Atari is in the news a fair bit lately, from the recently discovered Alien vs Predator for Atari Lynx prototype (the third such version) to the recently released/announced Atari Jaguar games. Tack on another title to the growing list of new Atari games, this time it is Adventure Island getting ported to the Atari 2600. The port is obviously missing some things but so far, it is quite an accomplishment. Expedition Island looks to recreate the fun retrogaming fans have had with Master Higgins, Figgins here, over the last few decades (come on Konami, give us a new AI game!).
Master Figgins currently comes equipped with his trademark tomahawk but the developer, Retro Lord on the Atari Age forums, has stated there will be changes. Mainly, in future updates, the tomahawk will be lost when you die and you will have to earn it again.
Expedition Island is a work in progress with the first demo that is available over on Atari Age being only the first level. The demo is also an endless affair though the final version will feature a real ending to the levels and many of them. Information on the total number of levels is short at the moment but hopefully sooner than later I will have more on that.
The second demo, marked as 0.6 now includes a true ending to the first level with a second level available for play. Also, holes that you can fall into are reworked in this latest version of Expedition Island. This is great proof of development being shown here as the improvements are grand indeed.
The demo releases that have been released are capable of being played on actual Atari 2600 hardware if you have the necessary flash cartridge to do so. As Expedition Island advances in development, I will do my best to cover it.