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Hey there, everyone! It's me, HDN! I'm new here at Atari.io and I would love to get to know the community! And what better way to know the 2600 community than by asking everyone what some of their favorite games for the system? I'll start with mine. I have a few picks that you might not expect:

 

10. Outlaw

9. Venture

8. Miniature Golf

7. Space Invaders

6. Pitfall II: the Lost Caverns

5. Q*bert

4. Moon Patrol

3. Donkey Kong

2. Pac-Man

1. Tunnel Runner

 

So that's my list. I would love to hear about some of your favorite games as well. Please list them below and happy gaming!

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Well, as some of y'all know, I keep an ongoing ranking of the 2600 games I review. After 230+ games, here's my current top ten:

1)    Adventure 
2)    Pitfall! 
3)    Yars' Revenge 
4)    Ice Hockey 
5)    Haunted House 
6)    Ms. Pac-Man 
7)    River Raid 
8 )   Dig Dug  
9)    Demon Attack 
10)    Space Invaders 
 

Edited by nosweargamer

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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2 hours ago, nosweargamer said:

Well, as some of y'all know, I keep an ongoing ranking of the 2600 games I review. After 230+ games, here's my current top ten:

1)    Adventure 
2)    Pitfall! 
3)    Yars' Revenge 
4)    Ice Hockey 
5)    Haunted House 
6)    Ms. Pac-Man 
7)    River Raid 
8 )   Dig Dug  
9)    Demon Attack 
10)    Space Invaders 
 

Woah dude! It's so cool that@nosweargamer found my thread! Love your show, dude, though Ice Hockey at number four? That's an interesting choice. I'd say it's mediocre at best. But seriously, keep up the good work, man!

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Choosing a top 10 list of games for the 2600 is hard!  I recently put a list of 10 of my favorites games for the system in no particular order:

1. Crystal Castles

2. Stargate

3. Enduro

4. Space Invaders

5. Dodge’Em

6. Pengo

7. Millipede

8. The Official Frogger

9. Beamrider

10. Phaser Patrol

🖖 Going to the final frontier, gaming...

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3 hours ago, nosweargamer said:

Well, as some of y'all know, I keep an ongoing ranking of the 2600 games I review. After 230+ games, here's my current top ten:

1)    Adventure 
2)    Pitfall! 
3)    Yars' Revenge 
4)    Ice Hockey 
5)    Haunted House 
6)    Ms. Pac-Man 
7)    River Raid 
8 )   Dig Dug  
9)    Demon Attack 
10)    Space Invaders 
 

@nosweargamer is your list of game rankings published somewhere?

Fan of your channel and your no swear approach. 

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I haven’t played enough 2600 games yet to build a top 10. Here’s a list of games I’ve enjoyed so far (not including homebrews) in no particular order:

[*] Beamrider

[*] Stampede

[*] Room of Doom

[*] Freeway

[*] Cosmic Ark

[*] Chopper Command

[*] Demon Attack

[*] Defender

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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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7 hours ago, socrates63 said:

I haven’t played enough 2600 games yet to build a top 10. Here’s a list of games I’ve enjoyed so far (not including homebrews) in no particular order:

[*] Beamrider

[*] Stampede

[*] Room of Doom

[*] Freeway

[*] Cosmic Ark

[*] Chopper Command

[*] Demon Attack

[*] Defender

If you're just starting out on the 2600 most of the best games are common and cheap. Atari isn't in as high of a demand as Nintendo is right now. Looking at the games you picked, I'd recommend Berzerk, Phoenix, Moon Patrol, Vanguard, and Megamania.

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I think you hit the nail on the head when you said the games are common and cheap.  I say buy all you can find and you'll find some hidden gems for sure.  You should be able to find most common games for $1 - $5 each.  Buy big lots on ebay to get the best deals.  I've got a big box of duplicate games that I'd sell cheap if anyone is interested.  It's a fun and inexpensive hobby.

My favorite 2600 games at this moment:

  1. Adventure
  2. Demon Attack
  3. Star Raiders
  4. Berzerk
  5. Yars' Revenge
  6. Space Invaders
  7. Missile Command
  8. Asteroids
  9. Superman
  10. Indy 500

 

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10 hours ago, socrates63 said:

@nosweargamer is your list of game rankings published somewhere?

Fan of your channel and your no swear approach. 

I currently have the 2600 list published here, although I need to update it in the near future, probably when I finish reviewing paddle games this month:

I plan to publish other lists as the get bigger as well.

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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21 hours ago, RickR said:

I think you hit the nail on the head when you said the games are common and cheap.  I say buy all you can find and you'll find some hidden gems for sure.  You should be able to find most common games for $1 - $5 each.  Buy big lots on ebay to get the best deals.  I've got a big box of duplicate games that I'd sell cheap if anyone is interested.  It's a fun and inexpensive hobby.

It's funny how an Atari 2600 game is considered expensive if it's over $10. I wish the SNES or NES were that cheap. The 2600 is in my opinion the easiest and most fun retro console to collect for. The nostalgia boom for that console is over so the games are not in high demand. It's the perfect time to start collecting.

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