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The Air Raid Video Game Cartridge for Atari 2600

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The Air Raid video game cartridge is considered by many to be the holy grail of the Atari 2600 game library. Manufactured by some fly-by-night company called Menavision, the Air Raid video game is a bizarre Space Invaders-type shooting game in which the player protects his cities from helicopters, spaceships, planes, rockets, flying saucers…basically a bunch of electronic garbage falling from the sky. It is one of the rarest retro video game cartridges in existence. Some say it came from Canada, others say Mexico. It has even been proclaimed that no one really knows the game is actually titled "Air Raid" or that it was made by "Menavision", as the only person in print to have claimed to own the game and box died some years back. There are as few as five and as many as twelve copies known to exist. We came across our copy at a yard sale, stuck in one of three shoeboxes full of random Atari 2600, 7800, and Sears Telegames cartridges. We were a little unenthusiastic in purchasing them, as we did not have an Atari console to play or test the games. However, it was a slow day, and that weird t-shaped blue cartridge in the box was really intriguing to us. Needless to say, we were absolutely shocked when a few minutes of internet research revealed what we had found. We had to test the game, so we combed the classifieds and called every Game Stop in the Atlanta area until we found an old Atari 2600 rainbow wedge for $45.00. We turned it on, and the game jumped right to the start screen (there was no title screen, which explains the argument over the game title and manufacturer). However, a title screen does exist, and we discovered that if the console power switch is toggled on and off, you can see a split-second flash of the title screen with the Air Raid title and the word Men-a-Vision. read more