Commbat (Atari 8-Bit, 5 1/4" Disk) Adventure International - 1981 USA, Canada Release

From Eli's Software Encyclopedia
Packaging cover Commbat.
Product ID ADVIN0002
Platform(s) Atari 8-Bit
Packaging Cardboard Sleeve With Styrofoam
Media 5 1/4" Disk
Copyright date 1981
Publisher(s) Adventure International
Developer(s) Bob Schilling
Category(s) Entertainment, Strategy
Country of Origin United States of America

Description from the packaging.

Requires two complete computer systems.

A strategic and tactical battle game that allows you, with your TRS-80's assistance, to pit your skill and dexterity against another player in a real time battle to the death!

You and your opponent are located in a 4,096 square kilometer combat reservation with exactly the same resources available to each, the outcome will be governed by the skills of each player and a little luck. As soon as you have established serial communications with your enemy (110 to 9,600 baud modem or direct connection), the battle is joined. You decide which weapons to carry, load them onto and maneuver up to eight remote controlled tanks with the primary goal of finding and destroying your enemy's base before he can do the same to you. Each enemy tank that you can defeat in combat lessens his chances of finding you.

Offensive and defensive weapons available to you include: Rockets, Lasers, Shells, Mines, Decoys, Drone Reconnaissance Aircraft and one Nuclear ICMB. All but the last two items may be loaded onto, carrier by and fired or dropped by your tanks, up to their maximum load carrying capacity.

Your computer displays current resource status, a map of the combat reservation updated by tank, base and decoy sensors and handles all communication chores, freeing you to make the strategic decisions and prosecute the tactical battle situations that arise.

Commbat requires as a minimum a computer system with RS-232 port and a 300 baud full duplex modem, or if the combatants are to be located within 300 feet of each other, a modem eliminator cable in lieu of the modems.

Program Parameters:

  • Language: Machine
  • Number of players (min/max): 2/2
  • Average completion time: 30 minutes to 4 hours
  • Suggested age group: 14 to adult
  • Recommended for novice?: Yes
  • Classification: War game
  • Sound?: No
  • Game save feature?: Yes
  • Multiple skill levels?: No
  • Graphics oriented?: Yes
  • Real time?: Yes
  • Special equipment: Two computers connected via the RS-232 connection with full duplex modems or Lynx modem or Connection modem. Will not work with half duplex modem. One modem must be originate, the other answer. If both computers are in the same room then the two RS-232 cables may be connected with no modems or phone line required.

System Requirements

Atari 8-Bit
Required RAM 24K
Required Network Modem 2 Player (300 bps or faster)
Null Modem 2 Player

Box Scans

Cardboard Sleeve With Styrofoam cover Commbat. Cardboard Sleeve With Styrofoam back Commbat.



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