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#1 Atari PAC-MAN Fan OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Mar 20, 2017 2:41 PM

What are your 20 Atari 2600 Classics? (Not counting hacks or homebrews)

 

Here are my Classics:

 

Pac-Man (I don't care that its bad)

Donkey Kong 

Centipede

Asteroids

Berzerk

Mario Bros.

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

Demon Attack

Ms. Pac-Man

H.E.R.O.

Pitfall!

Tapper

Donkey Kong Jr.

Breakout (had to put at least 1 paddle game in here.)  ;)

River Raid

Space Invaders

Maze Craze (Simple, but fun.)

Q-bert

Frogger (Starpath Super-Charger Version)

Jawbreaker



#2 Jin ONLINE  

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Posted Mon Mar 20, 2017 3:16 PM

Fun topic! I was actually just yesterday pondering what my current Top 10 favorite Atari 2600 games would be at this point, since the last time I really put serious thought to the matter was at least a couple years ago and I think my list has changed a bit since then. So, since you asked, I expanded my list to 20 and here's my current Top 20 personal favorite original production Atari 2600 games. :)


20. Midnight Magic
19. Montezuma's Revenge
18. H.E.R.O.
17. Smurf: Rescue in Gargamel's Castle
16. Alien
15. Starmaster
14. Miniature Golf
13. Adventure
12. Centipede
11. Robot Tank
10. River Raid
9. Sentinel
8. Kung-Fu Master
7. Crystal Castles
6. GORF
5. Millipede
4. Super Breakout
3. Ms. Pac-Man
2. Venture
1. Pitfall II: Lost Caverns

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Posted Mon Mar 20, 2017 3:35 PM

In no particular order:

 

Galaxian

Space Invaders

Battlezone

Dark Chambers

Mario Bros.

Enduro

Kaboom!

Seaquest

Yars Revenge

Phoenix

Millipede

River Raid

Astroblast

Tron: Deadly Discs

Asteroids

Tapeworm

Joust

Frogger

Super Breakout

Demon Attack



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Posted Mon Mar 20, 2017 3:49 PM

In no particular order.

 

H.E.R.O.
Missile Command
Battlezone
River Raid
Pengo
Keystone Kapers
Kaboom!
Beamrider
Berzek
Boing!
Commando Raid
Demon Attack
Turmoil
Space Invaders
Front Line
Jawbreaker
Centipede
Bumper Bash
Sequest
Solar Fox
 
Favorite Starpath 
Communist Mutants from Space


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Posted Mon Mar 20, 2017 3:49 PM

Twenty off the top of my head, in no order (the numbers are to help me count):

1. Defender
2. Radar Lock
3. Starmaster
4. River Raid
5. Alien
6. Subterranea
7. Breakout
8. Pac-Man
9. Ms. Pac-Man
10. Galaxian
11. Seaquest
12. Spider Fighter
13. Commando Raid
14. Combat
15. Air-Sea Battle
16. Star Ship
17. Video Olympics
18. Street Racer
19. Football
20. Night Driver

You could pick almost any 20 games for the 2600 and chances are I like them at least a little bit.

21. I can't believe I didn't think of Space Invaders!
22. Or Adventure!



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Posted Mon Mar 20, 2017 4:19 PM

It changes very often, but here:

 

1: Pac-Man (my first ever game)

2: X-Man

3: Sky Skipper

4: Super Cobra

5: Enduro

6: Phoenix

7: Gangster Alley

8: H.E.R.O.

9: Mr Do!

10: Quest for Quintana Roo

11: Popeye

12: Stellar Track

13: Eggomania

14: Ghost Manor

15: Boulder Dash (might go higher, but I just started playing this game)

16: Kangaroo

17: Beamrider

18: Sky Diver

19: Wabbit (feat. Billy Sue, the first female home video game character)

20: Spike's Peak

 

I also love games like Rabbit Transit, DragonStomper, Solar Fox, Blueprint, Roc n Rope, Red Sea Crossing etc....

 

wife:

1: River Raid (she completed it)


Edited by high voltage, Mon Mar 20, 2017 5:00 PM.


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Posted Mon Mar 20, 2017 6:42 PM

Sometimes:

 

Kool-aid man
Video Chess
Defender
Defender II
Breakout
Enduro
MS Pacman
Qbert
Popeye
Zaxxon
Buck Rogers
Asteroids
Moon Patrol
Space Invaders
Communist Mutants from Space
Mr Do!
Super Cobra
Jawbreaker
Centipede
Gyruss

Dig-Dug!

 



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Posted Mon Mar 20, 2017 7:41 PM

So if it's like I only get to choose twenty cartridges, I'd want to group things and cover a few categories.

Need some paddle games, they're unique to the platform.
Kaboom!
Warlords or Super Breakout
Night Driver

Need some multiplayer
Combat (obviously)
Joust
Realsports something. I like baseball.

Arcade ports
Asteroids
Defender
Gravitar
Berzerk

Gotta have some Activision games!
Enduro
Starmaster
Frostbite or Megamania
Pitfall! or River Raid

Some personal faves
Solaris
Star Trek Strategic Operations Simulator
Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back
Frogger
Mountain King

And of course
Pac-Man, Ms Pac-Man, or Pac-Man Jr

And look at that, no more slots left in the cartridge holder. I could live with this lineup if it's all I had.

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Posted Mon Mar 20, 2017 7:54 PM

So if it's like I only get to choose twenty cartridges, I'd want to group things and cover a few categories.

Need some paddle games, they're unique to the platform.
Kaboom!
Warlords or Super Breakout
Night Driver

Need some multiplayer
Combat (obviously)
Joust
Realsports something. I like baseball.

Arcade ports
Asteroids
Defender
Gravitar
Berzerk

Gotta have some Activision games!
Enduro
Starmaster
Frostbite or Megamania
Pitfall! or River Raid

Some personal faves
Solaris
Star Trek Strategic Operations Simulator
Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back
Frogger
Mountain King

And of course
Pac-Man, Ms Pac-Man, or Pac-Man Jr

And look at that, no more slots left in the cartridge holder. I could live with this lineup if it's all I had.

I never understood Mountain King. I thought it looked cool, but never knew the objective.



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Posted Mon Mar 20, 2017 7:57 PM

It changes very often, but here:

 

1: Pac-Man (my first ever game)

2: X-Man

3: Sky Skipper

4: Super Cobra

5: Enduro

6: Phoenix

7: Gangster Alley

8: H.E.R.O.

9: Mr Do!

10: Quest for Quintana Roo

11: Popeye

12: Stellar Track

13: Eggomania

14: Ghost Manor

15: Boulder Dash (might go higher, but I just started playing this game)

16: Kangaroo

17: Beamrider

18: Sky Diver

19: Wabbit (feat. Billy Sue, the first female home video game character)

20: Spike's Peak

 

I also love games like Rabbit Transit, DragonStomper, Solar Fox, Blueprint, Roc n Rope, Red Sea Crossing etc....

 

wife:

1: River Raid (she completed it)

I guess you enjoy more obscure games. I should have put Beamrider on mine. I just forgot about it.



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Posted Mon Mar 20, 2017 8:20 PM

In the order that I happened to think of them:

  1. Ice Hockey
  2. Demon Attack
  3. Midnight Magic
  4. H.E.R.O.
  5. Joust
  6. Realsports Volleyball (no... I'm not kidding)
  7. Tennis (Activision)
  8. Space Invaders
  9. Vanguard
  10. Gorf
  11. Moonsweeper
  12. Super Challenge Baseball
  13. Gyruss
  14. Reactor
  15. Stellar Track
  16. Fantastic Voyage
  17. Megamania
  18. Beamrider
  19. Moon Patrol
  20. Asteroids

(Note: this list is subject to change on a whim.)

 



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Posted Mon Mar 20, 2017 8:47 PM

I never understood Mountain King. I thought it looked cool, but never knew the objective.

It's on my mind because I just discovered this old print advertisement for the first time.
http://atariage.com/...s-low-charisma/

Alternatively, I'd take Yars' Revenge on my list.

Most of my stuff has been re-released a bunch of times. I really need to dig in with my Atari Flashback portable and play more obscure stuff.

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Posted Tue Mar 21, 2017 8:03 AM

This is hard!  a lot of 2600 games are arcade translations that I prefer to play on other systems.

 

20. Battlezone

19. Sky Jinks

18. Haunted House

17. Riddle of the Sphynx

16. Keystone Kapers

15. Wizard of Wor

14. Frogs and Flies

13. Reactor

12. Berzerk

11. Phoenix

10. Vanguard

9. Spike's Peak

8. Tunnel Runner

7. Ms Pacman

6. Frogger (Starpath version)

5. ET

4. Pitfall II

3. Mountain King

2. Adventure

1. Raiders of the Lost Ark



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Posted Tue Mar 21, 2017 8:16 AM

I never understood Mountain King. I thought it looked cool, but never knew the objective.

 

It's a platform game where the platforms represent ledges on a mountain.

 

First objective is to collect enough gems (1000 I think), then that makes the flame spirit appear.      you can jump platform to platform or use your flashlight to locate dark (hidden) objects like treasure chests.

 

The second objective is to locate and find the flame spirit once it appears-  It is a dark flame that you can't see without your flashlight, except for an occasional flicker.  You hear music when you get near it, and the closer you get the louder the music plays.

 

Once you catch it, you head to the bottom of the mountain to the temple.  You can enter from the bottom with the flame spirit and then grab the crown at the top.

 

Once you leave the temple with the crown,  the song "In the Hall of the Mountain King" plays in all it's glory and gets faster and faster.  You have to get to the top of the mountain with your crown before the music stops.  But there are flying bats that will try to steal the crown.

 

That's the game in a nutshell.   The 2600 version has a fun glitch where if you do a double jump, the second jump can go quite high.   You can jump almost all the way to the mountain peak if you time it right :)



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Posted Tue Mar 21, 2017 8:26 AM

My list would probably change frequently, at least the lower spots, but here we go.  Off the top of my head and in no particular order:

 

Enduro

Demon Attack

Adventure

Ghost Manor

Ms. Pac Man

Defender

MegaMania

Alien

Circus Atari

Missile Command

Yar's Revenge

SwordQuest: EarthWorld (or is it Fireworld ... I can't remember which is which)

Dragon Fire

Warlords

Berzerk

Space Cavern

Pitfall!

Spider Fighter

Atlantis

Dark Cavern



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Posted Tue Mar 21, 2017 8:27 AM

In alphabetical order by publisher, since the list is pulled from my database:

 

Boxing
Kaboom!
Seaquest
Adventure
Air-Sea Battle
Berzerk
Circus Atari
Dig Dug
Dodge 'Em
Joust
Maze Craze
Missile Command
Pole Position
Sky Diver
Vanguard
Video Pinball
Yars' Revenge
Demon Attack
Dragonfire
No Escape


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Posted Tue Mar 21, 2017 9:42 AM

It changes very often, but here:

 

Sometimes:

 

(Note: this list is subject to change on a whim.)

 

My list would probably change frequently...[snip]

I feel like if you're an Atari 2600 fan and you can definitively narrow down your favorites to just 20, it's because you've only played 20 Atari 2600 games.  :-D  (Either that or the ones that didn't make the cut included the likes of Karate, Skeet Shoot, Sorcerer, and Sssnake. :P ) That's the beauty of the system, though--there's so much out there for it.

Case in point: while most of the lists posted here are comprised largely of some of the usual "greatest hits," everybody has some that stray off the beaten path a little bit. Like Miniature Golf, Mountain King, No Escape, Space Cavern, Dark Cavern, Tunnel Runner, Spike's Peak, GORF, Stellar Track, Bumper Bash, Wabbit, X-Man (ugh...really, high voltage? :P :-D ).


 



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Posted Tue Mar 21, 2017 10:08 AM

Hard to stick to just 20. I could have added Thunderground, Threshold, Spy Hunter, Video Pinball, Submarine Commnader...you get the idea.

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Posted Tue Mar 21, 2017 10:19 AM

River Raid

Missile Command

Yars Revenge

Popeye

HERO

Keystone Kapers

Mountain King

Adventure

Space Invaders

Enduro

Frogger

Star Wars Arcade

Laser Gates

Robot Tank

Tapper

Starmaster

Centipede

Q*Bert

Trick Shot

Burgertime



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Posted Tue Mar 21, 2017 10:22 AM

1) Atlantis

2) Solar Fox

3) Pitfall II

4) E.T

5) Adventure

6) H.E.R.O

7) Yars Revenge

8) Skiing

9) Ice Hockey

10) Haunted House

11) Maze Craze

12) Berzek

13) Ms. Pac-Man

14) Seaquest

15) Frogger

16) Q-Bert

17) Dodge 'Em

18) Video Olympics

19) Breakout

20) Combat



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Posted Tue Mar 21, 2017 11:23 AM

No fair excluding homebrews! :)

 

But seriously, hmm... maybe these 20:

 

Crystal Castles

Ms. Pac-Man

Millipede

Stargate

Jr. Pac-Man

Solaris

Combat

Super Breakout

Missile Command

Wizard of Wor

River Raid

Yars' Revenge

Midnight Magic

Kaboom!

Demon Attack

Q*Bert

Video Pinball

Astroblast

Turmoil

Warlords

 

I'm surprised at how difficult this was.  It's not that I had more than 20 favorites I had to choose from, it's because after my first 10 or so essentials, nothing else stood out, so I had to decide what I would be most happy with after having my fill of my most favorites.  I think this list would just about do it, though I reserve the right to change my mind later!



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Posted Tue Mar 21, 2017 11:32 AM

I feel like if you're an Atari 2600 fan and you can definitively narrow down your favorites to just 20, it's because you've only played 20 Atari 2600 games.  :-D

 

Cutting my big initial list of "I like to play this more than once in a blue moon" games down to 30 of my favorites wasn't that tough. But after that.... 



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Posted Tue Mar 21, 2017 11:52 AM

I'm basing these on a single criterion: it has to be the kind of game that, when I lose, it never stops me from going back to it.

 

In no particular order:

 

Yars' Revenge

TRON: Deadly Discs

Berzerk

Battlezone

Solaris

Warlords

Demon Attack

Atlantis

Adventure

H.E.R.O.

Joust

Centipede

Dig Dug

Jungle Hunt

River Raid

Video Pinball

Galaxian

Gorf

Donkey Kong

Missile Command

 

I'm usually quicker to play the original arcade versions of some of these when possible, but the 2600 versions hold up well.


Edited by Zuse, Tue Mar 21, 2017 11:54 AM.


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Posted Tue Mar 21, 2017 1:21 PM

I guess you enjoy more obscure games. I should have put Beamrider on mine. I just forgot about it.

There's a lot of hidden gems within the Atari VCS library.



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Posted Tue Mar 21, 2017 5:00 PM

After getting a Harmony, I eventually narrowed my collection to 20 games (not including paddle games- I keep them on their own shelf):

Adventure

Atari Video Cube

Demon Attack

Enduro

Frankenstein's Monster

Front Line

HERO

Jawbreaker

Jr Pac Man

Megamania

Midnight Magic

Off the Wall

Pitfall II

Road Runner

Return of the Jedi

Sorcerer

Spacemaster X7

Taz

Tunnel Runner

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