No… But Yes! Yars’ Revenge To Be Remade

Have you ever actually played Yars’ Revenge? You can play it here. Of all the games to remake, Atari choose that? A classic, perhaps, but it nevertheless boggles the mind. Big Download got the scoop: “This new version is the first game that’s due to be released by Killspace Entertainment… Its remake of Yars Revenge will have a Japanese anime art style as it tells the story of a nameless Yar who was previously brainwashed by the Qotile empire. Now having broken from their control, the Yar battles back against its former masters. Look for massive aerial battles, multiple endings and local support for two player co-op.”

It’s out in early 2011 for digital download. I have posted both the new trailer and the original TV ad. Compare and contrast and wtf.

“That’s revenge.” Amazing.


  1. Dominic White says:



    What!? I don’t know what I’m even seeing or thinking here. I really have no words.

    • Saul says:


      AND, on top of all that…

      While the second video was starting (“A fly!”), the video above went on to play an advertisement. It was an ad for Mortein surface spray. Mortein’s mascot is a (mutant) fly called Louie.

      I … I think they’re inside my head. Must … try to … sleep.

  2. poop says:

    lol a serious anime remake of an atari game this is the kinda shit people joked about four years ago

    the art style looks terrible as well though, like instead of deciding to draw based on an aesthetic they got a note that just said COPY GIANT ROBOT ANIME OKAY THANKS

  3. ERm says:

    What. The hell. Really?

  4. terry says:

    Man that guy in the office is tripping balls

  5. Archonsod says:

    I preferred the original advert tbh. A good example of the long lost art of showing the gameplay rather than some crappy cutscenes.

    • Vinraith says:

      Yup. Weird as the original ad is, it shows you exactly how the game plays, and how many game ads can you say that of these days? And anyway, of course the ad’s weird, the game was pretty weird. It was a a lot of fun, though, and that pulsing noise that played over it still haunts my dreams.

    • Bhazor says:

      Sony has always been the absolute worst at that. There’s been some real doozy’s.

      I will say that as graphics have improved theres been more in game footage being used. Anyone remember the PS1 era? They often didn’t even show pre-rendered footage just have actors talking about it instead. Often terrible actors talking about things with no connection to the game.

  6. Miker says:

    What? Can someone explain Atari’s reasoning to me?

  7. Dominic White says:

    I really do wonder why they decided to go with awkward imitation faux-anime stylings on this one. That shit has never worked, and never will. You wanna make a game about aerial combat and giant robots? You go and learn from the masters before you even THINK of trying.

    This is what it should look like, goddammit:
    link to

    • DJ Phantoon says:

      That chain punch thing the first mech did? That’s like, the least efficient weapon ever. What if you miss?! Gundams are the product of Science Fantasy and not Science Fiction. And as for the trailer… Man, I don’t know. It’s not like Atari can’t make entertaining games, but I get the feeling this… thing… is because they haven’t really started work on the game. And what’s with the armor on the person? I thought it was a mech or a ship that looked like a bug. Did I miss something? Does she have to have unarmored bits? I can’t imagine an armored suit that allows you to fly and shoot lasers has issues with bending at the joints.

      ARGH IT’S GARBAGE! At least cel shading is. Seriously people, what the fuck??

    • ERm says:

      The music in that video angers me so much for some inexplicable reason. So much.

    • Jake says:

      I’m all in favour of giant robots that transform into fighter planes, but they just ain’t Starscream.

      (Also did that first robot fire a spring-loaded boxing glove of infinite length and power?)

    • mandrill says:

      I don’t care if its ridiculous. I want that game. It is a game isn’t it?
      They had everything in there, I think the only thing missing was Evangelion. I certainly notice Gundam, Macross, and Code Geas.

    • Dominic White says:

      Jake: Yes. yes it did.
      link to (from another game entirely – the Super Robot Wars series are strategy-RPGs that are also official crossover fanfics. Gloriously dumb fun)

    • Spacewalk says:

      Banpresto should have been given the Transformers license instead of those guys doing the MMO. A SRW game re-skinned to be entirely Transformers would be just the ticket.

      Might I suggest another form of giant flying robot game whilst we’re at it. The video’s quite long at close-to ten minutes, put the kettle on while it loads.

    • Dominic White says:

      There’s a new Bangai-O game coming out on the 360, too. Hurrah for over-the-top giant robot games. It seems that only Japan is capable of producing them. Whenever a western studio tries, it either turns into a generic third-person shooter or something even weaker than that.

    • Casimir's Blake says:

      New Bangai-O for the 360? :( Oh Treasure, why must you continue to ignore the PC? Some of us don’t WANT new consoles…

    • Spacewalk says:

      Videos make Bangai-Oh HD look like it’s going to be a cross between the Dreamcast game and Spirits on the DS, which probably means that it’s going to be the bestest thing.

    • Chris says:

      Re: the music in that R video, is it just me or is it a rip-o… er, heavily influenced by the Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann theme tune?

  8. Shon says:

    I am greatly saddened that I do not get to play a giant mutant fly that eats barriers and spits fire.

  9. ZIGS says:

    Goddamn weeaboos

  10. Fumarole says:

    It’s been… close to thirty years since I last played Yars’ Revenge. Man I’m old.

    Edit – Hmm, all these years I had mentally been putting the apostrophe before the S.

  11. Vinraith says:

    So that ad for the new “game” is a gag, of course. Right?

  12. Xakota says:

    Definitely willing to give it a chance.

  13. geldonyetich says:

    I suppose it really shouldn’t be that surprising after seeing the remake of Haunted House.

    Good to know that Atari is giving some of the kids suckered into game development diploma mills a chance at making some scratch.

  14. Malawi Frontier Guard says:

    Now I know how games are made.

  15. Sigma Draconis says:

    News of a Yars’ Revenge remake is the most random thing I’ve seen all month.

    This Animesque style is an odd choice. It’s going to be divisive, though I’m 90% sure people would whine about the visual style even if it wasn’t like this. Regardless, I loved the original, so I’m really interested to see how Killspace handles this.

  16. Clovis says:

    Clearly a dumbed down version for console-tards.

  17. the wiseass says:

    Is the spam filter still eating all my comments?

  18. Matzerath says:

    Funny thing is, I was thinking of making my own updated Yar’s Revenge as a joke. I was leaning towards more of a blacksploitation movie style, though.
    Yar’s Badassssssssssss Revenge.

  19. Shagittarius says:

    Wow atari had envisioned Kinect way back in the 2600 days. It appears it worked as well back then too.

    • josh says:

      I was totally thinking “Did someone get Kinect to work on an Atari 2600?”
      Some one should since they got the open source driver working for it.

  20. Wooly says:

    Surely this can’t be serious. Right? Right?

  21. Chris K. says:

    Huh, good point geldonyetich, note that the Haunted House remake was due out in Sept. 2010. Lesse, 3 months late? <voice like=\Donald Trump\> You are fired! </voice>

  22. CMaster says:

    Beyond anything else, the animation in that new trailer was just really, really poor. Does not bode well.

  23. James McNeill says:

    Fly, Yar Warriors, Fly
    Attack, Yar Warriors, Attack
    We owe the Qotile something
    and it’s time to pay them back

    Kid Stuff Records put out a vinyl record around 1982 with a Yar Warriors song on it. Here’s the rundown and some MP3s:

    link to

    • Zwack says:

      Thanks for that. Wasn’t expecting it in a hippy folk music style.

  24. gummybearsliveonthemoon says:

    Wow, looks awful. Anime styling, not insectoid hero, no footage of gameplay…

    I invoke the Battlestar Galactica rule. If you do a remake and veer so far from the source material that all you have is the names from the original and a tangential connection, just give up and call it a new property.

    To whit: If you make a Pink Panther movie and it doesn’t have anything to do with stealing a giant pink diamond OR star a bumbling Parisian gendarme, call it “The Bumblefuck Heist” instead of “Tangent of the Pink Panther”.

    • RakeShark says:

      Honestly, I don’t mind the fact it’s Anime-styled. Anime can lend itself to some exceedingly breathtaking, stark, and fantastic visuals that western animation would never think to do.

      I think your worries on that are more founded on the potential for Metroid: Other M characterization, where all you want to do is reach into the screen and slap some sense into the once-strong-female-bounty-hunter-turned-frightened-passive-milk-maid.

    • Jason Moyer says:

      I’m not sure why they didn’t just remake this and Star Raiders with the same artstyle as the Atari Age comics that the 2600 versions shipped with. The gameplay in both would translate fine, imho.

    • Polysynchronicity says:

      @RakeShark – except that this is Anime Done Awful, from the looks of it. Even Blade Kitten (lol) was better at it than a paper mask on a fairly ugly robot.

    • Casimir's Blake says:

      Invoking the Battlestar Galactica rule inevitably means Yar would become a beyond-dark all-humans-are-bastards sci-fi drama that is utterly impenetrable, unlikeable, and rapes a Hendrix song.

    • RakeShark says:

      @Polysynchronicity – I am very much willing to overlook non-triple-A anime so long as the style serves the narrative. On the other hand, I cannot forgive a pretty-looking anime for having a truly despicable presentation of narrative and character.

      @Casimir’s Blake – You mean a Bob Dylan song, Jimi may have made it popular beyond measure, but Bob didn’t make that difficult.

    • Casimir's Blake says:

      Good point Rake, I stand corrected! I always tend to think of the Hendrix version first as I never was much of a Dylan fan. But the emo-Americano treatment on the BSG version was truly horrendous.

    • Polysynchronicity says:

      @RakeShark: I really agree with you on that point, some of my favorite shows weren’t very well animated. But in this case I don’t think we can expect much character or narrative out of it at all, which leaves us with poor writing AND poor graphic design.

      The gameplay might still be good though, in which case any number of things can be overlooked. I’ll leave that one for when we can see some actual gameplay.

  25. Vaughn says:

    I was personally wanting to see something a little bit more God of War. Yars Revenge definitely needs some cut-scenes and quick-time events to stay true to the original source material.

  26. icupnimpn2 says:

    I grew up a Coleco kid, but bought a VCS at a thrift store in 1997 or so. Yars’ Revenge quickly became a favorite. The game is really fun, and the original advertised storyline always seemed way more dramatic than the game itself. You could get none of it from playing the game.

    Anyway, I’m really looking forward to the new one.

  27. Jason Moyer says:

    Raping my childhood one Atari 2600 remake at a time.

  28. Stu says:

    That’s not the Yars’ Revenge ad I would’ve posted.

  29. Jahkaibah says:

    First Customer: “Waiter, there’s a fly in my soup!”

    Waiter: “Well, keep quiet about it or everyone will want one…”

    Second Customer: “A fly? I’ll have a mutant fly!”

    Waiter: “Damnit”

  30. ScubaMonster says:

    This sort of game definitely needs a serious plot line and involved story. Next up, we need Galaga and Pacman remade in this fashion.

    • The Magic says:

      Dude a new galaga game with a serious plotline would be totally awesome! I want a new galaga game, and I’ve always seen it as being a little more serious than things like pac man or asteroids. Also that theme tune in modern music tech.

    • Dominic White says:

      ” I want a new galaga game”

      There was one not too long ago. It’s pretty great.

    • ScubaMonster says:

      New ET game, stat.

  31. Sigvatr says:

    Looks like they hired some game development “university” to make it.

  32. elyscape says:

    It could be worse! They could be remaking Custer’s Revenge.

  33. pipman3000 says:

    i don’t see a single pirate in this game at all! you can’t make a game called yar’s revenge and not have it be about pirates!!!

    • pipman3000 says:

      okay i got an idea for a game it’s called montezuma’s revenge. it’s about a canadian lawyer who is looking for love in all the wrong places, he has a talking dog named lex luthor who makes fun of him for his failures.

    • Matt says:

      I thought that game was about vomiting until you black out and/or doing the flyin’ hawaiian.

  34. Thants says:

    I feel like I’m watching The Animatrix.

  35. pimorte says:


    Whilst we’re talking crazy robot games, how about one where every mech is an interpretation of a current or past operating system?
    link to

  36. Nallen says:

    Played it on the Atari 2600 crew, checking in

  37. BeamSplashX says:

    I’ll buy it if there’s a one-liner to the effect of “Yar gonna regret this!”

  38. Dave says:

    Whoah, flashback. HSWWSH !