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Super Breakout

Posted on Mon, March 23 2009, by Darryl Brundage
What does outer space and breaking bricks have in common? Nothing! That's why Atari put an astronaut on the box art for Super Breakout! But it doesn't matter. This version of the game is miles better than the original!


As the saying goes, you shouldn't judge a book by it's cover, especially when it came to Super Breakout, having a silly box and label cover of an astronaut facing a wall of colors in outer space. C'mon, this is BREAKOUT, not something futuristic, with the technology to push your 2600 to the limit or anything! (And I won't go into the silly scenario of the astronaut in his space shuttle in the instructions' intro either [you're welcome!].) I ...

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Defender of the Crown

Posted on Mon, March 16 2009, by Michael Pittaro
As one of the more beautiful classic computer games out there Defender of the Crown had a lot to live up to. Was the game any good, or was it just a scenic slideshow?


The 1980's was an inspirational time for most of us in computing. Being weaned on 8-bit computer technology and inspirational games like Mule; as computer gamers we witnessed the industry give rise to cinematic experiences only possible on the 16-bit platforms of the day. The Commodore Amiga and Atari ST ushered in a new era of gaming that pioneered an entire industry that still, to this day, continues to grow by leaps and bounds. One such game, ...

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Quantum

Posted on Mon, March 09 2009, by Darryl Brundage
After a long hiatus, The Atari Times is back with more articles for you to bother with. This time our stalwart author Darryl B. shows you what it's like when you take vector games and try to get too cute with them.


In Atari's game-making history of three decades, give or take a few years (and not counting Infogrames being "Atari"), they had all kinds of gigantic hits, some cult favorites, some crap, and total flops. Quantum was an interesting mixture of being a bomb, yet having a cult following years later (which I'll get to at the end). Granted, this wasn't Atari's fault, since they didn't make the game anyway -- GCC was ordered to make it as part of a legal...

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Bubsy

Posted on Mon, May 12 2008, by Christopher J. Bean
Ok, so here's yet another 16-bit conversion along the lines of Soccer Kid or Zool 2. If you like Bobcats (or Lynxes) or your name is Greg, you might actually like this game.


Bubsy was an outspoken mid-90s flavor of the week bobcat that made his way into the Jaguar game library in 1994. The game was Bubsy: Fractured Furry Tails and while it surpasses the 16-bit versions of Bubsy with nice graphics and good music it still has a number of flaws that take away from the enjoyment factor. With a combination of choppy animation and sloppy controls, this cartridge will more than likely collect dust in your Jaguar game library. ...

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Lady Bug

Posted on Mon, March 17 2008, by Gregory D. George
You want a perfect arcade to 2600 translation? You got it. Disappointed with Coleco's other 2600 efforts? You won't be with this one. Want a game that makes even Atari's Ms. Pac-Man and Jr. Pac-Man look like terrible translations? It's right here with JohnnyWC's homebrew translation of Lady Bug.


Remember the days of Pac-Man? Remember 1981? Remember how whenever a popular game is released, dozens upon dozens of clones are created? The subject of this review is a game that was released over 25 years ago. Or at least it should have been: It's Lady Bug for the Atari 2600. Why exactly wasn't this game released back in the day? Coleco had the rights to it, but they released many of their licensed games on the 2600. Time Pilot, Smurf...

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T-Mek

Posted on Mon, March 10 2008, by Darryl Brundage
Here's an Atari game appearing on another system. Who would have thought that would ever happen? With the proliferation of collection games appearing on the modern consoles of today, you might know there were one or two Atari Games arcade games appearing on other systems. Check out T-Mek for the Sega 32X.


Ahhhh, T-Mek, the souped-up Battlezone with speed update of the 1990s, as Atari started recycling a lot of their old games into “new” ones (like the “next level” [har! Little Sega joke there!] Breakout clone of Off the Wall, Blasteroids was the next Asteroids, S. T. U. N. Runner was the Road Blasters sequel [in my opinion], etc.). This is the kind of game where you had to wipe the sweat off the controller when you we...

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The ABCs of Atari

Posted on Mon, February 25 2008, by Gregory D. George
What was it that made Atari's original arcade games stand out from the crowd? Why was Atari's rise so quick? Perhaps it had to do with the uniqueness of their games. This article covers the basics of Atari's games from A to Z. A must read if you claim to be a true video game fan.


Atari was truly the pioneer of video games. If you're any kind of video game fan, you've heard this all before. "Atari popularized video games. Nolan Bushnell is my god. Atari is the greatest! Yadda yadda yadda..." But exactly WHY is Atari the greatest? What made their games so popular? Simplicity. That's it. Their games were simple. And that simplicity translated into creativity. They had a wide variety of games. They didn't pump out the same game ove...

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Jawbreaker

Posted on Mon, February 18 2008, by Darryl Brundage
Tired of Pac-Man? Ms. Pac-Man? Jr. Pac-Man? Pac-Mania? Pac-Man Championship Edition? K.C. Munchkin? Or any of the other million Pac-clones out there? Maybe you ought to check out Jawbreaker next. Because you can never have enough dot-eaters...


Being versed in history in certain fields of interest can be pretty...well, interesting indeed. I'm no fan of history in general, but there are still certain areas of it that I enjoy, of course. I'm not into sports, so there's no chance of my being thrilled of finding a gallery of black and white shots of my favorite baseball team from 40 (or more) years ago. I knew one guy who was so into war in general that he had a stack of model warplanes and tanks that litera...

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Xybots

Posted on Mon, February 11 2008, by Darryl Brundage
You know, this is one of Ed Logg's games, so I'm more than a bit biased towards it. (You know Ed. He's the guy who created Asteroids, Centipede, Millipede, Gauntlet and countless other Atari classics.) But let's see if Darryl is biased too.


The genre of the first person shooter goes back a lot longer than most people might think. Many will associate it's popularity being elevated as to when one of my all time favorites of the genre, Doom was released, but of course Castle Wolfenstein came out earlier than that, Doom just took it to a whole new level and made it a very popular game genre then. However, there was also MIDI Maze, and even before then some have surmised that o...

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Wizard of Wor

Posted on Mon, February 04 2008, by Horrible Robot Steve
In the realm of excellent arcade to 2600 conversions the games usually mentioned are Tapper, Defender II, Road Runner, Frogger for Supercharger, Ms. Pac-Man, or Track & Field. Some feel that Wizard of Wor also needs inclusion in this short list.


Let me just preface this by saying that I'm very surprised no one else has yet reviewed this game. I can't think of another game from back in "the day" that I played, or enjoyed, more, than Wizard of Wor. Granted, until I was 12, I thought the word "war" was spelled with an O, but that's all by-the-by. Wizard of Wor is a game where you control a tiny little man(s) with some sort of plasma rifle, proton pack, or what have you. The goal, accord...

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