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The evil being called Gravitar is out attempting to destroy the universe! With each galaxy he conquers he leaves behind extreme gravitational forces, a powerful, explosive reactor and deadly bunkers. Your job is to stop Gravitar by taking back the twelve solar systems located in four galaxies that are under his control! In each solar system there is a sun, an alien reactor base, and three to four planets. To free the solar system, you have two choices; either visit all of the planets and destroy all enemy bunkers, or activate the reactor at the core of the alien base and escape before it explodes. On each of the planets and the alien base, there will be strong gravitational forces to deal with; make sure you keep your ship in space, since a crash into the ragged landscape will be fatal! After a galaxy has been freed, you then automatically move on to the next galaxy which will be even more difficult to save. The game includes five different skill levels which vary in difficulty by supplying different amounts of ships to begin the game as well as different strengths of gravity.


Gravitar Atari 2600 Can you make it to the center of this spiral and activate the reactor?
Gravitar Atari 2600 Title screen
Gravitar Atari 2600 A strange and dangerous landscape
Gravitar Atari 2600 Try to destroy bunkers on the planet surface

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Woodgrain Wonderland Atari 2600 Mar 15, 2017 A 100
The Video Game Critic Atari 2600 Apr 01, 2015 B+ 83
The Atari Times Arcade Mar 23, 2006 78 out of 100 78
The Atari Times Atari 2600 Jan 19, 2007 75 out of 100 75
8-bit Central Retro Gaming Atari 2600 2012 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
All Game Guide Arcade 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70 (UK) Arcade Oct 26, 2007 6 out of 10 60
Game Freaks 365 Atari 2600 Jan, 2009 5.2 out of 10 52


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1001 Video Games

The Arcade version of Gravitar appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


This game was released twice. The first release, with a silver label, was only to Atari Club members. Atari later sold it in limited quantities in stores. Later, a red label version was released. The silver label release is harder to find.


The arcade game was commercially unsuccessful and many units were converted to play the game Black Widow, which used the same hardware. A home version was not released until the late 80s, when an Atari 2600 version was produced.

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