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I've often been asked if I have a place where I post my rankings of the games I review.  I didn't, until now.
Here are all the Atari 2600 games I've reviewed and ranked.
These rankings are based on my own personal enjoyment of games when playing as a single player. (So a game can be well made, but ranked low simply because I don't enjoy it that much)
I will try to update this list as I continue to review games over at my YouTube channel
If you'd like to see a  review of an individual game, simple go to YouTube and search for No Swear Gamer and the episode number.
Reviewed 2600 Game Rankings

1)    Adventure - Ep 268    
2)    Pitfall! - Ep 150    
3)    Yars' Revenge - Ep 318    
4)    Ice Hockey - Ep 319    
5)    Haunted House - Ep 25    
6)    Ms. Pac-Man - Ep 138    
7)    River Raid - Ep 192    
8 )   Dig Dug - Ep 189    
9)    Demon Attack - Ep 446    
10)    Space Invaders - Ep 327    
11)    Jr. Pac-Man - Ep 328    
12)    Missile Command - Ep 425    
13)    Keystone Kapers - Ep 282    
14)    California Games - Ep 260    
15)    Video Pinball - Ep 321    
16)    Jungle Hunt - Ep 432    
17)    Beamrider - Ep 522    
18)    Wizard of Wor - Ep 478    
19)    Frogger - Ep 313    
20)    Millipede - Ep 556    
21)    Super Breakout - Ep 637    
22)    Boxing - Ep 593    
23)    Road Runner - Ep 364    
24)    Frankenstein's Monster - Ep 287    
25)    Alien - Ep 307    
26)    Robot Tank - Rp 467    
27)    Battlezone - Ep 261    
28)    Phoenix - Ep 163    
29)    Berzerk - Ep 154    
30)    Fantastic Voyage - Ep 569    
31)    Tapper - Ep 535    
32)    Circus Atari - Ep 353    
33)    Warlords - Ep 444    
34)    Asteroids - Ep 107    
35)    Centipede - Ep 111    
36)    H.E.R.O. - Ep 431    
37)    China Syndrome - Ep 644    
38)    Empire Strikes Back - Ep 391    
39)    Frogger II - Ep 600    
40)    Mountain King - Ep 567    
41)    Beefsteak Tomatoes - Ep 516    
42)    Mega Force - Ep 429    
43)    Kangaroo - Ep 88    
44)    Joust - Ep 213    
45)    Enduro - Ep 337    
46)    Tomcat F-14 - Ep 374    
47)    Starmaster - Ep 441    
48)    Pole Positn* - Ep 277    
49)    Kung Fu Master - Ep 290    
50)    Tennis - Ep 510    
51)    River Raid II - Ep 489    
52)    Quest For Quintana Roo - Ep 461    
53)    Room of Doom - Ep 690    
54)    Commando Raid - Ep 427    
55)    Bumper Bash - Ep 386    
56)    Bobby is  Going Home - Ep 413    
57)    Gravitar - Ep 348    
58)    Stargate - Ep 258    
59)    Bank Heist - Ep 509    
60)    Seaquest - Ep 232    
61)    Journey Escape - Ep 195    
62)    Fast Food - Ep 114    
63)    Popeye - Ep 357    
64)    Ikari Warriors - Ep 255    
65)    Tunnel Runner - Ep 246    
66)    Xenophobe - 235    
67)    Off The Wall - Ep 178    
68)    Realsports Volleyball - Ep 130    
69)    Pete Rose Baseball - Ep 190    
70)    Dodge'em - Ep 202    
71)    Super Football - Ep 543    
72)    Smurf - Ep 169    
73)    Star Raiders - Ep 90    
74)    Frostbite - Ep 581    
75)    Cosmic Ark - Ep 284    
76)    Dark Cavern - Ep 379    
77)    Skateboardin' - Ep 359    
78)    Superman - Ep 536    
79)    Spitfire Attack - Ep 499    
80)    Sentinel - Ep 314    
81)    River Patrol - Ep 106    
82)    Ghostbusters - Ep 286    
83)    Raft Rider - Ep 488    
84)    Amidar/Spiderdroid - Ep 463    
85)    Pigs in Space - Ep 302    
86)    Star Voyager - Ep 438    
87)    Dark Chambers - Ep 54    
88)    Cosmic Commuter - Ep 336    
89)    Time Warp - Ep 541    
90)    Quadrun - Ep 279    
91)    Fathom - Ep 245    
92)    Megamania - Ep 123    
93)    Threshold - Ep 105    
94)    Name This Game - Ep 214    
95)    Ghost Manor - Ep 380    
96)    Crossbow - Ep 223    
97)    Summer Games - Ep 175    
98)    Mouse Trap - Ep 31    
99)    Mario Bros. - Ep 219    
100)    Basketball - Ep 265    
101)    Bowling - Ep 555    
102)    Home Run - Ep 161    
103)    Moon Patrol - Ep 476    
104)    Star Wars Arcade - Ep 534    
105)    Gyruss - Ep 576    
106)    Commando - Ep 662    
107)    Demons to Diamonds - Ep 643    
108)    Street Racer - Ep 642    
109)    Submarine Commander - Ep 271    
110)    Dragonfire - Ep 244    
111)    Kool-Aid Man - Ep 183    
112)    E.T. - Ep 9    
113)    Pac-Man - Ep 34    
114)    Congo Bongo - Ep 354    
115)    Winter Games - Ep 259    
116)    Donkey Kong - Ep 208    
117)    M*A*S*H - Ep 507    
118)    Breakout - Ep 636    
119)    Night Driver - Ep 635    
120)    Planet Patrol - Ep 519    
121)    Shootin' Gallery - Ep 498    
122)    StarGunner - Ep 496    
123)    M.A.D. - Ep 426    
124)    Gopher - Ep 565    
125)    Realsports Boxing - Ep 508    
126)    Mogul Maniac - Ep 419    
127)    Survival Run - Ep 335    
128)    Othello - Ep 306    
129)    Buck Rogers - Ep 301    
130)    Atlantis - Ep 283    
131)    Sir Lancelot - Ep 274    
132)    Crypts of Chaos - Ep 198    
133)    Krull - Ep 262    
134)    Turmoil - Ep 212    
135)    Spider Fighter - Ep 231    
136)    Q*bert - Ep 295    
137)    Pengo - Ep 299    
138)    Midnight Magic - Ep 317    
139)    Space Attack - Ep 281    
140)    Crystal Castles - Ep 474    
141)    Gorf - Ep 517    
142)    Q*bert's Qubes - Ep 689    
143)    Snoopy - Ep 688    
144)    Polaris - Ep 445    
145)    Time Pilot - Ep 347    
146)    Carnival - Ep 125    
147)    Chopper Command - Ep 59    
148)    Golf - Ep 592    
149)    Cosmic Corridor - Ep 530    
150)    Marine Wars - Ep 339    
151)    Realsports Football - Ep 143    
152)    Plaque Attack - Ep 412    
153)    Math Gran Prix - Ep 55    
154)    Lock 'N' Chase - Ep 30    
155)    Reactor - Ep 132    
156)    Bugs - Ep 194    
157)    Vanguard - Ep 42    
158)    Rampage - Ep 237    
159)    Tutankham - Ep 248    
160)    Adventures of Tron - Ep 266    
161)    Dolphin - Ep 253    
162)    Galaxian - Ep 273    
163)    Quick Step - Ep 486    
164)    MOTU: He-Man Ep 578    
165)    Death Star Battle - Ep 394    
166)    King Kong - Ep 390    
167)    Robin Hood - Ep 276    
168)    Front Line - Ep 472    
169)    Space Cavern - Ep 580    
170)    Grand Prix - Ep 587    
171)    Crackpots - Ep 521    
172)    Obelix - Ep 470    
173)    Taz - Ep 361    
174)    Burgertime - Ep 495    
175)    Up n Down - Ep 484    
176)    Tanks But No Tanks - Ep 459    
177)    Solar Storm - Ep 388    
178)    Fishing Derby - Ep 300    
179)    Gremlins - Ep 298    
180)    Towering Inferno - Ep 216    
181)    Raiders of the Lost Ark - Ep 72    
182)    Realsports Soccer - Ep 129    
183)    Laser Blast - Ep 585    
184)    Flash Gordon - Ep 573    
185)    Earth Dies Screaming - Ep 606    
186)    Double Dragon - Ep 236    
187)    Mr. Do! - Ep 285    
188)    Tron Deadly Discs - Ep 338    
189)    Crash Dive - Ep 450    
190)    Wall Ball - Ep 493    
191)    Chuck Norris Superkicks - Ep 683    
192)    Sprint Master - Ep 278    
193)    Gangster Alley/Task Force - Ep 147    
194)    Sea Hawk - Ep 141    
195)    Omega Race - Ep 247    
196)    Lost Luggage - Ep 254    
197)    Crazy Climber - Ep 280    
198)    Thunderground - Ep 264    
199)    Realsports Tennis - Ep 251    
200)    Venture - Ep 334    
201)    Defender - Ep 256    
202)    Star Trek: S.O.S. - Ep 622    
203)    James Bond 007 - Ep 572    
204)    Cross Force - Ep 482    
205)    Bermuda Triangle - Ep 350    
206)    Infiltrate -Ep 492    
207)    Hangman - Ep 553    
208)    Picnic - Ep 641    
209)    Sea Monster - Ep 640    
210)    Freeway - Ep 291    
211)    Jedi Arena - Ep 393    
212)    Title Match Pro Wrestling - Ep 136    
213)    Space Jockey - Ep 67    
214)    Sky Jinks - Ep 121    
215)    Brain Games - Ep 118    
216)    Oink! - Ep 252    
217)    Skiing - Ep 418    
218)    Human Cannonball - Ep 583    
219)    Mr. Do's Castle - Ep 685    
220)    Skeet Shoot - Ep 552    
221)    Fire Fighter - Ep 53    
222)    Star Fox - Ep 96    
223)    Fire Fly - Ep 95    
224)    Realsports Baseball - Ep 167    
225)    Donkey Kong Jr - Ep 211    
226)    Tax Avoiders - Ep 8    
227)    Air Sea Battle - Ep 457    
228)    Airlock - Ep 292    
229)    Tomarc - Ep 465    
230)    Final Approach - Ep 551    
231)    Star Ship/Outer Space - Ep 437    
232)    G.I. Joe: Cobra Strike - Ep 639    
233)    Guardian - Ep 638    
234)    Shark Attack - Ep 250    
235)    Entombed - Ep 564    
236)    Basic Math - Ep 539    
237)    Glib - Ep 297    
238)    Artillery Duel - Ep 329    
239)    Squeeze Box - Ep 469    
240)    Spike's Peak - Ep 331    
241)    Flag Capture - Ep 579    
242)    Chase the Chuckwagon - Ep 537    
243)    Karate - Ep 455    
244)    I Want My Mommy - Ep 571    
245)    Dishaster - 506    

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The No Swear Gamer on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChtJuo040EOCTVziObIgVcg

Host of The Atari 7800 Game by Game Podcast on iTunes, Stitcher and YouTube

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Thank you all!

 

The list has been updated to 153.

For my 150th review, I covered the iconic Missile Command. 

Not sure what I'll do when I reach 200. 

Maybe Skeet Shoot... ;)

The No Swear Gamer on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChtJuo040EOCTVziObIgVcg

Host of The Atari 7800 Game by Game Podcast on iTunes, Stitcher and YouTube

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1 minute ago, socrates63 said:

🎉👏🥂 It’s pretty amazing how long and how many 2600 games you’ve reviewed @nosweargamer  As a relatively recent subscriber, you’re a gold mine of fun Atari content. Thanks for continuing to produce great content. 

Thank you and you're very welcome! What's crazy is I still have around 100 more in my collection to review! 😲

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@nosweargamer Your ranking system is ingenious. I first found you on youtube about 6 months ago and have been watching you ever since. You're like a better version of Classic Game Room that still reviews games and doesn't beg for money. Thank you so much for all that you do. 

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Thanks for posting the list.  Recently got a Retron 77 and started looking for games I never played back in the day.  Happed to find your channel and have been very impressed with the quick reviews you do.  It's refreshing to see a channel that doesn't stretch out everything to ten minutes in order to get monetized.  Keep up the good work.

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On 8/17/2020 at 11:11 PM, HDN said:

@nosweargamer Your ranking system is ingenious. I first found you on youtube about 6 months ago and have been watching you ever since. You're like a better version of Classic Game Room that still reviews games and doesn't beg for money. Thank you so much for all that you do. 

That's pretty high praise and you're very welcome. I wish I could have half the reach of CGR! While I do have a Patreon account (The small amount of money I do earn allows me to make as many video as do and do contests), I try not to "beg".

1 hour ago, SuperTrooper said:

Thanks for posting the list.  Recently got a Retron 77 and started looking for games I never played back in the day.  Happed to find your channel and have been very impressed with the quick reviews you do.  It's refreshing to see a channel that doesn't stretch out everything to ten minutes in order to get monetized.  Keep up the good work.

You're welcome and enjoy your new system. Yeah, most of my reviews don't last ten minutes as I talk kinda fast, and the just don't need. However some games (especially Intellivision titles) go far beyond the 10 minute mark out of necessity.  The only videos that are regularly 10 minutes are incomplete gameplay videos that actually last longer. I shorten them to ten as I figure they really don't need to be longer than that, unless I was able to complete the entire game.

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4 hours ago, socrates63 said:

Talk about standing the test of time! Reviewed during episode 25 and still maintaining a spot in the Top 5. Very impressive!

I find that the more games I review, the harder it is to find new Top 10 games. This is most likely because some of the best games were best sellers that I've already reviewed. Many of the games I have left to review are the more obscure games. I'm still hoping to find some hidden gems that challenge for a top spot!

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5 hours ago, socrates63 said:

Talk about standing the test of time! Reviewed during episode 25 and still maintaining a spot in the Top 5. Very impressive!

Haunted House never did much for me. I only learned how to play it a few months ago when I got the manual. The first game mode is too easy for me and the others are just too frustrating.

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2 minutes ago, HDN said:

Haunted House never did much for me. I only learned how to play it a few months ago when I got the manual. The first game mode is too easy for me and the others are just too frustrating.

I'm totally cool with that, although I find there are several gamers who look at you weird if you don't always agree with their opinions and sometimes even take it personally. It's sad that that happens sometimes.

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1 minute ago, nosweargamer said:

I'm totally cool with that, although I find there are several gamers who look at you weird if you don't always agree with their opinions and sometimes even take it personally. It's sad that that happens sometimes.

It is a little sad. I look at people weird sometimes, but always as a joke. I'll say something like, "Sega's garbage! Nintendo is better!" or "Tunnel Runner shouldn't be at #63!" but I always respect others' gaming opinions and don't intend to hurt others' feelings and try to communicate that with them afterwards if they feel offended.

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2 hours ago, nosweargamer said:

I find that the more games I review, the harder it is to find new Top 10 games. This is most likely because some of the best games were best sellers that I've already reviewed. Many of the games I have left to review are the more obscure games. I'm still hoping to find some hidden gems that challenge for a top spot!

With 200+ 2600 games reviewed, have you done a retrospective type look-back at the games reviewed? From the games already reviewed, it might be a fun talking point to pull together a list of hidden gems or a group of games based on other criteria. Just a thought -- feel free to ignore 🙂

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12 hours ago, socrates63 said:

With 200+ 2600 games reviewed, have you done a retrospective type look-back at the games reviewed? From the games already reviewed, it might be a fun talking point to pull together a list of hidden gems or a group of games based on other criteria. Just a thought -- feel free to ignore 🙂

I've actually done a few of those, if I'm catching your drift correctly.

For instance, after reviewing 100 games, I made a video of my then ranking.

I also did a top ten hidden gems list

 

And some theme based lists, like games to celebrate back to school season

I do plan to do more in the future as time permits

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