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Thanks for visiting the NEW Atari Times (4.0)! We've made a lot of changes so bear with us as we clean up everything! Lots of new stuff in the works, but until then, check out these articles!



Top Five Atari Games that Deserve a Triple A Rehash

Posted on Wed, April 16 2014, by Allie Cooper
There is no denying the fact that Atari games are precious pieces of video gaming history. From the greats of the past, the most brilliant of the present take inspiration. Two years ago, Atari attempted to give its classic titles a new wind through the Atari Arcade; these oldies but goodies were made available for Windows 8 tablet users, too.


There is no denying the fact that Atari games are precious pieces of video gaming history. From the greats of the past, the most brilliant of the present take inspiration. Two years ago, Atari attempted to give its classic titles a new wind through the Atari Arcade; these oldies but goodies were made available for Windows 8 tablet users, too. However, as we revisit these games, we wonder: how truly awesome would these titles be if they w...

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Venture

Posted on Tue, April 08 2014, by David Sherwin
Were you jealous that the Atari 8-bit never got this game? Oh, well, now you can play it all you want. If stealing treasure and shooting arrows is for you, you might like this one.


Let me get this right out of the way - Venture is not a perfect port of Exidy's 1981 Arcade favourite. It is, in fact, a perfect port of everybody's favourite $2 garage sale ColecoVision game. Yes - CV Venture has finally made it to the A8 line after 32 years! The choice to make a port of a port instead of referencing Sacred and Hallowed arcade origins has, apparently, caused much teeth-gnashing and hand-wringing over in the forums for reasons that have left me completely flum...

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Karateka

Posted on Mon, March 31 2014, by Colin Hodder
Have you really given this game a fair shake? Spent more than a few minutes playing it? Is it really THAT bad? Read the review and find out for yourself!


Karateka is a much loved fighting game on home computer systems. In it, you control a Karate guy (the Karateka probably) trying to punch and kick his way to the woman he loves. Along the way you have to kick a bunch of bad guys until they don't move anymore. Every time one of them stops moving, you run to the next one and kick him to death as well.A word of warning though: Although running gets you to the end faster, you have to be careful, as running (indeed standing u...

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Atari 7800 vs. Nintendo NES

Posted on Wed, March 19 2014, by Gregory D. George
There's no way this is a fair fight, right? Well, the 7800 actually did win some categories, read on to find out which ones!


The Atari 7800 was developed in 1983 and released in 1986 and it went on to become a world-wide mega-hit for Atari! Oh, wait? You're saying the 7800 wasn't a mega-hit? Yeah, you're right. I was hoping to slip that past you...It was the Nintendo Entertainment System that was a mega-hit and went on to sell bajillions of consoles and trillions of games back in the mid-80's. Yes, I'm exaggerating (just a tiny bit) but it's sure felt like everyone and their dog had a NES. Shoot, even *I* had ...

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The Activision Decathlon

Posted on Mon, March 10 2014, by Rob Adair
From the creative mind of David Crane comes a not-so-original concept originally made by Konami, given the Activision makeover, and results in a ten-event game that will really have your palms (and your forehead) sweating!


When Track & Field was released by Konami, it became a big hit due to the unique game control scheme where you repeatedly pressed buttons to gain speed or power, and then pressed a third button for a certain period of time to set the angle of your jump/throw/etc.  It was difficult but addicting all the same, and while the Atari 2600 did get a port (albeit in limited quantities) of the original game, there would be a similar game released by Activision...

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Dungeon Master

Posted on Mon, March 03 2014, by Gregory D. George
Few games are as beloved as the classic Dungeon Master for the Atari ST. And for good reason - It was a revolutionary game that is TONS of fun!


I was introduced to Dungeon Master in the strangest of places: Summer School back in 1988! My school actually had several Atari STs set up in the room where my class was held (Geometry, I wanted to go actually!) Turns out the teacher and one of the other students were hooked on it, and even had maps all printed up to get them through the game! (Yes, still have my copy of the maps!)So needless to say, it was this game that really piqued my interest in the Atari ST computer. Sure, I...

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Harbor Escape

Posted on Mon, February 24 2014, by Jacob Heller
So it looks like "hacking" video games goes back further than we thought! If you couldn't find a copy of River Raid in your town, this might quench that thirst. (Although those side walls really freak me out.)


In 1982 Activision released River Raid, one of the highest selling games for the 2600, and a title which is recognized as one of the best games for the system. In 1983 Panda Computer Games released Harbor Escape, a title showcasing their take on the scrolling shooter formula made popular by River Raid. In Harbor Escape, the player assumes the role of a nuclear submarine commander who has succeeded in dropping off several commandos in Russian territory. The...

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Star Wars: The Arcade Game

Posted on Tue, February 18 2014, by Gregory D. George
You've played this one... Well, certainly the arcade version. The 2600 game is uncommon in terms of collectability so you may not have played this home conversion. Does it stack up to the arcade game?


Years ago when Star Wars was still considered good (and not watered down by the horrible prequels) the only way to get your Star Wars fix in video game form was to play Star Wars the arcade game by Atari. I remember playing that game in the sit-down cabinet as well as the stand-up model.The control was one of the most unique I had ever seen being a hybrid between a steering-wheel and a dual-joystick. You would tilt upwards, downwards, tur...

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Stellar Track

Posted on Fri, February 14 2014, by Darryl Brundage
Are you ready for the most exciting game on the 2600? Well, this isn't exactly it. If you like strategy to go with your blasting action, you'll probably like Stellar Track!


Stellar Track was a game that I didn't think got its fair shake, not being very well-liked by gamers in general, as most of them wanted more action in this turn-based (! Yes, not a lot of those kinds of games for the 2600!) sci-fi game. Granted, I'll admit that there are elements that make it terribly unfair, and some of it's overly complicated, but this is a good, thinking man's strategy game, although some luck (the Force?) is also needed to win as well. As per the usual st...

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Sky Diver

Posted on Mon, June 08 2009, by Darryl Brundage
Now you too can jump out of an airplane and not get killed! But I wonder how those poor video skydivers feel when they go SPLAT!?


Due to a certain company named "Atari" making a hit arcade game back in the day, chances were pretty good a certain company named "Atari" would bring the game to their home console(s), and Sky Diver was no exception. Of course, the home version of Skydiver (one word for the arcade game, but two for the home version...for some reason) was simplified, and improved a bit, being less difficult than it's arcade cousin. True, there was no spelling...

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