Atari Illustrated

Beginning in 1981 Atari replaced the original text only labels with illustrated labels. The boxes are essentially the same, however the cartridge label removes the thin border and includes the same illustration used on the box. While the boxes continued to use different colored borders with white text, the label uses a black border with colored text. This style of label is the most common for Atari 2600 games and many games that were initially released with text labels also were re-released with illustrated labels. Later boxes with this style moved the game title below an Atari logo with a reduced font size.

Boxes (Original Style)

Warlords Breakout Pac-Man

Boxes (Revised Style)

Yar's Revenge Defender Pac-Man


Defender Pac-Man Super Breakout