What do you like to play? Arcade games? Adventure games? Old sports games?
Of course you will want to sample the indisputable classics, like Adventure
, Space Invaders
, Yars' Revenge
, Haunted House
, River Raid
I tend to favor arcade games, and the 2600 had very good adaptations of Missile Command
, Ms. Pac-Man
, Dig Dug
, Moon Patrol
, Crystal Castles
and Jr. Pac-Man
from Atari, and Frogger
from Parker Brothers.Video Olympics
, the first popular arcade game, so it's good for a history lesson. For other sports games, the "RealSports" series by Atari is decent, particularly RealSports Soccer
and RealSports Volleyball
. Avoid RealSports Baseball
unless you want to be frustrated by the game's complete inability to distinguish a ball from a strike. If you simply must have a baseball fix, check out Home Run
. It's baseball only in the most abstract sense, but it's still fun to play.
Some arcade-like originals worth checking out are Demon Attack
by Imagic, Turmoil
by 20th Century, Robot Tank
by Activision, and Astroblast
There were a lot of space dogfight "simulators." Atari's Star Raiders
is the best known. Activision's Star Master
is as good or better, depending on who you talk to. Solaris
was the sort-of sequel to Star Raiders
, and arguably has the best graphics of any 2600 game, at least before homebrews came along.
Most of Atari's early releases are good for some quick simultaneous 2-player or 4-player competition. Besides those already mentioned, you might like Air-Sea Battle
, and possibly Street Racer
None of these are all that rare, with Turmoil
possibly being the hardest to find. The Activision titles tend to go for more because of their enduring popularity and also because it's pretty hard to find labels in good condition, but otherwise you can get most or all of these without a significant investment.
Edited by FujiSkunk, Wed Sep 7, 2011 4:32 PM.