This young guy, Andrew Levine, apparently won $10,000 in gold. He had a deadline of two days in which he had to have his top-score photographed, postmarked and mailed back. Another thing, did Activision take over Imagic in November 1982, and then follow it up with a full take over in 1983?

It still would. Watch the entire video.

Rare and Valuable Games for the Atari 2600 guide, some people like one of our forum members, We had one of our own forum members that was trying to determine if he had one of the real deals, with a white sticker on it that says “Atlantis II”. The cartridge is essential a ROM hack that has an increased difficulty level. One guy on the Internet who claimed to have been involved in the tie-breaker says that he asked the question over the phone and was told there were 10 contenders competing for the Bermuda trip. Why would Atari champion, Doug Leighty, receive a letter informing him about the cancellation of the finals in Bermuda? I doubt that the Atlantis II boxes were sealed, since they had to open them up to stick a special version of the game cartridge inside. The guy mentioned in the ad that the auction included "Atlantis II, which was won in a some kind of contest". Someone’s lying here. The top two-hundred fifty contestants would get snorkeling sets and the top one-thousand contestants would get t-shirts. There is no trivia on file for this game. You have come because you want to know something. I did weigh mine and it is definitely in the lighter range.

The number of these cartridges out in the wild is up for debate. Wish I had bought it so I would at least know exactly what it was. The other catch being that the contest was only open to US residents. All Rights Reserved. Discover the rarest and more valuable games of all time. Does anyone know of any truth to this weight theory?? Come forward Andrew Levine, the champion from Needham, Massachusetts. So I bought it just in case it really was something special (though I figured it wasn't). Special contest version of Atlantis sent to the high scorers of the 'Defend Atlantis' contest.

Imagine playing the video game like a champion and then seeing the score roll back to zero when you’ve reached 1 million points for the first time. I also decided to look up all the games I have to see if any were valuable. Of course it wasn't. It would have made a terrific documentary film, just like the classic documentary movie, The King of Kong (2007). Collect the best games without spending much money. Therefore after playing Atlantis II for 10 hours straight, you could expect a score of only around 180,000 points. Are there any other message boards I can put this on to see if anyone else has heard of this? Hi, I am new to these boards and Atari games in general. The next 250 highest-scoring players were supposed to receive a complete snorkelling set, and the next 1,000 runners-up, a “Defend Atlantis” T-shirt. It was a Silver Box and Atlantis II was printed on the box, not a sticker like the ones in the Rarity Guide.

I figured it was just his "second copy", that he had labeled accordingly.

Some imaginative detectives even think the weight of Atlantis II turned out to be less than the original Atlantis cartridge. Atlantis was lost in the end and nothing could be done to save it.   Your link has been automatically embedded. The night scene, which is on the competetion was released in stores. Make the most of your games and hardware with some creative ideas. By

You will be. Then proceeded to watch a video (on the same site) where the guy weighed the first game stating "this is Atlantis I", and the scale came to 5.55 grams. Clear editor. The Atlantis 2 scoring style is shown below. All of the four contenders in Bermuda were able to score over a million points, but Andrew Levine topped everyone with 1,968,800 points, which made him the winner. Paste as plain text instead, × 20). Here’s something interesting gleaned off the Internet. The sticker is on the box itself, not on the shrinkwrap. Good luck trying to find one though. Side Note: I love when people join AA with an atom bomb first post like this...let the games begin!

×   Pasted as rich text. The Sentinel Saucer could also be deployed by the Atlanteans (seen in the upper left picture) to help defend the city against the Gorgon attack, but this was in a different version of Atlantis.

Hi, I’m John — aka “Johnny” — a self appointed representative of the Greek Gods on earth. The Gorgon with the deathray and the Bandit Bomber were on the enemy side.

...why are we shooting potatoes instead of real grenades. If someone can score 8.6 million, how can someone win the championship with a score of 1.97 million. Atlantis II weighed 5.42 grams, Your email address will not be published. We have a great online selection at the lowest prices with Fast & Free shipping on many items! This means that playing the game could only delay the inevitable. It was quickly designed to be much more difficult than the original game. Atlantis II weights less than Atlantis I. Imagic, the creators of Atlantis, had to come up with some sort of clever tie-breaker. Or sign in with one of these services. It’s now a legend.

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I didn't pay much attention to it, I didnit open it or anything. Please only open that thing if you properly know how to!

The STANDARD Atlantis weighed 5.55 grams.

Not sure what the video game Atlantis 2 awarded for in the same situation, but let’s assume it’s around 10% making it 50 points.

Some think the safe number is “under 100”, but some collectors think there may be less that 25. Join our Discord to chat with fellow friendly gamers and our knowledgeable contributors!
Sign in with Facebook. Since no one seems to have heard of this I will assume it was for another system and not the 2600. Display as a link instead, ×   You cannot paste images directly. MobyGames™ Copyright © 1999-2020 MobyGames™ Copyright © 1999-2020 × You can read more about it in our Rare and Valuable Atari 2600 guide. Your email address will not be published. There was nothing different! Learn essential information about vintage consoles. It obviously takes some of the survivors to another world. You are in charge of the command posts at the edges of the city and need to defend it from the invaders. In the letter to the top contestants for the tie-breaker, Imagic stated: “We’ve designed this contest version of Atlantis just for you experts. This must have been a absolute nightmare for the top players of Atlantis.

The really strange thing is he later came across an article in a magazine (Ed: Blip, April 1983 issue), which provided details about the Atlantis II winner. Atlantis 2 awarded way less points when destroying enemy ships, something like 1, 10, or 20 points, whereas in Atlantis it was somewhere between 100 and 200 points. “Defend Atlantis” was an Atari video game contest held for players who purchased the Atari 2600 video game called Atlantis. So are you saying ANY Atlantis Night Scene cart COULD be an Atlantis II???? The Atlantis video game used this slogan to get your attention. So I cannot turn the system on. After this, there is no turning back. You have to see it for yourself. I just have the cartridge, and it looks just like a regular Atlantis game, except the user had etched a "II" into the label with a pen.

I have a night scene Atlantis. If the cartridge is the only thing you’ve got, then one way to distinguish between the two slightly different versions of the video games is by looking at the game play footage.
Doug Leighty, a proven Atari video game champion, was one of the qualifiers for the tie-breaker round.

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It would be great to know what you did with the prize of $10,000 in gold.   You cannot paste images directly. Therefore it would only take 50 minutes or so to score 1 million points in Atlantis. Atlantis II - estimé entre 4 632 € et 16 678 € Le concept d’Atlantis II est très proche du premier Atlantis, sur Atari 2600, à ce ceci près qu’Atlantis II fut développé exclusivement pour le tournoi Atari Defend Atlantis. Well, after a lot of checking around I have found no one that ever heard of a Atlantis II in a silver box. How come the other three finalists weren’t mentioned? I offer you two choices: You take the blue pill (you leave this site) and our association ends.

× It's almost impossible to see until it's plugged in. Technical wonders that creatively max out what each console's capability. BIG EARL, March 23, 2002 in Atari 2600. Andrew Levine, a 15 year old from Needham, Massachusetts, apparently won the $10,000 grand prize. The Atlantis 2 Atari cartridge and box looked exactly the same as Atlantis, though Atlantis II did have a white sticker attached to the front of the packaging with an “Atlantis II” label on it. If you check out our Rare and Valuable Games for the Atari 2600 guide,  you’ll see that Atlantis II ranks quite high on the list.

However, some people like one of our forum members has a family member that was sent one for the content in which it originated. Are you expert enough to meet this challenge and save Atlantis from the dreaded Gorgon death ray? Who knows whether they did or didn’t? According to this Youtube video Atlantis II should weight about 5.55 grams. It may be under 20, and some even hypothesise there could be up to 100 out there. As you can see there’s no hole in the zero.

We had one of our own forum members that was trying to determine if he had one of the real deals, so we understand the curiosity factor! Those tricky Gorgons will still thwart you at every turn, but now the battle will be more fierce and the points scored for direct hits will be less. Do you think Imagic have tried to blame the disappearance of Atlantis on Aliens? In the last decade, we’ve only seen a handful of verified cartridges surface. Dennis Koble, the video game programmer behind the game, told everyone that young Andrew devised a system of game play where he figured out a strategy that allowed him to get the maximum points per minute of gameplay. Thanks, You have it wrong. No photo, no nothing.

Hmmm....interesting, but I have my doubts.

There isn’t a way to tell for sure just by looking at the cartridge, but there are some relatively simple tests that can be done to figure it out. The contestant of the Atlantis II contest we sent a standard Atlantis “Night Scene” box with a white sticker on it that says “Atlantis II”. The game was inspired by Taito's 1981 Colony 7 arcade game. I got my Atlantis II a couple years ago, when I guess folks weren't scanning the ebay adds so well (It came with 20 other games for about $25). We want to hear from you. Thanks. It was in a Goodwill Store in Spanaway, Washington. I was at a thrift store and saw an Atlantis II in a silver box. Three gun stations were used to defend Atlantis, with the central Acropolis Command Post shooting straight up, and one gun at either side of the screen allowing you to shoot in a fixed direction diagonally. The other problem they faced was that at the one million point mark, the score supposedly rolled over and started again at zero. The top four Atlantis II players would be flown to Bermuda for the 'Great Atlantis Shoot-Off' and a chance to win $10,000. As a result of all of this, the Atlantis II video game cartridge is now a very rare collectors item. You can read more about it in our Rare and Valuable Atari 2600 guide. The number of Atari VCS cartridges mailed out to these top contestants has remained a mysterious Greek myth to this day. Hi, I am new to these boards and Atari games in general. I was at a thrift store and saw an Atlantis II in a silver box. The Atlantis II Cartridge was sent out by the publisher, Imagic as a tournament of sorts to find out the most skilled player of the original Atlantis game. × Broaden your horizons by digging deeper into different types of games. One gamer has suggested that after 9 hours of playing Atlantis he managed to score 8.6 million, which is another doozy since the score rolled over at one million.

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