8.5) What programs use a light pen or a light gun?

Contributor to this section: Bertrand M. (LEXX), Andreas Koch

The Atari computer reads the horizontal and vertical positions of a light pen
or a light gun in the same way.  Consequently, while software programs may be
intended for one or the other, these two types of controllers may often
substitute for each other.

A light pen or light gun requires a cathode ray tube (CRT) television or
monitor.  Only one light pen or light gun may be used on the Atari at a time.
Controller Jacks 1-3 on the 400 do not support a light pen / light gun.

Programs designed for a light gun:

Alien Blast, Richard Gore for DGS, 1993
Alien Invaders (TB-XL or CTB) disk by R.Gore (available from DGS);
Barnyard Blaster, James V. Zalewski for Atari, 1987
Bembel Wo by Thorsten Butschke for Foundation Two, 1998
Bug Hunt, Alan Murphy and Rob Zdybel for Atari, 1987
Cementerio, Pelusa Software, 1989
Click!, Chris Martin, 2008
Comparando Figuras, Turbo Software/M.P.M., 1989?
Crime Buster, Ron Andrzejewski & James Zalewski for Atari, 1988
Crossbow, Sculptured Software for Atari, 1988
Disparando a la Vocales, Turbo Software/M.P.M., 1989?
Emboscada en el Desierto, Turbo Software/M.P.M., 1989?
Flyshoot by Kemal Ezcan for Zong 2/93
Gangsters by Houra, Pesout, Stefek, Sterba, Svoboda, 2007
Gangstersville, Emanuele Bergamini for Lindasoft, 1988
Geisterschloss, KE-Soft, 1992
Guntris by Richard Gore, 1996
Hardwaretester/Peripheral Test 2.0 by Florian Dingler, 2008
Helocoptero de Combate, Turbo Software/M.P.M., 1989?
Hit the Mole by Carsten Strotmann, 2004
Invasion, Pelusa Soft
Jezkovy voci, Frantisek Houra, 2016
Laser Gun, Turbo Software/M.P.M., 1989?
Laser Math, Turbo Software/M.P.M., 1989?
Light Gun Blaster, Andre Willey, Atari User Feb. 1988
Light Gun Blaster (enhanced) by Pedrokko
Messe Hanau, Kemal Ezcan, 1995
Operation Blood, P. Kalinowski & P. Bulkowski of Our 5oft for Mirage and ANG,
  Light Gun Version by The Missing Link, 1993
Operacion Comando, Turbo Software/M.P.M., 1989?
Pajaki II, Arkadiusz Lubaszka for ArSoft, 1996
Schiessen, L. Franzky (Abbuc magazine)
Sharp Shooter, Matthew Ratcliff, 1989
Simon, Turbo Software/M.P.M., 1989?
Sniper, Premysl Stefek, Radek Sterba, Petr Svoboda and Fandal, 2007
Special Forces (Operation Blood II), P. Kalinowski & P. Bulkowski of
  Our 5oft for Mirage and ANG, light gun conversion by Homesoft
Tiro al Blanco, Turbo Software/M.P.M., 1989?
Toy'Swap, Victor Parada, 2015
- See also Fandal site search for games that use a light gun:
  http://a8.fandal.cz/search.php?search=light+gun&butt_details_x=x
- See also AtariMania list of games that use a light gun:
  http://preview.tinyurl.com/pffhtwh
- See also http://atari.panprase.cz/?action=lg-hry

Programs designed for a light pen:

- Alien Blast, Richard Gore for DGS, 1993
- Alphabet Construction Set (Playground Software) by Futurehouse
- Animal Crackers (Playground Software) by Futurehouse
- AtariGraphics by Steve Gibson for Atari, (c)1984
  (RX8054, shipped with Atari Light Pen CX75 only)
- Belegost, by Ondrej Cada, Mirek Fidler, Antonin Holik, Rudolf Kudla, 2016
- Blazing Paddles by Baudville, 1986
- Computer Crayons (Playground Software) by Futurehouse
- Concentration by Stack Computer Services, 1983
- Crossword Twister by Stack Computer Services, 1983
- Demonstration program cassette by Atari, 1980 (CX4124, shipped with CX70)
- Draughts by Stack Computer Services, 1983
- Go by Stack Computer Services, 1983
- Hardwaretester/Peripheral Test 2.0 by Florian Dingler, 2008
- Hit the Mole by Carsten Strotmann, 2004
- KoalaPainter by Koala for Commodore 64/Atari (diskette)
  (Illustrator product by Island Graphics, light pen version)
- Language Skills - Alphabet Recognition by Futurehouse, 1982
- Language Skills - Different Symbol Discrimination by Futurehouse, 1982
- Language Skills - Letter Sequences by Futurehouse, 1982
- Language Skills - Like Symbol Discrimination by Futurehouse, 1982
- Letter Tutor by Edgework for Atari, 1984 prototype
- Life by Stack Computer Services, 1983
- Light Pen Doodle by John and Mary Harrison for Antic, 1984
- Little Red Riding Hood (Playground Software) by Futurehouse, 1983
- Lost in the Labyrinth by Stack Computer Services, 1983
- Math Fun for the Young - Level I by Tech-Sketch, 1983
- Math Fun for the Young - Level II by Tech-Sketch, 1983
- Matrix by Dave Oblad, 1985
- Micro Illustrator by Tech-Sketch (diskette)
  (Illustrator product by Island Graphics, light pen version)
- Othello by Stack Computer Services, 1983
- Paint-N-Sketch Level I by Tech-Sketch, 1983
- Paint-N-Sketch Level II by Tech-Sketch, 1983
- Peripheral Vision by Futurehouse, 1984
- Seek and Destroy by Stack Computer Services, 1983
- Shape and Color Recognition by Tech-Sketch, 1983
- Shuffler by Stack Computer Services, 1983
- Simon by Stack Computer Services, 1983
- See also AtariMania lists of games and utilities that use a light pen:
  http://preview.tinyurl.com/ps962gx
  http://preview.tinyurl.com/pqe5ppu
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