Heart Break (A8)

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Heart Break
Platform: Atari 8-bit
Year: 1988
Developer: Andrew Dickinson
Buy: Amazon

Heart Break is a Bubble Ghost clone set in space that is made nearly impossible due to poor controls. You play a space man in a large space station that is filled with dangers. The dangers can't actually hurt you, and beyond that, walls can't even stop you. You can easily fly though everything without getting injured. However, there is a spinning heart which appears on one side of the screen and must be pushed to the other side. To do this, you push the fire button on the joystick which will spray air at it, causing the heart to move. However, if anything touches the heart, or if the heart touches a wall it breaks. The concept is interesting, but unfortunately it is extremely difficult to control how far the heart will move, which means that you'll most likely push it into a wall over and over again. I played the game about ten times and still never made it half way through the very first screen.

When the developer, Andrew Dickinson, submitted the game to Atari they wanted him to change the name of the game to Heart Break, which is what it's called in the game, but someone at Atari must have forgot to change the box artwork because it was shipped with the name that Dickinson originally wanted, Heartache.


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The title screen

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Moving the heart along.

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Heart Break has a nice title track composed by Richard Munns. It's above average for other Atari 8 bit games, and worthy of a listen.


# Title Composer Length Listen Download
01 Heart Break Richard Munns 3:09



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Title: Heartache
Platform: Atari 8-bit
Released: 1988-??-??
Publisher: Atari Corp., Ltd.