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Favorite Atari 8-bit Computer Homebrew Games?

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I know there have been quite a few great Atari 8-bit homebrew games released over time, and I'd really like to try them out. Some I have played, but I know there are many I have never personally experienced. I'd love to get recommendations from members here on what their favorite Atari 8-bit homebrews are. Doesn't matter when they were released, I just want to hear everyone's favorites. I can then track them down and try them out.

 

Here's the list of games suggested, posted here in alphabetical order. Last updated 01/24/19:

 

2048
Atari Blast!
AtariNet
Baby Berks
Beefdrop
BlowSub
Bomb Jack
Bosconian
Castle Crisis
Combat (2600)
Crownland
Cubico
Deathchase XE
Diamondz
Dimo's Dungeon
Dimo's Quest
Donkey Kong Arcade
Dr. Mario XE
Druidarium (WIP)
Dungeon Hunt
Dye
Dyna Blaster
ECKN+
Electro Maniac
Gridrunner
h3x0r (1K & Deluxe)
Heli In the Caves (Ext. Edition)
His Dark Majesty
Hundreds of 10Liners
Isora
Jewel Bits
Jim Slide
Loops (DX & Zen)
Major Blink
Manic Miner
Marbled
Mind Blast
Monex
Nibbly
Ocean Detox
Pac-Mad
Pac-Man Arcade
Pad
Pang
Pang (PAL)
Platform Engine
Project-M v2
RGB
Ridiculous Reality
Robix
Scramble
Seaquest (2600)
Skool Daze
Space Harrier
Star Raiders (Phaeron v7a)
Stunt Car Racer
Sudoku Sweep
Swapz
Tempest Elite
Tensor
Thetris
Time Pilot
TriPeaksXE
Udders
Venture
X-8
Yie Ar Kung-Fu
Yoomp!

Thanks!

 

..Al

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Some of the homebrew games I like to play (in no particular order):

Yoomp!

Crownland

Nibbly

Heli In the Caves (Ext. Edition)

Pad

Robix

Pac-Mad

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Great idea for a thread, Al. I purchased the collectors edition of Jim Slide from its creator the other day and hopefully it will arrive in a few weeks :)

 

Maybe after you explore the 8-bit homebrew scene further we'll be able to get some additional 8-bit titles in the AA Store!

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Dr. Mario XE has to be at or near the top of anyone's list. It's the perfect port of an addictive game.

 

I'll add a second vote for Yoomp! It's a great game.

 

Also in the top:

 

Beefdrop

Castle Crisis

Pang (PAL)

Space Harrier

Time Pilot

Tempest Elite

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Maybe after you explore the 8-bit homebrew scene further we'll be able to get some additional 8-bit titles in the AA Store!

:ponder:

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Atari Blast! is an awesome game with lot of sprites and many graphics modes.

 

You have a PM.

 

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Space Harrier.

You'll need a 1MB cartridge to run it though.

Or a multicart like AVGCart or other.

But with an Atarimax cart you can save high score.

 

Bomb Jack.

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I would add Time Pilot and Bosconian to the list. I find both of them to be fantastic conversions for the 8-bit.

 

Bob C

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I play Video 61's "Venture" probably more than any other A8 game that I have. It is truly a great port.

 

"Space Harrier" is better than almost anything else that was ever released for for the A8s.

 

Also, although technically a hack rather than a homebrew, I have recently been playing the heck out of the SFX enhanced "Donkey Kong Arcade". It not only looks much more like the original arcade game but the sound effects are now spot on! I've seriously been playing it almost every day for the past two weeks.

 

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Space Harrier.

 

 

You'll need a 1MB cartridge to run it though.

Do you know if this has received a cartridge run? I'd love to get my hands on a physical copy.

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I would add Time Pilot and Bosconian to the list. I find both of them to be fantastic conversions for the 8-bit.

 

Bob C

Yes, great Bosconian. There's a 128K xex version where, like, 64k is voice. One great reason to upgrade your memory (130XE excluded).

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One great reason to upgrade your memory (130XE excluded).

I have almost forgotten what it's like to run a standard 64K XL. With all of the terrific and varied upgrade options available these days, I am kind of surprised that anyone runs a stock machine these days.

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I have almost forgotten what it's like to run a standard 64K XL. With all of the terrific and varied upgrade options available these days, I am kind of surprised that anyone runs a stock machine these days.

Time, energy and skill! Not all of us are as savvy at soldering and such :)

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Yes, great Bosconian. There's a 128K xex version where, like, 64k is voice. One great reason to upgrade your memory (130XE excluded).

 

 

Actually, the newest 64K version includes voice (Blast Off, etc). The title screen flickers a bit on NTSC, but the game works great in NTSC even though it seemed to be advertised for PAL. The 128K version may have better voices (I do not know), but it was good to see the 64K version get voices. I only have a stock XEGS so 64K is all I have.

 

Bob C

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If you like puzzle games, Tensor is a blast.

 

Collect the non-purple (non-blue on PAL) pieces by walking into them from the side.

Move the pieces and yourself around by rotating the screen. Rotate the screen by

holding down your <button> and pushing the joystick <left> or <right>. Walk by using

<left> or <right> without the button.

 

Three different versions:

1. Party Version - Runs on PAL or NTSC

2. Final Version - Runs on PAL, and functions fine graphically on NTSC with some sound glitches on the level intro screens -- in-game music sometimes doesn't play too.

3. Final Version (Packed) - Same as the final, except smaller.

 

Tensor.zip

 

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Space Harrier.

 

 

You'll need a 1MB cartridge to run it though.

 

Or a multicart like AVGCart or other.

But with an Atarimax cart you can save high score.

 

The Ultimate cart supports the 1MB (8Mb) cart. The AVG and Uno carts only support the 128KB (1Mb) Atarimax carts.

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