List of Atari Lynx games

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Left to right: Atari Lynx I and Atari Lynx II

The Atari Lynx is a 16-bit handheld game console developed by Atari Corporation and designed by Epyx, released in North America on September 1, 1989, with a second revision called Lynx II being also released worldwide on July 1991. It was the second and last handheld console to be released under the Atari brand, succeeding the handheld iteration of Touch Me from 1978.

Unveiled at the January's 1989 Winter Consumer Electronics Show as the Handy before being rechristened as the Lynx,[1][2] the system was released to compete with 8-bit and 16-bit handheld consoles such as the Game Boy, Game Gear and TurboExpress, initially starting off successfully. Due to stiff competition in the home console market at the time, Atari Corp. focused their resources into the Atari Jaguar before ceasing internal game development in 1996 and eventually discontinuing the platform. Around 73 titles were officially released on cartridge during the system's life span on the market, with 3 more titles being released after its discontinuation by Telegames. Originally released at US$179.99,[3] Atari dropped the price to $99.99 when the Lynx II was launched. Its unknown how many Lynx units were sold but it has been suggested that between 1 and 3 million units were sold in total.[4] Also listed are both aftermarket (homebrew) and unreleased titles.

Commercially released games[edit]

Listed here are all 76[a] officially released Atari Lynx games.

Regions released Region description Released
NA (North America) North America and other NTSC territories. 76
PAL PAL/SECAM territories: much of Europe and Australia. 76
JP (Japan) Japan and other NTSC-J territories. 17
Title[5][6] Genre(s) Developer(s) Publisher(s) Date first released Regions released[7]
APB Vehicular combat Quicksilver Software Atari Corporation 1991 NA, PAL
Awesome Golf Sports Hand Made Software Atari Corporation 1991 NA, PAL
Baseball Heroes Sports Atari Corporation Atari Corporation 1992 NA, PAL
Basketbrawl Sports Hamilton and Associates Atari Corporation 1992 NA, PAL
Batman Returns Action Atari Corporation Atari Corporation 1992 NA, PAL
BattleWheels Vehicular combat Beyond Games Atari Corporation 1993 NA, PAL
Battlezone 2000 Combat simulation Hand Made Software Atari Corporation 1995 NA, PAL
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure Adventure Al Baker & Associates Atari Corporation 1991 NA, PAL
Blockout Puzzle P.Z.Karen Co. Development Group Atari Corporation 1991 NA, PAL
Blue Lightning Combat flight simulator Epyx Atari Corporation 1 September 1989 NA, PAL, JP
Bubble Trouble Action Lore Design Limited Telegames 1994 NA, PAL
California Games Sports Epyx Atari Corporation 1 September 1989 NA, PAL, JP
Checkered Flag Racing Atari Corporation Atari Corporation 1991 NA, PAL
Chip's Challenge Puzzle Epyx Atari Corporation 1989 NA, PAL, JP
Crystal Mines II Puzzle Color Dreams Atari Corporation 1992 NA, PAL
Desert Strike Shoot 'em up Teque London Telegames 1993 NA, PAL
Dinolympics Puzzle Imagitec Design Atari Corporation 1992 NA, PAL
Dirty Larry: Renegade Cop Beat 'em up Knight Technologies Atari Corporation 1992 NA, PAL
Double Dragon Beat 'em up Knight Technologies Telegames 1993 NA, PAL
Dracula the Undead Adventure Hand Made Software Atari Corporation 1992 NA, PAL
Electrocop Action Epyx Atari Corporation 1 September 1989 NA, PAL, JP
European Soccer Challenge Sports Krisalis Software Telegames 1993 NA, PAL
Fat Bobby Platform Lore Design Limited Telegames 1997 NA, PAL
The Fidelity Ultimate Chess Challenge Chess Telegames Telegames 1991 NA, PAL
Gates of Zendocon Shoot 'em up Epyx Atari Corporation 1 September 1989 NA, PAL, JP
Gauntlet: The Third Encounter Dungeon crawl Epyx Atari Corporation 1990 NA, PAL, JP
Gordo 106 Platform Tenth Planet Software Atari Corporation 1993 NA, PAL
Hard Drivin' Racing NuFX Atari Corporation 1991 NA, PAL
Hockey Sports Alpine Software Atari Corporation 1992 NA, PAL
Hydra Action NuFX Atari Corporation 1992 NA, PAL
Hyperdrome Sports Atari Corporation Telegames 1999 NA, PAL
Ishido: The Way of Stones Puzzle California Dreams Atari Corporation 1991 NA, PAL
Jimmy Connors Tennis Sports Hand Made Software Atari Corporation 1993 NA, PAL
Joust Action Shadowsoft Williams Electronics 1992 NA, PAL
Klax Puzzle Atari Corporation Atari Corporation 1990 NA, PAL, JP
Krazy Ace Miniature Golf Sports Telegames Telegames 1993 NA, PAL
Kung Food Beat 'em up Lore Design Limited Atari Corporation 1992 NA, PAL
Lemmings Puzzle DMA Design Atari Corporation 1993 NA, PAL
Lynx Casino Casino Brian A. Rice, Inc. Atari Corporation 1992 NA, PAL
Malibu Bikini Volleyball Sports Hand Made Software Atari Corporation 1993 NA, PAL
Ms. Pac-Man Maze Atari Corporation Atari Corporation 1990 NA, PAL, JP
NFL Football Sports BlueSky Software Atari Corporation 1992 NA, PAL
Ninja Gaiden Beat 'em up BlueSky Software Atari Corporation 1991 NA, PAL
Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom Action MidNite Software Atari Corporation 1993 NA, PAL
Pac-Land Platform Atari Corporation Atari Corporation 1991 NA, PAL
Paperboy Action Al Baker & Associates Atari Corporation 1990 NA, PAL, JP
Pinball Jam Pinball Atari Corporation Atari Corporation 1992 NA, PAL
Pit-Fighter Fighting Al Baker & Associates Atari Corporation 1992 NA, PAL
Power Factor Action Hand Made Software Atari Corporation 1993 NA, PAL
Qix Action Knight Technologies Telegames 1991 NA, PAL
Raiden Shoot 'em up BlueSky Software Telegames 1997 NA, PAL
Rampage Action Atari Corporation Atari Corporation 1990 NA, PAL, JP
Rampart Strategy Atari Corporation Atari Corporation 1992 NA, PAL
RoadBlasters Vehicular combat Atari Corporation Atari Corporation 1990 NA, PAL, JP
Robo-Squash Sports NuFX Atari Corporation 1990 NA, PAL, JP
Robotron: 2084 Shoot 'em up Shadowsoft Williams Electronics 1991 NA, PAL
Rygar Platform NuFX Atari Corporation 1990 NA, PAL, JP
S.T.U.N. Runner Vehicular combat Al Baker & Associates Atari Corporation 1991 NA, PAL
Scrapyard Dog Platform Creative Software Designs Atari Corporation 1991 NA, PAL
Shadow of the Beast Platform Digital Developments Atari Corporation 1992 NA, PAL
Shanghai Mahjong solitaire Atari Corporation Atari Corporation 1990 NA, PAL, JP
Steel Talons Action NuFX Atari Corporation 1992 NA, PAL
Super Asteroids & Missile Command Shoot 'em up Atari Corporation Atari Corporation 1995 NA, PAL
Super Off Road Racing Leland Interactive Media Telegames 1993 NA, PAL
Super Skweek Puzzle Loriciel SA Atari Corporation 1991 NA, PAL
Switchblade II Action Optimus Software Atari Corporation 1992 NA, PAL
Todd's Adventures in Slime World Action-adventure Epyx Atari Corporation 1990 NA, PAL, JP
Toki Run and gun Atari Corporation Atari Corporation 1992 NA, PAL
Tournament Cyberball Sports BlueSky Software Atari Corporation 1991 NA, PAL
Turbo Sub First-person shooter NuFX Atari Corporation 1991 NA, PAL
Viking Child Action role-playing Imagitec Design Atari Corporation 1991 NA, PAL
Warbirds Combat flight simulator Atari Corporation Atari Corporation 1991 NA, PAL
World Class Fussball/Soccer Sports Brian A. Rice, Inc. Atari Corporation 1992 NA, PAL
Xenophobe Run and gun Epyx Atari Corporation 1990 NA, PAL, JP
Xybots Third-person shooter NuFX Atari Corporation 1991 NA, PAL
Zarlor Mercenary Shoot 'em up Epyx Atari Corporation 1990 NA, PAL, JP

Commercially released homebrew games[edit]

Title[5][6] Genre(s) Developer(s) Publisher(s) Date first released Regions released
Alpine Games Sports Duranik Duranik 25 January 2004 Worldwide
Alpine Games Bonus Cartridge Compilation Duranik Duranik 20 February 2006 Worldwide
Always winter, never Christmas Visual novel Karri Kakosen White Lynx 6 December 2017 Worldwide
Bitchy Puzzle Rygar Rygar 2009 Worldwide
Centipede Shoot 'em up Shadowsoft Video61 2003 Worldwide
CGE 5th Non-game Songbird Productions Songbird Productions 2002 Worldwide
Championship Rally Racing Lucien Kleijkers Songbird Productions 2000 Worldwide
Conquest of Zow Space combat simulation Harry Dodgson MyAtari 2002 Worldwide
Crystal Mines II: Buried Treasure Puzzle Ken Beckett Songbird Productions 1999 Worldwide
Cyber Virus First-person shooter Beyond Games Songbird Productions 2002 Worldwide
Cyber Virus: Cinci-Classic Edition First-person shooter Beyond Games Songbird Productions 2001 Worldwide
Daemonsgate Role-playing game Imagitec Design B&C Computervisions 2003 Worldwide
Eye of the Beholder Role-playing game NuFX EricDeLee 2011 Worldwide
Ejagfest Slideshow Non-game Björn Spruck Luchs Soft 30 December 2017 Worldwide
Flappy Bird Arcade tonma White Lynx 4 January 2017 Worldwide
Hanoi Puzzle Devlynx, ZoneLynx Luchs Soft 9 June 2017 Worldwide
Hot Dog Platform Lore Design Limited Beta Phase Games 6 January 2011 Worldwide
Lexis Puzzle Shadowsoft Songbird Productions 1999 Worldwide
Lode Runner Platform Atari Corporation Video61 16 July 2008 Worldwide
Loopz Puzzle Hand Made Software B&C Computervisions 2002 Worldwide
Lynx Othello Strategy Harry Dodgson Video61 1999 Worldwide
Lynxopoly Party Matthias Aschenbrenner Hexgames 2009 Worldwide
Lynx Reloaded Compilation Sage Björn Spruck 2009 Worldwide
MegaPak Vol. 1 Compilation Songbird Productions Songbird Productions 2008 Worldwide
P.I.T.S. Non-game B. Schick Deutsches VPI GmbH 1994 PAL
Poker Casino Atari Corporation Team Jaguar 2010 Worldwide
PokerMania Casino Markus Wuehl MW Software 2003 Worldwide
Ponx Sports Songbird Productions Songbird Productions 18 June 1999 Worldwide
Pounce! Platform Atari Corporation Video61 2007 Worldwide
QuadroMania Puzzle RPM Software Beta Phase Games 18 August 2017 Worldwide
Relief Pitcher Sports Atari Corporation Team Jaguar 6 January 2011 Worldwide
Remnant: Planar Wars 3D Space combat simulation Songbird Productions Songbird Productions 2000 Worldwide
Reversi Strategy Atari Corporation Video61 N/A Worldwide
Road Riot 4WD Racing Images Software B&C Computervisions 2003 Worldwide
Retro X-MASsacre Shoot 'em up Luchs Soft Luchs Soft 6 December 2018 Worldwide
SFX: The Ultimate Audio Tool Non-game Songbird Productions Songbird Productions 1998 Worldwide
Shaken, not stirred: eJagFest Edition Compilation Karri Kakosen White Lynx 4 October 2018 PAL
S.I.M.I.S. Compilation B. Schick, M. Domin L.Baumstark 1998 NA, PAL
SokoMania Puzzle Markus Wuehl MW Software 1999 Worldwide
Solitaire! Casino Karri Kakosen White Lynx 2009 Worldwide
Space Battle Space combat simulation Harry Dodgson Luchs Soft 1 April 2019 Worldwide
T-Tris Puzzle B. Schick L.Baumstark 1996 NA, PAL
Unseen Adventure Marcin Siwek Luchs Soft 28 October 2018 Worldwide
Weltenschlächter Shoot 'em up Luchs Soft Luchs Soft 29 April 2017 Worldwide
Wyvern Tales Role-playing game Jasper van Turnhout Nomad Studio 4 April 2018 Worldwide
Xump - The Final Run Puzzle Nop90 Retroguru 19 April 2019 Worldwide
Yatsuna Vol. 1: The Alchemy of Cubes Compilation Fadest Retro-Gaming Connexion 2006 PAL
Yatsuna Vol. 2: The Space Incident Compilation Fadest Retro-Gaming Connexion 2008 PAL
Zaku Shoot 'em up PenguiNet Super Fighter Team 24 October 2009 Worldwide

Cancelled games[edit]

Title[8][9][10][11][12][13][14] Genre Developer(s) Publisher(s) Planned Release Date/Last Year Developed or Mentioned[10][11][13][14] Notes/Reasons
720° Sports N/A Atari Corporation June 1992 No prototype has surfaced.
Alien vs Predator First-person shooter Images Software Atari Corporation 7 March 1995 A more further developed build containing all three playable characters is planned to be sold by Beta Phase Games in the future.[15]
Barbarian Bodyguard Action Epyx Atari Corporation 25 October 2002 Interview with its author revealed it was approximately 33% complete, however no screenshots are available and the source code is lost.[16]
Battletoads Beat 'em up, Platform Leland Interactive Media Telegames 12 February 2003 No prototype has surfaced.[17][18]
Bleaker Action, Adventure, Role-playing game Digital Thunder Digital Thunder March 2003 No prototype has surfaced.
Blue Earth Role-playing game Digital Thunder Digital Thunder March 2003 No prototype has surfaced.
Blood & Guts Hockey Sports NuFX Atari Corporation 1992 Artwork and screenshots exists but no prototype has surfaced.
Cabal Shooting gallery Fabtek Atari Corporation April 1992 Artwork and screenshots exists but no prototype has surfaced.
Defender & Stargate Double Bill Shoot 'em up Shadowsoft Williams Electronics March 1993 Compilation of Defender and Stargate. No prototype has surfaced.
Dragnet Demo 42Bastian Schick 42Bastian Schick 1995 ROM image was released online.
Dungeon Slayers Role-playing game Atari Corporation Atari Corporation 22 December 2011 Prototype exists but has not been made available online and source code currently resides with Harry Dodgson.[19][20]
Dyna Blaster Action, Maze, Strategy Ubi Soft Ubi Soft 2 April 2007 Only a single screenshot exists and no prototype has surfaced.[21]
Edward 2000 Breakout Mr. Castle Mr. Castle 2 August 1996 Development was halted and no screenshots nor prototype has surfaced.[22]
Escape from the Planet of the Robot Monsters Shooter Atari Corporation Atari Corporation March 2015 Only a single screenshot exists.
Evergreen N/A JagSoft JagSoft March 2003 No prototype has surfaced.
Fire Power Action Silent Software N/A 14 May 2015 Interview with its author revealed that no actual development started on Lynx version due to internal conflict between Epyx.[23]
Full Court Press Basketball Sports Ringler Studios Atari Corporation 1992 Artwork and screenshots exists but no prototype has surfaced.
The Furies Action Digital Thunder Digital Thunder March 2003 No prototype has surfaced.
GeoDuel Action Atari Corporation Atari Corporation June 1992 Artwork and screenshots exist but no prototype has surfaced online.[24]
The Guardians: Storm Over Doria Role-playing game Knight Technologies Telegames 1992 30% complete but no prototype has surfaced.[25]
Heavyweight Contender Sports Ringler Studios Atari Corporation 1992 Artwork and screenshots exists but no prototype has surfaced.
Hellraiser Action, Maze, Puzzle Color Dreams Color Dreams 1990 Promotional flyer advertising the Lynx version exists but no prototype has surfaced.[26]
Iron Reign Simulation, Strategy Digital Thunder Digital Thunder March 2003 No prototype has surfaced.
Jimmy White's 'Whirlwind' Snooker Sports Archer Maclean N/A February 1993 Conversion of the home computer original.
Marlboro Go! Racing, Sports Digital Image Philip Morris USA 1993 ROM image was released online.
Mechtiles First-person shooter Beyond Games Atari Corporation 5 January 2006 Its ROM image and source code were preserved but have not been made available online.[27]
Metal Mutant Action, Adventure Silmarils Atari Corporation 25 October 2003 Silmarils co-founder Louis-Marie Rocques stated its planned release was cancelled by Atari and no prototype has surfaced.[28]
ParaLemmings Shooter Laurens Simonis Laurens Simonis 1997 ROM image was released online.
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure Platform Imagitec Design Atari Corporation 16 July 2015 Development on the Lynx version was scrapped due to Atari Corp. focusing on the Jaguar instead and no prototype has surfaced.[29]
Pro Quarterback Sports Leland Interactive Media N/A December 1992 Unknown if actual development started on Lynx version.[17]
Puzzler 2000 Puzzle Markus Wuehl Markus Wuehl 1998 ROM image was released online.
Ren & Stimpy N/A Acclaim Entertainment N/A February 1993 Based upon the eponymus animated series from Nickelodeon.
Rolling Thunder Run and gun Atari Corporation Telegames November 1992 Artwork and screenshots exists but no prototype has surfaced.[30]
Soccer Kid Platform N/A Telegames 17 November 2016 No prototype has surfaced.[31]
Space War Space combat simulation Atari Corporation Atari Corporation September 1995 Artwork and screenshots exist but no prototype has surfaced online.[32]
Strider II Action, Platform Tiertex Design Studios U.S. Gold July 1991 50% complete but no prototype has surfaced.[33]
TNT Terry Action, Maze, Strategy Laurens Simonis, Yiri T. Kohl Laurens Simonis 16 November 2009 Prototype exists but has not been made available online.[34]
Ultra Vortex Fighting Beyond Games Atari Corporation 1994 Prototype exists but has not been made available online.[35]
Vindicators Run and gun Atari Corporation Atari Corporation 20 September 2011 Prototype exists but has not been made available online.[36]
Wolfenstein 3D First-person shooter id Software Atari Corporation 30 April 2018 No actual development started on Lynx version due to an unrealized deal between the two companies that was never fully instigated.[37][38]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ This number is always up to date by this script.

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