Want to try your hand at a new screenshot guessing game? Check out #guessing-game in our Discord to compete against the MobyGames community!

atari adventure
Not an American user?


Space Jockey is a side scrolling shooter for one player. The goal is to earn as many points as possible by having the player's attack saucer shoot down the varied enemies which fly by. Tanks, jet planes, prop planes, helicopters, and weather balloons will all pass by on the screen and try to destroy the player's saucer. There are even some trees and houses on the ground that can be shot for extra points. The player needs to make sure they avoid colliding with the various enemies and their fire or one of the player's three saucers will be lost. Extra saucers are awarded for each 1000 points earned. Several game variations are included which control the game difficulty, the movement abilities of the enemies, and the movement abilities of the player's saucer.


Space Jockey Atari 2600 Title screen
Space Jockey Atari 2600 The balloons are among the few enemies that don't fire at you...
Space Jockey Atari 2600 Firing at some enemies...
Space Jockey Atari 2600 A game in progress

Promo Images

There are no promo images for this game

Part of the Following Group

User Reviews

first sideways shooter, high action and early historical Todd Marshall (8) unrated

Critic Reviews

Electronic Fun with Computers & Games Dec, 1982 3 out of 4 75
The Atari Times Dec 03, 2004 70 out of 100 70
8-bit Central Retro Gaming 2016 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Sep 25, 2004 6 out of 10 60
All Game Guide 1998 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
Retroage Aug 13, 2009 4 out of 10 40
TeleMatch Nov, 1983 4 out of 6 40
The Video Game Critic Apr 10, 2005 D- 16
Woodgrain Wonderland Feb 11, 2018 F 0


There are currently no topics for this game.


There is no trivia on file for this game.

Servo (57355) added Space Jockey (Atari 2600) on Aug 25, 2003
atari mania