Ice Hockey [Model AG-012]

Atari 2600 cart. published 38 years ago by Activision, Inc.

Listed and emulated in MAME !
Information for the following ROM(s): icehock icehocke


Ice Hockey © 1981 Activision

Ice hockey video game. The object of the game is to score more goals than your opponent in the three-minute time period.

Offense: The first thing to do is gain control of the puck, which you do by skating near it. When you've connected, you'll hear a "click" and the puck will begin to move back and forth on your player's stick.
There are 32 shot angles. Your shot will go to the extreme left when the puck is at the left side of your player's stick; it will go to the extreme right when the puck is at the right side of your player's stick. All other shot angles occur when the puck is in between the two extremes. Players can only shoot the puck forward towards their opponent's goal.

Defense: When on defense, use your stick to knock the puck away, or body-check your opponent to slow his attack.
When you're defending your goal, it's important to cut down your opponent's shot angle, since you want to make it has tough as you can for him to get a clean shot at your net.

Passing the Puck: Ice Hockey is a team game, and you should practice passing from your goalie to your forward. You'll find it impossible to play championship-quality hockey if you don't learn how to move the puck effectively. You have to understand the shot angles to become a good passer.


Model AG-012


Tips from Alan Miller, designer of Ice Hockey
(Alan Miller is a Senior Designer at Activision. A fierce video game competitior, he's also the designer of Checkers and Tennis by ACTIVISION.)

"My Activision Ice Hockey includes many of the features and much of the speed of real ice hockey."

"You really have to be quick right from the face-off. The player who controls the puck most often will wil the game. When you're on defense, don't be too eager to bring your goalie too far out of his net. A smart forward might try for an easy goal by angling his shot off the boards. "

"And here's a tip you might not discover, even after hours of ice time. When a loose puck is captured, it's automatically placed on the inside corner of your stick. So, as soon as the puck hits your stick, you can launch an extremely angled shot and surprise your opponent."

"So, lace up your skates and go to it! And drop me a line and let me know how you do".


Programmer: Alan Miller


[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

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