Adventure, a video game cartridge for the Atari 2600 video game console, was the first action-adventure video game. It was published by Atari Inc. in 1978, and sold 1 million copies.
Adventure introduced the idea of movable objects (represented by visible icons) that could be picked up by the player (using a joystick) and moved from place to place in the game world. It was also one of the first video games to allow the player to explore a large multi-screen game world. As the first action-adventure game, it inspired the current genre of action-adventure video games, including Legend of Zelda, the Ultima series, and many others. Adventure also contained the first Easter Egg (hidden surprise) in a video game, which in this case was the author's signature hidden in a secret room.
of the Adventure game world (30 KB).
Lecture (for Computer Science students) on the hardware architecture
of the Atari 2600 video game console, and the design of the software
for the Atari 2600 game cartridge Adventure. (PowerPoint,
To have the right to play the game, you
should own an Adventure cartridge. You can buy an Adventure
game cartridge (and an Atari 2600 console, if you want) at a web auction
site, such as eBay (Top
> Computers > Games > Atari). Atari game carts go for a
few dollars each, and for $20, you can get an Atari 2600 console and a
dozen game carts.