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

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#26 BassGuitari OFFLINE  


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Posted Tue Mar 21, 2017 5:18 PM




This is just a test to see if we're paying attention, right? :P

#27 Atari PAC-MAN Fan ONLINE  

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Posted Tue Mar 21, 2017 5:21 PM

This is just a test to see if we're paying attention, right? :P

AHHHHH!!! How did that get in there? 'K were just gonna take that one out. :P

#28 toiletunes OFFLINE  


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Posted Tue Mar 21, 2017 5:35 PM

What can I say? It's the better of the three.

#29 Atari PAC-MAN Fan ONLINE  

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Posted Tue Mar 21, 2017 6:15 PM

What can I say? It's the better of the three.

I guess you're right. Your list reminded me of games I forgot that were so good. (like Frankenstein's Monster and Taz) I might have to redo my list now.  ;-)

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Posted Tue Mar 21, 2017 6:30 PM

18ish for now. I'll come up with more later.. but yeah of course it's mostly the games I had as a kid and liked the most then.


Frogger - Parker Bros Version (I still prefer it)
Ms. Pacman - My favorite version of Ms. Pac ever, aside from the arcade game.
Crystal Castles 
Demon Attack
Star Voyager
Spacemaster X-7
Pole Position
Missile Command
Circus Atari
Video Pinball
Quick Step

Edited by NE146, Tue Mar 21, 2017 6:31 PM.

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Posted Tue Mar 21, 2017 7:05 PM

In no particular order:





Moon Patrol

Wizard of Wor

Bumper Bash

Bank Heist


Star Wars: The Arcade Game

Demolition Herby

Keystone Kapers


Road Runner

Bump N Jump

Mr. Do!

Pressure Cooker

Cosmic Commuter


Crazy Climber

Tax Avoiders

#32 agb OFFLINE  


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Posted Yesterday, 2:36 PM

Solar Fox
Super Breakout
Gran Prix
Dig Dug
Dodge Em
Home Run
River Raid
Video Pinball
Space Invaders
Demon Attack
PAC man
Ms. PAC man
PAC man Junior
Missile Command
Video Olympics

#33 spriggamortis OFFLINE  


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Posted Yesterday, 8:36 PM

I'm trying to sift through my amber-liquid damaged brain cells, for my best Atari visual memories back when .. and not my current age-tainted Top 20 games ;)


So my list in no particular order ... as a 11-12 year old circa '83-'84 


E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial  (Clear memories of smashing this until I finished it .. including the pain-in-the-ass pits!)

Superman  (Likewise ... smashed this until I finished it)

Fishing Derby  (Brother vs Brother fests)

Space Invaders  (Marathon memories)

Missile Command  (Marathon memories)

Asteroids  (Marathon memories)

H.E.R.O.  (Mates cart.  Was in awe of the complexity)

Asterix  (General memories of smashing this)

Dodge 'Em  (General memories of smashing this)

Bermuda  (Didn't have River Raid .. so this was my equivalent go-to)

Pole Position  (General memories of smashing this)

Star Wars: ESB  (Mates cart.  Loved it. )

Barnstorming  (Huge memories of going for the under 33.3sec patch.  Still have TV photo of 33.15sec)

Berzerk  (Marathon memories)

Pac-Man  (Marathon memories)

Pitfall!  (General memories of loving this game.  Pretty sure mates cart)

Spider-Man  (Mates cart.  Loved it. )

Combat   (Brother vs Brother .. Friend vs Friend fests)

Air-Sea Battle  (Brother vs Brother .. Friend vs Friend fests)


I can only get to a visual memory driven 19 :(


#34 rexreed OFFLINE  


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Posted Yesterday, 9:08 PM

20) Maze (Sears) This is a lot of fun with a second player

19) Tank Plus (Sears) Another great 2 player game

18) Race (Sears) 2 player madatory

17) Journey Escape

16) Demon Attack

15) River Raid

14) Galaxian

13) Superman

12) Frogger

11) Asteroids

10) Video Olympics

9) Star Voyager

8) Pitfall II

7) Jr. Pacman

6) Realsports Baseball

5) Warlords

4) Space Invaders

3) Missile Command

2) Ms. Pacman

1) Adventure


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Posted Yesterday, 9:17 PM

Mine would be sure to change a week from now, but for right now this is it.


1. Pitfall!

2. Breakout

3. Q*bert

4. Video Olympics

5. Asteroids

6. Maze Craze: A Game of Cops 'n Robbers

7. Warlords

8. Combat

9. Atlantis

10. Pitfall II: Lost Caverns

11. Wizard of Wor

12. Frogger

13. Space Invaders

14. Indy 500

15. Defender

16. Yars' Revenge

17. Double Dragon

18. Mario Bros.

19. Fantastic Voyage

20. Moon Patrol

#36 FOX2600 OFFLINE  


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Posted Yesterday, 9:19 PM

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
5. Millipede
4. Super Breakout
3. Ms. Pac-Man
2. Venture
1. Pitfall II: Lost Caverns

YES! If I could throw in an honorable mention I'd say Skiing by Activision, IMO just a fun cute game.
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#37 bomberpunk OFFLINE  


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Posted Yesterday, 10:04 PM

In no particular order...

Yars' Revenge
Night Driver
Star Raiders
Space Attack
Jr Pacman
Keystone Kapers

#38 Atarikid96 OFFLINE  


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Posted Yesterday, 11:34 PM

(Out of order)


Missile Command


Ms Pac Man


Pole Position

Yar's Revenge


Space Invaders



Pong (video olympics)




Defender II



Space Attack (hated by some, loved by me)

Pac Man (just because it's pac man)


those are probably considered to be the "main" must own games for the VCS, for the most part anyway  That's just my opinion, though.

#39 the_wizard_666 ONLINE  


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Posted Today, 6:04 AM

I don't feel like I should list a top 20 list as I've only really played around 30 or so games so far, but as someone with little experience with the system (my first console was an NES in '89, and my first 2600 didn't come until around the turn of the century), I figure I could make a short list of the games I've enjoyed so far...so here goes I guess:


In no particular order...
The Activision Decathlon - I played this with a couple friends and (thankfully) a Track & Field controller.  I'm not much for sports games, especially the ones that require such levels of manual dexterity, but I really enjoyed my run at it.


Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back - I'm not sure if this was the first 2600 game I played, but it's the first one that left an impression.  I'm not sure what it is, but I very much enjoy blasting the AT-ATs straight to hell.  Any time I fire up my system, Empire ends up in the rotation.


Demon Attack - Although I was spoiled by having the PCjr version for years before getting the Atari version, I must say that even though I feel it's the worst version of the game, it's still one of my personal favorites (so far of course).  I also was extremely impressed by the graphics, which just blew away my expectations of what could be done visually on the 2600.  While I doubt it'll remain high on my list as I progress through the library, it's a game that I'll always have a soft spot for.


Dig Dug - Kind of like Demon Attack in that I've played superior versions over the years, but I still appreciate it for what it is.  It doesn't hurt that I've always loved Dig Dug though, but again, it's a very well done port.


Freeway - I fired this one up one day with the intention of playing for a few minutes to see how it was.  3 hours later I was still playing it.  A very simple concept, but also a very engaging game.  I don't see this one dropping down the list any time soon.


Galaxian - Yet another one of the titles that, while playing "better" versions previously, I just thoroughly enjoyed playing the 2600 port.  As with Dig Dug, I'm just a fan of the game in general, and was impressed with what they coaxed out of the hardware to pull off the home version. 


M*A*S*H - While I'm not a huge fan of the game as a whole, I do have to list it because of the "Operation" levels.  For whatever reason I really dug them.  The helicopter levels didn't do much for me, but the surgery stages felt like something I couldn't play elsewhere, and I always love games that offer something unique.


Planet Patrol - This one's a weird one to me, in that the individual components are nothing new or special, but the package as a whole was one I thoroughly enjoyed.


And that's about it for now.  I'm sure many of these will not make the final cut once I've played enough to confidently list my top 20 titles, but I'm sure a few will stick for some time.

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Posted Today, 8:12 AM

1. H.E.R.O
2. River Raid
3. Demolition Herby
4. Ms. Pac-man
5. Defender II (Stargate)
6. Pitfall
7. Indy 500
8. Space Shuttle: A Journey Into Space
9. Reactor
10. Ram It
11. Frankenstein's Monster
12. Pitfall 2
13. Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
14. Cross Force
15. Star Raiders
16. Frogger (Parker)
17. Battlezone
18. Vanguard
19. Enduro
20. Riddle of the Sphinx

I could quite happily get by with just these.

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