Tower of Rubble - Atari 2600



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Tower of Rubble

The Plot

Set in 1932, you are a British adventurer, who has just stolen a valuable golden mask from the ruins of an old Inca tower on a small deserted island off the coast of Ecuador. Locals avoid the island and its tower, as rumor has it that the old Incas brought it to life, so it could protect the treasure hidden inside. In their indigenous Quechua language, descendants of the Incas call the tower “Turri Raqay”, which roughly translates to “Tower of Rubble”.

What seemed like an easy pick up, quickly turns into a nightmare. Soon after snatching the golden mask from its pedestal and walking back to leave the island, you find that hot lava is emerging from the sea that surrounds the island. You are trapped!

And to make things worse, at that very moment the tower awakes and turns out to have a very malicious personality…

Tower Of Rubble


Tower of Rubble is a non-stop action game, where the challenge is to survive on the lethal tower as long as possible, while it crumbles and rebuilds itself around you.

Every second, a block of rubble will fall from the sky at a different position, building up the tower. And at the same time, horizontal and vertical laser beams will tear down the tower by clearing out full rows and columns of blocks.

And, as if that wasn’t enough, the outside walls will slowly but surely disintegrate and eventually melt while sinking into the hot lava. Sounds hectic? It is! But you have to keep calm and make the right decisions in a split second to stay alive.

To survive on the Tower of Rubble, it is essential to master running, climbing, hanging and jumping. You can practice all possible moves right on the title screen. A tricky move to perform is the "island jump", where you are hanging on a ledge and jump to another ledge two blocks ahead. You'll need this jump to survive more than 100 seconds!

Gameplay Video


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Game Modes

  • 1 Player - The normal single player mode
  • 2 Player Versus - Play against a friend
  • 1 Player Pro - Total chaos right from the start!

Get a Tower of Rubble Box!

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

Tower of Rubble Box

AtariVox Support

Tower of Rubble supports the AtariVox or SaveKey for automatic saving of your high score.

To reset the saved high score, hold down the RESET switch while powering on the game.

Additional Information

Tower of Rubble includes game cartridge and full-color 8-page manual. You can optionally purchase a professionally printed box (see above). Tower of Rubble 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 - 2
Controller Joystick Controllers
Cartridge Size 8K
Programming and Manual Dion Olsthoorn (dionoid)
Label & Box Artwork Dave Dries
Jared Gray West on 12/20/2023 02:58pm
So much fun! Even my wife likes to play this one and she often kicks my butt. It's quick to pick up and learn. The graphics and sound are fantastic. Tower of Rubble has an addictive quality that's kind of like Tetris - make your moves quickly or you'll find yourself in big trouble! All around, a quality game.
Keebz on 10/15/2023 08:38pm
The animations on this game are so smooooooth. It's a lot of fun and frustration in a single package, but at the end of the day, you will only have your last poor choice of move to blame. It's got one of the best music themes I've heard in a 2600 game, it really pumps the beat.
Eckbert Feinbein on 09/16/2023 12:20am
Good game. A buyable rom-download would be great (not only here, in all games), then Harmony users like me, could also play this game on the real Atari2600 console, without the need to buy a physical cartridge (between that and the harmony cartridge, I would then have to switch constantly).
Joseph Janoski on 12/24/2021 08:56pm
Tower of Rubble is an interesting take on the Atari 2600 where you are an adventurer going through inside the temple to grab a sacred treasure only to end up in a trap where the structure part of the temple comes to life and attempts to Slice, crush with a block or have you fall into the lava by removing blocks with a strong hyper beam along with a sinking wall.

It is a simple platforming game where you avoid the blocks coming down from the sky, wall that sinks and Hyper beam coming from the tower that came to life. Main goal is to Survive as long as possible to get the best score. 1 player mode is the one linear pattern for those who are new and intermediate players that are into platform survival game.

1 player challenge mode is the more intense pattern that is random every time you reset the game and is more fun playing this mode to see how long you survive. Sound is very well done for a TIA Sound chip from the Atari 2600 with very smooth and fluent music rhythm beat for each block that comes down from above. Graphics is very smooth the way you control your character on the screen with all the chaos on the screen that doesn't cause any slowdown.

Control is tight and responsive. The 2 player mode is where the real fun starts where you grab a friend and go at it with red vs blue match where you try to be sneaky to mess up your friend to earn a point. First to score five wins. Just like the previous reviewer I do wish there were more options on the menu for two player mode. Tower of Rubble is an overall fun game, I do feel the 2 player mode needs a little more variety.
Roger L. on 09/24/2021 03:21am
This one deserves its first review:
A great game, especially in party-play, because there is a 2 player SIMULTANEOUS mode (there aren't that many games of this kind on the Atari).
Graphics, sound and presentation are on high homebrew level (wonderful boxart and manual).
My only complaint is, that there could have been some more options in the menu, especially in 2 player mode: pass-trough option, adjustable win-score, maybe even a jump option of the characters (FALL DOWN is a comparable game with this kind of selections).
Nevertheless: a must buy for multiplayer nights with friends!

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