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airraid is a 1982 shoot ’em up published for the Atari 2600 by Men-A-Vision, the only game released by the company.[1] The cartridge is a blue T-handle design with a picture of flying saucers attacking a futuristic city. It had extremely limited distribution,[2] making it highly sought after by video game collectors.

Gameplay

The player controls a ship which scrolls side-to side directly above two buildings, with the objective of protecting the buildings from being destroyed by the bombs of enemy ships above.[1]

Rarity

On April 10, 2010, the only copy at the time known to be complete (cartridge and box) sold for $31,600.[3] The next known copy to surface on the internet was on October 22, 2011. The eBay auction offered an incomplete version of the game (cart only). Air Raid still sold for an impressive amount of $3,575 US. The transaction was completed, having both parties exchange positive feedback making this the second highest confirmed price paid for the game.[4] On October 24, 2012, the first truly complete game (cartridge, instruction manual and box) was listed for auction and eventually sold for $33,433.30.[2][5] Due to the media attention that this complete copy brought, on October 26, 2012, a third boxed copy (although without the instruction manual) surfaced on eBay.[6] On June 28, 2021, a Goodwill employee in Fort Worth, Texas found and auctioned off a playable copy of the game at eBay for $10,590.79, which was a success for the company to raise more than $10,000.[7][8]

References

  1. Jump up to:a b Weiss, Brett (4 April 2011). Classic Home Video Games, 1972–1984: A Complete Reference Guide. McFarland. p. 30. ISBN 978-0-7864-8755-4.
  2. Jump up to:a b Corriea, Alexa Ray (25 October 2012). “Family unearths rare Atari game from storage, it could sell for $30,000”PolygonVox Media.
  3. ^ Bricken, Rob (2010-04-13). “Man Pays $31,600 for an Atari Game – Seriously”Topless Robot. Voice Media Group. Retrieved 2017-04-17.
  4. ^ “Air Raid Atari 2600 Sells for $3,575”. VideoGameAuctions.com. Archived from the original on 2011-11-13. Retrieved 2011-11-03.
  5. ^ Bennett, Harv (4 November 2012). “The ONE THE ONLY Complete Air Raid Ever Found – CIB”GameGavel. Archived from the original on 8 November 2012.
  6. ^ “Atari 2600 Air Raid Game in Original Box Extremely RARE”. eBay. Retrieved 2017-04-17.
  7. ^ Stevenson, Stefan (2021-06-28). “Rare Atari game donated to Fort Worth Goodwill store sold to bidder for record amount”Fort Worth Star-TelegramMcClatchy. Retrieved 2021-06-30.
  8. ^ Caplan, Anna (2021-06-28). “Rare Atari game found at a Fort Worth Goodwill nets more than $10K at auction”The Dallas Morning NewsA. H. Belo. Retrieved 2021-06-30.

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