Avalon Hill didn't just make board games. At one point they had a software division, and they produced several different titles for the Atari 2600 video game console. They only made a few games, but the innovation and quality of their board games was also apparent in their Atari games. All of their Atari 2600 games are rare and valuable today, (due to limited distribution).

They would probably be a major name in gaming software today, if it wasn't for the video game crash that completely killed the gaming industry until it was revived by the 1986 release of the Nintendo Entertainment System.

Avalon Hill Atari Games
  • Death Trap - Death Trap was Avalon Hill's first foray into the console game world. This is their only "bad" title. This game is a rather uninspired space shooter. This game is also known for only working correctly on real Atari's, as it apparently relied on some faults and peculiarities of the original Atari and does not work correctly on most clone systems.

  • London Blitz - London Blitz used a first person pseudo-3D perspective, and put the player in the position of searching for bombs in World War II London. It had a map you could reference by pressing the red button on the joystick. The game went into defusing mode, after finding a bomb, where you had to move switches around on the bomb case in an attempt to deactivate it.

  • Out of Control - Out of Control was a great racing game with a spaceship theme. You had to control a ship in a slalom course in this extremely challenging title. Regular Asteroids players might find this game a little easier, as the ship in that game had exactly the same feel as the one in this one.

  • Shuttle Orbiter - Shuttle Orbiter was one of the most complex and rewarding simulators available for the Atari 2600. You take control of the Space Shuttle Challenger on a mission to deliver parts to a space station, watch your fuel level, and don't miss your window. This title was obviously produced before the Challenger disaster ever happened.

  • Wall Ball - Wall Ball was a 3-D version of Breakout that was widely distibuted in connection with Sports Illustrated magazine. It is a pretty decent game, although it couldn't match the perfect feel of the original Breakout and Super Breakout.