Stampede is a classic video game written by Bob Whitehead and published by Activision in 1981. It was released for the Atari Video Computer System (later called the Atari 2600). The game was one of the first games to be released for the Atari 2600 and was an instant hit.

The game was designed by Bob Whitehead, a former employee of Atari. Whitehead had previously worked on the game Adventure, which was released in 1979. He was inspired by the classic arcade game Space Invaders and wanted to create a game that was similar but more accessible to the home console market.

Stampede is a game where the player controls a cowboy who must lasso and capture wild horses. The player must dodge obstacles such as cacti and rocks while trying to capture the horses. The game has three levels of difficulty and the player must complete each level in order to progress to the next.

The game was well-received by critics and players alike. It was praised for its simple yet challenging gameplay and its colorful graphics. The game was also praised for its innovative use of the Atari joystick, which allowed for more precise control of the cowboy.

Stampede was a success for Activision and Bob Whitehead. It was one of the first games to be released for the Atari 2600 and helped to establish the console as a viable platform for gaming. The game was also a success for Whitehead, who went on to create other successful games such as Pitfall and River Raid.

Stampede is a classic game that still holds up today. It is a testament to Bob Whitehead’s creativity and skill as a game designer. The game is a classic example of how a simple concept can be turned into an enjoyable and challenging game.