Ask anyone what games they played on their Atari 2600 when they were younger, and invariably Combat will be included among the titles listed. For many years, Combat was the pack-in game that came with every Atari 2600 sold, and even today it's tough to avoid stumbling among Combat cartridges when you're looking for 2600 games. The premise in Combat is fairly simple. You and a friend battle one another in tanks, bi-planes and jet-fighters to see who can score the most points in a fixed amount of time.
The original version of Combat supports many game variations, but few unique playfields. Zach Matley has created a new version of Combat, dubbed Combat Redux, that allows for 28 unique playfields. This new version of Combat supports seven groups of four playfields each: seven open mazes, seven easy mazes, seven complex mazes, and seven cloud designs. The first three groups are for tank games, and the last group is for jet-fighter and bi-plane games.
AtariAge and Zach Matley sponsored a contest on AtariAge to solicit playfield designs for Combat Redux. The response was overwhelming! You can view all the winning entries that appear on the cart at the above link. Combat Redux features a professionally printed label and manual created by Dave Exton, as well as a quick-reference card for selecting game variations.
Includes cartridge, 12-page full-color manual, and quick-reference card.
|Hacked By||Zach Matley|
|Number of Players||2|
|Label Design||Dave Exton|
|Manual Design||Dave Exton|
Truly, the only thing the original Combat lacked was a variety of playing fields - finally, this underdeveloped area has been remedied with the coming of Combat Redux. Where Combat sported a mere four areas to play, one per game type (Open, Easy Maze, Complex Maze, Aerial) Combat Redux boasts seven per for a total 28 unique playing fields. The new fields have been designed with more complex play in mind, trickier obstacles (and hiding places), more attention to the wrap-around for more sophisticated paths through fields, better and more imaginative cloud cover in aerial combat, and a few homages to the greatness and nostalgia of Atari.
Simply put, if you enjoy Combat (and most of us do) then this is truly the next level of the classic. The only area you will be left wanting is in ... finding a second player, so you can get your Combat Redux on.