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The Atari 2600 was first released in North America in September 1977 and featured 9 launch titles: Air-Sea BattleBasic MathBlackjackCombatIndy 500Star ShipStreet RacerSurround and Video Olympics. The final licensed Atari 2600 game released in North America was Secret Quest in 1989, and the final licensed game released in Europe was Klax and Acid Drop in 1990 and 1992. Even with their 1980s limited colors and block graphics these games are still entertaining to play today! We have over 500 Atari 2600 games for you to play online for free using our Atari 2600 Javascript Emulator.

This game is mobile device friendly and Iphone compatible. Enjoy!

Instructions and Keyboard Controls towards bottom of page.
Click “Game Reset” or F12 to Start Game


If you grew up in the 80’s you shouldn’t need instructions!! You might find some help at and look up the game you need assistance playing.

Click “Game Reset” or F12 to Begin/Restart Game
Arrow Keys – Move
Space bar to fire/action button




To Protect the electronic components of your Atari Video Game System, be sure to switch to off when inserting or removing a cartridge for the Atari System.


Connect your video game system to the television according to the manufacturer's instructions. 
Make sure the console is off, then firmly push in your ZiMAG video game cartridge. 
Now you can turn on the console. A clear image should appear on the screen. If not, check to see that the console is properly set up. 
Next, plug the joystick into the left controller jack. If you are playing a two player game, you will need to plug the other joystick into the right controller jack 
If all of the above has been properly completed, you're ready to play. Good Luck! 

You've seen them do it at the circus, but can you keep the plates spinning on top of those tall skinny sticks? The action never Stops in this video version of the big top. Ali you have to do is keep running back and forth as you try to balance the plates that just never seem to stop coming. And, if you're lucky, when they all seem to come crashing down you'll be able to catch them. After this game doing the dinner dishes will seem like child's play. 


To move the girl right or left, merely push the joystick controller right or left. If you see a plate that needs balancing, position the girl so that her arm is holding the pole, then hold down the action button on your joystick until the plate stops wobbling. 

If you need to catch a falling plate, just move the girl under it and let it touch her. It will automatically be replaced by another plate at the top of the pole. 


Dishaster has four skill level variations. 

GAME 1: In this game you only have to contend with six dishes. This is a good level for young beginners. 
GAME 2: In this game you're faced with eight plates to balance. This is a good level for most players. 
GAME 3: Now you're faced with ten plates to balance. Only the very skillful will want to begin on this level. 
GAME 4: Watch out! This time it's ten plates and nonstop action. A full scale challenge only for those with superior agility and dexterity. 


The longer you're able to keep your balance, the more you score. Play ends when four dishes have broken. 


Let's say you've managed to get all or most of your plates wobbling. So far so good. But now what? Go for the ones that have been wobbling the longest first. (Going for the closest or most recently wobbling plates can make for a lot of dashed dishes.) And don't worry about having the girl's hand positioned directly on the pole--it will straighten out even if the hand is just slightly beside it. 


Level 1 20,000 100,000+ 
Level 2 20,000 100,000+ 
Level 3 7,500 25,000+ 
Level 4 6,000 10,000+ 



LIMITED WARRANTY: ZiMAG warrants the original consumer purchase of any cartridge to be free of defects in workmanship for 90 days from date of original retail purchase. Magnetic Tape International will replace any defective product with identical product, provided it has not been damaged through misuse or handling. For replacement send the defective product, along with proof of purchase, to Magnetic Tape International, Gardena, CA 90248. 


ZiMAG is the registered trademark of 
Magnetic Tape International 
(c) 1983 Magnetic Tape International, 
Gardena, CA 90248. Made in Taiwan. 

Our Atari 2600 emulator utilizes Javascript to run in your browser. No plugin is required, but a fast modern web browser will enhance the game play.

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Emulation on mobile devices will drain your battery quite fast. I recommend playing while device is plugged into charger.



Dishaster Arcade Game Emulated on the Atari 2600. Play Dishaster in your web browser or mobile phone. This Atari 2600 console emulator provides very accurate Dishaster gameplay. Dishaster is a classic 1980s Atari 2600 video game.