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Atari 8-Bit Computers: Frequently Asked Questions
Section - 8.5) What programs use a light pen or a light gun?

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The Atari computer reads the horizontal and vertical positions of a light pen
or a light gun in the same way.  Consequently, while software programs are
designed for one or the other, these two types of controllers may often
substitute for each other.

Programs designed for a light gun:

Alien Blast, Richard Gore for DGS, 1993
Alien Invaders (TB-XL or CTB) disk by R.Gore (available from DGS);
Barnyard Blaster, James V. Zalewski for Atari, 1987
Bembel Wo by Thorsten Butschke for Foundation Two, 1998
Bug Hunt, Alan Murphy and Rob Zdybel for Atari, 1987
Cementerio, Pelusa Software, 1989
Click!, Chris Martin, 2008
Crime Buster, Ron Andrzejewski & James Zalewski for Atari, 1988
Crossbow by Atari, 1988
Flyshot or Flyshoot a PD game by Kemal Ezcan
Gangsters by Houra, Pesout, Stefek, Sterba, Svoboda, 2007
Gangstersville, Emanuele Bergamini for Lindasoft, 1988
Geister-Schloss, KE-Soft, 1992
Hardwaretester/Peripheral Test 2.0 by Florian Dingler, 2008
Hit the Mole by Phoenix-Softcrew / Carsten Strotmann;
Invasion, Pelusa Soft
Light Gun Blaster, Andre Willey, Atari User Feb. 1988
Light Gun Blaster (enhanced) by Pedrokko
Matrix a PD game by Dave Oblad
Messe Hanau, Kemal Ezcan, 1995
Operation Blood (light gun) by Bulkowski & Kalinowski for ANG, light gun
  conversion by The Missing Link
Operation Blood II - Special Forces disk, ANG/Mirage
Pajaki II, Arkadiusz Lubaszka for ArSoft, 1996
Schiessen, L. Franzky (Abbuc magazine)
The Scrolls of Abadon, Frank Cohen, 1984
Sharp Shooter, Matthew Ratcliff, 1989
Sniper, Premysl Stefek, Radek Sterba, Petr Svoboda and Fandal, 2007
Special Forces (light gun) by Mirage, light gun conversion by Homesoft
- See also Fandal site search for games that use a light gun:
  http://atari.fandal.cz/search.php?search=light+gun&butt_details_x=x
- See also AtariMania list of games that use a light gun:
www.atarimania.com/list_games_atari-400-800-xl-xe-light-gun_control_5_8_G.html

Programs designed for a light pen:

- Alien Blast, Richard Gore for DGS, 1993
- AtariGraphics by Steve Gibson for Atari (RX8054, shipped with CX75)
- Bedtime Stories - Little Red Riding Hood by Futurehouse, 1983
- Blazing Paddles by Baudville, 1986
- Concentration by Stack Computer Services, 1983
- Crossword Twister by Stack Computer Services, 1983
- Draughts by Stack Computer Services, 1983
- Go by Stack Computer Services, 1983
- Hardwaretester/Peripheral Test 2.0 by Florian Dingler, 2008
- Language Skills - Alphabet Recognition by Futurehouse, 1982
- Language Skills - Different Symbol Discrimination by Futurehouse, 1982
- Language Skills - Letter Sequences by Futurehouse, 1982
- Language Skills - Like Symbol Discrimination by Futurehouse, 1982
- Letter Tutor by Edgework for Atari, 1984 prototype
- Life by Stack Computer Services, 1983
- Light Pen Doodle by John and Mary Harrison for Antic, 1984
- Lost in the Labyrinth by Stack Computer Services, 1983
- Math Fun for the Young - Level I by Tech-Sketch, 1983
- Math Fun for the Young - Level II by Tech-Sketch, 1983
- Matrix by Dave Oblad, 1985
- Micro Illustrator by Island Graphics for Tech Sketch (shipped with 
  Tech Sketch Light Pen)
- Othello by Stack Computer Services, 1983
- Paint-n-Sketch I by Tech Sketch, 1983
- Seek and Destroy by Stack Computer Services, 1983
- Shape and Color Recognition by Tech Sketch, 1983
- Shuffler by Stack Computer Services, 1983
- Simon by Stack Computer Services, 1983
- See also AtariMania lists of games and utilities that use a light pen:
www.atarimania.com/list_games_atari-400-800-xl-xe-light-pen_control_6_8_G.html
www.atarimania.com/list_games_atari-400-800-xl-xe-light-pen_control_6_8_U.html

Note that on the 400, the light gun / light pen will only work in joystick
port 4.  This renders much light gun and light pen software unusable on the
400.

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