Sabertooth Posted November 14, 2014 Report Share Posted November 14, 2014 What are your top five, desert island Atari games? I'm talking all platforms, all Atari corporate incarnations, home console or arcade. Here are mine to get the ball rolling: 5) Marble Madness (Arcade) - One of the most unique titles to come out of Atari Games, Marble Madness is a bizarre isometric platform game where you are a marble. Hard to master, often frustrating and really, really cool. Fun fact: Marble Madness designer Mark Cerny would go on to become the lead architect of the Playstation 4. 4) Roadblasters (Arcade/Lynx) - Growing up, the local swimming pool had an area with a food stand, a foosball table and two or three games. One of these games was Roadblasters. I don't remember what the other games were because I only had eyes for Roadblasters. I loved the steering wheel, the power ups and voice synthesizer. The Lynx port is fantastic too and infinitely playable. 3) Tempest 2000 (Jaguar) - Jeff Minter's Jaguar masterpiece is one of the single most satisfying gaming experiences available on any console. Once you fall into the zone the music, graphics and gameplay become entrancing. 2) Gauntlet (Arcade) - I didn't get a regular allowance as a kid. Instead, I roamed the neighborhood with a metal Radio Flyer wagon and collected bottles to exchange for change at the corner store. There were three things that competed for my hard earned cash: Garbage Pail Kids, M.U.S.C.L.E. figures and Gauntlet. I freakin' love Gauntlet. The endless hordes of ghosts and ghouls, the boundless treasure, the sumptuous food, the "dun-dun-dun" furiously droning to remind you that your blue elf is about to die. 4-player gaming at its finest. Thank you Ed Logg. 1) Missile Command (various) - There is something about films, books and games celebrating cold War hysterics that I simply adore. No other video game captured the essence of global thermonuclear war quite like Missile Command. Whether at the arcade, on the 2600, 5200, 8-bit, Lynx or Jaguar, I love this game. There is nothing like fending off wave after wave of relentless incoming enemy missiles. The 2600 version was one of my earliest video game experiences. Later, I played it feverishly on my XEGS and Jaguar. Nowadays, Super Missile Command on the Lynx fits the bill. Whatever the platform, if it's Mutually Assured Destruction, sign me up! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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