When you think about the Atari 2600 do you think of Legend of Zelda style games? Probably not. I mean, there is that one Secret Quest or whatever but other than that REALLY late in the life of the console release can you name any others? Probably not. Well, now you can add Cat Quest to your extremely short list of Legend of Zelda style adventure games on the Atari 2600. This work in progress is already showing some amazing graphics for the console using a unique video filter.
By using the interlacing technique, often referred to as “venetian blinds”, Cat Quest hopes to limit the sprite flicker. Flicker is a problem in many games that push the hardware beyond its limits, while Cat Quest is planned to push the hardware, this technique should limit visual cues to that fact.
The gameplay of Cat Quest is going to be very similar to Legend of Zelda by Nintendo. The action will be viewed from overhead and you will have to defeat enemies, find keys and make your way to the boss character. This is the basic Legend of Zelda formula and it has worked for decades.
The big question right now is if the independent developer will be able to pull off Cat Quest on the Atari 2600. This was a canceled Nintendo Entertainment System game by this developer. He has planned three games in the series. The first is planned to be a Legend of Zelda style adventure. The second is supposed to be a Wonder Boy style action game with a Legend of Zelda II over world map. The third game in the planned Cat Quest trilogy was to be a straight up clone of Legend of Zelda- A Link to the Past.
You can head over to the AtariAge forums to read the up to the minute developments on Cat Quest.