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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

Space Jockey

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

Vidtec's Space Jockey (VC1001)

US Games Corporation
A Subsidiary of The Quaker Oats Co.
1515 Wyatt Drive
Santa Clara, California  95054

Typed in by Corey Stup ( on 11/9/93.

        Space Jockey is a single player, full color, action game
designed to be played on the ATARI(r) Video Computer System(tm) or
the Sears Tele-Game(tm).

        You are a Space Jockey at the controls of a highly maneuverable
Attack Saucer, which appears on the left side of the screen.  A variety
of enemy weapons and obstacles appear on the right and move toward your
space ship.  These include tanks, jet planes, prop planes and
helicopters, which all fire at you.  Additionally, there are balloons,
houses and trees that do not fire but are obstacles capable of
destroying your Attack Saucer upon impact.

        Your objective is to shoot down as many of the enemy objects
as possible, scoring as many points as possible, while at the same
time avoiding enemy fire.

        Initially you have a fleet of three space ships available to
you.  For each 1,000 points you can score, an additional ship will be
available to you.

1. Connect the ATARI Video Computer System or Sears Tele-Game following
   the manufacturer's instructions.
2. Install the Left Joystick control.  The Right Joystick is not used.
3. Insert the cartridge, making certain that the power is OFF.
4. Move the power switch to ON.
5. Select the desired level of difficulty:
   Left Difficulty Switch : UP for fast enemy shot.
                            DOWN for slow enemy shot.
   Right Difficulty Switch: UP for frequent enemy shot.
                            DOWN for less frequent enemy shot.
6. Select the game of your choice.  Continuous activations of the
   SELECT switch will cycle the unit through the 16 possible game
   variations of increasing difficulty.   See the chart.
7. To start the game, press the Red Fire Button.  This should be
   oriented to the upper left hand corner of the Joystick.
8. Your accumulating score will appear at all times at the top of the
9. Points are scored as follows:
   Jet Plane    100 points              Helicopter      50 points
   Prop Plane   100 points              Balloon         25 points
   Tank         100 points              House/Tree      20 points
10.To view the highest score at game completion, wiggle the Joystick.
11.To reset the game at any time, depress the game RESET switch on the
   ATARI Computer System, or Sears Tele-Game.
12.To reset the game at completion, depress the Fire Button on the
   Joystick, or the game RESET switch on the ATARI Computer System
   or Sears Tele-Game.

Space Jockey Game Variations

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Atari(R) and Video Computer System(tm) are tradmarks of ATARI, INC.
Tele-Game(tm) and Video Arcade(R) are trademarks of Sears, Roebuck and

VC1001         (C)1982 U.S. Games                     Printed in Taiwan.

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