(written by Theblackyak) Added on: 12 Jun 2011
The 1981 game Warlords was a unique addition to the Atari 2600 library. Many people are not aware that a 2600 in a specialized shell was picked up and sold only at Sears and Roebuck stores. In the 80s, almost every Sears, also featured a small classic arcade somewhere in the store. Perhaps monitoring the popularity of the coin operated games inspired Sears, Roebuck and Company to publish this Atari developed title.
Warlords is, in fact a coin operated conversion and is in the style of the classic paddle or pong games. Warlords is a four player game with each player taking up residence in one of the corners of the screen. Your position is guarded by a castle. You will be controlling a small shield that can move around the edges of the castle and will block balls that bounce towards your castle walls, bent on destroying them. If the ball gets past your shield and hits your castle, it will take out some of the bricks. You will still be okay, so long as a complete hole does not form in the castle. If this happens, and a ball is able to get through it, your warlord will die and you are out of the game. You then have to wallow in your shame as the remaining players continue to compete.