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Published on August 3rd, 2010 | by Cameron Woolsey

Halo for the Atari 2600?

Not everyone has heard of Ed Fries but if you’re an Xbox fan, his name is one you should know. Back in good ol’ 1999, Bungie was making a little title called Halo for the Mac computer. Ed Fries saw the potential that the series would have for the Xbox and convinced Microsoft to acquire Bungie Studios in 2000. The move was surprising to many–mostly Mac fans–and there were some who felt that one game by a moderately decent developer won’t be enough to make or break the Xbox console. Well, a brief glance at gaming history certainly proves otherwise.

I need a weapon.


Ed Fries, hero to console shooter fans everywhere, retired from Microsoft back in 2004 but his love of Halo still exists even today. Partnered with Code Mystics, Ed has released a Halo game built for the Atari 2600. Halo 2600, it’s being called, is an open-world action game featuring everything that is Halo, but in tiny 4K form. The game itself resembles the actual Atari game, Adventure, requiring you to find keys in order to unlock shield doors. The game is fairly lengthy at such a small size featuring 64 rooms to fight through.

Best of all? It’s free! Just go to the official website to check it out and play yourself.

This is the kind of game that I would have loved to death if it actually came out back when I first started gaming. Everything that gamers love about Halo is there: grunts, elites, the over-powered pistol, and it even includes a very low-quality version of the Halo monks singing the title theme.

Dreams really can come true. Too bad it's about 18 years too late.

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About the Author

Video game journalist since 2006, and gaming since he was old enough to use an Atari joystick. Follow me: @Cam_is_16bit



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