Oct 23, 2021
Dave Johnson: Demon Attack, Atlantis; APX Lookahead;
Personal Financial Management
Dave Johnson programmed software for the little-known Interact Model One computer, and later worked as a programmer for Atari, where he created the game Lookahead, which was published by Atari Program Exchange. Lookahead is a fun little strategy board game that you can play against the computer or another human.
We think Dave Johnson programmed the Atari Personal Financial Management System, a slick-looking but buggy home finance package that Atari kept delaying, finally released a year late, then quickly discontinued. Read Bill Lange's blog post for the full story about that program.
After Atari, Dave worked at Imagic, where he programmed the Atari 8-bit versions of the games Demon Attack and Atlantis. There, he also created the game Quick Step! for the Atari 2600.
This interview took place on October 12, 2021. A video version is also available.
AtariMania's list of Dave's Atari 8-bit games
Play or download Lookahead
Lookahead in the fall 1981 APX catalog
Bill Lange research on Atari Personal Financial Management System
Personal Financial Management System at AtariWiki
Interact Model One computer
Dave on Twitter
This interview on YouTube