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Warlords (c) 04/1980 Atari.

The game of Warlords is amazingly simple. Easy to learn, yet hard to master. The game is basically a suped-up version of "Pong" with a twist. There are four castles. One in each corner of the screen. Players (Warlords) have little crowns in the center of their castles and the computer players have little black evil looking Black Knights. Surrounding your castle on your two vulnerable sides is your castle's wall. This is about an inch thick and has the standard castle wall look to it with buttresses. Each castle's courtyard is a different colour as is it's wall. Besides your castles walls you have one more item for your defence. Your shield. It's a little shield shaped thing with a yellow + and it's background colour is the same as your courtyard. The only other graphic item (Excluding the Dragon) is the fireball. Your weapon and your nemesis. You use this fireball to blast chunks of wall out of your opponents to create a hole that you can send your enemy to a blazing death. The winner is the one left standing at the end of a round. You control your shield with a rotating control knob. Your shield moves with it from left to right and back. The control knob does, however, only move so far to the left and right before it stops. The control is read on the position of the control and not how far it has traveled. Therefore you can move the knob so fast as to have your shield vanish and pop into your new spot making for some very fast, timed moves.


Game ID : 037153-037159

Main CPU : M6502 (@ 1.512 Mhz)

Sound Chips : POKEY (@ 1.512 Mhz)

Screen orientation : Horizontal

Video resolution : 256 x 240 pixels

Screen refresh : 60.00 Hz

Palette colors : 128

Players : 4

Control : paddle

Buttons : 1


Licensed to Sega for Japan market.

A prototype version of this game is known under the name of "Castles & Kings".

Approximately 1,000 upright and 1,250 cocktail units were produced.

A Warlords machine (cocktail) was shown at the 2003 classic arcade games show 'California Extreme' in San Jose, California.


Damaging a castle wall : 125 points

Destroying any Warlord (any Human player) : 1000 Points

Destroying any Black Knight (any Computer player) : 2500 Points

Surviving player gains 5000 points x current level.


Designed and programmed by : Greg Rivera, Norm Avalar


* Consoles :

Atari 2600 (1981)

Atari XEGS

Sony PlayStation (2001, "Atari Anniversary Edition Redux")

Sega Dreamcast (2001, "Atari Anniversary Edition")

Sony PlayStation 2 (2004, "Atari Anthology") : appears in both arcade and Atari 2600 forms.

Microsoft XBOX (2004, "Atari Anthology") : appears in both arcade and Atari 2600 forms.

Nintendo DS (2005, "Retro Atari Classics")

Nintendo Game Boy Advance (2005, "Centipede / Breakout / Warlords")

* Computers :

Tandy Color Computer (1982, "War Kings")

PC [MS Windows, CD-ROM] (2000, "Atari Arcade hits 2")

PC [MS Windows, CD-ROM] (2001, "Atari Anniversary Edition")

PC [MS Windows, CD-ROM] (2002, as part of "Atari Revival") : features new 3-D graphical settings, also features an option to play the original game.

PC [MS Windows, CD-ROM] (2003, "Atari - 80 Classic Games in One!") : appears in both arcade and Atari 2600 forms.

* Others :

Atari 10 in 1 TV Game (2002 - Jakk's Pacific)

Atari Paddle TV Game (2004 - Jakk's Pacific) : appears in both Arcade and Atari 2600 forms.

Atari Flashback Classic Game Console (2005)

Nokia N-Gage (2006, "Atari Masterpieces Volume 2")