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10 of my favorite Atari 2600 Games - Name yours!


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#21 MaximumRD

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Posted 25 August 2017 - 03:12 PM

Making lists and selections is stupid in a certain matter. You must neglect something important. ET, Raiders of the lost Ark, Riddle of the Sphinx and Demon Attack are also fine games, which have to be mentioned. But there are only ten tickets for the Super Bowl.

And I agree as I pretty much stated right at the start of my post  ;)  HOWEVER I was curious more about what people would personally list and indeed not only has everything listed been great choices but they also reflect the type of games each of us enjoy, as well I have been reminded of several titles I either forgot about or time or never tried the first time around and now have some to keep in mind the next time I feel like a 2600 fix. 


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#22 Arenafoot

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Posted 27 August 2017 - 10:36 PM

as a child back then (based on only the games I had - my "go to" titles) in no order:
  • Adventure (was the first title I sought out to get)
  • River Raid
  • Ice Hockey
  • Omega Race
  • Frogger
  • Freeway
  • Ms. Pac-Man
  • Pole Position
  • RealSports Volleyball
  • Battlezone
Honorable mentions:
Yars' Revenge
Summer Games
Human Cannonball
Circus Atari
 
games I didn't like, back then:
  • Swordquest Fireworld (thought it was another type of Adventure)
  • Fishing Derby (tried - couldn't beat the computer)
  • Laser Blast (tried - couldn't figure it out)
  • Space Shuttle (huge manual)
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • E.T. (had the manual & poster and played on game 3 - didn't like the pits)
  • Tax Avoiders
  • Space Invaders
  • Combat (2 player game - I was an only child)
  • Star Raiders
 
games I have now in my collection ("go to" games - not counting the titles above):
  • Midnight Magic
  • Star Wars: Death Star Battle
  • Centipede
  • Chopper Command
  • Tac-Scan
  • Thunderground

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#23 TeddyGermany

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Posted 28 August 2017 - 04:21 AM

@ MaximumRD

 

My personal choice doesn't represent my all time favourites for the VCS. These games were important for me in the good old days. It is impossible to give them an order and it is difficult to say, which game is more important than another and comes to the  top ten instead of others. It depends on personal circumstances. No objective criterions in sight.

 

The results are very exciting. It's a pulsating thread.


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#24 Jin

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Posted 14 October 2017 - 03:23 PM

I always like looking through other people's Top 10 lists to see what games they enjoy that I may have not tried yet, but when I tried making my own list I ended up having waaaay too many fantastic games in the "honorable mentions" category so I wound up making it a Top 20. :D


20. Midnight Magic
19. Montezuma's Revenge
18. H.E.R.O.
17. Smurf: Rescue in Gargamel's Castle
16. Alien
15. Starmaster
14. Miniature Golf
13. Adventure
12. Centipede
11. Robot Tank

10. River Raid
9. Sentinel
8. Kung-Fu Master
7. Crystal Castles
6. GORF
5. Millipede
4. Super Breakout
3. Ms. Pac-Man
2. Venture
1. Pitfall II: Lost Caverns

Edited by Jin, 14 October 2017 - 03:24 PM.

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Posted 24 October 2017 - 10:59 AM

In no particular order...

Enduro
Atlantis
Demon attack
Spider fighter
HERO
Dodge em
Kaboom
Yars revenge
Megamania
Missile Command
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#26 Starbuck66

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Posted 24 October 2017 - 11:33 AM

Current list:

1. Adventure
2. Pitfall II
3. HERO
4. Moon Patrol
5. Q-Bert
6. Missile Command
7. Kaboom
8. Tunnel Runner
9. Tutenkham
10. Haunted House

Kid list
1. Berserk
2. Pitfall
3. River Raid
4. Asteroids
5. Vanguard
6. Ms Pac Man
7. Moon Patrol
8. Star Trek: SOS
9. Video Pinball
10. Miniature Golf
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Posted 30 October 2017 - 01:33 PM

Wow...this is just too hard to come up with 10. I'll mention 10 but they're in no particular order:

 

- Jr. Pac-Man -- IMHO, the best officially-sanctioned arcade port on the 2600!

- Yars' Revenge -- because, come on!

- Lady Bug -- awesome homebrew. Seriously, play this and then play the arcade version - you'll barely be able to tell the difference.

- Pitfall! -- an instant classic. I do NOT like Pitfall 2, though.

- River Raid -- another instant classic.

- Demon Attack -- one of two games in which I was able to find a kill screen back in the '80s! (The other: The Activision Decathlon)

- Space Invaders -- of the versions I've played (2600, 5200, 7800 homebrew, arcade) -- this is easily my favorite.

- Communist Mutants From Space -- a semi-hidden gem in the library! So much fun.

- Space Rocks -- another amazing homebrew. It takes the things that can make the official 2600 Asteroids boring and makes 'em...uhh...unboring? I guess???

- Video Pinball -- I even like this better than Midnight Magic -- but wow..so much fun and strategy in this one. It's a very frequent go-to when I want to play some 2600 stuff.


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Supernatural, perhaps...baloney, perhaps not.


#28 Starbuck66

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Posted 01 November 2017 - 01:27 PM

I might have to drop Moon Patrol from my top 10; I just got a copy for my 5200 and it’s awesome!

Current list:

1. Adventure
2. Pitfall II
3. HERO
4. Moon Patrol
5. Q-Bert
6. Missile Command
7. Kaboom
8. Tunnel Runner
9. Tutenkham
10. Haunted House

Kid list
1. Berserk
2. Pitfall
3. River Raid
4. Asteroids
5. Vanguard
6. Ms Pac Man
7. Moon Patrol
8. Star Trek: SOS
9. Video Pinball
10. Miniature Golf



#29 Starbuck66

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Posted 01 November 2017 - 01:30 PM

Wow...this is just too hard to come up with 10. I'll mention 10 but they're in no particular order:

- Jr. Pac-Man -- IMHO, the best officially-sanctioned arcade port on the 2600!
- Yars' Revenge -- because, come on!
- Lady Bug -- awesome homebrew. Seriously, play this and then play the arcade version - you'll barely be able to tell the difference.
- Pitfall! -- an instant classic. I do NOT like Pitfall 2, though.
- River Raid -- another instant classic.
- Demon Attack -- one of two games in which I was able to find a kill screen back in the '80s! (The other: The Activision Decathlon)
- Space Invaders -- of the versions I've played (2600, 5200, 7800 homebrew, arcade) -- this is easily my favorite.
- Communist Mutants From Space -- a semi-hidden gem in the library! So much fun.
- Space Rocks -- another amazing homebrew. It takes the things that can make the official 2600 Asteroids boring and makes 'em...uhh...unboring? I guess???
- Video Pinball -- I even like this better than Midnight Magic -- but wow..so much fun and strategy in this one. It's a very frequent go-to when I want to play some 2600 stuff.


Just curious if you have a CV with that version of Ladybug? If so, how does the 2600 version stack up to that one?

I’m with you on Video Pinball > Midnight Magic too.

What don’t you like about Pitfall II?

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Posted 01 November 2017 - 01:38 PM

Wow...this is just too hard to come up with 10. I'll mention 10 but they're in no particular order:

 

 

- Space Rocks -- another amazing homebrew. It takes the things that can make the official 2600 Asteroids boring and makes 'em...uhh...unboring? I guess???

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I just now tried "Space Rocks" on Harmony, and OMG....it is just awesome.  I think I need to re-do my list. 


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Posted 04 November 2017 - 07:41 PM

Just curious if you have a CV with that version of Ladybug? If so, how does the 2600 version stack up to that one?

What don’t you like about Pitfall II?


I don't have a CV, never did. Most I ever saw of it was as a floor model at Montgomery Ward.

Pitfall II -- the checkpoints kind of annoy me...way too far apart...and the neverending music gets on my nerves.
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Supernatural, perhaps...baloney, perhaps not.





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