Barnstorming [Model AX-013]

Atari 2600 cart. published 40 years ago by Activision, Inc.

Barnstorming [Model AX-013] screenshot

Listed and emulated in MAME.

Barnstorming © 1982 Activision

The object of the game is to fly through a set number of barns in the shortest possible time (elapsed time indicated at top of screen).


Model AX-013


Back in 1982, Steve Cartwright was the newest member of the Activision design team. He was discovered by David Crane. Steve was inspired to program Barnstorming during his first week at Activision when he was driving home and saw a biplane pulling a banner advertisement. With that image in mind, he created the horizontally scrolling game that came to be called Barnstorming.


Each time you make it through a barn, your barn count number (upper left corner of screen) will decrease by one If you miss a barn, your barn count will remain the same and you will have to fly further to reach an additional barn When your barn count reaches zero, the game is ended.


Tips from Steve Cartwright, designer of Barnstorming.

"There are two stages involved in mastering this game."

"After playing this game a few times, you'll begin to learn the course. By knowing what is coming up ahead, you can keep your biplane at full speed."

"But, being able to fly through the barns and over the windmills is only the beginning. The real secret is in carefully navigating through the flocks of geese. With practice, it is possible to fly the course at full speed with no collisions."

"It has really been a great challenge designing my first game for Activision, and I'd particularly like to thank David Crane for his help in 'getting me off the ground.'"


Programmed by: Steve Cartwright


[US] Sony PlayStation (sept.30, 1998) "A Collection of Activision Classic Games for the Atari 2600 [Model SLUS-00777]"
[US] Sony PlayStation 2 (nov.19, 2002) "Activision Anthology [Model SLUS-20588]"
[EU] [AU] Sony PlayStation 2 (2003) "Activision Anthology [Model SLES-51313]"

[US] Nintendo Game Boy Advance (dec.9, 2003) "Activision Anthology [Model AGB-BAVE-USA]"
[US] Sony PSP (nov.8, 2006) "Activision Hits Remixed [Model ULUS-10186]"
[EU] Sony PSP (feb.9, 2007) "Activision Hits Remixed [Model ULES-00640]"
[AU] Sony PSP (feb.14, 2007) "Activision Hits Remixed [Model ULES-00640]"

[US] PC [MS Windows, CD-ROM] (jan.1, 1994) "Activision's Atari 2600 Classics"
[US] PC [MS Windows, CD-ROM] (aug.15, 1995) "Activision's Atari 2600 Action Pack 2"
[US] PC [Microsoft Windows, CD-ROM] (oct.2003) "Activision Anthology: Remix Edition"
[US] Apple Macintosh [CD-ROM] (2003) "Activision Anthology: Remix Edition"

[US] Android (aug.30, 2012) "Activision Anthology"
[US] Apple iPhone/iPad (aug.30, 2012) "Activision Anthology [Model 542727742]"
[US] "Atari Flashback 8 Gold Activision Edition" (sept.22, 2017) by AtGames


Game's ROM.