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September 7, 2013 Retro Gaming Blog Article:

Prototype games sometimes come to life via homebrew passion, like Power Lords

Power Lords: Quest For Volcan Power Lords: Quest For Volcan was a comic book with a release of action figures, produced by Revel, that was destined for the prominent home video game consoles of 1983. Reaching the prototype stage and advertised in various magazines, it vanished into the mysterious void of unreleased games. Thus it's release on Odyssey, Colecovision and Atari 2600 never happened.

A proto ROM of Power Lords, for Colecovision has been floating around since late 2001. Ten years later, in March of 2011, it was announced on Atari Age that a homebrew version of Power Lords would be released on cartridge for the Atari 2600! This homebrew release was limited to 50 carts (no box or manual) but brought back the excitement that only a rare game release can offer. Folks jumped at the opportunity.

We'd have jumped too but sometimes when you have your "ear to the ground", your target flies overhead undetected. So, were a few years late to this party, but it still demonstrates the value of the homebrew community who stive to bring new and proto releases to the playing public.

Power Lords: Quest For Volcan The Power Lords screen shot to the left is from the Atari 2600 homebrew release. Click it to view other variants for Coleco.

We haven't been able to locate a ROM for the 2600 and are not sure if a second run of carts were ever released. Very often the ROM will surface after the author has sold all the cart versions. Check out the Coloco proto ROM to get a feel for the game play and to experience the joy of a "new" game on an aged console.

Again we come to a circumstance where I can't help but believe that ROMs can serve a good purpose. There are always legal issues surrounding the USE and distribution of ROMs, but they allow the ability to play rare, proto & homebrew games that are not easily available in original format. For those Retro Gamers who weren't able to take advantage of the initial run of Home brew carts may want to check out the Coleco ROM.

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