In 1977, Star Ship was released as one of nine launch titles when the Atari 2600 (known at that time as Atari Video Computer System or Atari VCS) went up for sale. Star Ship was actually the first space related game developed just for the Atari 2600. The creator of Star Ship, Bob Whitehead, programmed and designed the game based on the Atari classic, Starship 1.
Player must use the Atari VCS Joystick
to complete one of the following tasks:
- Dodge Asteroids while destroying as many robots and spacecrafts as you can within a time limit.
- Alternating fire at the opponent controlled aircraft, which can either be controlled by a human or computer, and avoiding enemy fire from a spacecraft.
- Cover the greatest distance possible by avoiding space objects and asteroids.
- Land on a lunar landing pad with your space module. The moon can actually stay put, or be controlled by a computer or human.
Star Ship was a North American launch game for the Atari 2600
on October 1977. The game launched alongside other 2600 launch titles that included:
Nine launch games in total for the Atari 2600 near the end of the disco age.