Thomas Jentzsch is at it again and this time he has created a versions of Atari's Missile Command that work with the Atari CX-80 Trak-Ball, CX-22 Trak-Ball, Atari ST Mouse and Amiga Mouse. This allows you to play Missile Command for the 2600 that is more faithful to the original arcade version, which also utilizes a Trak-Ball controller. Here is the list of major changes to this version:
- Trak-Ball/Mouse instead of Joystick support
- Different Trak-Ball/Mouse speeds (normal, fast, kid)
- New variations that allow two-player games with one Trak-Ball/Mouse
- Very slightly changed font to better match arcade version
This version of Missile Command TB comes complete with a professionally printed label with artwork modified from the original cartridge.
NOTE: Some Atari CX-80 trak-balls behave as a CX-22 trak-ball instead. These CX-80s require the CX-22 version of Missile Command TB. Unfortunately there is no way to tell these two different versions apart on the outside. However, the CX-80 trak-ball will function as an Atari ST mouse (if you happen to have an Atari ST). If you purchase the CX-80 version of the cartridge and you end up needing the CX-22 version, we will gladly exchange the cartridge for you.
|Original Game||Missile Command|
|Hacked By||Thomas Jentzsch|
|Number of Players||2|
|Controller||CX-22 and CX-80 Trak-Ball Controllers, ST and Amiga Mice|
|Label Design||Dale Crum|
Prior to this hack, you could already plug in a Trak-Ball and use it with the 2600 version of Missile Command, but it wasn't true analog control with variable speed and direction. Instead, it simply reproduced the eight directions and one speed of a joystick, no matter how the ball was rolled. But now Missile Command TB allows you to switch the Trak-Ball from Joystick mode to true Trak-Ball mode, and gain full analog control over the aiming cursor. Speed, direction and distance all respond exactly the way they should. This really transforms what was already an excellent game into a much more satisfying arcade-like experience, giving you incredibly responsive and precise control. There were no instructions included with Missile Command TB on how to select different Trak-Ball speeds, or choose any other game options, so you'll need to go online somewhere and dig that up. Still, not only is this hack worth buying, it's worth buying a Trak-Ball for, too.