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You have been sent into a building infested with robots, and must do your best to clear it out. Each room has a number of walls through the middle, which restricts 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 Arcade Blast the robots.
Berzerk Atari 5200 Here comes Evil Otto...
Berzerk Atari 2600 Hang around too long, and Evil Otto comes after you! (he's the bouncing smiley face)
Berzerk Arcade Keep blasting.

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Critic Reviews

Woodgrain Wonderland Atari 2600 Oct 06, 2016 A+ 100
Electronic Fun with Computers & Games Atari 2600 Feb, 1983 4 out of 4 100
All Game Guide Arcade 1998 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Le Geek Atari 2600 2012 4 out of 5 80
VideoGame Atari 2600 Jun, 1991 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
JoyStik Atari 2600 Dec, 1982 7 out of 10 70
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
Retro Game Reviews Vectrex Sep 21, 2015 6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars 60
The Video Game Critic Vectrex Sep 02, 2001 D- 16


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Differences between Berzerk and Robotron 6 Игги Друге (46314)
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 AtariAge.com.


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
Information also contributed by Guy Chapman, LepricahnsGold, Maw, PCGamer77, Pseudo_Intellectual and Scaryfun

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