Secret Quest [Model CX26170]

Atari 2600 cart. published 32 years ago by Atari

Secret Quest [Model CX26170] screenshot

Listed and emulated in MAME.

Secret Quest © 1989 Atari Corporation.

First there was one alien space station, then there were three. Now there are eight. If left unchecked, laser gates, dragons, and other evil creatures will wipe out the human race.

To destroy each station, you'll have to confront the aliens in face-to-face combat and discover the secret destruct code. Once you have the code, use it to activate the station's self-destruction mechanism. Then the race begins. Can you get to the teleport room before the station explodes into the vacuum of space?

Are you ready? Remember, you'll need precision battle skills, a keen sense of direction, speed, and pure guts to save the human race.

Your Quest: Destroy all eight alien space stations. The secret orders you received list basics on how to destroy a station. The rest is up to you.
1. Search through the rooms and find the secret destruct code on each level.
2. Find the self-destruction mechanism and activate it by entering the secret destruct code(s).
3. Race to the teleporter room and escape the alien station before it explodes. The teleporter automatically sends you to the next station.

Along the way you pick up weapons and other objects and fight alien creatures such as Spinner and Dragon. Fighting aliens takes precious oxygen and energy, which you can replenish each time you destroy all aliens in a room.

The game ends when you destroy all eight stations, run out of oxygen, or don't make it to the teleporter room in time after activating the self-destruct mechanism. When the game ends, the title screen appears with your total score.


Model CX26170


Export releases:
[PAL] "Secret Quest [Model CX26170P]"


Dragon: 750 points.
Snake: 700 points.
Firecracker {short, sparks from antenna}: 650 points.
Ghost: 600 points.
Stomper {smiling stick-figure}: 550 points.
Squid: 500 points.
Medusa: 400 points.
Spinner {two rotating balls}: 350 points.
Floater {diamond, eye in center}: 250 points.
Machine {on treads}: 200 points.
Chopper {prop on top}: 150 points.
Potato Man {brown with legs}: 100 points.
Bear Trap {snapping jaws}: 50 points.


Learn your way around the stations by drawing a map as you go.

If you are in a multi-level station, write down the code you find on each level so you will be able to remember the entire code when you enter the room containing the self-destruction mechanism.

Avoid losing all of your energy. If you lose all of your energy, you can't use a weapon. If you can't use a weapon to destroy aliens, you will not be able to get oxygen. If you can't get oxygen, you will not live long. Neither will the human race.


Developed by Axlon.

Programmer: Steve DeFrisco
Designer: Nolan Bushnell


[US] Microsoft XBOX One (nov.1, 2016) "Atari Flashback Classics Vol.2"
[US] Sony PlayStation 4 (nov.1, 2016) "Atari Flashback Classics Vol.2"

[US] Nintendo DS (mar.8, 2011) "Atari Greatest Hits Vol.2 [Model NTR-BR7E-USA]"

[US] Steam (mar.24, 2016) "Atari Vault [Model 400020]"

[US] "Atari Flashback 2" (2005)
[US] "Atari Flashback 2+" (feb.22, 2010)
[US] "Atari Flashback 3" (sept.16, 2011) by AtGames
[US] "Atari Flashback 6" (sept.15, 2015) by AtGames
[US] "Atari Flashback 7" (oct.1, 2016) by AtGames
[US] "Atari Ultimate Portable Game Player" (nov.2016) by AtGames
[US] "Atari Flashback 8" (sept.22, 2017) by AtGames
[US] "Atari Flashback 8 Gold Edition" (sept.22, 2017) by AtGames
[US] "Atari Flashback 8 Gold Activision Edition" (sept.22, 2017) by AtGames
[US] "Atari Flashback Portable Game Player" (sept.22, 2017) by AtGames


Game's ROM.