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Atari 2600 3rd Party Games: Imagic or M-Network?


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Atari 2600 3rd Party Games: Imagic or M-Network?

  1. Imagic (57 votes [74.03%])

    Percentage of vote: 74.03%

  2. M-Network (18 votes [23.38%])

    Percentage of vote: 23.38%

  3. Don't Like Either (2 votes [2.60%])

    Percentage of vote: 2.60%

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#1 Shawn OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Jun 16, 2015 12:22 PM

Atari 2600 3rd Party Games: Imagic or M-Network?



#2 Nutsy Doodleheimer OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Jun 16, 2015 1:09 PM

I give a slight edge to Imagic on this one. I enjoy Demon Attack, Dragonfire, Cosmic Ark, and No Escape. M Network, I was a fan of Astroblast, Masters of the Universe, Lock n Chase, and Bump n Jump. I give m network credit on producing intellivision clone games on the VCS. I like original. So my vote is for Imagic.

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Posted Tue Jun 16, 2015 1:23 PM

Love both companies, but Super_Challenge_Baseball baby! :love:

#4 slab0meat OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Jun 16, 2015 2:57 PM

Definitely M-Network.



#5 BydoEmpire OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Jun 17, 2015 3:32 PM

Who could not like either!?!?!?!?!?!

 

I voted Imagic, although M-Network did some really great stuff as well.



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Posted Thu Jun 18, 2015 4:07 PM

I think some of M-Network's stuff is fun, but Demon Attack, Cosmic Ark, Fathom, Atlantis (sorta), and Star Voyager all tipped things to make my vote Imagic.

 

But Frogs And Flies does get a lot of playtime in at our place.



#7 Mangia-Boy OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Jun 19, 2015 5:17 PM

M-Network.

Best Imagic games were produced for the Mattel Intellivision.



#8 Shawn OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Jun 19, 2015 6:16 PM

Who could not like either!?!?!?!?!?!

 

I voted Imagic, although M-Network did some really great stuff as well.

 

Someone voted neither. I should have left the votes public so we could all see who it was. :lol:



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Posted Fri Jun 19, 2015 7:37 PM

Someone voted neither. I should have left the votes public so we could all see who it was. :lol:


I was just thinking the same thing... what_a_bastard! :rolling:

#10 Nutsy Doodleheimer OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat Jun 20, 2015 9:42 AM

Someone voted neither. I should have left the votes public so we could all see who it was. :lol:


Give that person a free throat hug! :-D

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Posted Tue Jun 23, 2015 4:06 PM

Voted neither on this ONLY since I don't have any games from either of these two developers. But from what I heard Imagic sounds better.

 

Edit: Frogs and Flies is by M-Network? Is it possible to switch votes to m-network?


Edited by copper20, Tue Jun 23, 2015 4:07 PM.


#12 AlwaysOnPlanetPatrol OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Jun 28, 2015 6:12 PM

M-Network had some great titles, like Bump'n'Jump and Air Raiders two that I play frequently, but they also released the worst game (IMHO) for the 2600 in Burger Time.  Astrosmash was awful as well.  Those two titles are awesome on the Intellivision.

 

Imagic just produced quality pretty much throughout; Demon Attack, Cosmic Ark, and Atlantis are in my frequently played pile.


Edited by AlwaysOnPlanetPatrol, Sun Jun 28, 2015 6:47 PM.


#13 Rhomaios OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Jul 3, 2015 7:40 PM

 

Someone voted neither. I should have left the votes public so we could all see who it was. :lol:

 

2 for neither, but one of them recanted. So that still leaves one heinous, hideous heretic here.

 

My vote went to Imagic.



#14 Serguei2 OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Jul 8, 2015 6:58 AM

M-Network. Dark Cavern and Lockn'Chase are my favorites.

 

Imagic didn't release maze games.



#15 wongojack OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Sep 14, 2015 3:46 PM

This is a tough one.  I picked Imagic, but I think that M-Network is no slouch.  They should probably get the nod, but their best work might have been in the 2 player only category which gets overlooked these days.

 

Regarding Imagic, I like the fact that Atlantis and Cosmic Ark fit together to tell a sort of story.  Demon Attack is fine, but the elusive Subterranea pushes them over the top.  I also like the cart design, manuals, and box art.  Some other Imagic gems:  Moonsweeper,  Solar Storm, Laser Gates, and Dragonfire.  I've never really taken the time to play Riddle of the Sphinx, but I will some day.  Although they look very compelling, I can't really say the same for the M-Network sports titles.



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Posted Fri Oct 2, 2015 9:55 AM

Tough one. I like Imagic games overall, look and feel, packaging etc.

But two player M-Network games are a ton of fun. Also I hate Hate M-Network's cartridge shape.

I have to go with Imagic.



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Posted Tue Feb 16, 2016 12:59 PM

I choose :

Spoiler



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Posted Tue Feb 16, 2016 3:14 PM

M-Network.

Best Imagic games were produced for the Mattel Intellivision.

The best M-Network games were produced for the Intellivision. :P

My gut reaction was Imagic. I really only like a couple of their games (Subterranea, Solar Storm, Laser Gates) but overall their games stand out more to me than M-Network ones.

Then I remembered how awesome Bump 'N' Jump is, and even Burgertime, despite the awful graphics. Astroblast made great use of paddles. Air Raiders was a neat exclusive.

I'd like to cop out and say "both," but if I had to pick one, I guess it'd have to be Imagic.



#19 wongojack OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Feb 16, 2016 4:54 PM

I choose : [spoiler] 

 

Hey Chavert and welcome to AtariAge

 

French language speaker here - I think the English word you are looking for is "both."  It is "Les Deux" in French, but the direct translation doesn't make sense in English.  "Both Companies" is the appropriate zing you are looking for.



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Posted Tue Feb 16, 2016 4:57 PM

A surprisingly tough choice, but I'll give the nod to Imagic.  Mattel did right by the 2600 despite being a direct competitor to Atari, but in the end the legendary 1-2-3 punch of Demon Attack, Atlantis and Cosmic Ark just can't be denied.



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Posted Wed Feb 17, 2016 3:44 AM

 

Wongojack: Hey Chavert and welcome to AtariAge

 

French language speaker here - I think the English word you are looking for is "both."  It is "Les Deux" in French, but the direct translation doesn't make sense in English.  "Both Companies" is the appropriate zing you are looking for.

 

 

sorry, I'm a frogman.



#22 bigfriendly OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Feb 17, 2016 7:16 PM

Have to go with Imagic. Demon Attack, Atlantis, Dragonfire and Fathom were all games I enjoyed back in the day. However, I still possess my childhood copy of Super Challenge Football and it's one of my all time favorites.Imagic games had cool graphics with bright vivid colors. The sparkling treasures in Dragonfire looked so impressive on the 2600.



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Posted Thu Feb 18, 2016 7:15 PM

Imagic. I love demon attack and atlantis! 



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Posted Thu Feb 18, 2016 9:17 PM

Demon Attack, while fun, gets old after a while IMO, but is one of the better Space Invaders/Galaxian/Galaga clones out there. 2600 version is better than any of the more "advanced" systems of the time. Other systems versions feature oversized and goofy looking sprites that aren't so difficult to hit comparatively. And the moon, planet and star field graphics only serve to distract in other versions IMO. 

 

But Atlantis and Cosmic Ark - hell yeah! Excellent games that are extremely playable to this day. Love Dragonfire too.   :love:

 

That said, I still stand by my M-Network vote. Game for game, I enjoy stuff like Dark Cavern (infinitely playable), Lock 'n Chase, Super Challenge Baseball and Tron: Deadly Discs moreso than the best Imagic offerings. Now where's Anteater been hiding all this time? Be nice if that ROM surfaced someday soon.   :)



#25 Christophero Sly OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Apr 3, 2016 8:17 PM

Good question. I can easily pick a favorite in every other matchup of VCS publishers, but this one gives me pause.






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