Enter the fantastic world of QUANTUM. A totally new high energy experience from ATARI where players probe a subatomic world to capture stray atoms without being destroyed by deadly particles.
QUANTUM incorporates unique QuadraScan video graphics with a midi Trak-Ball control to offer an all new video skill challenge. The Trak-Ball is used to guide a probe or "sparkler" over the screen to capture particles by drawing a complete circle around them with its tail.
There are various particles on the screen to capture. First, there are Nuclei around which Electrons orbit. When a nucleus is snared and explodes, the electrons change into Positrons which, if they are encircled before flying off the screen, are worth extra points.
During a later wave, the Pulsars appear. The pulsar travels toward the probe, pulsing its arms in and out as it moves. The probe is destroyed if it makes contact with any part of the pulsar.
Other detly particles to be avoided or captured for extra points include triangular Photons, self-dividing Splitters, and diamond-shaped Triphons. In lter stages of game play, the nuclei join together forming bonds. The probe is destroyed if it crosses the bonds when they are red, but can safely pass through when the bonds are yellow.
As the game progresses, the numbers of nuclei, bonds, and enemies incease, along with the speed of all the objects in general. For the advanced player, double points can be collected for circling more than one object at a time.
A key feature is the player's option to select a starting level or "rack" by circling the desired number on the attract mode. Bonus points are scored by beginning play at higher levels.
Another novel feature of the games allows a player who surpasses the highest score to date to actually "draw" his signature or initials at the top of the high scorers' board using the probe.
Die Harvard-Absolventin Elizabeth „Betty“ Ryan, geb. Tylko, war die erste Spieleentwicklerin bei GCC.
Statt einfacher Texteingabe kann der Spieler den Trackball benutzen, um Text in einer individuellen Form auf die Highscore-Tabelle zu setzen.
Die Entwicklung von Quantum und anderer Spiele durch GCC für Atari war Bestandteil der Vereinbarung, die der Prozess um die von GCC unautorisiert veröffentlichte Missile Command-Erweiterung Super Missile Attack nach sich zog.
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