Major Havoc was released in November 1983.
New Features :
* High-Tech Game Cabinet : A new video arcade game cabinet design delivers high visibility and increased player attraction.
* Roller Control : The backlit roller control provides left-to-right and right-to-left directional movement.
* Multi-Layer Printed-Circuit Board : This state-of-the art design printed-circuit board (PCB) provides low system noise with high system reliability.
* Game Within a Game : Action occurs in the lower right corner of the TACTICAL SCAN. Breakout can be played for a few seconds before the actual Major Havoc game play starts. Earn a bonus life here!
* Dual FIRE/JUMP Button : This dual-action button allows Major Havoc to jump in the maze sequence and to fire at enemy robots in the space wave.
* Add-A-Coin : This feature permits you to start a new Major Havoc game at the level where you last saw the TACTICAL SCAN in your previous game play.
* Secret Warp Code : The code feature rewards you for short game times as it advances to deep levels in game play. Use the roller control to dial in secret code numbers during the TACTICAL-SCAN wave.
Gameplay innovation at its finest. A game that would have done greater numbers had anyone cared in 1984. Only 300 dedicated machines were manufactured. Original price was $2,095. If Owen had done Major Havoc in a raster version, which was suggested, it would have sold 10 times as many. But unfortunately... the operators were getting very angry at vector games for failing all the time.
Mark Cerny came in the middle of the design, adding one of the space waves (the flying fish) and the last four base ship mazes. He also added some objects to the mazes (such as the gun and floating boots) and helped clean up old items that never got shipped.
The original name for the game was "Tollian Web", from the Star Trek episode The Tholian Web - an episode that also provided the inspiration for the unreleased "Ms. Gorf
". Later titles included "Alpha One
" and "Major Rex Havoc" (which was dropped when Atari discovered an underground comic with a similar name).
Ettore Ciaffi holds the official record for this game with 1,940,078 points.
A hack of this game is called "Major Havoc Return to Vax
A Major Havoc unit appears in the 1983 movie 'WarGames'.