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Lead: synesthesia homebrew for the 2600

I cannot wait for Lead to come out.

Granted, it’s already out. You can download the ROM (edit: no, no, download this one) and play it right now in a 2600 emulator like Stella. A warning: it’s tough.

Lead is a music shmup from programmer Simone Serra, designed for the Atari 2600. It boasts unforgiving gameplay and a catchy ‘glitch’ soundtrack.

As for the game’s music mechanics, freelancer/archivist/programming hobbyist Jess Ragan says, “Simone [Serra] has done what Tetsuya Mizuguchi could not: create a ‘synesthetic’ shooter that is not entirely dependent on pretty graphics and a pretentious art direction.” His review of an earlier build of Lead, below:

A little over a week ago, AtariAge announced the winner of the Lead Label Contest. The game will ship—with pretty labels on real Atari carts, as God intended!—this December.

5 responses to “Lead: synesthesia homebrew for the 2600” »

  1. Kevin Bunch says:

    I gotta be honest, I think that video would have been nicer without the fellow talking over it. I could barely hear the game!

    I agree though, the game looks really cool! I was keeping my eye on it, but not very closely. So I’m pretty surprised to hear the news of a cart release.

  2. Adam Milecki says:

    How odd. I JUST last night added this site to my Google Reader and now you’ve linked to a RetroThing article I wrote! Thanks!

  3. Adam Milecki says:

    Hey! I just read the about page and you’re Jenn Frank! Did you know that?! Haha, be on Retronauts more, kplzthxbai?

  4. librarian says:

    Hi, Adam! I’d meant to post about your Lead blarticle a little earlier, but work happened. Thank you for putting it on my radar! I am a big, big fan of 2600 homebrew.

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