Will Nicholes

Duck Attack! FAQ

Frequenty Asked Questions

What is Duck Attack?

Duck Attack! is a new homebrew video game for the Atari 2600, also known as the Atari VCS.

How do I play?

The simple explanation: put the cartridge in the Atari, turn it on, press the Game Reset switch to begin, then use the joystick to control the robot. Explore the rooms to collect the radioactive eggs you find, and avoid getting eaten by ducks.

There’s an online manual that explains all the details of gameplay.

Where can I get a cartridge?

From the AtariAge store: click here.

Is there a ROM I can download?

Yep, there’s a demo version available here, suitable for playing on an emulator or multi-cart.

There are a few differences from the cartridge version of the game: click here for details.

If you don’t have an emulator, you can play Duck Attack! online.

How many rooms are there?

In the first level, there are 19 rooms (including the score room, egg shelf room and credits room.) There are 33 rooms in the second level, and so on, up to the 12th level, where there are 131 rooms.

How many levels are there?

In the demo version, the game ends once you complete level 12. In the cartridge version, the game continues up through level 255.

Is there a kill-screen after level 255?

No, but the game does roll over to “level 0.” Level 0 has some... interesting features. If you manage to complete level 0, the game will continue to level 1.

What’s the highest possible score?

99,999,900 points. Score more than that and the score will roll over to zero.

What’s the highest score anyone’s achieved so far?

The best I’ve managed is 4,157,200 points. If you can beat that, post a screenshot on that thread to claim your high-score title.

Are there any easter eggs?

Yes, there is at least one.

How do I get to it?

I’m not telling. I will say that you’ll need the blue balloon to find it.

If you do find it, e-mail me! I’d love to know how you did it.

Do the ducks have names?

Yes they do.

Bruce the Duck Mandy the Duck Pat the Duck Groucho the Duck Clarice the Duck
Bruce Mandy Pat Groucho Clarice

How much RAM/ROM does the game use?

128 bytes of RAM, 32k of ROM. More details are available on the technical specs page.

What other new Atari 2600 games are there?

There are lots of great new homebrews that have been written since the 2600 was discontinued in 1992. Here are a few of my favorites:

This is just a small sample; there are lots of other great games available from the AtariAge store.


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