Quantum Arcade Game
Enter the fantastic world of QUANTUM. A totally new high energy video experience from ATARI where players probe subatomic world to capture stray atoms without being destroyed by deadly particles. QUANTUM incorporates unique QuadraScan video graphics with a midi Trak-Ball control to offer an all new video skill challenge. The Trak-Ball is used to guide a probe or “sparkler” over the screen to capture particles by drawing a complete circle around them with its tail.
There are various particles on the screen to capture. First, there are Nuclei around which Electrons orbit. When a nucleus is snared and explodes, the electrons change into Positrons which, if they are encircled before flying off the screen, are worth extra points. During a later wave, the Pulsars appear, The pulsar travels toward the probe, pulsing its arms in and out as it moves. The probe is destroyed if it makes contact with any part of the pulsar.
Other deadly particles to be avoided or captured for extra points include triangular Photons, self-dividing Splitters, and diamond-shaped Triphons. In later stages of game play, the nuclei join together forming bonds. The prove is destroyed if it crosses the bonds when they are red, but can safely pass through when the bonds are yellow. As the game progresses, the numbers of nuclei, bonds, and enemies increase, along with the speed of all the objects in general. For the advanced player, double points can be collected for circling more than one object at a time.