Atari has shared some brand new images for the return of the once-lost classic, Akka ArrhProduced and perfected by legendary British game designer, Jeff Minter.
Shmup, created by Mike Hally and Dave Ralston, was originally intended for an arcade-style release in 1982 but was scrapped because it was deemed too difficult during testing. This re-release was announced back in December 2022; Unfinished prototype has been included Atari 50: Celebrationbut this new version — coming sometime this year — will be the complete package.
Check out the recap from Atari himself, and then marvel at some of the kaleidoscope screenshots below:
Akka Arrh combines the frenzy of synthwave with vivid, dreamlike visuals. Tinted with Minter’s humor and rich graphic style, Akka Arrh is a visionary introduction to his love of color and psychedelic light, combined with his ability to create pure happiness in video games. A crazy kaleidoscope of neon madness, Akka Arrh is one of the rarest games of the arcade era, but offers a nostalgic arcade experience with vengeance.
Break through waves of enemies while piloting the famous Akka Arrh, a super cannon just begging to be released. Experiencing a rhythmic arcade shooter and bursting with psychedelic visual colors, this modern take on the extremely rare Atari arcade prototype encapsulates the neon style of the last decade into the letter T. Soon, people Players will have the chance to experience not only one of Atari’s rarest games, but one of the rarest games of the arcade era!
With all the bright colors exploding across the screen and Minter at the helm, we can expect something super fun, chaotic, and a game that will always be fun.
Akka Arrh released in early 2023. Are you a fan of shmup and excited about this once-forgotten release? Let us know!