Video Game / Flag Capture
is an early Atari 2600
game from 1978. It's the first video game example of Capture the Flag
, though the mechanics are incomplete - there is only one flag, there are no bases to bring it back to, and there is no fighting.
One or two players wander around a 9x7 grid of squares, and press the fire button to find out what's in that square. It may be the flag, or a hint about where the flag is, or a bomb that sends them back to their starting square.
There are 10 variations:
- 1: Free For All: Both players move in real time.
- 2: Double Two-Player: Players take turns moving and checking a square.
- 3: Double Two-Player with a moving flag that bounces off the edges of the screen.
- 4: Double Two-Player with a moving flag that wraps around the screen.
- 5: Solo Two-Player: Players take turns moving and checking until they find the flag.
- 6: Solo Two-Player, moving flag with wall.
- 7: Solo Two-Player, moving flag with wrap-around.
- 8: Single Player Timed.
- 9: Single Player Timed, moving flag with wall.
- 10: Single Player Timed, moving flag with wrap-around.
Flag Capture provides examples of: