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Re: What Are The Hidden Gems of the Atari 2600?

by Anapan Mon Feb 21, 2011 8:30 pm

I'd like to suggest that the Megaman homebrew gets mentioned in the article.
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Re: What Are The Hidden Gems of the Atari 2600?

by mepoorgamer Tue Feb 22, 2011 10:47 am

Certainly Solaris pushed the limits... it had an overview map, was a third person space shooter, included space & planet levels with a variety of enemies.

I'd also count Mario Bros. perhaps for character/enemy animation and graphics...

As well as those olympic games by Epix, (winter,summer,california); they crammed a lot of games into those cartridges.

Minor mentions perhaps would be Vanguard, made early on, in '82, had a series of left-to-right and down-to-up levels with an end boss. Pitfall, had a lot of screens. Adventure had a story. Fathom had character changing on-the-fly. Battlezone; a first-person tank sim. Jungle Hunt also had variety of levels with different play-styles.
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Re: What Are The Hidden Gems of the Atari 2600?

by CRTGAMER Wed Mar 02, 2011 5:26 pm

Another plug for Slot Racers. I wrote up a mini review in my Space Wars 1978 to Star Trek 2006 Game Reviews post.

Maybe add various members perspective on individual games to the Published Article?


Slot Racers - Atari 2600 1978


Don't let the rudimentary graphics put you off, this is a great hidden gem of a game. The "dahdum" sound is easily recognized in this classic Retro. Think of the Arcade game Space Wars but now each player faces off with a jet car with cannons in a maze. As in Space Wars, one can set the parameters and the velocity of their ship. The impossibly high speed setting is a blast! Be careful in the later mazes, drive too fast and get caught in a spiraling loop, easily targeted by your opponent. You can aim the missile to go around the walls by pulling left or right before firing the shot.

This two player game is better with a couple Sega Genesis game pads attached. A loss form of gameplay. No split screen here, all the action on one screen. Your human opponent is in the same room to catch all the reactions.

More Info, play the browser version: ... abelID=895

But get the original or 2600 Stella Emulate it!

Ships move a lot faster in a 2600.
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