S1E17 APX Typo Attack – Supplement


This episode features Typo Attack, originally released in 1982 by APX.  It was programmed by David Buehler, a seventeen year old high school junior.  It was the winner of the APX Star Award earning David $25,000.

Podcast: Download



From Antic Magazine September 1983:

APX Typo Attack Ad


Manual Cover

APX released version:

APX Typo Attack Manual



News from Atari Connection Spring 1983:

APX Typo Attack News



David demonstrating Typo Attack:

APX Typo Attack Demo



Box and Supplement Scans

Scan of the front of the box (the Atari released version):

APX Typo Attack Box Front

Scan of the back of the box (the Atari released version):

APX Typo Attack Box Back


Typo Attack in Action


Animated intro with hands typing to trigger missiles:

APX Typo Attack Boot Intro




Completion of the animation.  Notice the Atari copyright.  This screen shot was captured from a dumped cartridge image:


APX Typo Attack Boot




Game Play

The games start screen:

APX Typo Attack Game Start


Wave 1:

APX Typo Attack Wave 1



Wave 2 (Notice Sp for Space on the third base):

APX Typo Attack Wave 2


Wave 3:

APX Typo Attack Wave 3


Wave 4:

APX Typo Attack Wave 4


Wave 5:

APX Typo Attack Wave 5


Wave 6:

APX Typo Attack Wave 6


Wave 7:

APX Typo Attack Wave 7


Wave 8:

APX Typo Attack Wave 8

Scores and Testing

Screenshots of my progress:

Score 1

Score 2

Score 3

Score 4

Score 5

Score 6

Score 7


Screenshots of my type testing:

Test 1

Test 2

Test 3


Scanned Manual: Download



The booklet that taught me to type properly:

Berkley Computer Keyboarding in 4 Hours

  • Publisher: Berkley Pub Group (Mm) (September 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 042507210X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425072103

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Intro music is an excerpt from a chip tune by Wizwars named 8 Bit Raceway.  It is used under Creative Common license Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 United States.

3 thoughts on “S1E17 APX Typo Attack – Supplement

  1. Been using T.A. for eons now. Still like it. Trying to locate David Buehler (where is David these days). Cannot positively find him. I think others are interested where this wiz-kid is now. What he’s done since back in the day. Active conversation piece on Atariage.

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