Saturday, May 19, 2018

EPISODE 06: California Games

PLAY EPISODE 05 HERE

#PA2025, Published by Atari Corp.
In this extra-length episode, I cover California Games, the pack-in/launch title for the original Lynx console in September of 1989. Included in this major episode is a complete rundown of the gameplay, music, and sound effects for each segment of California Games. I also highlight reviews of the game, and I share feedback about the game from some of my loyal listeners. Plus, I also provide information about the prices that collectors can expect to pay for any of the three variations of an Atari Lynx California Games cartridge on eBay, as well as at other online retailers.

      
California Games was released in three cartridge variations for the Atari Lynx: flat-style (left), ridged-style (center), and curved lip-style (right).
CALIFORNIA GAMES VITAL STATISTICS
Release Date: September of 1989
Initial retail price: Originally, a free California Games cartridge/manual was included with the Lynx I console for a retail price of $179.95. By April of 1991, the same Lynx I console/California Games package had been augmented with a mail-in certificate for the free purchase of an additional cartridge, and lowered in price to $149.95. California Games was later sold separately in its own carton at an unknown retail price.
Cartridge:
128kb stereo cartridge available in three styles (flat, ridged, and curved lip)

Genre: Action/sports title for one player on the console, or for two-to-four players using the ComLynx cable
Screen/playfield orientation: landscape (horizontal)
Other ports of California Games: Amstrad CPC (1987), Apple II (1987), Commodore 64 (1987), MSX (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987), Apple IIgs (1988), Atari VCS (2600; 1988), Commodore Amiga (1988), DOS (1988), Atari ST (1989), Nintendo Entertainment System (1989), Sega Master System (1989), Sega Genesis (1991), J2ME (2005), and Nintendo Wii (2008)
Sequel to: Summer Games (including Summer Games II, The Games: Summer Edition [a.k.a. Summer Games 3]), and Winter Games (including The Games: Winter Edition)
Sequels: California Games II for DOS (1990), the Atari ST (1992), the Commodore Amiga (1992), and the Sega Master System (1993); California Games X for the J2ME (2008); and California Pro Golf for the Commodore 64 and DOS (both 1989)
Carton:  As a free pack-in, the cartridge (and manual) originally were housed in a plastic bag within the Lynx I console box. Later, the cartridge was sold separately in a standard-tab regular-size carton (5 3/8" by 4 3/8" by 7/8") in full color. A larger version of the carton was sold overseas in the European and Asian markets.
Manual: Stapled 20-page manual (including front and back covers) in monochrome. As a free pack-in for the Lynx I console, the manual was a large-size booklet (6 5/8″ by 4 3/4″). Later on, the same manual was folded in half and included in the carton when the game was sold separately in the regular-size carton. For the international markets, a regular-size booklet manual (4 7/8″ by 3 3/4″) was included with the cartridge.
Languages: English only for the large-size booklet manual in the US; English, French, German, Spanish, and Portuguese for the regular-size booklet manual sold internationally.
CALIFORNIA GAMES CREDITS
Developer/Licensee:
Epyx, Inc.

Programmers: Footbag: Pete Wierzbicki; Halfpipe: Stephen Jungels; BMX: James Donald; Surfing: Larry Abel
Artwork:  Matt (Matthew) Crysdale, Suzie (Susan) Greene, Jenny Martin, Art Koch, Paul Vernon, and Sheryl Knowles
Music: Robert Vieira and LX (Alex) Rudis
Came in Real Handy: RJ Mical and Dave Needle
Consultant: Chuck Sommerville
LYNXED IN
The Atari Lynx HandyCast is Now Part of The Throwback Network
Thanks to the hosts of The Throwback Review Podcast, (Sean Johnson, also of The Average Runner Podcast, and Rob "Flack" O'Hara, also of the You Don't Know Flack Podcast), The Atari Lynx HandyCast has been added to The Throwback Network. Many retro-themed podcasts are included on the network (both gaming- and non-gaming-related). I myself subscribe and listen to most of them, and I would highly recommend that you check out all of the great podcasts listed there. You can find the network here.
New Atari Lynx Trading Cards (Series 1) Now Available
Marc OberhaĆ¼ser on Atari Age is selling copies of his new trading card set for the Atari Lynx. He has already created trading card sets for the Atari 5200, the Atari 7800, and the Mattel Intellivision. The cards look fantastic, and I’ve already ordered the first set, which includes 55 cards: one each for 50 of the first games released by Atari, with the remaining five cards covering the console itself, game rarity scores, and additional information. Cost of the first set is €37.50 (roughly US$44.47), which includes shipping worldwide, and the set has already begun shipping out to those with pre-orders. You can read the Atari Age forum thread about the card set by clicking here. If you’re interested in owning this must-have accessory for Atari Lynx collectors, you can PM Marc OberhaĆ¼ser on the Atari Age Lynx forums, and he’ll get you on the purchase list.
Interview with Chuck Sommerville
Many thanks to Bill Kendrick, curator of the Atari Party in Davis, CA every year, and Shinto of The Atari Jaguar Game by Game Podcast, both of whom alerted me to a recent Retro Hour podcast interview with Chuck Sommerville, creator of the original California Games, as well as the Lynx game Chip’s Challenge, and with whom I share a birthday (I think I’m a little bit older). He also served as a consultant for the Lynx port of California Games. It’s a very interesting interview with one of the greats in the retro gaming industry, and I highly recommend you all check it out; I have a link for the interview here. And you can be sure that I'll be exploring Chuck's biography and career more in-depth in EPISODE 09: Chip's Challenge, coming up in June.


LYNX LYNKS
Information about California Games:
Atari Age title info/rarity guide for California Games
Atari Gamer title info/rarity guide for California Games
Digital Press title info/rarity guide for California Games
Wikipedia article about California Games
Moby Games article about California Games
Giant Bomb article about California Games
Glitch and Easter Egg for California Games on GameFAQs
Reviews and ratings for California Games:
Review by Jeff at JVGS
Review by Robert A. Jung at IGN (1999)
Review by The Video Game Critic (2003)
Review by Cyril Lachel at Defunct Games (2004)
Review by Retro Gamer Team (submitted by Alex Holmes) at Retro Gamer (2008)
Review by Chris Alaimo at Classic Gaming Quarterly (2009)
Review by Roger Barr at I-Mockery (2011)
Review by AusRetroGamer on AusRetroGamer(2013)
Review by Drew Kenaz at Indie Retro News (2014)
Review (Part 1)(Part 2)(Part 2) by Justin at Atari.io (2015)
Review by Jon Mc at Atari Gamer (2018)
YouTube videos about California Games:
Playthrough (World of Longplays)
Playthrough (Footbag) (StaxX28)
Playthrough (BMX) (StaxX28)
Playthrough (Halfpipe) (StaxX28)
Playthrough (Surfing) (StaxX28)
Playthrough and commentary (BTB/Lynx Lounge)
Playthrough and commentary (Chris16Bit)
Playthrough and commentary (Retro Gaming)
Playthrough and commentary (TheUnholyExpert)
Music/Soundtrack (Title) (Laird's Lair)
Music/Soundtrack (BMX) (Laird's Lair)
Music/Soundtrack (Footbag) (Laird's Lair)
Music/Soundtrack (Halfpipe) (Laird's Lair)
Music/Soundtrack (Surfing) (Laird's Lair)
TV commercial featuring California Games (Surfing): "In the Can" with Tobey Maguire (Atari7800com)
Retailers Selling California Games:
B & C ComputerVisions
(price list was last updated September 23, 2016; check website for availability): US$89.95-US$99.95 (sealed NIB; on eBay); US$49.95 (CIB); US$14.95 (cart/manual only)

Best Electronics (last updated April 2, 2018; check website for availability): US$14.95 (cart/manual only); US$9.95 (loose cart)
The Goat Store: US$11.99 (for loose flat-style cart)
Video 61 & Atari Sales: US$49.95 (cart/manual only)
Resources for Atari Lynx Console/Game-Related Collecting Materials/Tools:
Resource: Game Boy Color cases for Atari Lynx cartridges from Joom
Resource:
2 1/2" coin storage sheets from Amazon
Resource:
Atari Lynx game carton sleeves from RetroGameFreak
Resource:
Building a custom Atari Lynx game carton shelving unit from AtariGamer

ResourceAtari Lynx II display stand from Etsy
Other Lynks:
AtariGamer.com (Thanks to Igor for incorporating The HandyCast into his excellent website!)
Retro Video Gamer Forums (Thanks to TrekMD for helping to promote The HandyCast on his wonderful forums!)
Antic: The Atari 8-Bit Podcast (Thanks to Brad Arnold, Randy Kindig, and Kevin Zavitz for the shoutout about The HandyCast in Episode 50!)
The Atari 2600 Game By Game Podcast (Thanks to The Podfather himself, Ferg, for encouraging his listeners to check out The HandyCast in both Episode 151 and Episode 154!)
The Atari Jaguar Game By Game Podcast (Thanks to Shinto for encouraging his listeners to check out The HandyCast in Episode 22!)
Please Stand By (Thanks to Zerbe and Ferg for helping to promote The  HandyCast on several episodes of this fun-to-listen-to show, starting with Episode 60!)
The RCR Podcast (Thanks to the Retro Computing Roundtable: Paul Hagstrom, Quinn Dunki, Jack Nutting, and Carrington Vance, for highlighting The Atari Lynx HandyCast in Episode 167!)
Interview with LX (Alex) Rudis at The Atari Times (2002)

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
Thanks go to everyone who contributed feedback about California Games for this episode; it is greatly appreciated!
Also, I would like to thank the Free Music Archive for the following musical artists and songs that were used in this episode under the Creative Commons License: "8-Bit Core" by Tagirijus (opening and closing theme music), “Coast Highway” by A.A. Aalto, “Untitled” by Jesse Spillane, “Breaking Waves” by Psychadelik Pedestrian, “Oh Ford!” by The Cow Goes Moo, and “Golden Sunrise (Instrumental Version)” by Josh Woodward.
I would especially like to thank Shinto for submitting his memories of various Atari Lynx games he's owned in the past to The Atari Lynx HandyCast...they are greatly appreciated. And you should all check out Shinto's wonderful Atari Jaguar Game by Game Podcast; it's definitely worth listening to, even if you don't own or have never even seen a Jaguar console. You can find it here.
Many, many thanks also go to Zerbinator for his continued support. His encouragement and expertise are very much appreciated by me. You can find all of his fun-to-listen-to podcasts here, including my favorite, Please Stand By.
Finally, my thanks to Ferg of The Atari 2600 Game by Game Podcast. His inspiration and dedication to covering every game cartridge ever made for the Atari 2600 (I think over 1000 of them!) is what gave me the courage to begin this podcast. Please, check out his don't-miss podcast, even if you're not an Atari 2600 collector; or at least visit his website here.
I hope you enjoy this episode of The Atari Lynx HandyCast.

-Mark


Next Episode: "EPISODE 07: Fidelity Ultimate Chess Challenge" (available May 2018)

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

EPISODE 05: Gauntlet: The Third Encounter

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#PA2024, Published by Atari Corp.
In this episode, I cover Gauntlet: The Third Encounter, which was released in 1990. Included in the episode is a complete rundown of the gameplay, music, and sound effects. I also highlight reviews of the game, and some of my loyal listeners have kindly provided their feedback on Gauntlet, so I share it as well. Plus, I also provide information about the prices that collectors can expect to pay for an Atari Lynx Gauntlet cartridge on eBay.
    
The carton cover art for the 1990 Atari Lynx game covered in this episode, Gauntlet: The Third Encounter (left), was re-used by Tengen (the home console software licensing arm of Atari) to serve as the carton cover art for the 1993 Sega Genesis game Gauntlet IV (right).
GAUNTLET: THE THIRD ENCOUNTER VITAL STATISTICS
Release Date: By April of 1990
Initial retail price: $39.95
Cartridge:
128kb stereo cartridge available in two styles (ridged and curved lip)
Genre: arcade castle maze crawl/shoot-em-up for one player on the console, or two-four players using the ComLynx cable
Working Title: Time Quests and Treasure Chests (while under development at Epyx, Inc.)

The portrait (vertical) orientation of the screen/playfield in Gauntlet: The Third Encounter for the Lynx was questioned by game players and critics, both at the time of release and in the time since thenShinto of The Atari Jaguar Game by Game Podcast came up with a mockup of what a normal landscape (horizontal) orientation would look like for the game, had it been designed that way instead. Both the Action window and the Statistics/Radar/Inventory window remain the same size regardless of the orientation, but each window is repositioned. Do you think it would have made a difference in gameplay, or in the ultimate success of the game?
Screen/playfield orientation: portrait (vertical)
Other ports: This game was never ported to any other systems
Inspired by: Various Gauntlet arcade games released between 1985 and 1988; even though this game is usually included in the Gauntlet franchise that appeared in game consoles and home computers of the day (1985-2005), its inclusion in the franchise was a marketing ploy to capitalize on the Gauntlet name, and as such it is not considered an essential part of the Gauntlet canon
Legacy: Gauntlet III: The Final Quest (pseudo-sequel), released in 1991 for the Atari ST, the Commodore 64, the ZX Spectrum, and the Amstrad CPC.
Carton:  standard-tab regular-size carton (5 3/8" by 4 3/8" by 7/8") in full color; cover art was used for 1993 game Gauntlet IV for the Sega Genesis
Manual: stapled 28-page regular-size booklet (4 7/8" by 3 3/4") in monochrome
Languages: English only

GAUNTLET: THE THIRD ENCOUNTER CREDITS
Developer/Licensee:
Epyx, Inc.
Writer: Jon Leupp
Artwork:  Paul Vernon
Sounds: Robert Vieira and LX (Alex) Rudis
Music: Robert Vieira and LX (Alex) Rudis
Majority of Levels: Chuck Sommerville and Charlie Kellner

LYNXED IN
How to Win a McWill-modded Lynx I Console:
Rules and details about how to enter the Retro Man Cave Giveaway Competition can be found here. First Prize is a working Lynx I console, recapped and upgraded with the McWill LCD screen!


New Homebrew Title for the Atari Lynx: Wyvern Tales

A developer in Amsterdam named Ninjabba on the Atari Age Lynx Forums is getting ready to release his new Atari Lynx JRPG title, Wyvern Tales. Those who responded to his announcement a year ago on Atari Age to reserve a copy (or who subscribed on his website) have already been notified by email that the first batch of games have already been manufactured and are in stock and ready for purchase (full disclosure: I was one of the subscribers). Ninjabba goes further in saying that as soon as the website for Wyvern Tales is updated to accept reservations/purchases, anyone who is interested can log on and do so, depending of course upon availability. The final Wyvern Tales package contains an original looking Lynx box, game manual, and a curved lip style game cartridge (see photo above), and retails for £45 (or US$56) shipped. The developer has been posting updates on the Atari Age Lynx Forums, so check there for the latest information.


Displaying My TI-99/4a Collection (and My Atari Lynx Collection) at Vintage Computer Festival 6.0 in Roswell, GA on April 21 and 22
In just a few days, I will be hosting a display booth at the Vintage Computer Festival SouthEast 6.0 at the new Computer Museum of America in Roswell, GA. Along with my large “Experience the TI-99/4a” display, I will also have “A Look at the Lynx,” a smaller display showcasing the Atari Lynx and its library of games. I’ll have two working Atari Lynx II consoles from 1991, one of which sporting the McWill LCD screen upgrade, and both consoles will be available for hands-on gaming. Additionally, I’ll have my collection of over 45 games, all with original manual booklets or posters and most in original cartons, along with various cases and other add-on accessories. Take-one handouts outlining the brief history of the Atari Lynx and its legacy are also available. So if you’re in the Atlanta area that weekend, be sure to stop by my booth and say “hi.” But bring lots of AA batteries if you want to play with the Lynx…just kidding; I will provide the power.

LYNX LYNKS


Information about
 Gauntlet: The Third Encounter:
Atari Age title info/rarity guide for Gauntlet: The Third Encounter
Atari Gamer title info/rarity guide for Gauntlet: The Third Encounter
Wikipedia article about Gauntlet:The Third Encounter
Giant Bomb article about Gauntlet: The Third Encounter
Level 40 Cheat for Gauntlet: The Third Encounter in Tricks of the Trade column in Electronic Gaming Monthly #14 (August 1990)


Diary of an Atari Lynx Developer article about the similarities between the robot logo for Google's Android iOS and the Android character in Gauntlet: The Third Encounter (2010)

Reviews and ratings for Gauntlet: The Third Encounter:
Review by Kurt Olsen at Amigan.1emu.net
Review by Keita Iida at Atari HQ
Review by Ryan Genno on Down and Dirty Reviews
Review  in The Games Machine (UK; August 1990)
Review by Review Crew in Electronic Gaming Monthly #11 (May 1990)
Review by Robert A. Jung at IGN (1999)
Review by Matthias Jaap atThe Atari Times (2001)
Review by Dan Loosen at The Atari Times (2003)
Review by Patrick O'Connor at Defunct Games (2005)
Review  at The Video Game Critic (2005)
Review by Atari5200 at Atari Age (2008)
Review by Roger Barr at I-Mockery (2011)

YouTube videos about Gauntlet: The Third Encounter:
Playthrough (GamerBoyGU82)
Playthrough (Janatari73)
Final Boss Playthrough (Zonelynx Atari)
Playthrough and commentary (adwatts1966)
Playthrough and commentary (RndStranger)
Playthrough and commentary (Game Conclusion) (RndStranger)
Music/Soundtrack (Laird's Lair)
UK TV Advert featuring Gauntlet: The Third Encounter (ScottithGames)
Unboxing and Review (MALICEDOLL79)

Retailers Selling Gauntlet: The Third Encounter:
B & C ComputerVisions
(price list was last updated September 23, 2016; check website for availability): US$49.95
Best Electronics (last updated March 8, 2018; check website for availability): US$45.95
The Goat Store: US$12.99 (for loose curved lip cart) and US$32.94 (for used CIB)
Telegames (UK): £16.66 (US$23.63)
Video 61 & Atari Sales: US$49.95

Resources for Atari Lynx Console/Game-Related Collecting Materials/Tools:
Resource: Game Boy Color cases for Atari Lynx cartridges from Joom
Resource:
2 1/2" coin storage sheets from Amazon
Resource:
Atari Lynx game carton sleeves from RetroGameFreak
Resource:
Building a custom Atari Lynx game carton shelving unit from AtariGamer
ResourceAtari Lynx II display stand from Etsy

Other Lynks:
AtariGamer.com (Thanks to Igor for incorporating The HandyCast into your excellent website!)
Retro Video Gamer Forums (Thanks to TrekMD for helping to promote The HandyCast on your wonderful forums!)
Antic: The Atari 8-Bit Podcast (Thanks to Brad Arnold, Randy Kindig, and Kevin Zavitz for the shoutout about The HandyCast in Episode 50!)
The Atari 2600 Game By Game Podcast (Thanks to The Podfather himself, Ferg, for encouraging his listeners to check out The HandyCast in Episode 151!)
The Atari Jaguar Game By Game Podcast (Thanks to Shinto for encouraging his listeners to check out The HandyCast in Episode 22!)
Please Stand By (Thanks to Zerbe and Ferg for helping to promote The  HandyCast on several episodes of this fun-to-listen-to show, starting with Episode 60!)
The RCR Podcast (Thanks to the Retro Computing Roundtable: Paul Hagstrom, Quinn Dunki, Jack Nutting, and Carrington Vance, for highlighting The Atari Lynx HandyCast in Episode 167!)
Interview with LX (Alex) Rudis at The Atari Times (2002)

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

I would like to thank the Free Music Archive for the following musical artists and songs that were used in this episode under the Creative Commons License: "8-Bit Core" by Tagirijus (opening and closing theme music), "No Control" by Jahzzar, "Drifting" by Midival Punditz, "Gracias" by Hicham Chahidi, "E-Musik" by Phillip Gross, and "waiting for it to happen" by Simon Mathewson.

I would also like to thank Montague Habersham, or Monty as I know him. He is my podcasting assistant for The Handycast, and he also serves as King of the Under-Appreciated Artificial Podcasting Assistants Union, or the palindromically named  UAPAU. And he graciously agreed to appear with the old man from Scene 24 in the opening vignette of this episode. Thanks, Monty.

I would especially like to thank Shinto for submitting his memories of various Atari Lynx games he's owned in the past to The Atari Lynx HandyCast...they are greatly appreciated. And you should all check out Shinto's wonderful Atari Jaguar Game by Game Podcast; it's definitely worth listening to, even if you don't own or have never even seen a Jaguar console. You can find it here.

Many, many thanks also go to Zerbinator for his continued support. His encouragement and expertise are very much appreciated by me. You can find all of his fun-to-listen-to podcasts here, including my favorite, Please Stand By.

Finally, my thanks to Ferg of The Atari 2600 Game by Game Podcast. His inspiration and dedication to covering every game cartridge ever made for the Atari 2600 (I think over 1000 of them!) is what gave me the courage to begin this podcast. Please, check out his don't-miss podcast, even if you're not an Atari 2600 collector; or at least visit his website here.

I hope you enjoy this episode of The Atari Lynx HandyCast.

-Mark

Next Episode: "EPISODE 06: California Games" (available April 2018)

Saturday, March 31, 2018

EPISODE 04: Gates of Zendocon



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#PA2023, Published by Atari Corp.
In this episode, I cover Gates of Zendocon, one of five launch titles released for the original Atari Lynx console in 1989. Included is a complete rundown of the gameplay, music, and sound effects. I also highlight reviews of the game, and I have some feedback about Gates of Zendocon from some of my loyal listeners. Plus, I also provide information about the prices that collectors can expect to pay for an Atari Lynx Gates of Zendocon cartridge on eBay.
GATES OF ZENDOCON VITAL STATISTICS
Release Date: October 1989
Initial retail price: $34.99
Cartridge: 
128kb stereo cartridge available in all three styles (flat, ridged, and curved lip)
Genre: horizontal-scrolling space action shoot-em-up for one player
Screen/playfield orientation: landscape
Other ports: Gates of Zendocon was never ported to any other system
Cartridge: 128kb stereo cartridge, available in three styles (flat, ridged, and curved lip)
Carton:  standard-tab carton in full color; available initially in a large carton (7 5/8″ by 5 1/2″ by 7/8″), then later in a regular-size carton (5 3/8″ by 4 3/8″ by 7/8″) with a vertical gray band with faux-embossed X’s on the right of the carton; a regular-sized carton was released even later with larger cover art and no vertical gray band; and as far as is known, Gates of Zendocon was never released in a blister-pack
Manual: folded 6-page manual in monochrome; available in large booklet (6 5/8″ by 4 3/4″); available later in regular-size booklet (4 7/8″ by 3 3/4″)
Languages: English only (in the United States); Japanese language-version also available
     
Compare the spaceship in the 1977 Atari VCS (2600) Asteroidscarton cover art by Chris Kenyon pictured on the left with the spaceship in the 1989 Atari Lynx Gates of Zendocon carton cover art pictured on the right. Notice any similarities?
GATES OF ZENDOCON CREDITS
Developer/Licensee:
 Epyx, Inc.
Programmer: M. Peter Engelbrite
Other credits:  Included in a review written by Mike Kosher and posted in the June 1990 issue (Issue 11) of Electronic Gaming Monthly magazine is an allusion that R.J. Mical and Dave Needle from Epyx were involved in the production of the game, along with R.G. (unknown), Tom (probably Tom Schumacher), and LX (undoubtedly LX, or Alex, Rudis)
LYNX LYNKS
How to Win a McWill-modded Lynx I Console:
Rules and details about how to enter the Retro Man Cave Giveaway Competition can be found here. First Prize is a working Lynx I console, recapped and upgraded with the McWill LCD screen!
Information about Gates of Zendocon:
Atari Age title info/rarity guide for Gates of Zendocon
Wikipedia article about Gates of Zendocon
Giant Bomb article about Gates of Zendocon
PDF of “Atari Lynx Hint Book,” published by Atari in 1993 for Lynx game developers (hints, level codes/select cheat and Easter Egg for Gates of Zendocon can be found on pages 37-46)
Reviews and ratings for Gates of Zendocon:
Review by Marshall Rosenthal in The Games Machine (UK) magazine (issue 27; February, 1990)
Review in Zero Magazine (Issue 05; March, 1990)
Review by Clayton Walner at STart Magazine (Issue 39, December, 1990)
Review by Robert A. Jung at IGN (1999)
Review on Video Game Critic (2003)
Review by Vireo Gilvis on Kalisiin’s (Mostly Old-School) RPG Discussion Board (2012)
Review by Steve Fulton in his blog at GamaSutra (2013)
Review by Jon Mc of JMac Productions at Atari Gamer (2018)
Review by Ryan Genno at Down and Dirty Reviews
Review at Illusionware.it
User Rating on Moby Games
YouTube videos about Gates of Zendocon:
Review (Lynx Lounge/Brian Thomas Barnhart)
Review (ROM Swamp)
Playthrough (Sharky’s Sharkade)
Playthrough (Doctor Noob’s Game Bits)
Playthrough (Zonelynx)
Playthrough (World of Longplays)
Playthrough (Atari7800com)
Playthrough and commentary (Atari Fitness)
Playthrough and commentary (live stream) (The Atari Times)
Music/Soundtrack (complete) (Laird’s Lair)
Music/Soundtrack (Marc Ripoll)
Retailers Selling Gates of Zendocon:
B & C ComputerVisions
 (pricelist last updated September 23, 2016; check website for availability)
Best Electronics (last updated March 8, 2018; check website for availability)
Resources for Atari Lynx Console/Game-Related Collecting Materials/Tools:
Resource: Game Boy Color cases for Atari Lynx cartridges from Joom
Resource: 
2 1/2″ coin storage sheets from Amazon
Resource: 
Atari Lynx game carton sleeves from RetroGameFreak
Resource: 
Building a custom Atari Lynx game carton shelving unit from AtariGamer
Other Lynks:
AtariGamer.com (Thanks to Igor for incorporating The HandyCast into your excellent website!)
Retro Video Gamer Forums (Thanks to TrekMD for helping to promote The HandyCast on your wonderful forums!)
Antic: The Atari 8-Bit Podcast (Thanks to Brad Arnold, Randy Kindig, and Kevin Zavitz for the shoutout about The HandyCast in Episode 50!)
The Atari 2600 Game By Game Podcast (Thanks to The Podfather himself, Ferg, for encouraging his listeners to check out The HandyCast in Episode 151!)
The Atari Jaguar Game By Game Podcast (Thanks to Shinto for encouraging his listeners to check out The HandyCast in Episode 22!)
Please Stand By (Thanks to Zerbe and Ferg for helping to promote The  HandyCast on several episodes of this fun-to-listen-to show, starting with Episode 60!)
The RCR Podcast (Thanks to the Retro Computing Roundtable: Paul Hagstrom, Quinn Dunki, Jack Nutting, and Carrington Vance, for highlighting The Atari Lynx HandyCast in Episode 167!)
Interview with LX (Alex) Rudis at The Atari Times (2002)
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
I would like to thank the Free Music Archive for the following musical artists and songs that were used in this episode under the Creative Commons License: “8-Bit Core” by Tagirijus (opening and closing theme music), “Duck (Squeezed)” by Dee Yan-Kee, “Chiefs” by Jahzzar, “Scuba” by Simon Mathewson, “Sweet Passage” by Frau Holle, and “The 90s” by Los Close.
I especially would like to thank Shinto for submitting his memories of various Atari Lynx games he’s owned in the past to The Atari Lynx HandyCast…they are greatly appreciated. And you should all check out Shinto’s wonderful Atari Jaguar Game by Game Podcast; it’s definitely worth listening to, even if you don’t own or have never even seen a Jaguar console. You can find it here.
Many, many thanks also go to Zerbinator for his continued support. His encouragement and expertise are very much appreciated by me. You can find all of his fun-to-listen-to podcasts here, including my favorite, Please Stand By.
Finally, my thanks to Ferg of The Atari 2600 Game by Game Podcast. His inspiration and dedication to covering every game cartridge ever made for the Atari 2600 (I think over 1000 of them!) is what gave me the courage to begin this podcast. Please, check out his don’t-miss podcast, even if you’re not an Atari 2600 collector; or at least visit his website here.
I hope you enjoy this episode of The Atari Lynx HandyCast.
-Mark
Next Episode: “EPISODE 05: Gauntlet: The Third Encounter” (available April 2018)

EPISODE 06: California Games

PLAY EPISODE 05  HERE #PA2025, Published by Atari Corp. In this extra-length episode, I cover California Games , the pack-in/launch ...