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2600 Games Worse Than E.T.

Posted on Tue, May 19 2015, by Gregory D. George

Everyone seems to think that E.T. is the worst ever game for the Atari 2600 (even the programmer.) Here are several that are FAR worse!

As you may know, a recent expedition to the Alamogordo landfill in New Mexico was undertaken by a team looking to find the "3 million E.T. carts" that were supposedly buried there. You've surely seen this on the interwebs that they ended up finding more than just E.T. cartridges. And the person who dumped the cartridges said it was more like 700,000+ rather than 3 million.One of the bylines for every story seemed to...

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Tempest Tubes

Posted on Fri, September 05 2014, by Darryl Brundage
Tempest Tubes is the sort-of sequel to Tempest. Well, more like an update. Tempest 1.1 if you will. With harder levels and the same graphics, is it even worth your time?

Now here's a game that went TOTALLY under my radar back in the day. I've been confused about this one since first hearing about it on the net only just a few years ago (at the time of this writing)! Namely: why didn't I SEE, much less play this game *ANYWHERE*? I can't believe I never saw this one, even though it's categorized as to supposedly getting a "wide release" back then, according to its entry in its Killer List of Video Games ...

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Lunar Lander

Posted on Mon, July 21 2014, by Darryl Brundage
Yeah, not much to say about this... Well, Darryl does anyway!

(Note: the "remake #1,000,001" is in regards to the Taco Bell Super Breakdown game review I did.)Due to the Atari name being sold around until the end of time, it probably shouldn't have been much of a surprise for even Taco Bell in North America and Canada to do something with it (actually the current "Atari" might've struck up a deal with them) by announcing that they would be selling the classic Atari games (availability due to individual stores) of Asteroids, Super Breakout...

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Posted on Fri, June 27 2014, by Darryl Brundage
One of the greatest multi-player games just doesn't get the attention it deserves thesedays. Take a few moments to remember (and maybe give it a go) Warlords!

Here's a bit of a different game for the arcades, as it combined the elements of Breakout, using shields, and trying to blow away other players in the process of a frantic match, along with having up to four players (on the tabletop model) as well, which still to this day doesn't happen a lot with arcade games.In this classic deathmatch of pixelated proportions, the player(s) must use fireballs to try to pick away at enemies' castle walls (made very obvious by the bright colorful ...

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Ms. Pac-Man

Posted on Tue, June 17 2014, by Gregory D. George
Today on The Atari Times, a little known game for the Atari Lynx gets reviewed! What can we possibly say about this game that hasn't already been said? Um... Well... It's a fun game no matter what system it's on, but it's somehow better on ATARI!

What hasn't already been said about Ms. Pac-Man since it's release in 1982? Um, letsee... it's the sequel to the original Pac-Man, it was hacked into existence from Pac-Man by General Computer Corporation (makers of the Atari 7800), it has more mazes, more variety, she has a bow on her head... (I can't think of the game without hearing her say, "I'm more than Pac-Man with a bow!") ...

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Pole Position

Posted on Wed, June 04 2014, by Darryl Brundage
If you like retro-racing, you can't do better than Pole Position! Once the pinnacle of racing with it's hand drawn graphics and real steering wheel, Pole Position secured itself in the winner's circle of all-time great racing games!

(Note: the 'start your engines', part 1 title is in reference to my 2600 Indy 500 review. What, me being too lazy to come up with an original review title? No, it's a reference to the Atari racing legacy, is all. Ok, so maybe it's a little bit of both :P ) Pole Position was another one of the several arcade games that was actually made by Namco but distributed by Atari (like Dig Dug...

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Black Widow

Posted on Mon, May 05 2014, by Darryl Brundage
So you've refused to play Robotron: 2084 because it's not by Atari? Well, now you can get your fix of dual stick action with Atari's very own knock-off called Black Widow!

In order to hopefully make money in the gaming world, as a gaming company, it really boils down to two things: 1. Make games. 2. Make games ripped off from other games that were huge hits. Granted, I'm sure a lot of people would chime in (/want to hang me) with a few other things to add to my very simple, skimpy list, like games should be fun, addicting, possibly pushing technology to the limits in the point and time they were released (oh yeah, like the 15 minut...

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Word Zapper

Posted on Fri, April 25 2014, by Darryl Brundage
More than just a review of a single game, Darryl gives us the run down on the U.S. Games line up. Wondering if this is their best offering? Hm...?

Word Zapper is a game that I thought didn't get a fair shake. It's not as "horrible" (as I've heard people describe it) as they say; it's no Pac-Man or E. T. (and neither of those games I thought were horrible either, but neither were terrific though, of course). Granted, I'll admit it's not one of the greatest games either, but it's not as bad as others say. Plus I'll also admit you have to consider the source: U. S. Games...not exactly one of the most exalted ...

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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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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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