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#26 Lentzquest OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Aug 11, 2015 6:34 PM

Nexar and Survival Run never get enough love.



#27 AtengaGames OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Aug 12, 2015 2:59 AM

I consider the "Hidden Gems" to be the most underrated games released for the 2600. And there is a plethora of them. Some of my choices for my favorite Hidden Gems for the Atari 2600.

 

Fireball

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King Kong

Wizard of Wor

defiantly love wizard of wor but haven't tried the other games.



#28 AtengaGames OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Aug 12, 2015 3:07 AM

I kinda like all of the Telesys games, especially Fast Food and Demolition Herby. The Telesys games feel like someone actually put a little effort into making a nice game rather than a quick cash-in like some of the other smaller third parties.

I only own Fast Food, but seeing that numerous people have recommended other Telesys games I will have to lookout for more of those. Also shout outs to being a fellow Oregonian (the bike riding character as your profile pic is nice touch being familiar with Portland).



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Posted Wed Aug 12, 2015 3:12 AM

For me it's the Xonox double ender: Ghosthouse Manor/Spikes Peak.

Both games can be complex and may be tough to play without reading the instructions.

Those Double ender's are enticing but would be annoying to put on a shelf with other 2600 carts. :D



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Posted Fri Jun 9, 2017 8:51 AM

I totally dig Fast Food; had it when I was a kid- a favorite then and a favorite now. I have a fun (well, interesting, maybe?) story about the game. I work at a residential treatment center with teens that deal with an assortment of mental disorders. On occasion, I will bring in some of my retro video game systems for them to enjoy... unfortunately, I had to stop bringing in Fast Food as it was triggering to a few of the kids that deal with eating disorders. "You're getting fatter" just doesn't fly with that crowd, great gameplay or no.

 

Okay, that wasn't all that fun a story- so I'll add another: when I was a kid, our parents made us hook the Atari up to the black and white television... You want a challenge? Play this game in clack and white... you think avoiding purple pickles is hard? Try avoiding ALL pickles... talk about panic mode; or the risk and relief of risking eating a pickle and it not causing you to BURP.



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Posted Mon Jun 12, 2017 12:15 AM

Turmoil is really good. has a nice "feel". I feel like dedicated collectors know most games anyway but your average 'person who remembers the tank game' would be surprised how good most of the later Activision titles are. The 2600 Montezuma's revenge is pretty good.



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Posted Mon Jun 12, 2017 7:16 AM

Turmoil is really good. has a nice "feel".

 

I think Turmoil should have been made into an arcade game.

 

A few games I would add to the list:

Star Wars Death Star Battle

Spacemaster X7

Reactor



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Posted Mon Jun 12, 2017 8:01 AM

Those Double ender's are enticing but would be annoying to put on a shelf with other 2600 carts. :D

It goes:

 

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Posted Mon Jun 12, 2017 9:29 AM

Now, to address your topic more directly, some of my personal "hidden gems" include:
-Star Ship
-Sea Bomber (second game on Canyon Bomber cartridge)
-Stellar Track

-Warplock

-Stargunner

-Fast Eddie

-Miner 2049er

-Fantastic Voyage

Some additions after revisiting this almost two years later:

-Cross Force
-Montezuma's Revenge
-Rescue Terra 1
-Guardian
-GORF
-Name This Game
-Survival Run
-Submarine Commander
-Radar Lock

I gave Cross Force another whirl after several years when HighVoltage recently posted a thread about Spectravideo games, and I became pleasantly addicted to Game 2. I initially wanted to pick up Montezuma's just because it wasn't in my collection yet, expecting it to be nowhere close to the Atari 5200 or Coleco versions as far as gameplay goes (see: Miner 2049er); little did I know, this game is frickin' great. Rescue Terra 1 is a pretty rare one (mine's a repro), but a very solid shooter with distinctly different stages, although each stage runs a bit on the long side. Guardian's another rare one (I happened upon mine at a game shop randomly mixed with a pile of Combats and Pac-Mans and Space Invaders), and although its a somewhat imperfect paddle shooter, it's a paddle shooter; check it out on your Harmony Cart or emulator and be sure to experiment with game variations (there are a ton; maybe reference the manual to see what's what). GORF isn't "hidden" exactly, but it feels like nobody talks about this one; maybe "overlooked" is more appropriate. Name This Game is my kind of game--fun and kind of weird at the same time; the giant octopus looks like a dead-eyed Lego alien android sea creature from hell, and the guy in the boat looks like a speed-addled maniac, but the gameplay is far above what you'd expect for what would otherwise be a very generic game. Survival Run, as someone said, is indeed underrated, even if it gets a little tedious after a while. Submarine Commander looks a little on the garish side but is a good shooting gallery game. Radar Lock is an absolutely brilliant game, hampered only by the fact that it really needs a two- or three-button controller (as it is, it uses two joysticks; one to fly and fire, the other to select weaponry); it should have been a 7800 game, frankly, but at least it's a feather for the caps of 2600 lovers.


Edited by BassGuitari, Mon Jun 12, 2017 9:45 AM.


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Posted Fri Jun 16, 2017 1:21 PM

Overlooked Gems:

 

Room of Doom: As you progress to the higher levels it gets pretty hectic

Adventures of Tron: The hit detection is a little wonky, but I keep coming back to this one over and over again.

Reactor: It's like playing bumper cars with mosquitos inside a giant bug zapper

Wizard of Wor: Great with 2 players

Blueprint: primarily a memory game combined with some shooting and maze/creature dodging...

Solar Fox: Its like playing pac-man/qbert inside a bullet hell

Stampede: So much more depth than meets the eye, lots of strategy to the bumping and clearing of lanes

Beamrider: Fantastic shooter. Looks and plays great.

Dolphin: reminds me of the laser gates and hypno orb racing levels from Battletoads, meets the Ecco the dolphin



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Posted Fri Jun 16, 2017 1:30 PM

 You want a challenge? Play this game in clack and white... you think avoiding purple pickles is hard? Try avoiding ALL pickles... talk about panic mode; or the risk and relief of risking eating a pickle and it not causing you to BURP.

 

This was a challenge for me as well, I had the old b/w tv in my room and still managed get pretty good at Pressure Cooker. It very deflating when you managed to do the hard work to put a burger together and then you lost it because you dropped in the wrong colored slot (medium grey vs light medium grey or dark medium grey). By the way, Pressure Cooker would probably qualify as hidden gem. Also much more fun in color!



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Posted Fri Jun 16, 2017 5:32 PM

I'll add votes toward Fast Food, Turmoil, and Solar Fox while adding Pressure Cooker.







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