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.
The E-book "The Annotated Adventure" (a detailed analysis of the source code for the video game Adventure for the Atari 2600 console) will be posted on this page sometime in 2015. If you would like to be notified when it is ready, please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with the word "annotated" in the subject line.
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.
Map 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. (
Adventure can be run nowadays on a PC using an Atari 2600 emulator (such as PCAE or Stella) and a ROM image file (
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.