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Space Invaders (Atari)

Posted by DoctorSpuds, 11 July 2018 · 258 views

Space Invaders (Atari) Space Invaders? Classic! At least the arcade version was, but how does the 2600 killer app stack up today? Well... when compared to the other versions that have come out since, and even the sequel that was released on the 2600, not well. This game has really dated, but I'll try to be as fair as possible despite not being a very big fan of the game... I pr...

Pooyan (Konami)

Posted by DoctorSpuds, 10 July 2018 · 334 views

Pooyan (Konami)  This game doesn't sit right with me... I'm not a real big fan of this game in the first place. The first time I played this game was on an NES 250-in-one multicart, and something about it just rubbed me the wrong way. The 2600 version, which is the only version of Pooyan that was released for the home console market outside of Japan by the way, is f...

Ghost Manor (Xonox)

Posted by DoctorSpuds, 08 July 2018 · 239 views

Ghost Manor (Xonox) Xonox was truly an oddball publisher, being the only other company besides Playaround to release double ended cartridges. Much like Telesys Xonox' game rarity varies wildly as well due to the fact they also released some 'single ender' cartridges, which are pretty self explanatory. For example, the Spikes Peak/ Ghost Manor double ender, which is the one I...

Towering Inferno (Vidtec/U.S. Games)

Posted by DoctorSpuds, 07 July 2018 · 220 views

Towering Inferno (Vidtec/U.S. Games) This game I think will be the hardest for me to review... I can't decide whether I like it or if I hate it, if it's well done or poorly done. I'm caught in the middle and I don't really have an answer. This game fills a void in the Atari library, that void being firefighter games. The only other firefighter game on the Atari was Imagic's aptly named Fire...

Commando Raid (Vidtec/U.S. Games)

Posted by DoctorSpuds, 06 July 2018 · 193 views

Commando Raid (Vidtec/U.S. Games) I would describe Commando Raid as a decent mix of Atlantis by Imagic and Atari's Missile Command, and is among the better games released under the Vidtec label. I will not deny this game's quality of programming since it is indeed high, at least when compared to other games from Vidtec. This was actually the final game I needed to complete my Vidtec 'coll...

Word Zapper (Vidtec/U.S. Games)

Posted by DoctorSpuds, 05 July 2018 · 250 views

Word Zapper (Vidtec/U.S. Games) This game is so weird... It takes a concept that should never be made into a game, spelling, and made it into a game.This is one of the few third party educational games for the 2600, though I would say it accomplishes neither of the criteria to be an educational game, that being educational, and fun. This game learns you nothing and is not fun to play.....

Space Jockey (Vidtec/U.S. Games)

Posted by DoctorSpuds, 04 July 2018 · 135 views

Space Jockey (Vidtec/U.S. Games) Space Jockey is... a game... I think that's truly the highest praise I can give it, It does nothing new, it does nothing special, it is the most vanilla side scrolling shooter on the system. This is rather saddening since this game was programmed by Garry Kitchen... The same Garry Kitchen who programmed Keystone Kapers, Pressure Cooker, and Donkey Kong, I...

Sneak 'N Peek (Vidtec/U.S. Games)

Posted by DoctorSpuds, 03 July 2018 · 213 views

Sneak 'N Peek (Vidtec/U.S. Games) Why was this game made? I have no idea... but I do know that Sneak 'n Peek from Vidtec/ U.S. Games, is one of the worst games for the system. I mean... Hide and go seek on the 2600? This kind of formula wouldn't even work today. I'm gonna keep this one short, because this game just makes me mad.
Graphics... Now this is what makes me angry! Why does...


Posted by DoctorSpuds, 02 July 2018 · 226 views

THE WEEK OF VIDTEC! Who's ready for disappointment? Because I'm gonna review every game that was released under the Vidtec label. The games will be...
Space Jockey
Word Zapper
Commando Raid
Sneak 'n Peak (Ugh)
Towering Inferno
Not in that order... Expect some of these reviews to be rather short since in some cases I don't have too much to say, but hey... it's content...

Desert Falcon (Atari)

Posted by DoctorSpuds, 01 July 2018 · 160 views

Desert Falcon (Atari) Desert Falcon is an incredible technical achievement, to be able to get Zaxxon style gameplay on the 2600 was thought to be impossible, so impossible that the legendarily butchered 2600 version of Zaxxon bore no resemblance whatsoever to to it's arcade inspiration. How Desert Falcon managed to get smooth isometric scrolling, is beyond me, but since the ga...

Tropical Trouble (Imagic)

Posted by DoctorSpuds, 30 June 2018 · 262 views

Tropical Trouble (Imagic) This rather obscure game from Imagic, despite the silly box art and silly name, is quite good. Now this is a game that couldn't  be made for the Atari 2600. Only the Intellivision's beefier hardware could handle all of that horizontal scrolling, though I think it would have done well on the Colecovision as well. In this game you play as Clarence, on...

Montezuma's Revenge (Parker Brothers)

Posted by DoctorSpuds, 29 June 2018 · 555 views

Montezuma's Revenge (Parker Brothers) Here's a forgotten classic, lost to time. Montezuma's revenge was one of the earliest platformers on the market, it had many ports to many different systems, but I'm going to focus on two ports of this game today, the one released on the ill-fated Colecovision, and the one released on the ill-fated Sega Master System. This is the first Third Generation ga...

Demon Attack (Imagic)

Posted by DoctorSpuds, 28 June 2018 · 170 views

Demon Attack (Imagic) OH YEAH! Now here's a game I can get behind! I love me some Demon Attack. This classic game from Imagic is regarded as being one of the best games released for the 2600, I'm tempted to agree with that statement, but but there's competition afoot. The 2600 wasn't the only console to receive Demon Attack, the Intellivision also has Demon attack in it's libr...

Tank Brigade (Panda)

Posted by DoctorSpuds, 27 June 2018 · 210 views

Tank Brigade (Panda) Tank Brigade otherwise known as Tanks But No Tanks falls under the same category as Strategy X as being so challenging that it's addictive. This game was put out by Panda inc.. Panda was definitely one of the lesser known publishers on the 2600, mostly because most of their games were either stolen or licensed from Sancho. Several of their games were late...

Star Ship (Atari)

Posted by DoctorSpuds, 26 June 2018 · 243 views

Star Ship (Atari) Oh boy here we go! Star Ship, a game that was so bad when it came out in 1977 that It was removed from sale by Atari in 1980, and Atari almost never pulled games from sale so you know it's gotta be bad. I will be cutting this game a lot of slack in this review though, due to the fact it was released in 1977 as a launch title, and we all know that many of...

Q*Bert (Parker Brothers)

Posted by DoctorSpuds, 24 June 2018 · 416 views

Q*Bert (Parker Brothers) This is going to be a comparison piece between the three most popular console ports of Q*Bert from the second generation of game consoles. We will be comparing the Atari 2600, Mattel Intellivision, and Colecovision ports of Q*Bert. Despite all being the same game there are a hefty amount of differences between the three. But the outcome of this review is...

Advanced Dungeons & Dragons (Mattel Electronics)

Posted by DoctorSpuds, 23 June 2018 · 308 views

Advanced Dungeons & Dragons (Mattel Electronics) Time for the Intellivision! AD&D has got to be my favorite game for the Intellivision. This is one of the granddaddies of adventure games so the plot isn't too compelling. Here's the entire plot in one sentence: Three archer dudes go to the legendary Cloudy Mountain to recover the Crown of Kings from the evil Winged Dragons. It's a nice basic plot tha...

Flash Gordon (20th Century Fox)

Posted by DoctorSpuds, 22 June 2018 · 214 views

Flash Gordon (20th Century Fox) This game shouldn't have been made. A game based on a 1980 movie that was based on a forty year old TV show, this should not have happened, and it's almost a crime for it to be this good. I've never watched the show, even though as I'm writing this I'm staring a a two VHS Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe set that I bought forever ago and still haven't w...

Open Sesame (Bit Corp. / Taiwan Cooper)

Posted by DoctorSpuds, 20 June 2018 · 252 views

Open Sesame (Bit Corp. / Taiwan Cooper) I bought this game expecting the European version, which is the version that had the only other voice sampling apart from Quadrun. What I didn't expect though, was 'I Want My Mommy', a game released in America by Zimag. The version I own is a Taiwan Cooper bootleg which as far as I can tell is exactly the same as the Zimag version. I know these Taiwan Coo...

Coconuts (Telesys)

Posted by DoctorSpuds, 20 June 2018 · 202 views

Coconuts (Telesys) Telesys wasn't known for making very good games, their quality was hit or miss at the best of times. Coconuts unfortunately is a big 'ol miss, in more ways than one. This game takes a similar concept to Telesys' other smash hit game, Fast Food and tweaks it a little, I'll get to that in the game-play section, since I feel this review may be lacking some l...

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