defense bases to BELOW the ship. This harder variation (minus the bugs) is available as a difficulty switch option.

Destroy the SPACE BANDITS as they attempt to steal bricks from your three defense bases. The enemy will arrange these stolen bricks to spell out “END” at the top of the screen, at which point your game ends.

How to Play

The SPACE BANDITS emerge from the MOTHERSHIP to descend on your defense bases, stealing bricks and taking them back to the top of the screen.

You must destroy the enemy with your SPACESHIP'S missiles. Score 5,000 points and you will be awarded an extra SPACESHIP.

If the SPACE BANDITS succeed in spelling the word “END” with your stolen bricks, it's game over! The game also ends if you lose all of your SPACESHIPS.

Defeat 45 SPACE BANDITS to reach wave two. After that, you must destroy 50 (then 55, 60, 65...)

At the end of every fifth wave, the enemy MOTHERSHIP will descend to attack your SPACESHIP. Hit the MOTHERSHIP at its center to destroy it. A new wave will begin and the SPACE BANDITS will have to start building their message all over again.

Gameplay Video


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Game Options

  • Left Difficulty: Expert or Novice
  • Right Difficulty: Select Stern or Konami version of the game

Get a "The End" Box!

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

The End Box

MelodyAdditional Information

The End is a Melody-enhanced game and includes game cartridge and full-color 8-page manual. You can optionally purchase a professionally printed box (see above). The End is available in NTSC and PAL60 television formats. Please specify above when ordering or you will receive an NTSC cartridge by default.

Number of Players 1
Controller Joystick Controller
Cartridge Size 32K Melody
Programming and Graphics Carlos Centeno
Illustration and manual design David Exton
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