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  1. On 9/1/2012 at 11:14 AM, Philflound said:

    I wasn't really looking for a list but rather scans of actual labels. Seeing price stickers gives more of a history rather than someone remembering a store that had games.


    Sorry, I didn't see this one until after I posted my memories. If I find a box with a price tag, I'll post that.

  2. I wondered about it as well. I loved the game for the 2600 as a kid and always wished there were more games like it. Haunted House was a little like it.

    I felt like Pharaoh's Curse, Shamus, Montezuma's Revenge, and Castle Wolfenstein were kind of spiritual successors on the Atari 800 when I was a kid.

    Montezuma's Revenge did come out on the 2600, but I didn't know about it until I was an adult.


    Thankfully there's a modern homebrew  for the 5200, Adventure II, that contains a lot of the same qualities. If you have a 5200, it's worth checking out here at the Atari Age store. Also, Albert is planning on releasing Cafeman's Adventure II for the Atari 800XL soon at the store as well.


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  3. On 7/23/2020 at 11:21 AM, Max_Chatsworth said:

    The only game I loved more than Hardball! was later on the NES Bases Loaded by Jaleco.

    My brother and I played the snot out of that one, Bases Loaded. Good times.

    I need to go back and check out Hardball. My brother got that one for the Atari 800 after I left for college, so I never played that one. He also got it for the Sega Genesis a bit later.

  4. I agree with you both McIaneinc and Rybags. Shamus II was nowhere near as good as Shamus. It got tedious with all those ladders.


    I forgot about how fast Jumpman could be, erichenneke, if you choose the higher speeds. Really fast, like Shamus on expert, maybe faster.


    I often ran into the walls after clearing a room in Shamus, when he sped up. I wonder if that was put in on purpose, speeding up after a room is cleared. Or was it the result of the processor having less going on? Like when Choplifter would slow down because there were so many enemies on the screen at once. I think Cathryn Mataga added that feature on purpose to make it more challenging. You had to really be careful not to run into a wall after clearing a room.

  5. I recently acquired Shamus on cartridge, to replace the dead Shamus disk of mine from the original days. Playing it again brought to mind two questions:


    1-Have any of you other Atari Agers ever completed the game? Back when I was a kid I reached the red level, but never finished the game. As an adult I have yet to reach the green level.


    2-Is Shamus, on expert mode, the fastest Atari 8-bit game? It runs at a breathtaking speed on expert. I don't remember ever seeing another game go that fast on the Atari 800. However, there are a lot of games that I haven't seen.

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  6. 7 hours ago, Max_Chatsworth said:

    By the way..what baseball game is that on your icon? I know I saw it back in the day. Was it something like realsports baseball..or strat-o-matic digital or something?

    As zzip said, it's Star League Baseball from Game Star. It had some crazy pitches, right fielders that could make plays at first, and silly announcements between innings. Not as professional as Hardball. But more silly and simple to play.

  7. 4 hours ago, Max_Chatsworth said:

    True..I'm finding that out now from some friends I hand out with that I just knew casually back in school...it's like "Damn...Keith Stevenson...you were into D&D?  Not bad bro...."  heh....

    Yes, my D&D friends were also the Atari programming and gaming friends, which were separate from my sports and BMX friends. And the nuns at our Catholic school somehow found out about our D&D sessions and told us that it would result in eternal damnation if we kept playing. Scary and fun times both.

  8. My first computer was an Atari 800. I remember programming three games, all in Atari Basic. All three were written somewhere between 1979-1981. The first was a Snake copy. The second was a blocky Donkey Kong knock-off, where you had to get to the top of the platforms to rescue a golden trophy (with only two screens). And the third was a knock-off of Climber 5, which at the time I didn't know about. I was trying to combine Donkey Kong and Preppie. You had to climb to the place where the dot was, touch it, and then return to the staring point, without getting caught by the monsters. All three were lost when my disks went kaput in the 1990s.

    These days I tinker with Linux distros, but I really would like to learn to program games again. I suppose I should start reading and learning and then give it a go. I was never a very good programmer, but I really enjoyed it.


  9. On 8/6/2018 at 2:18 AM, Andromeda Stardust said:

    Don't firget about havkem and ms hackem... ;-)


    Pacman Collection for the 7800 simply reused the same engjne for all mazes with subtle tweaks between pacman and ms pacman modes.


    Atari Pacman, Atari Ms Pacman, Hack em, ms hackem, Pacman arcade (ms pacman hack), debro pacman 4k, dintar new pacman 8k, that's seven right there.

    Don't forget Nukey Shay's Pac-Man 8k. It's here on Atari Age somewhere. He took the original VCS Pac-Man, added real fruit, intermissions,correct colors, and points on the screen when you eat ghosts. It's pretty awesome.

  10. I finally moved to PC when my Macintosh SE was no longer cutting it, and I realized that a new Mac was too expensive.  The PC had Windows 98, which drove me crazy. So I switched to using Linux on the PC and am still there, many PCs later.


    Now that first PC runs DOS and has a bunch of old games on it. It's still going strong, although rarely gets used over the newer ones running various Linux distros.

  11. Three that help me feel chill are Sea Wolf (a homebrew for the 2600), and any version of Bosconian (including the Namco Museum versions for modern-ish systems, the plug in play version included with Pac-Man, and Kobo Deluxe for Linux), and Burgertime or any of its variations (Beef Drop for Atari 5200 and 7800 or Burger Space for Linux).


    I think Sea Wolf is the most powerful, however, for inducing calm. I noticed that it has the same effect on my son and my dad, who are 62 years apart. All three of us can play it for quite a while, having fun, and feeling chilled out. Good times.

  12. On 7/2/2020 at 6:25 PM, oesii said:

    Oh and it did have a Gold, Silver and Bronze medal winner for each game so that might be what you were looking for.

    oesii, Thank you! That's the one. That is the exact site that I was looking for, trying to remember. Thanks!

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  13. 2600 and 800 are my two favorites. I like having both. And I do have a 5200 for the many excellent games and the beauty of the giant system, and I have a 7800 for 7800 games (and sometimes 2600 games on the 7800).

    There are so many great games for the 2600 that it is worth it to have one.

    And as several people have pointed out, the system itself looks great and the colors are brighter on the 2600 than on the 7800.

    Plus some 2600 carts are finicky or even too wide to play on a 7800.

    There are many classics and homebrews that are really excellent for the 2600.

    You made a good choice. You can bounce back and forth between the 2600 and the 8-bit computer. They're both great.

  14. No, it wasn't Mobygames. But thanks for the suggestion. That is a very nice website that has a lot of good info.


    The website I am thinking about is not professional like Mobygames, and is all the work of one person who focuses only on the 8-bit era.


    Perhaps Albert might know? Maybe I should email him.

  15. Hello all,

    I am trying to find/remember a website that I used to visit from the early to mid 2000s. It was often linked to the Atari 2600 rarity index here at Atari Age. It was a website that reviewed games across all the platforms of the early 80s. So if you looked up Centipede for example, it might run a head to head comparison and rating of the versions for Atari 2600, Vic-20, C64, Atari 800, Coleco Vision, Atari 5200, Atari 7800,  and Apple II. It awarded the top three each time around.


    Does anyone remember this website/blog?

    Does it still exist?

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