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#51 Good_Times OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat Jul 29, 2017 5:53 PM

I'm reluctant to admit that I liked Sneak and Peak. It's cute. You could even hide under the house. :)

 

I just got this one recently.  Looking forward to checking it out.



#52 AtariKid81 OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Jul 30, 2017 7:08 AM

I never see Dodge 'Em on any top ten list, but, for me, it's a must own. E.T goes without saying. I also have time for Slot Racers & Basketball. You?

Dodge'em is a classic - I play it often.

The "bad" Third-party game, that is in my "best-of" collection, is "Airlock" by Data Age. As a kid, who spent a fair amount of time in the Arcade(early 80's), I would've puked at the sight of it. Nowadays I love it!
And for whatever reason, I kinda enjoy "Snake", another Data Age game. I don't know why - let's face it..."Snake" is pathetic.

Edited by AtariKid81, Sun Jul 30, 2017 7:53 AM.


#53 maibock OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Jul 30, 2017 2:30 PM

I never see Dodge 'Em on any top ten list, but, for me, it's a must own. E.T goes without saying. I also have time for Slot Racers & Basketball. You?

 

Upon seeing your initial post, I quickly looked to see where you are from.. Most of the kids in my neighborhood, including my brother and myself, where totally smitten by Dodge 'Em and Basketball early days in the Atari. That's all we would play before other games appeared.

 

Two great games indeed..



#54 butterburp OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Jul 30, 2017 6:06 PM

I liked most of the games that started disappearing in the Rev. E and later catalogs: Miniature Golf, Slot Machine, Flag Capture... And this amazing post made me a fan of Starship: http://atariage.com/...-2#entry2962334

 

Basic Math would be an exception. Although, about every 5 years I will whip it out, input the wrong answer, and sing along to the Taps music: "You are wrong, you are wrong..."



#55 AtariWarlord OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Jul 30, 2017 6:50 PM

There are a few "bad" games I've grown to love through the High Score Club. Cosmic Creeps is one, also Cosmic Commuter (from the same week). Although it's headache-inducing flickery, Tanks But No Tanks is a pretty fun tank game. 



#56 AtariWarlord OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Jul 30, 2017 6:52 PM

I liked most of the games that started disappearing in the Rev. E and later catalogs: Miniature Golf, Slot Machine, Flag Capture... And this amazing post made me a fan of Starship: http://atariage.com/...-2#entry2962334

 

Basic Math would be an exception. Although, about every 5 years I will whip it out, input the wrong answer, and sing along to the Taps music: "You are wrong, you are wrong..."

Wow! Another Miniature Golf fan! I can't believe they pulled it from the market back in '79 -- it really wasn't any better or worse than the other stuff Atari was putting out.



#57 accousticguitar OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Jul 30, 2017 7:37 PM

There are a few "bad" games I've grown to love through the High Score Club. Cosmic Creeps is one, also Cosmic Commuter (from the same week). Although it's headache-inducing flickery, Tanks But No Tanks is a pretty fun tank game.

Nice avatar. :thumbsup:

#58 BONEMAN OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Jul 31, 2017 4:44 AM

I always liked Pac-Man. When I was a kid all my friends loved it. We didn't even know it wasn't like the arcade. We were only 6 or 7 years old.

#59 BassGuitari OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Jul 31, 2017 1:30 PM

Most of the games being mentioned aren't really "unpopular" as much as they're just not A-list Top 10 games. They're not Asteroids or Space Invaders or River Raid or Yars' Revenge or Pitfall or other games everybody and their mamas remember. But that doesn't make them worse.

Games like Air-Sea Battle, Dodge 'Em, Maze Craze, Cosmic Commuter, Star Voyager, Donkey Kong, Commando Raid...people who've played these games generally enjoy them. They're just not as iconic as Berzerk or Chopper Command or Pole Position.

I think some of these don't get mentioned as much because, while experienced collectors know about games like Subterranea, there are a lot of newer people here lately as well. Subterranea used to come up all the time in "Underrated Games" threads.

FWIW, here are some of my "diamonds in the rough:"

Star Ship (I. liked. this. game. before. it. was. cool. :P Although I was also much younger and spazzier then... :-D )
Squeeze Box
Home Run
Night Driver
Air Raiders
Commando Raid
Space Jockey
Rescue Terra I (glad to see this got a mention earlier...got myself a nifty repro of this cart)
Guardian
Air-Sea Battle (I don't think anyone "dislikes" this cart but it always comes up in these discussions for some reason)
Fantastic Voyage
Spacemaster X-7
GORF
Secret Quest
Defender (it has its fans, but plenty of people hate it, too; I love it)
Miner 2049er (a far cry from the Atari 5200, Coleco, C64, or Apple versions, but fun; dying and starting over sucks tho)
Montezuma's Revenge
Fast Eddie
Radar Lock
Galaxian (nobody talks about Galaxian and it's baffling. Great game, even with that weird yellow border.)
Donkey Kong (is this unpopular?)
Pac-Man (bad port, fun game. It's fun. Sorry, it just is. Your shitty Christmas in 1982 doesn't change that. :P )
River Raid II
Ikari Warriors
Xenophobe
Street Racer
Video Olympics (again...is this unpopular?)
Survival Run
Communist Mutants From Space (Supercharger cassette)
Bugs
Warplock
Sub Scan
Halloween (yes, seriously)
Cross Force
Super Football
Turmoil
Cosmic Commuter
Subterranea
Burgertime (people usually think of the Intellivision, Coleco, or some other version)
Bump 'N' Jump (^ ditto)
Tapper
Mega Force
Crash Dive
Codebreaker
Brain Games
Golf
Miniature Golf
Stellar Track
Steeplechase
Football (provided there's somebody to play with)
Dolphin
Track & Field
Realsports Tennis


Edited by BassGuitari, Mon Jul 31, 2017 1:40 PM.


#60 Mephitblue OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Jul 31, 2017 8:48 PM

I'm not sure if it's unpopular, but I really like the 2600 version of Carnival.  I'm sure there are better ports of Carnival out there, but the 2600 port is still a lot of fun.



#61 jongolo OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Aug 3, 2017 10:23 PM

Stellar Track has always been one of my favorites!  Whenever I plug in my 2600, it's one of the first carts I play.  I don't play it as often, but Human Canonball is another game I've always enjoyed.



#62 Video OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Aug 6, 2017 1:04 AM

Starfox, there are several horizontal shooters I like that in general people don't like.
Coconuts, me and my friends played the hell out of this, and I still like it.

#63 AtariLeaf ONLINE  

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Posted Sun Aug 6, 2017 6:32 AM

Wow! Another Miniature Golf fan! I can't believe they pulled it from the market back in '79 -- it really wasn't any better or worse than the other stuff Atari was putting out.

 

I love it. I've been contemplating for a few years on spending the $20 on the Miniature Golf+ in the AA store with new courses. Anyone own this cart?



#64 hizzy ONLINE  

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Posted Sun Aug 6, 2017 8:22 AM

 

I love it. I've been contemplating for a few years on spending the $20 on the Miniature Golf+ in the AA store with new courses. Anyone own this cart?

 

I just checked, and the rom is available for a test run. It's fun! I didn't even know there was a hack of this :)



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Posted Sun Aug 6, 2017 10:50 AM

Reactor

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Posted Sun Aug 6, 2017 10:53 AM

Sky Jinks

 

I didn't play it that much, but IMO it looks really cool. And the shadows are maybe a first for video games.



#67 zzip OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Aug 7, 2017 8:52 AM

Sky Jinks
 
I didn't play it that much, but IMO it looks really cool. And the shadows are maybe a first for video games.


Yes it looks pretty, but gameplay wise it's no different than the average skiing slalom game of that era.

#68 sramirez2008 ONLINE  

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Posted Mon Aug 7, 2017 9:04 AM

I like Strategy X and Thunderground.  Anyone else?



#69 thegoldenband OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Aug 7, 2017 9:27 AM

Totally forgot to mention Death Trap. It can be tooth-grindingly frustrating, but once you get the hang of it, it's very satisfying to beat.



#70 accousticguitar OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Aug 7, 2017 9:47 AM

I love it. I've been contemplating for a few years on spending the $20 on the Miniature Golf+ in the AA store with new courses. Anyone own this cart?

There is also Mini Golf Hi Rez in my signature. The nice thing about those versions is the cursor doesn't slow down when you get close to the ball and you can also move the joystick diagonally.

#71 Rom Hunter OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Aug 9, 2017 11:50 AM

I bet not many here have really played this one, but I like it a lot:
http://www.atarimani...rrel_13689.html

 

And this one as well:

http://www.atarimani...tman_14115.html

8)



#72 KaeruYojimbo ONLINE  

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Posted Wed Aug 9, 2017 5:22 PM

I bet not many here have really played this one, but I like it a lot:
http://www.atarimani...rrel_13689.html

 

And this one as well:

http://www.atarimani...tman_14115.html

8)

 

I love Snail Against Squirrel. Definitely one of the better PAL releases.



#73 mbd30 ONLINE  

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Posted Thu Aug 10, 2017 8:29 AM

Sky Jinks

 

I didn't play it that much, but IMO it looks really cool. And the shadows are maybe a first for video games.

 

Sky Jinks was a beautiful graphics demo in need of a game. They could have made a pretty cool shooter out of it.



#74 fsuinnc OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Aug 10, 2017 8:53 PM

Air-Sea Battle, Star ship, outlaw, basketball, bowling and of course, Capture. I can't rationaly explain just how many hours I spent playing these games.  Long before Adventure and Superman came into the house and stole all my time. But there is something about those really old, first bundle of games. Nothing else is the same. 



#75 wongojack OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Aug 10, 2017 9:47 PM

It seems that "unpopular" and "underrated" are closely associated in people's minds, but I didn't immediately make that connection when I read this thread title.  I made the assumption that the TS was talking about games that other people had actually played but decided they did not like.  Then of course you have to hear about the fact that they don't like the game, play it yourself and decide you like it.  Anyway blah blah

 

Some that were mentioned that I also like are Star Ship and Communist Mutants from Outer Space.  I seem to read negative things about these two from time to time.

 

One game that I haven't seen mentioned in this thread is Mouse Trap.  Every once in a while Mouse Trap seems to come up and people aren't very favorable toward it.  I like it and like the fact that holding down the button has a different function than just tapping it.  How many other 2600 games have that same mechanic?






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