Friday, October 28, 2011


"OUTLAW is a new concept in video entertainment. OUTLAW invites the player for the first time to physically match his skill against a video gunfighter in one of America's most traditional contests … the fast-draw shootout." - promotional advertisement
Atari introduced PONG in 1972, the first massively successful arcade video game. There were several imitators, and by Christmas 1975 they had created a home version, sold exclusively through Sears.

Outlaw was rolled out in 1976, and holds a place in history as the original First Person Shooter (FPS) game. It was a "quick draw" gun battle, featuring a mock Colt .45, holstered into the machine, and you could only draw it at appropriate times to fire at the desperado who charged out into the middle of Main Street to challenge you.
"Realistic animation, audio footsteps and gunfire add up to irresistible realism." - promotional advertisement


The console featured a plastic screen overlay, which gives the illusion of more sophisticated graphics. The cabinet Outlaw is not to be confused with the Atari 2600 version, which is much more like Taito arcade game Gun Fight (1975) which features players positioned at the right and left of the screen.

Gun Fight

My family had a Coleco Telstar. It was the most exciting game I have ever seen on my TV set.



  1. I have an original intact outlaw I'm restoring but the rarity of this game makes finding original parts a challenge. Still it's a crown jewel for any serious atari collector

  2. That's awesome! Thanks for sharing.