The Arcade Video Game by Atari, Inc.

Qwak screenshot


Emulated in MAME ! Coin-Operated Arcade Video Game

Qwak © 1982 Atari.


Main CPU : MOS Technology M6502 (@ 1.512 Mhz)
Sound Chips : (2x) POKEY (@ 1.512 Mhz)

Screen orientation : Vertical
Video resolution : 240 x 256 pixels
Screen refresh : 60.00 Hz
Palette Colors : 16

Players : 1
Control : 8-way joystick
Buttons : 1


This prototype was never released. Qwak was a '15-puzzle' game with cute animations and it shares with MM2 the distinction of using 'Motion Objects' for text. Designers were unsure whether it was originally designed for a touch-screen or not. It could have been a joystick game that happened to be in development when they were interested in evaluating touch-screen technology. They felt that the touch-screen would make a more intuitive interface, but were apparently wrong. The most common comment at the focus-group was 'could you put a joystick or buttons on it. It would be easier'...

This game runs on the Atari 6502 Color Raster hardware.


Designed and programmed by : Mark Cerny

Game's ROM.

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