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Re: Top 10 Atari 2600 Games - WAIT here me out, YES lists are stupid and pointless but I am just curious to see how everyone's compares and which titles seem to repeat or not ;) Anyone "old" and grew up with Atari 2600 like me? Of course even if you didn't grow up with it or came to discover it much later in life you are welcome to list your top 10 favs! Off the top of my head I will go with -  


1. Space Invaders.

2. Vanguard.

3. River Raid.

4. Pitfall. 

5. Asteroids.

6. Kaboom ! 

7. Keystone Kapers.

8. Demon Attack.

9. Super Breakout.

10. Missile Command.


:D Good times, feel like I grew up through the history of gaming and still love it!

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"For you, the day Bison graced your village was the most important day of your life. But for me, it was Tuesday."

 - M. Bison

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Hmm, hard to come up with just 10.  And yes, I'm old too!  LOL  Here are 10 of my favorites in no particular order:


1.  Pitfall II

2.  Space Invaders

3.  River Raid

4.  Crystal Castles

5.  Millipede

6.  Escape from the Mindmaster

7.  The Official Frogger

8.  Ms. Pac-Man

9.  Stargate

10.  Dig Dug

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Here are mine in no order. I'm another old fella.


1.Yars' Revenge

2. Frogger

3. Ms Pac-Man

4. Berzerk

5. Space Invaders

6. Asteroids

7. Missile Command

8. Solar Fox

9. Vanguard

10. Pitfall



This list was pretty tough to narrow down to only 10.

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A really hard decision:


Space Invaders, my VCS-Killer App

Adventure, no need to explain

Pac Man, anyway it's Pac Man!

Yar's Revenge



Space Shuttle

Pitfall II: Lost Caverns


Donkey Kong, i love it with all its incarnations!


Honorable mentions: Q*Bert, Gorf, Wizard of War, Mario Bros., Galaxian, Missile Command

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Old guy, who spent his formative years with the 2600.

Here's my Top 10 list that I made in January 2007. I'm sure I could quibble with it, but I might as well go with it.


It's entirely based on the games I most enjoyed in the heyday of the system & the hours of enjoyment the games provided me.


10. Circus Atari

9. Seaquest

8. Chopper Command

7. Combat

6. Space Invaders

5. Asteroids

4. Pac Man

3. Yars Revenge

2. River Raid

1. Pitfall

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Here are my lists.  There were difficult to narrow down and are subject to change, lol...


Top 10 as a child:


 1 - Adventure

 2 - Mountain king

 3 - E.T.

 4 - Asteroids

 5 - Missile command

 6 - Pac-man

 7 - Space Invaders

 8 - Pitfall!

 9 - Megamania

10 - Combat


Top 10 as an Adult:


1  - Jr. Pac-Man

2  - Ms Pac-Man

3  - Space Invaders

4  - Missile Command

5  - H.E.R.O

6  - Pitfall II

7  - Indy 500

8  - Stargate

9  - Demon Attack

10 - Ice Hockey

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Whether it's in your top ten today or as a kid list, it's cool to see Pac-Man and E.T. show up, since they get bashed so often. As a kid, both would've made my top ten and I still enjoy them today. 

:pac_man:  :emoji-E420:  :et:


Kangaroo would've also made my top ten as a kid list.

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Lists are not stupid or pointless, they're great!  :lol:


Top 10 favorites I played as a kid in the 80s/90s, in no particular order:


1) Yars' Revenge
2) Superman

3) Crystal Castles

4) E.T.

5) California Games

6) Ice Hockey

7) Asteroids

8) Berzerk

9) Mario Bros.

10) Defender


Top 10 favorites as of now, again not in any order:


1) Yars' Revenge

2) Enduro

3) California Games

4) Beamrider

5) Crystal Castles

6) Berzerk

7) Shuttle Orbiter

8) Subterranea

9) Montezuma's Revenge

10) Gravitar

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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. 

I am Rob aka MaximumRD aka OldSchoolRetroGamer and THIS is my world http://about.me/maximumrd

"For you, the day Bison graced your village was the most important day of your life. But for me, it was Tuesday."

 - M. Bison

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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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@ 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.


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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


5. Millipede

4. Super Breakout

3. Ms. Pac-Man

2. Venture

1. Pitfall II: Lost Caverns

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