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You have been sent into a building infested with robots, and must do your best to clear it out. Each rooms has a number of walls through the middle, which restrict your movement. There will be a number of bad guys in the room - on early screens they may be immobile and not shoot at you, but after a few levels they become capable of shooting in multiple directions. You can shoot at them in 8 directions, but can't shoot diagonally while moving. There are gaps at the side of each room, through which you exit, before or after clearing the room (there is a bonus for clearance). You get an extra life every 2000 points.


Berzerk Atari 5200 Yikes, I'm surrounded by robots!
Berzerk Atari 2600 Plenty of robots here!
Berzerk Vectrex Title screen
Berzerk Atari 5200 Here comes Evil Otto...

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Woodgrain Wonderland Atari 2600 Oct 06, 2016 A+ 100
The Video Game Critic Atari 5200 Oct 14, 2000 B+ 83
VideoGame Atari 2600 Jun, 1991 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
8-bit Central Retro Gaming Atari 5200 2011 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Le Geek Atari 2600 2012 4 out of 5 80
Atari HQ Atari 2600 2000 8 out of 10 80
Game Freaks 365 Atari 2600 Jul 11, 2008 7.3 out of 10 73
8-bit Central Retro Gaming Atari 2600 2011 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Tilt Atari 2600 Jan, 1983 4 out of 6 67
The Video Game Critic Vectrex Sep 02, 2001 D- 16


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Differences between Berzerk and Robotron 6 Игги Друге (46338)
Jul 31, 2014


Atari 8-bit port

The game is also in circulation for Atari 8-Bit computers, this is however believed to be the result of a leaked prototype and not an official release in the early '80s.

Board game

In 1983, Milton Bradley adapted this video game into a boardgame.

Comic book

Atari's 2600 release on Berzerk came with a comic book of Atari Force #2. Here is that comic at


The coin-op version of Berzerk has the distinction of being associated with the first ever "video game death". Jeff Dailey, a 19-year old, suffered a heart attack in January 1981 shortly after playing the game.

References to the game

The famous phrases from the game "Intruder alert! Intruder alert!" and "Get the humanoid!" are sampled in the Futurama episode "Fear of a Bot Planet" where they are heard over a loudspeaker and by robots are chasing Fry and Leela. Also in The Simpsons episode "Homer Goes to College", Homer enters a residence where nerds are working at computers and one says "Intruder alert! Intruder alert!" while another says "Stop the humanoid!".


Berzerk was popular enough to have a song inspired by it on the full-length Pac-Man Fever album - Goin' Berzerk.


The coin-op arcade version of Berzerk had digitally recorded dialogue. There were 16 spoken words stored on a small microchip, and they were put together in sequences to create complete sentences such as "Intruder alert! Intruder alert!" and "Destroy the humanoid!" This was technologically groundbreaking, but consider the cost. Almost a thousand dollars per word.


  • Retro Gamer
    • Issue 46 - #10 in the "Top 25 Atari 2600 Games" poll
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