Posted by Adam Brower on Feb 19, 2013

Dark Cavern : Atari 2600 : RetroReview

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Dark Cavern Atari 2600 screen shotDark Cavern, for the Atari 2600, was released in 1982. I recently picked this up from a local retrogaming shop here in Houston. I find it tons of fun to pick up many titles for about 3 bucks – what do you have to lose? And you get to build your collection relatively cheaply. The title, Dark Cavern, intrigued me. Hoping for another Adventure type game, I was utterly disappointed. I know I have to set my expectations lower based on a lot of the Atari 2600 games that came out during the time – it was quantity to the corporations, not quality – and Atari being a main offender of this at the time. Make games quick and sell them for a lot. People caught on and it ultimately caused the home video game console crash of the mid-80’s.

Dark Cavern is not a lot of fun. You are perpetually stuck on one screen, or maze, controlling a guy with a gun. Things (blobs and such) move around the maze that can stun you if you hit them, but you can also use your limited ammo to shoot them. You have the opportunity to collect more ammo. The main goal is to avoid the shooting robots  amongst the other things in the cavern. If you shoot them, they still are able to shoot you too until they disappear and another one comes.

Dark Cavern Atari 2600 CartridgeDark cavern is quickly monotonous. It seems to be a rip-off of Wizard of Wor – which I remember being better game (though its been a lifetime) although I didn’t like it too much either.

HippoBytes ratings:

  • RetroReview Score: 4 of 10
  • Still fun today: No
  • Rarity: Common+
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3 Responses to “Dark Cavern : Atari 2600 : RetroReview”

  1. This was the very first game I got for the store that was completely dead when tested. I’ve never been able to play it lol. Way to churn out the reviews, I’m slacking..

    • Adam Brower says:

      Haha – well, you’re not missing much from not playing this. I actually wrote 3 quick retroreviews on Sunday – just spaced out the releasing. I finally had a bit of time. Looking forward to doing the next batch.

  2. I haven’t played Dark Cavern, but from your description it sounds a bit more like a version of the Intellivsion game Night Stalker than Wizard Of Wor.

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