Night Stalker

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Follow this link for info about the review system. 1 = Terrible, 5 = Awesome!

Mattel's answer to Berzerk, without electrified walls or Otto.

Night StalkerGraphics: 3
Sound: 5
Replay Value: 3
Notes: 1-player game (despite the fact that they say you can have two - one moves, one shoots)
Screen Shots

The graphics for this game are decent. When you get to the tougher robots, you see some interesting stuff. It gets really nasty when they can blast away your safe house. There are some interesting sound effects, like when you hit a shielded robot, and the constant thrump thrump thrump pounding in the background. If you can handle moving with one controller and shooting with the other, you can dispatch your enemies a bit more easily. Some variations in the maze layout would have been a nice addition.

Playing Tip: If you can get used to it, try using one controller to run, the other to shoot. You can then run and shoot at the same time!

Mattel reworked this as an M-Network game for the Atari VCS called Dark Cavern.




ROM No ROM variants have been identified.
Box So far, eight variations have been found.
Manual Thirteen variants have been identified.
Overlays Four different overlay variations are known to exist.
Label To date, nine labels have been recorded.
Easter Eggs No Easter Eggs have been found.




A total of eight Night Stalker box variants have been documented.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
Night Stalker Box (Mattel Electronics 5305-0910) Mattel Electronics 5305-0910 1982 U.S.A. Trayless pocket; no part number on top; © Mattel, Inc. Hawthorne, CA on bottom
Image not available. Mattel Electronics 5305-0910 1982 Hong Kong Plastic tray; no part number on top; © Mattel, Inc. Hawthorne, CA on bottom
Night Stalker Box (Mattel Electronics 5305-0510) Mattel Electronics 5305-0510 1982 Hong Kong French-Canadian; plastic tray; no part number on top; © Mattel Canada Inc., Toronto, Ontario, Canada on back
Night Stalker Box (Mattel Electronics 5305-0410) Mattel Electronics 5305-0410 1982 Hong Kong International Edition; no part number on top; © Mattel, Inc. Hawthorne CA on bottom of box; slots in back for extra manual(s); slots inside for overlays
Night Stalker Box (Intellivision Inc. 5305) Intellivision Inc. 5305 1982 U.S.A. Standard Intellivision, Inc. box
Night Stalker Box (Sears 5401-0910) Sears 5401-0910 1982 U.S.A. Trayless pocket; blue game title on top and back; game title on top of box rotated 180 deg. compared to the standard case
Night Stalker Box (Sears 5401-0910) Sears 5401-0910 1982 Hong Kong Kudos to JasonlikesINTV for discovering this variation (announced on Atari Age on Feb. 19, 2014); this version is like the other Sears Hong Kong boxes, with the white plastic tray; sadly, though "complete", my copy's box cover is literally torn (very cleanly) from the rest of the box
Image not available. Digiplay N/A 1981 Brazil Mattel Electronics logo on box; no part number apparent; © Mattel Inc. 1981 on front; trayless pocket; manual and overlays in separate slots; localized title PERSEGUIÇÃO NOTURNA




A total of thirteen Night Stalker manual variants have been documented.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
Night Stalker Manual (Mattel Electronics 5305-0920) Mattel Electronics 5305-0920 1982 U.S.A. Erroneously states FOR 1 OR 2 PLAYERS on cover - was there a corrected printing?
Night Stalker Manual (Mattel Electronics 5305-0920) Mattel Electronics 5305-0920 1982 Hong Kong Erroneously states FOR 1 OR 2 PLAYERS on cover - was there a corrected printing?
Night Stalker Manual (Mattel Electronics 5305-0720) Mattel Electronics 5305-0720 1982 Hong Kong French-Canadian; erroneously states FOR 1 OR 2 PLAYERS on cover - was there a corrected printing?
Night Stalker Manual (Mattel Electronics 5305-0121) Mattel Electronics 5305-0121 1982 Hong Kong German version; erroneously states FOR 1 OR 2 PLAYERS on cover; font for game title has different aspect ratio than typical Mattel game manual font
Image not available. Mattel Electronics 5305-0?20 1982 U.S.A. Italian version; Erroneously states FOR 1 OR 2 PLAYERS on cover - was there a corrected printing?
Night Stalker Manual (Mattel Electronics 5305-0920) Mattel Electronics 5305-0920 1982 Italy Italian version (black and white); noted, and image contributed by Spadafermo51; localized title: Agguato Notturno
Night Stalker Manual (Mattel Electronics 5305-0920) Mattel Electronics 5305-0920 None   Swedish translation from LEAB; black and white; erroneously states FOR 1 OR 2 PLAYERS on cover (in Swedish); no copyright date or origin provided
Night Stalker Manual (Mattel Electronics PC-5305-0920) Mattel Electronics PC-5305-0920 1982 U.S.A. PlayCable version; erroneously states FOR 1 OR 2 PLAYERS on cover
Image not available. Bandai 5305-0201 None   Japanese release by Bandai; noted by voltron and others; shows stylized game graphics
Night Stalker Manual (Intellivision Inc. 5305-0920-G1) Intellivision Inc. 5305-0920-G1 None U.S.A. Accordion-style fold; does a Mattel version of this manual exist?
Night Stalker Manual (Sears 5401-0920) Sears 5401-0920 1982 U.S.A. Erroneously states FOR 1 OR 2 PLAYERS on cover - was there a corrected printing?
Night Stalker Manual (Sears 5401-0920) Sears 5401-0920 1982 Hong Kong Kudos to JasonlikesINTV for discovering this variation (announced on Atari Age on Feb. 19, 2014); erroneously states FOR 1 OR 2 PLAYERS on cover
Night Stalker Manual (Digiplay) Digiplay N/A 1979 Brazil Mattel/Digiplay edition; © M.I. 1979 on back; image courtesy of Hankster




A total of five Night Stalker overlay variants have been documented.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
Night Stalker Overlay (Mattel Electronics 5305-4289) Mattel Electronics 5305-4289 1982 U.S.A.  
Night Stalker Overlay (Intellivision Inc. 5305-4289) Intellivision Inc. 5305-4289 None   Copyright information removed
Night Stalker Overlay (Digiplay) Digiplay N/A 1982   Localized in Brazilian Portuguese; image submitted by mgc423
Night Stalker Overlay (Phil Boland 49 75236) Phil Boland 49 75236 1982 U.S.A. Part of the Sears Super Video Arcade Overlay Set (2013)
Image not available. Intellivision Productions N/A None   Part of the standard 10 overlay set from the 2014 Intellivision Flashback; copyright information has been removed




A total of nine Night Stalker label variants have been documented.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
Night Stalker Label (Mattel Electronics) Mattel Electronics N/A 1981 U.S.A. Origin lower left; © M.I. 1981; ™ upper right
Image not available. Mattel Electronics N/A 1982 U.S.A. Origin lower left; © M.I. 1982 lower right, ™ upper right; small label, rounded corners; small, bold font for copyright, etc.
Image not available. Mattel Electronics N/A 1982 U.S.A. Origin lower left; © M.I. 1982 lower right, ™ upper right; small label, rounded corners; thin, larger font for copyright, etc.; submitted by Hankster
Night Stalker Label (Mattel Electronics) Mattel Electronics N/A 1981 Hong Kong Origin lower left; © M.I. 1981 lower right, ™ upper right
Image not available. Mattel Electronics N/A 1981 Singapore Origin lower left; © M.I. 1981; ™ upper right; submitted by Hankster
Night Stalker Label (Mattel Electronics) Mattel Electronics N/A 1982 U.S.A. Origin lower left; © M.I. 1982; ™ center right; appears to be painted on and not a sticker label; thanks to intvdave pointing me to a forum post about these
Night Stalker Label (Intellivision Inc.) Intellivision Inc. N/A 1982 U.S.A. Origin lower right; © I.I. 1982 to left of origin; ™ small, centered vertically on right edge; smaller label, rounded corners
Image not available. Digiplay N/A None   Digiplay edition; no image has been located yet, but existence is reasonably certain; suspect that it is dual-language, with NIGHT STALKER in large font on first line, and smaller font (PERSEGUÇÃO NOTURNA) on second line; submitted by Psycho Stormtrooper
Night Stalker Label (Phil Boland) Phil Boland N/A None   Part of the Sears Super Video Arcade Overlay Set (2013)




Title Screen Title screen for Night Stalker.
The Dark Cavern The Invisible robot was quite a hoot! Some rather interesting liquid-like sound effects for the shielded robots, too.




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