China Syndrome [Model SA-205]

Atari 2600 cart. published 39 years ago by SVI

China Syndrome [Model SA-205] screenshot

Listed and emulated in MAME !

China Syndrome © 1982 Spectravideo.

The Spectra Island reactor provides power for millions of residents. Ordinarily, there is no problem but there has been an earthquake. This has damaged the reactor, causing it to release radioactive particles. You must use the robot arm to retrieve these particles before the radiation builds too much and we have a meltdown.

There are three sections per screen. They are colored, from top to bottom, red, blue and yellow. You start with one particle in each area and you must move the robot arm to intercept these particles, pushing the fire button to grasp them when they get to the robot arm.

If you delay too long, however, the particles will split as they bounce around, causing the radiation level to build. If the radiation builds too much, you lose one robot arm. In later levels, you also must avoid hitting the circulating fans, as this will also destroy the robot arm. The game ends when you clear level nine and save the day or lose your last robot arm and the reactor enters meltdown.


Model SA-205


SVI started out as Spectravision and released their first 6 games under this name (China Syndrome being one of them). In late 1982 they changed their name in Spectravideo. The 6 games got a re-release in 1983 under the new name.


Game's ROM.