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Dragonstomper (Starpath)

Posted by DoctorSpuds, 19 August 2018 · 45 views

Dragonstomper (Starpath) Well now, ain’t this a surprise, when one thinks ‘Atari 2600’ they usually think low resolution graphics, E.T., arcade ports that rarely stack up to the original, but not a top-down turn-based RPG, never that. Clearly Starpath saw what was going on over in the land of PC’s and was like ‘yeah we can do that on the 2600, easily...


Escape from the Mindamaster (Starpath)

Posted by DoctorSpuds, 18 August 2018 · 47 views

Escape from the Mindamaster (Starpath) Despite how limiting the 2600 hardware was, there were several companies who attempted to create first-person maze exploration games, some were pulled off rather well, like Tunnel Runner from CBS. There were also maze exploration games that were a little crappy, games like London Blitz from Avalon Hill and, Fox’s Crypts of Chaos were slow moving clu...


Suicide Mission (Starpath)

Posted by DoctorSpuds, 17 August 2018 · 59 views

Suicide Mission (Starpath) Alright… A show of hands, who here has played Asteroids? Hmmm, okay, that’s a good number of you, who here has played the 2600 port? Oh, even more of you, that’s interesting, who here thinks the 2600 port of asteroids is a good port? Well there go a few hands, alright a few more. Who here has heard of Suicide Mission? Well that’s n...


Fireball (Starpath)

Posted by DoctorSpuds, 16 August 2018 · 52 views

Fireball (Starpath) There are many Paddle games for the 2600; some of them are excellent, like Kaboom! And Warlords, others are not so good, like the drek from Mystique, or the laughable crap from Data Age. If you were to ask me what the best Paddle game was I’d likely reply with the classic Kaboom! But today I’m not so sure. After playing Fireball by Starpath, I...


Communist Mutants From Space (Starpath)

Posted by DoctorSpuds, 15 August 2018 · 74 views

Communist Mutants From Space (Starpath) Oh man, these guys are on a roll, only their second game and they’re redefining genres, with their first game Starpath took on the First-Person Space Shooter genre, and with their second they’ve taken on the ever classic Fly-Around-The-Bottom-Of-The-Screen-And-Shoot-At-Things genre, which contains juggernauts like Space Invaders, Galaxian, Gal...


Phaser Patrol (Starpath)

Posted by DoctorSpuds, 14 August 2018 · 96 views

Phaser Patrol (Starpath) First-person space shooters are nothing new on the 2600, you have your classics, like Star Master, Star Raiders, and Star Voyager, then there are your not-so-classics, like Star Ship, and Space Attack, but there is one game that gets swept under the rug every time the topic is brought up, maybe it’s because the title doesn’t begin with ‘...


Starpath Supercharger

Posted by DoctorSpuds, 13 August 2018 · 69 views

Starpath Supercharger When one looks at the 2600, they predominantly see cartridges, everywhere, more cartridges than one could shake the proverbial stick at, but far away… Across a sea of cartridges there is a dark corner. Nestled deep into that corner are twelve games, twelve pristine examples of innovation, of quality over quantity, this is the realm of Starpath. This...


THE WEEK OF STARPATH

Posted by DoctorSpuds, 12 August 2018 · 55 views

THE WEEK OF STARPATH Hello readers of my mediocre content! I’m here to announce the next Week Of…
 
Some may have seen that earlier in the week I bought a Starpath/Arcadia Supercharger.  As of writing this I have NONE of the games, I still intend to write reviews for every officially released Starpath Supercharger game though. I’m bending the rules...


Space Panic (Coleco)

Posted by DoctorSpuds, 11 August 2018 · 74 views

Space Panic (Coleco) I think it’s fair to say that the Colecovision WAS the home arcade system, Atari tried with the 2600 with mixed results, and around the time the Colecovision came out Atari tried again with the 5200, with… uh… even more mixed results. I suppose you could argue that both the Colecovision and the Atari 5200 had very similar flaws, in that...


Mouse Trap

Posted by DoctorSpuds, 10 August 2018 · 90 views

Mouse Trap Am I the only one who still finds the fact that both Mattel and Coleco released games for the 2600 weird? I know it’s not uncommon today for publishers to release games for all available consoles, but usually the games are from third party publishers. Just imagine if Nintendo released a Mario game for the Playstation AND the Xbox, which just wouldn...


Xenophobe (Atari)

Posted by DoctorSpuds, 09 August 2018 · 79 views

Xenophobe (Atari) Am I wrong in thinking that the Atari 2600 “Red Box/Red Label” games are some of the most advanced that were made for the system? Yes I know these games were released in the console’s final years as a desperate bid by Atari to play on nostalgia, and squeeze a few more bucks out of the system, and that some were re-releases. Many though w...


Bobby Is Going Home (Bit Corp.)

Posted by DoctorSpuds, 08 August 2018 · 136 views

Bobby Is Going Home (Bit Corp.) OOPS! I accidentally put this one in draft and left like that, this review originally came out July 28th 2018.
 
Bobby Is Going Home has go to be the most well known game from Bit Corp. This is a very strange game, both in premise and in practice, this game is a basic Pitfall! clone, it shares many aspects with Pitfall! I will go into further depth l...


Beat 'Em & Eat 'Em (Mystique)

Posted by DoctorSpuds, 08 August 2018 · 96 views

Beat 'Em & Eat 'Em (Mystique) Mystique is a punch-line to a bad joke that never should have been asked in the first place, that joke being “what happens when you put porn on the Atari?” This is an absolute travesty, and sadly enough there were two more punch-lines waiting in the wings, them being Universal-Gamex and Playaround. There is no way of sugarcoating these games;...


Fantastic Voyage (20th Century Fox)

Posted by DoctorSpuds, 07 August 2018 · 84 views

Fantastic Voyage (20th Century Fox) 20th Century Fox was, admittedly, one of the strangest publishers on the 2600. This was, in the most part, due to their partnership with Sirius Software Inc., the TCF classics Fast Eddie, Deadly Duck, Beany Bopper, and Worm War 1, were from Red Sirius, and they are all undeniably weird. And because Fox also owned the rights to many films they were also th...


Fathom (Imagic)

Posted by DoctorSpuds, 05 August 2018 · 63 views

Fathom (Imagic) Imagic was never short on creative game ideas, and in some cases their games were perhaps a bit too unique, if that's even possible... Unfortunately even the great must fall, regardless of their contributions to society, and unfortunately Imagic was no different. Without a doubt Imagic was the most prolific fatality of the crash of '83 and '84, and the ri...


Air Raiders (Mattel)

Posted by DoctorSpuds, 04 August 2018 · 82 views

Air Raiders (Mattel) It's rather strange to think that one of Mattel's best games was released on their competitor's console, when they had their own, more powerful console just begging for a good unique game. Admittedly almost all of the M-Network games released on the 2600 were poor man's versions of their own Intellivision games, Space Battle, Sea Battle, and Lock 'N Chase...


Mogul Maniac (Amiga)

Posted by DoctorSpuds, 03 August 2018 · 111 views

Mogul Maniac (Amiga) I'm kind of confused here.... Why would Amiga... THE Amiga make a game for the 2600? And why is it a skiing game? Now I'm sure just  about every one of us know who Amiga is, Heck... even I know who Amiga is and I've proven, on many occasions, that I don't know squat about classic computing, If you don't know who Amiga is... Google them, it'll be a fu...


Cosmic Swarm (Commavid)

Posted by DoctorSpuds, 02 August 2018 · 66 views

Cosmic Swarm (Commavid) Commavid was one of those companies that tried to make it on the 2600, unfortunately, just as soon as they'd found their stride the entire market collapsed. Many companies were swallowed up in the crash, some deservedly like Mythicon, Mystique, and Data Age. Others were killed before they could truly shine, Commavid was one of those companies. They releas...


Draconain (Spiceware)

Posted by DoctorSpuds, 01 August 2018 · 113 views

Draconain (Spiceware) Now this is a special review... Not only is this my 50th review, this is also my first Homebrew review. I actually only own one Homebrew game, and I think I have one of the best, that being Spiceware's Draconian. I love Namco's Bosconian, even though I'm not very good at it, so when I saw Draconian on the AA store I was immediately smitten. I bought it al...


Gateway to Apshai (Epyx)

Posted by DoctorSpuds, 31 July 2018 · 121 views

Gateway to Apshai (Epyx) Gateway to Apshai is one of the O.G. granddaddies of the top-down dungeon crawling RPG genre, and one of the granddaddies of adventure/RPG games in general. The game was released on the Atari 8-bit line of computers, the Commodore 64, and the Colecovision, I have neither the C64 or an Atari-computer, but I do have a Colecovision, and I have a Taiwan Coope...






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