Black Widow

The Arcade Video Game by Atari, Inc. See Timeline

Black Widow screenshot


Emulated in MAME ! Coin-Operated Arcade Video Game

Black Widow © 1982 Atari.

In Black Widow you have to move around a web using two joysticks to control the action. The left joystick moves, while the right joystick fires. "Robotron - 2084" players will feel right at home playing this game, as the controls are identical. You have to defend your little vector spider around her vector web in order to keep out all the deadly bugs. Shoot down bugs and they turn into bonuses. Watch out for eggs, if you see any eggs, then you should quickly push them off the web before they hatch. Other enemies include mosquitoes, beetles, and hornets.


Black Widow Arcade Video Game
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Game ID : 136017

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

Screen orientation : Horizontal

Players : 2
Control : Double 8-way joysticks


Even if the titlescreen says 1982, Black Widow was released in February 1983.

James Vollandt holds the official record for this game with 930,100 points on May 1, 1984.

1,550 units were produced. All Black Widow games were conversions of other Atari vector titles and were sold $995. Even the brand new ones were actually "Gravitar" games that Atari converted at the factory. In general this title shared a lot of common components with "Gravitar" and "Space Duel", and Black Widow machines are often used to repair those titles.


Mosquito - If shot, becomes '$'.
Beetle - Eats '$', but if shot, becomes '$'.
Hornet - Lays an egg on '$', but if shot, becomes '$'.
Egg - Grows to become hornet or spoiler. Must be pushed off the web to score 500, 1,000, 1,500, 2,000, or even 2,500 points.
Grub Steak - Tag for 500, 250, 100, or 50 points -- the sooner the better.
Spoiler - Invulnerable. Can only be destroyed by a grenade bug, bug slayer or rocket bug.
Grenade Bug - Explodes if shot. Bugs and eggs within the kill zone score 500 points each.
Rocket Bug - Invulnerable. Launches "rockettes" at black widow from the other bugs it tags. Shoot rockettes to score 100 points each.
Thunderbug - If shot, it breaks formation and attacks. If shot again, it explodes all other T-bugs for 5000 points. Keep away from all T-bugs to earn 10,000 points. The resulting chain reaction from multiple thunderbugs is very dangerous and can encompass over 80% of the level at some times, depending on how many T-bugs are involved.
Bug Slayer - Harmless to the player and invulnerable. The Bug Slayer competes with the Black Widow for food. Beat it to its flashing prey for points


Designed and programmed by : Bruce Merritt



Sony PlayStation usa (2001) "Atari Anniversary Edition Redux [Model SLUS-01427]"
Sony PlayStation europe (March 1, 2002) "Atari Anniversary Edition Redux [Model SLES-03808]"
Microsoft XBOX usa (November 16, 2004) "Atari Anthology [Model 26084]"
Sony PlayStation 2 usa (November 22, 2004) "Atari Anthology [Model SLUS-21076]"
Microsoft XBOX europe (November 26, 2004) "Atari Anthology"
Sony PlayStation 2 europe (February 18, 2005) "Atari Anthology [Model SLES-53061]"
Microsoft XBOX japan (August 4, 2005) "Atari Anthology [Model B7X-00001]"

Handhelds :
Nintendo DS usa (March 8, 2011) "Atari Greatest Hits Vol.2 [Model NTR-PR7E-USA]"


PC [MS Windows, CD-ROM] usa (November 11, 2003) "Atari - 80 Classic Games in One! [Model 25069J]"
PC [MS Windows, CD-ROM] europe (June 10, 2005) "Atari - 80 Classic Games in One! [Replay]"


Mobile Phones usa (July 16, 2003)
Nokia N-Gage usa (2005) "Atari Masterpieces Vol. I"
Nokia N-Gage europe (October 13, 2005) "Atari Masterpieces Vol. I"
Apple Store usa (2012) "Atari Greatest Hits"
Google Play usa (2012) "Atari Greatest Hits"

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