Former Atari employee D. Scott Williamson has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the creation and sale of an Atari 2600 cartridge version of the 1980 Cinematronics arcade game Star Castle.

An Atari conversion of Star Castle was planned for release during the console's lifespan, but was scrapped before development began due to the difficulty involved in recreating its gameplay. The game's core elements later inspired the creation of the hit 2600 release Yars' Revenge.

Williamson, taking the port's abandonment as a challenge, single-handedly created his own 2600 port of Star Castle, which went on to receive a positive reception when it was shown off at a local fan event. Williamson now seeks to produce a limited-edition run of cartridges, complete with reproduction boxes and printed manuals, to be given to Kickstarter supporters.

The ROM file for the game itself and supplemental materials will be given to supporters who pledge $10 or more. $50 gets a clear 2600 cartridge version of the game featuring flashing lights that respond to in-game action, while those who pledge $100 or more will receive a flash cartridge capable of playing all 2600 titles on an original console.

[via @werezompire]