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Sparkz (prototype)

Dr Sparkz Lab (c) 1992 Atari Games.

A cross between "Tetris" and "Pipe Dream".


Board Number : A051420

Main CPU : 68000 (@ 14.31818 Mhz)

Sound Chips : OKI6295 (@ 7.231 Khz)

Screen orientation : Horizontal

Video resolution : 336 x 240 pixels

Screen refresh : 60.00 Hz

Palette colors : 512

Players : 2

Control : 8-way joystick

Buttons : 3


It's a very rare prototype, there are only 2 or 3 in existence. The concept was just a little too hard for a mass market. It would make a great game, but Atari never decided to do anything with it. Its earnings in an arcade test just weren't high enough to justify production.

A Dr Sparkz Lab machine was showed up at the 2003 classic arcade games show 'California Extreme', San Jose, California.


Project leader : Kelly Turner

Programmers : Matt Setzer, Kelly Turner, Norm Avellar

Graphics : Mark Stephen Pierce

Engineer : Brian T. McKee

Additional designers : Kelly Turner, Mark Stephen Pierce

Technician : Glen McNamara

Audio : Brad Fuller

Product manager : Linda Adam

Team leader : John Ray