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Down and Dirty Reviews: Atari 2600 -- A - M
No memory back up, no
polygons, and nothing over a Megabyte. The ratio of these scores is much lower compared to newer system like the PS3 and Nintendo DS, but you still need skill to play most of these games here and that's what counts. Moon Patrol is still number 1 here by the way. I also added the model number for most Atari games to help people who go by number. All reviews are by StarSoldier unless noted.

The overall scores are out of 100.

The graphics, sounds, and gameplay are out of 10.

SCORE / NAME
67 ADVENTURE (Atari, 1981)
Just like the name implies your a simple little block in a quest for adventure. Find items, carry them, and avoid the giant duck like dragon to become a hero. Adventure is a very cool and unique game back then but it's certainly very outdated by most of today's adventure titles. Still a must for retro fanatics because of its history and it's still better than the entire Sword Quest games (the so called sequels) combine. This game also has the creator's name hidden away in a secret location, one of the first real video game Easter eggs in history. Why? Atari programmers were not aloud to get credit for their work and this little secret was more of a form of rebellion rather than an actual objective. When this news of a hidden feature got out to the gaming world it actually increased sales of the game.
Model #2613
for 1 player only
graphics: 2
sound: 1
gameplay: 6

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23 AIR RAIDERS (Mattel, 1982)
Oh great, it's a serious first person flight sim for the system and yes Air Raiders is another fairly common flight simulator for the Atari 2600 that fails to create a true scene of flying. The game is very confusing to play thanks to some of the overly blocky 3D graphics and slow controls.
For 1 player only
graphics: 2
sound: 1
gameplay: 4

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28 AIR SEA BATTLE (Atari, 1977)
Here is one of Atari's first games on the 2600 and believe me, it really shows! Air Sea Battle is a really basic two player only shooting gallery featuring tons of vehicles but some very limited controls. You can find this game just about anywhere but it's still not worth picking up.
Model #2602
For 2 players only
graphics: 2
sound: 0
gameplay: 1
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59 ARMOR AMBUSH (Mattel, 1982)
It's plays and looks like Atari's Combat but now this game takes place on some different and more detailed terrain. Sadly, this is two players only just like Combat so it lacks originality but if you liked Atari's earlier game too then be sure to give this a shot too.
For 2 players only
graphics: 4
sound: 1
gameplay: 2

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65 ASTEROIDS (Atari, 1981)
Here is a great classic shooter that uses flat but colourful Asteroids and not the vector graphics found in the arcades. The game is simple: destroy all the asteroids on the screen to finish your current level but watch out for different alien space ships both big and small. Asteroids is a addictive space shoot em up that suffers from bad flickering.
Model #2649
For 1 or 2 players
graphics: 2
sound: 2
gameplay: 4

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71 ASTRO BLAST (Mattel, 1981)
This shooter is also available on the Intellivision but it's under a slightly different name. Astro Blast is a fun and very chaotic game that's a good mixture of the games Space Invaders and Asteroids where your ship simply moves left or right on a mission to destroy a barrage of caters and bombs. The game was OK in the day and it is actually faster then its Intellivivsion counterpart but the graphics aren't not nearly as sharp and it's a bit too repetitive unfortunately like most Atari 2600 games. I usually see this one cheap though so it's a safe bet.
For 1 or 2 players
graphics: 5
sound: 3
gameplay: 5

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41 ATLANTIS (Imagic, 1982)

This game reminds me of Atari's Missile Command but instead of blasting down missiles, you're shooting down invading aircrafts. In the game you must defend the underwater city of Atlantis with three differently placed laser guns from any enemies in the sky. Although this game appear on some Activision collections, there is no patch to unlock here because this was originally an Imagic title.
For 1 player only
graphics: 3
sound: 2
gameplay: 4
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52 BATTLEZONE (Atari, 1982)
This home version of the original vector wonder has some very solid graphics especially for the 2600 system here but the tough game play here may ruin it for others. In Battlezone you simply blast away enemy tanks and anything else that get in the way. It's almost impossible not to get hit here by the other rival tanks out there since the game play is so slow.
For 1 player only
graphics: 6
sound: 4
gameplay: 4

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83 BERZERK (Atari/Centuri, 1981)

The arcade game about a lone man running and shooting his way through deadly corridors that kill on impact and giant robots that shoot you on site. You should also be careful of the settings here too because the evil Mr. Happy will hunt you down if you take too long in making your escape. Berzerk is a fun shooter as you try to survive against a horde of evil endless robots and that's good enough for me.
For 1 or 2 players
graphics: 5
sound: 4
gameplay: 6
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25
BOXING (Activision, 1980)
Here is an unbelievably short lived overhead boxing game that can be played with a second person or a computer controlled opponent. Simply score more points in the limited amount of time to beat your friend to win the contest. Boxing is a fun game if you play against a friend but the appeal is quite limited.
For 1 or 2 players
graphics: 2
sound: 1
gameplay: 1
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04 BARN STORMING (Activision, 1983)
What was a cool enough game at the beginning just ended after a few seconds or minutes. All you have to do in this game is to guide your biplane and then try to fly under 10 or 25 barns and then its game over. Barn Storming is a decent time trial idea but there is very VERY little game play here and they should have Barn Boring.
For 1 player only
graphics: 3
sound: 1
gameplay: 0

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31 BREAKOUT (Atari, September 1977)
Here is the infamous one player Pong-like game where you move a little white stick around to keep a small ball in play so it can destroy a bunch of coloured block breaking action. This simple game is about as boring as a game could ever get because there are no power ups, weapons, or even interesting level designs to keeps the player going but it was 1977 so I guess it's better then nothing and you can put those paddles to some use I guess.
*Paddles needed
Model #2622
For 1 or 2 players
graphics: 0
sound: 0
gameplay: 1

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66 CARNIVAL (Coleco/Sega, 1981)
Carnival is just that, a video carnival game where you shoot down various toy ducks, a spinning wheel, and many other fun mini targets in this old Sega arcade game. Time is limited here so shoot fast or its game over plus there are ways to extend play time of course. Carnival doesn't look like much and the bear mini game scene isn't here but it still plays fine.
For 1 or 2 players
graphics: 3
sound: 1
gameplay: 4

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70 CENTIPEDE (Atari, 1983)
This classic bug shooter can be a very addictive game if you get on 'fire'! Your hero is now only a mere block though because of the limited power of the 2600 and even the mushrooms lack detail here but at least the simple shooting action but intense game play is still intact. Centipede on the 2600 is still very playable here.
For 1 or 2 players
graphics: 4
sound: 4
gameplay: 4

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51 CHECKERS (Activision, 1983)

This is one of the few stand alone Checkers video games I know of. It sure may not be much to look at but still this game is a guilty pleasure for me. Unlike real Checkers all the rules are already enforced so you don't have to fight with friends if they try something funny plus for a older game the computer AI is pretty good. Checkers is completely no frills so sadly there is no sexy half naked girls telling you are the winner after a match (the game just quietly freezes up) or anything like that but the game plays well enough to be just slightly above average.
For 1 or 2 players
graphics: 1
sound: 1
gameplay: 3

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59 CHOPPER COMMAND (Activision, 1982)
Defender
? Chopper Command plays just like Atari/Williams's space game; Defender except for the new desert looks of course. In CC you must use your high powered helicopter to protect friendly ground convoys from enemy choppers and planes. This is a fairly difficult and intense shooter with some decent graphics for its day but I dropped a few points for its lack of innovation.
For 1 player only
graphics: 5
sound: 2
gameplay: 4

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50 COMBAT (Atari, 1977)
Perhaps the most common Atari 2600 game in known existence is this two player only war game that was once a pack in game for the original 2600 VCS. The game has some nice options where you edit the environments and even the fighting vehicles but it's always one on one fight no matter what happens and not everyone will go for that. Basic but it works.
Model #2601
For 2 players only
graphics: 1
sound: 1
gameplay: 2

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38 COMMANDO (Activision/Data East/Capcom, 1987)
Come on, if you don't remember the other games on here then maybe you know this Capcom arcade shoot them up, uh? Too bad the graphics are bland, the action is slow, and using the grenades is a major hassle (you have to hold down the fire button so good luck with that). Even the NES version is better than this and that was pretty bad too.
For 1 or 2 players
graphics: 2
sound: 1
gameplay: 2

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23 CONGO BONGO (Sega, 1983)
This game may look good in the screen shots but this jungle based game is nothing more then a poor man's Donkey Kong. The action is hard to see and the graphics are sub par at best thanks to all of the attention going into the well designed backgrounds and not the actually characters themselves. Good luck making to the top in this confusing game.
For 1 player only
graphics: 4
sound: 2
gameplay: 1

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37 COSMIC
ARK (Imagic, 1982)
In this simple game you must protect your giant space ship from your enemies but you can only fire in four directions and your aircraft is a pretty pretty big target too. You could do worse for the Atari 2600 but don't expect a lot of deep game play here people.
For 1 or 2 players
graphics: 4
sound: 3
gameplay: 2

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52 CRACK POTS (Activision, 1982)
Despite the odd drug friendly name, you have to kill climbing multiple coloured bugs before they destroy your building in this unusual game here instead. As the colours change in the bugs, the trickier they are to hit and if they destroy too much of your building then it's game over. Crack Pots is a fun game of single screen action and drug puns.
For 1 or 2 players
graphics: 6
sound: 4
gameplay: 5
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29 CROSSBOW (Atari/Exidy, 1987)
This super lame target game about a team of adventures looking to survive through several boring locations. Kinda like the NES game Gumshoe you must blast away various harzards but it's a lot of trial and error to know what to shoot and when especially with the game's lack of detail. This could have a good adventure game but somehow I knew that Atari couldn't handle it.
For 1 or 2 players
graphics: 4
sound: 1
gameplay: 4

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46 CRYSTAL CASTLES (Atari, 1984)
Crystal Castles is a strange Pac Man clone that's almost impossible to play on this old system thanks to the strange isometric angles here. The arcade game wasn't even too great to begin with because the awkward controls but at least it had a roller ball for the stupid bear's movements and the 3D graphics were much better then the blocky mess here. Crystal Castles is about as fun as Crystal Pepsi.
For 1 player only
graphics: 4
sound: 3
gameplay: 3
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68 DEFENDER (Atari/Williams, 1981)
The classic shoot them up of alien's trying to steal humans is here on the Atari 2600 and it's up to you and your star ship to save everyone or deal with the aftermath once they're captured. The game makes a few changes to the arcade original because the background mountains now look like cities for example. Defender is a good game but takes some practice especially with the signal button control here.
Model #2609
For 1 or 2 players
graphics: 3
sound: 3
gameplay: 5

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65 DEFENDER II (Atari/Williams, 1988)
Although it was known as Star Gate in the arcades, it was also named Defender II when it was released in 1988. It plays like the same old Defender but now can warp in special wormholes on the playing field and the graphics look more true to the classic original thanks to the classic line art style.
Model #26120
for 1 or 2 players
graphics: 7
sound: 5
gameplay: 6

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42 DEMON ATTACK (Imagic, 1981)
In this game you must shoot down various killer birds to survive from their swarming attacks. This game got Imagic into trouble because Atari sued the makers of Demon Attack saying it was too similar too their game called
Phoenix . Although I don't see similarities game play wise, I guess the idea of shooting down robotic birds is enough for the then money driven Atari. Demon Attack is a very repetitive game but it was still a fairly intense I guess.
For 1 or 2 players
graphics: 5
sound: 5
gameplay: 3
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32 DESERT FALCON (Atari, 1988)
Desert Falcon is a really bad Zaxxon clone that takes place in the hostile deserts instead of deep space. Sadly the game is really slow and the position of your character makes it hard to shoot down targets and avoid attacks. This blocky shooting game is also fairly hard on the eyes too. 
Maybe Desert Falcon was better on different systems?
For 1 or 2 players
graphics: 2
sound: 2
gameplay: 3

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69 DIG DUG (Atari/Namco, 1983)
This is a pretty good translation of the arcade game and it even sounds just like it too. This unique game lets you pop your enemies (there are only two different enemies though) with a special pump while digging your way though dirt. It's more fun then it sounds. This game is also on the Atari 5200 and 7800 systems if you're interested.
For 1 or 2 players
graphics: 6
sound: 7
gameplay: 5

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61 DOLPHIN (Activision, 1983)
Before games like Ecco the Dolphin made their entrance there was Activision's very original Dolphin title. In it you help a Dolphin out run a deadly Squid while avoiding the many sea creatures that get in the way. You can even turn the tables on the Squid by getting a seagull as a power up. Dolphin maybe basic in design but it is still a very unique title that's worth a look.
For 1 or 2 players
graphics: 5
sound: 4
gameplay: 5

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56 DONKEY KONG (Coleco/Nintendo, 1981)

The arcade favourite arrives on the 2600 but you get only the first and last levels in this action platformer so the pie factory and conveyor belt stages are gone. Not a must have because it's almost as bad of a translation as Atari Pac Man for the 2600 was but I did however like the start anytime you want feature at the start of every level which kind of works as a 'pause' plus the controls are decent enough too. At least it's not as bad as the Intellivision version.
For 1 or 2 players
graphics: 2
sound: 4
gameplay: 3

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32 DONKEY KONG JR. (Coleco/Nintendo, 1983)
What could have been a great action game like the arcade title where Donkey Kong's son is trying to rescue his father from Mario just has too many problems. What this game suffers from is poor controls and some very bad graphics where everything looks like lines and basic legos. This game is even worse than the original Donkey Kong on the 2600 and that was a fairly bad translation as well. Just a ugly game, just ugly!
For 1 or 2 players
graphics: 1
sound: 2
gameplay: 4

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04 DOUBLE DRAGON (Activision, 1987)
If you thought the NES and SMS were bad wait till you get a load of this! This popular arcade fighter is basically stripped down to the core since the graphics are super blocky and the sounds are very minimal. I can stand some bad presentation, this is the Atari 2600 after all, but what I can't stand is the unfair and hard to control game play.
For 1 or 2 players
graphics: 1
sound: 4
gameplay: 2

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10 DRAGSTER (Activision, 1982)
This is another one of those two player only games here on the Atari 2600. Just like a drag race you must be the first one to cross the finish line to win the race but don't over use your engine or you'll burn out of control and that's a instant lose. Dragster has very limited appeal and should be dragged to the trash.
For 2 players only
graphics: 3
sound: 2
gameplay: 1

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Total Recall Dud of the Month!
41 E.T. (Atari, 1982)
Now before you get excited about having one of the biggest movies of all time on the Atari 2600 you should play it first! ET is a one very confusing search type of game where you help the alien himself escape from nasty detectives and several pitfalls while finding Resse Pieces to help him get back home. What makes this game so appalling is the continuous pits that are little alien friend always seems to fall in. ET is very demanding and very tedious to play and it was so bad that it helped to destroy Atari in 1983.
For 1 player only
graphics: 2
sound: 2
gameplay: 3

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65 EUDURO (Activision, 1983)

Like Namco/Atari's Pole Position, Euduro is an early 3D racer where you avoid other cars and try to stay on the track. Euduro even has changing whether conditions in another impressive feet for the Activision programmers (they really pushed the Atari 2600 to its limits) but I hate how you have to drive in near complete darkness sometimes.
For 1 player only
graphics: 5
sound: 2
gameplay: 5
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02 FINAL APPROACH
Holy crap, it's a space shuttle simulator on the old Atari 2600 here................... there are so many things wrong with this concept that I don't know where to even begin. Unless you are really hardcore about the boring world of landing giant space ships this game is virtually unplayable!
*Uncommon 2600 game
For 1 player only
graphics: 4
sound: 3
gameplay: 4

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63 FLASH GORDON (20th Century Fox, 1982)
Flash Gordon is a fun shooter that actually fairly deep for an Atari 2600 game since you have a rather detailed map in plain view. This game was based on a popular character from a few decades ago by the way and his game isn't too bad here thanks to the decent graphics and solid controls.
For 1 player only
graphics: 4
sound: 3
gameplay: 6

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08 FREEWAY (Activision, 1981)
In this 'game' you help one or two chickens get across the road in this very limited version of Frogger. Freeway can only be played with a friend and worse yet, you can only move up or down, and that's it! You can edit the traffic to change the difficuly if you like so maybe this was cool back in the early eighties but definitely not today. This was originally going to be a game about a average human character trying to cross the road but I guess that was too violent and Activision changed it to Chickens instead. "Give me Frogger, and deep fry these stupid birds!"
For 2 players only
graphics: 2
sound: 2
gameplay: 1

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82 FROGGER (Parker Brothers/Konami, 1982)
It's just not a Playstation game after all, is it? This original overhead arcade classic comes home for the first time and those lucky Atari 2600 gamers got their chance to play this unique adventure where you have to help a frog get home. Frogger is a great classic of timing and skill and is a must own for Atari 2600 owners because it’s so simplistic and challenging! Frogger almost loses nothing on its Atari 2600 translation especially when it comes to game play.
For 1 or 2 players
graphics: 6
sound: 6
gameplay: 6
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34 FROGS 'N FLIES (Mattel, 1983)
OK, the person or frog with the most flies wins after the time limit, that's it. There is no comic book artist doing the graphics, there is no famous band doing the background music, and there are no options for a Create-a-player, trades, or stuff like that....... it's just two frogs hopping for flies........ That’s it! Frogs 'N Flies was also known as Frog Bog on the Intellivision if you care and chances are you don't so I'll end this now. The game is decent for a few plays with a friend but killing real flies is more fun then this.
For 1 or 2 players
graphics: 4
sound: 3
gameplay: 1

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25 FRONTLINE (Zellers Canada)
This is an unlicensed version of Atari's Combat game by some of are Zellers stores here in
Canada . I think it was legal to do this during the Atari era just as long if there was no Atari logo's in the programs. I guess the game is kind of rare compared to the Atari original but you know the deal; tanks and or planes blast one another for points.
For 2 players only
graphics: 1
sound: 1
gameplay: 2

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84 FROSTBITE (Activision, 1983)
Frostbite is a very intense and actually very original jumping adventure in the dangerous Antarctica ice lands. The game is simple: collect enough ice to build your own igloo while avoiding the many dangerous Polar bears, crabs, birds and especially that ice cold water itself that can do your hero in. The ice platforms give you a lot of room to work with and later stages amp up the challenge with shifting ice bergs and of course the speed quickens as well. The graphics and sound effects are nothing too fancy but this is one game I could easily play for hours!
For 1 or 2 players
graphics: 4
sound: 3
gameplay: 6

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72 GALAXIAN (Atari/Namco, 1982)
If you don't know this one, Galaxian is the prequel to the famous Galaga which is also made by Namco. Sure it's old but Galaxian is still a fun basic shooter and at least the sound effects are way better than what was on that stupid 5200 version. Galaxian is a basic Space Invader clone as you blast away at a large group of evil aliens looking to take you out and these buggers will swoop down too.
For 1 or 2 players
graphics: 7
sound: 6
gameplay: 6

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64 GORF (CBS, 1983)
The popular Space Invaders/Galaxian-like shooter comes to the 2600 as well but amazingly it has all 4 different stages available here too. One stage is your basic Space invaders clone while others are have you battling more unique enemies including a giant boss. Gorf is a great game if you’re looking for more variety in a shooter but its still far from arcade perfect and there are not a lot of options either.
For 1 or 2 players
graphics: 6
sound: 5
gameplay: 4

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25 GRAND PRIX (Activision, 1981)
One of the first games made by Activision for the Atari 2600 is this really simple overhead racing contest that ends as soon as you cross the finish line which only take about a minute or two. There are a few difficulties to play with but in the end Grand Prix is super short and anything but grand!
For 1 or 2 players
graphics: 2
sound: 1
gameplay: 2

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27 HAUNTED HOUSE (Atari, 1981)
All the rooms in this stupid haunted house all look the same and your hero is nothing more than a pair of eyeballs in almost total darkness. It's kinda clever in a extremely lazy sort of way. Anyway maybe this boring game would be decent if there was a map system or better graphics but I still wouldn't bet on it.
For 1 or 2 players
graphics: 4
sound: 4
gameplay: 4

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69 ICE HOCKEY (Activision, 1983)
Despite the popularity of the Atari 2600, there have been very few real Hockey games (no, Pong doesn't count as real Hockey) on the legendary gaming unit. Ice Hockey is sure primitive compared to what we get now of days because it's just 2 on 2 action and you aim your shots by watching how the puck moves on your stick. This is still a lot crazy fun and I bet Hockey fans will still like it regardless.
For 1 or 2 players
graphics: 3
sound: 1
gameplay: 4

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36 INDIANA JONES Raiders of the Lost Ark (Atari, 1982)

Here's a game you're going to either think this is one clever game, or a pile of cow dumps. If you know the story adventurer Indiana Jones is on a quest to find the lost ark before the Nazis get it. The story is good but the game gives you little too no information what the hell you're suppose to do and you have to use two controllers here as well which is pretty annoying. I guess they were trying to create a slash action/puzzle hydrid here but it doesn't work and it isn't very fun to play without a strategy guide.
For 1 player only
graphics: 3
sound: 3
gameplay: 7

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42 INDY 500 (Atari, 1977)
Just imagine video game racing in the 1970? Not pretty! Indy 500 is a very early version of a Super Sprint type of driving game and it even came with its very own custom Roller controllers for better handling so hopefully you can still find one complete in box, eh? The game itself is too bare bones to be taken seriously though but maybe it was a big deal back then?
*Roller controllers required
For 2 players only
graphics: 1
sound: 1
gameplay: 1
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62 INTERNATIONAL SOCCER (Mattel, 1983)

Definitely one of the better looking and one of the better playing soccer games for the Atari 2600 here thanks to the character animation and decent controls too. If you're a Soccer nut and you're looking for some retro action as well then this is a great choice and this far superior to Atari's Pele Soccer.
For 1 or 2 players
graphics: 5
sound: 4
gameplay: 5

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74 JOUST (Atari/Williams, 1983)
Sure, it looks a little plain here compared to the arcade original and all the characters are just one solid colour now but it's still true to the Williams arcade game and if you have a friend around then the two of you could have a lot of fun here. If you don't know Joust is a test to try out last an onslaught of rival warriors on killer birds plus the game even has the Egg and Survival rounds here too.
For 1 or 2 players
graphics: 4
sound: 4
gameplay: 5
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72 JR. PAC MAN (Atari/Namco, 1987)

Never heard of Jr. Pac Man before? Well if you haven't, then you're not the only one. Jr. Pac Man was actually one of Atari's late releases in 1987-8 era and most of the public all but ignored Atari's attempt to come back from the dead especially with the popular NES out there. If you're at all curious this forgotten title then you'll find a impressive fast paced action game with nice graphics, cool sound effects, plus the classic game play that's the hardest of the series. Also this kid is only on the Atari 2600 and I don't see too many translations out there unless you consider canceled ROM's from the internet. Not only is the skill level there but the graphics and the sounds are the best of the three 2600 made Pac Man games and it's also the rarest one too. Recommend to any hard-core Pac Man fans too and it's a must for the Atari 2600 collector.
For 1 or 2 players
graphics: 7
sound: 7
gameplay: 5
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79 JUNGLE HUNT (Atari/Taito, 1983)
The renamed Jungle King arcade game comes to the 2600 complete with all the vine jumping, swimming, and head hunter avoiding action the title was known for. The story line here is your girlfriend has been captured by cannibals and it's up to your explorer butt to save her before they eat her but in a bad way. The graphics do flicker now and again but this action platformer game plays very well on the old system and I even noticed some rare parallax scrolling here as well. Jungle Hunt has a lot of depth.
For 1 or 2 players
graphics: 8
sound: 6
gameplay: 8
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57 KABOOM (Activision, 1982)

In this unusual game you guide your water bucket (or buckets) back or forth to catch the falling explosives from the rotten Mad Bomber at the top of the screen to score points. Kaboom is a very simple and yet very addictive game of catch that's one of the better games used with the paddles but be warned it's also one of the hardest as well.
*paddles required
For 1 or 2 players
graphics: 3
sound: 3
gameplay: 3
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75 KANGAROO (Atari/Centuri, 1983)
Kangaroo is a fun action that is very similar to Nintendo's Donkey Kong but at least your Kangaroo has a offensive punch attack as well as a jump. In this title you journey across three levels to rescue you're baby kangaroo from rotten monkeys. It's a tough and short game and there is some lost of detail from the arcade edition of course but I also feel it was a bit underrated as well.
For 1 or 2 players
graphics: 5
sound: 5
gameplay: 6
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71 KEYSTONE KAPERS (Activision, 1982)
Double K here is a unique cops and robbers game in a hectic shopping mall. You play the role a traditional keystone cop who is on a continuous mission to catch the thief in a mall. You only have 45 seconds to get the crook and you have to avoid the many hazards like shopping carts, bouncing balls, radios and toy airplanes in the process. Keystone Kapers is your basic run and jump game but it's fast, it's has variety, and most importantly it's fun. This kaper won't raper you in the wallet either.
For 1 or 2 players
graphics: 4
sound: 2
gameplay: 5

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24 LASER BLAST (Activision, 1982)
Whoa, what the flying fudge is this game suppose to be about?! This shooter isn't a blast at all, it really blows! In this game you use your star ship to destroy three ground battle guns and after that you repeat and repeat and repeat............... You can suicide dive the enmey after you're shot down but I'm really reaching for things to talk about here. Yeah, Laser Blast sucks big time!
For 1 or 2 players
graphics: 2
sound: 2
gameplay: 1
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62 LOCK N' CHASE (Mattel, 1983)
This is a Pac-Man clone that uses a strange and sometimes awkward door management system for the game's maze. In Lock N' Chase your a criminal looking to get rich by stealing all the goodies on the board plus you risk getting caught by getting the big money in the center of the maze but be careful of the four security officers looking to stop you. It's not perfect since you can't attack the cops but it is still way better then Atari Pac Man for the 2600 of course.
For 1 or 2 players
graphics: 3
sound: 2
gameplay: 5

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60 MARIO BROS. (Atari/Nintendo, 1984)
This simple looking 2 player action platformer game is actually the prequel to the popular Super Mario Brothers. Although it is simple in design, it's quite impressive that its on the Atari 2600 and if you don't know the deal two plumbers are trying to rid the sewers of different critters. Sadly, this version features very rough controls compared to the NES edition and it only has basic beeps for sound effects as well. Still Mario Bros. is playable on here and it's fun to see Atari and Nintendo were friends at one point before they became bitter rivals.
For 1 or 2 players
graphics: 4
sound: 4
gameplay: 5
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65 M.A.S.H. (20th Century Fox, 1982)
In this popular but kind of grim comedy movie and TV franchise you help to rescue your injured soldiers with your helicopter in the deadly Korean country side. "They'll make a game about anything, eh?" Oh well, the graphics are decent at least with a good use of colour in the background and the game even has a bit of the theme music here too but the basic moving around the injured and operation style game play gets old quick.
For 1 or 2 players
graphics: 6
sound: 6
gameplay: 4
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52 MAZE CRAZE: A Game of Cops and Robbers (Atari, 1978)
Remember those little maze games in the back of children's books, well Atari made a cart about them. Maze Craze is a unique game of cops and robbers (so the story goes) in giant single screen mazes. This game as a lot to offer for options in terms of difficulty but you have to put up with extremely simple looks and overly confusing structures as well. I hope you like looking at tiny blocks too because that all you get here? If you know what you're getting into Maze Craze can still be fun even if going in the wrong direction is super annoying.
For 1 or 2 players
graphics: 2
sound: 1
gameplay: 2
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75 MEGA MANIA (Activision, 1983)
No, it's not Mega Man. Mega Mania is a cool shooter where you have to attack 8 levels of different enemies like typewriters, blocks of killer cheese, evil hamburgers and other strange stuff. What makes this game so original (well, it's still just another shooter so it's not that original) is that each stage has a new enemy and different pattern to learn if you want to survive. Your ship even looks a lot like the Star Ship Enterprise from the original Star Trek. I recommend Mega Mania if you love simple but fun shoot em ups.
For 1 or 2 players
graphics: 5
sound: 4
gameplay: 5

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71 MIDNIGHT MAGIC (Atari, 1988)
Midnight Magic is a fun pinball game that's more realistic than the earlier Atari game: Video Pinball. There are four flippers to work with, lots of different bumpers to get in your way, and many unique targets to hit that adds a ton of variety here. It's even possible to change the colour of the board if you are good enough, of course. This is the kind of game that's perfect for the Atari 2600 but I have could use a score keeper here to makes things more competitive. This game is easily one of the best pinball games for the system I can play this to midnight but I'm also a dork.
For 1 or 2 players
graphics: 6
sound: 3
gameplay: 6

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82 MISSILE COMMAND (Atari, 1981)

"If you don't know what Missile Command is all about then ask your dad about this one!" This is a very challenging mission to stop ballistic missiles from raining down and destroying 6 of your cities. If all the cities are destroyed then it's game over. The game looks OK I guess but it still has a really basic detail to it. You also have to shoot down planes, aliens, and smart bombs too to add to your worries but with all of it hectic action it is a always a fun game because of its challenging game play. Sure there is no way you can win and you're pretty much doomed to failure but at least you can always go for the high score of course.
For 1 or 2 players
graphics: 3
sound: 3
gameplay: 5
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85 MS. PAC MAN
(Atari/Namco, 1983)
Ms. Pac Man was not only one of the biggest video games of all time but Atari was way more serious this time in their arcade creation and they address many of complaints of the disappointing Atari Pac Man and thankfully we get a way better game because of it. Atari's Ms. Pac Man still looks kind of blocky, the sounds is not quite arcade perfect, and there are tons of flickers on screen, but you still get four completely different mazes and all new different difficulty settings too thanks to that upgraded 8K ROM cartridge. Just like the arcade game you move around Ms Pac Man through a maze to collect all the dots while avoiding 4 pesky ghosts. Like I said before this is way superior to Atari Pac Man, this translation of the arcade classic is actually pretty good and it's definitely worth a purchase. The best part about that is the game is going pretty cheap too.
For 1 or 2 players
graphics: 7
sound: 7
gameplay: 7
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65 MOUSE TRAP (Coleco/Atari, 1981, 1988)

In this Pac Man clone (one of many) you help a lone mouse on a mission to eat a entire board of cheese while avoiding 3 wild cats. It sounds simple enough and your mouse can open and close doors to help avoid them plus you can even turn the tables on these cats if you have dog biscuits. The dog attack can be used at your leisure but the mutt's time is limited of course so it's good to act fast. Sadly you do both the door opening and dog mode with a single button and how it's pressed. Mouse Trap would have even rated higher if it wasn't so confusing to control because the graphics are decent and the game play is frantic. This is one of the games re-released in 1988 by Atari and it's easy to see why since this is a way better port then that lousy Atari Pac Man.
For 1 or 2 player’s
graphics: 6
sound: 4
gameplay: 6

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BEST ATARI 2600 GAME!
GAME OF THE MONTH COLLECTION!
90 MOON PATROL (Atari/Irem, 1983)
One of the joys of starting up my old Atari 2600 up again is popping in Moon Patrol for another go. This is a impressive yet quite challenging action/shooter game where you shoot aliens and avoid pits on the moon. You have a short range forward gun and even a cool anti-air blaster so there's tons of way to defend yourself here. I first got this game way back in 1984, a time when the whole video game industry was considered dead to many but if there were more games like Moon Patrol out there than I'm sure the big crash wouldn't had happened to begin with. It's one of the few Atari games that has the complete package of great graphics, music, and game play.
Model #2692
For 1 or 2 players
graphics: 7
sound: 7
gameplay: 7

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