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In Warlords, you need to defend yourself from three human and/or computer players. Each of the four players are in one of the corners of the screen guarded by a castle. You control a small shield which can be moved around the edge of the castle. To survive you need to use the shield to block a ball which bounces around the screen. If the ball hits your castle, it will take out some of the bricks. If a hole forms in the castle wall and the ball makes it through and hits your warlord, then you are out of the game. The last player left alive wins the battle, and the first player to win five battles wins the game! Several game options are included which allow you to either catch or ricochet the ball when the shield touches it and control the speed of the game.


Warlords Atari 2600 A game in progress
Warlords Atari 2600 And player two is ahead by a point...!

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Alternate Titles

  • "Kings in the Corner break-out game" -- Working title

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User Reviews

A game that should be canonized for its contribution to multiplayer video gaming. MagFram (43) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
Protecting your warlord has never been so difficult Katakis | カタキス (42836) 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars

Critic Reviews

The Video Game Critic Jul 10, 2010 A 100
The Atari Times Sep 04, 2003 85 out of 100 85
neXGam Jun 27, 2013 8.3 out of 10 83
Woodgrain Wonderland Nov 19, 2018 B+ 83
8-bit Central Retro Gaming 2011 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Atari HQ 2000 8 out of 10 80
JoyStik Dec, 1982 7 out of 10 70
Tilt Sep, 1982 4 out of 6 67


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1001 Video Games

Warlords appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


  • Flux Magazine
    • (Issue #4) - #78 on the "Top 100 Video Games of All-Time" list
  • Game Informer Magazine
    • August 2001 (Issue #100) - #25 on the "Top 100 Games of All Time" poll
  • Retro Gamer Magazine
    • (Issue #46) - #8 on the “Top 25 Atari 2600” Games poll
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Servo (57355) added Warlords (Atari 2600) on May 09, 2003
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