Jump to content

Photo

what A800 game were you most impressed with on release?


33 replies to this topic

#1 gooner73 OFFLINE  

gooner73

    Chopper Commander

  • 188 posts
  • Location:united kingdom

Posted Fri Dec 9, 2011 5:24 AM

What Atari 8 bit game gave you the most wow factor when you got it home from the shop?

My personal favourite was MR.DO!

It was and still is a first class conversion, but back then it was just amazing and even blew the c64 version away!

i always remember waiting for the 1st time load on tape ( uk-disc drives were not that common at the time over here!) and hearing the music and watching the demo-i nearly wept!

closely followed by the version of Tapper-again pure quality and a sign of what could be achieved even then, it's just a pity that there were some lazy software companies who never really made use of the hardware at the time.

anyway, merry christmas and all that, this is just a bit of fun! ;)

#2 Rybags ONLINE  

Rybags

    Quadrunner

  • 12,853 posts
  • Location:Australia

Posted Fri Dec 9, 2011 5:46 AM

What a shocker of a font.

Rescue on Fractalus, although like many I saw the leaked Behind Jaggi Lines well beforehand.

Aside from Star Raiders, it's one of those few games of the 8-bit era that just saw the bar and didn't bother to raise it - just kicked it through the roof.

Kind of a pity it and Ballblazer were leaked as they were - it could well have given Lucasfilm reason to just not bother with the A8 after the 4 groundbreakers we were lucky enough to receive.

Also, despite having the polish and extra bits to complete the game, they went and changed some of the music around, probably for no reason other than to help distinguish it from the pirated one, which is another shame as the changes were kinda goofy.

#3 mimo OFFLINE  

mimo

    Preppie!

  • 6,778 posts
  • It's easy living in a bubble

Posted Fri Dec 9, 2011 5:46 AM

Preppie! Was the game that clinched the deal on us getting a 400 when we were kids ( to replace a zx81)
Also, asteroids and missile command and the Rob Fullop space invaders, they were so much better to play than my mates vcs versions


#4 Rybags ONLINE  

Rybags

    Quadrunner

  • 12,853 posts
  • Location:Australia

Posted Fri Dec 9, 2011 6:30 AM

The Preppie games never really did much for me.

I put RoF at #1 not necessarily because of it's overall wow factor compared to A8 games of all time, but for it's stature among what else was available at the time.
Chunky graphics aside, it pretty much blew away everything else - arcades, rival machines too. Remember of course this is before the 16-bits arrived (and even then, the first 6 months or so of 16-bit offerings were pretty ordinary).

If I was to compile a list of A8 games that really impressed - either as outstanding against everything of their time or raising the bar on the A8, I guess it would go something like:

Star Raiders, Shamus, Spelunker, MULE, Montezuma's Revenge (pre-release), 7 Cities of Gold, RoF, Eidelon, Encounter, AR (both), Elektraglide (more for graphic effect than gameplay), International Karate, Yoomp, His Dark Majesty, Space Harrier, IK+ (despite being incomplete).

Plenty more that would deserve inclusion but those are the ones that spring to mind.

#5 oky2000 OFFLINE  

oky2000

    Stargunner

  • 1,872 posts

Posted Fri Dec 9, 2011 6:33 AM

Rescue on Fractalus.


+1

#6 Goochman OFFLINE  

Goochman

    Quadrunner

  • 6,273 posts
  • Moongates to the Past

Posted Fri Dec 9, 2011 6:52 AM

RoF
Ultima IV
Wayout
Alternate Reality City/Dungeon
Star Raiders

#7 mimo OFFLINE  

mimo

    Preppie!

  • 6,778 posts
  • It's easy living in a bubble

Posted Fri Dec 9, 2011 6:55 AM

Well preppie! Certainly wowed us in the store after suffering the zx81 for 11 months. The color and sound coming from the 800 in Mays computers in Leicester blew everything else in the store away.
I don't doubt that there are better more impressive better programmed games, but it impressed this then 14 year old

#8 snicklin OFFLINE  

snicklin

    Stargunner

  • 1,279 posts
  • Location:Australia

Posted Fri Dec 9, 2011 7:20 AM

Ninja Commando - The music was superb and the many shades of brown was wonderful at the time!

#9 olavese@online.no OFFLINE  

olavese@online.no

    Moonsweeper

  • 469 posts
  • Location:Sarpsborg, Norway

Posted Fri Dec 9, 2011 7:59 AM

What Atari 8 bit game gave you the most wow factor when you got it home from the shop?

My personal favourite was MR.DO!

It was and still is a first class conversion, but back then it was just amazing and even blew the c64 version away!

i always remember waiting for the 1st time load on tape ( uk-disc drives were not that common at the time over here!) and hearing the music and watching the demo-i nearly wept!

closely followed by the version of Tapper-again pure quality and a sign of what could be achieved even then, it's just a pity that there were some lazy software companies who never really made use of the hardware at the time.

anyway, merry christmas and all that, this is just a bit of fun! ;)


I must say Star Raiders was the first wow ... Saw it in a bookstore and just had to buy the used Atari 800 with 810 drive, 410 tape recorder, 850 interface and some cassettes and carts. Paid a tiny amount (About GBP 1600) and never regretted it. Most fun I've ever had. But as someone else says, Behind Jaggi Lines was just awesome. We played with audio on a 2*100W or so, loudly, and my friend damn near pissed his pants when the alien jumped up and knocked the window. It did beat the wow of Star Raiders, but it wasn't first

#10 Mclaneinc OFFLINE  

Mclaneinc

    River Patroller

  • 2,420 posts
  • Location:Northolt, UK

Posted Fri Dec 9, 2011 8:01 AM

Defender blew me away....

#11 Bryan OFFLINE  

Bryan

    Quadrunner

  • 8,538 posts
  • Cruise Elroy = 4DB7
  • Location:Costa Rica

Posted Fri Dec 9, 2011 8:10 AM

I was really stunned by Ballblazer!



Comic Sans should be outlawed!

#12 Gunstar OFFLINE  

Gunstar

    Gunstar

  • 7,432 posts
  • Location:Canyon Lake TEXAS

Posted Fri Dec 9, 2011 8:43 AM

I was impressed with most games on the 8-bit after the 2600 and Sinclair ZX81. But, hands down, Alternate Reality and of course the Lucasfilm games blew my mind at the time, and blew the minds of my friends with other 8 AND 16-bit computers.

I had one friend in college (this was in the early 90's) who had an Apple IIGS, and although he saw me playing games and doing graphics on my 130XE, I never went out of my way to show it off to him. Then one day I was coming back to my dorm room and that friend and another were in my room waiting for me. I overheard the other friend laugh and scoff when he saw my 130XE, (saying ATARI?!? in an ironic voice) and then I heard my first friend defend it, even saying he though it blew away his own IIGS and the other guy's classic Mac. That first friend only ever saw me playing Alternate Reality and the Lucasfilm games and using Atariwriter+ for the XE and of course I did have Diamond GOS so I had a desktop similiar to those Apples..

Edited by Gunstar, Fri Dec 9, 2011 8:50 AM.


#13 beamer320i OFFLINE  

beamer320i

    Moonsweeper

  • 293 posts
  • Location:Staffordshire, U.K.

Posted Fri Dec 9, 2011 10:10 AM

October 1982 - playing Astro Chase on my uncles 800 (over £700 from Maplins) and being amazed at the smooth scrolling, great graphics and music! Hey, even the game itself was (and still is) pretty cool - some people thought it was just a graphics showcase but I like it and still give it a blast every now and then.

#14 Ransom OFFLINE  

Ransom

    River Patroller

  • 3,945 posts
  • Cartridge Gaming Enthusiast
  • Location:Just south of the Wisconsin border.

Posted Fri Dec 9, 2011 10:29 AM

My path to the A8 was VCS --> 5200 --> 400 --> 1200XL, so the game I was most impressed with (Star Raiders), I encountered first on the 5200. So by the time I had the 400 I wasn't blown away by the game. Of course, so many of the coin-op games came out great when translated to the A8. But none of them blew me away quite as much as Infocom's Deadline (the first Infocom game I played). Of all the games I played first on the A8, that one was the one that most amazed me. Not an exclusive, and it was just text, but the engine behind the game was very impressive to me at the time.

#15 Tickled_Pink OFFLINE  

Tickled_Pink

    Quadrunner

  • 5,035 posts
  • Location:Llanerchymedd, Wales, UK

Posted Fri Dec 9, 2011 10:29 AM

Atari games were never really marketed in a blaze of glory in the UK back then. Except in PC World magazine. But the one game that did WOW me when I first loaded it was Dropzone. I know I keep repeating myself on here about it but the amount of polish that went into it and the arcadey feel that was evident even in the title screens ... well - how could I fail to be impressed? Still impresses me even now. I so much want to write a version for XBLIG. :-D

#16 slyde OFFLINE  

slyde

    Chopper Commander

  • 151 posts
  • Location:West Babylon, NY

Posted Fri Dec 9, 2011 11:05 AM

i'm with Bryan. Ballblaster really blew me and my friends away back in the day.

but i've gotta tip my hat to Alternate Reality as well....

#17 Irgendwer OFFLINE  

Irgendwer

    Dragonstomper

  • 786 posts
  • Location:Germany

Posted Fri Dec 9, 2011 11:42 AM

- Kennedy Approach: The first time I heard the speech output, I was really impressed.
- Stealth: The visuals astounded me.

#18 1NG OFFLINE  

1NG

    Star Raider

  • 81 posts
  • Location:Lübeck, Germany

Posted Fri Dec 9, 2011 11:52 AM

On the old 800 (and not later A8 XL/XE) I played with my Brother and my Friends Mule a lot (with 3 or 4 players)
And Archon was a great party game too.
Of course RoF and BallBlazer where time consuming as well.
And I played Star Raiders a lot. I think I always played very much at that time :)
And if Turbo Basic counts as a programming game then that is also a good candidate.
If I have to choose only one: Mule!

#19 Goochman OFFLINE  

Goochman

    Quadrunner

  • 6,273 posts
  • Moongates to the Past

Posted Fri Dec 9, 2011 12:24 PM

Props to Seven Cities of Gold as well

#20 slyde OFFLINE  

slyde

    Chopper Commander

  • 151 posts
  • Location:West Babylon, NY

Posted Fri Dec 9, 2011 2:02 PM

oh my goodness, i have to change my answer!

i totally forgot about Karateka!

When i first saw that game, it BLEW me away!

It's funny to think about it now, but i felt like the character movements were so realistic, i felt like i was watching a movie!

#21 emkay OFFLINE  

emkay

    Quadrunner

  • 7,102 posts
  • What's up?
  • Location:Holy Grail ;)

Posted Fri Dec 9, 2011 2:41 PM

Koronis Rift.

Games like Boulder Dash were old when I got them....

#22 littleman jack OFFLINE  

littleman jack

    Stargunner

  • 1,340 posts
  • One day I will build tube amps.
  • Location:Chattanooga, TN

Posted Fri Dec 9, 2011 2:47 PM

Shamus seemed amazing at the time, such a huge map to explore. I still like it now. And AE had incredible graphics compared to the VCS games that I was used to playing.

#23 qix_maniac OFFLINE  

qix_maniac

    Moonsweeper

  • 471 posts
  • Location:U.S.A

Posted Fri Dec 9, 2011 2:58 PM

oh my goodness, i have to change my answer!

i totally forgot about Karateka!

When i first saw that game, it BLEW me away!

It's funny to think about it now, but i felt like the character movements were so realistic, i felt like i was watching a movie!


I agree Karateka impressed me as well!

#24 gooner73 OFFLINE  

gooner73

    Chopper Commander

  • Topic Starter
  • 188 posts
  • Location:united kingdom

Posted Fri Dec 9, 2011 3:17 PM

Karateka!!!!!

awesome and very impressive at the time, i completely forgot about that one too!

#25 KubaCZ OFFLINE  

KubaCZ

    Chopper Commander

  • 113 posts
  • Location:Prague/CZE

Posted Fri Dec 9, 2011 5:45 PM

Since I'm 15 only, it couldn't be anything than Yoomp!, really good game :)




0 user(s) are browsing this forum

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users