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What Are The Hidden Gems of the Atari 2600?

Posted: Wed Feb 02, 2011 9:57 pm
by racketboy
So I think we had discussed which games defined the 2600 enough -- now, which games fall more under the "hidden gems" category that still stand the test of time (at least to old-school fans like ourselves)?

I'm going to be digging into the essentials shortly, but will be curious to see what you guys come up with for me to try out after that.

Thanks!

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

Posted: Wed Feb 02, 2011 9:59 pm
by noiseredux
racketboy wrote:So I think we had discussed which games defined the 2600 enough -- now, which games fall more under the "hidden gems" category that still stand the test of time (at least to old-school fans like ourselves)?


Halo 2600?

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

Posted: Wed Feb 02, 2011 10:00 pm
by flamepanther
I'm rather fond of Demons to Diamonds, Cosmic Ark, and Towering Inferno...

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

Posted: Wed Feb 02, 2011 10:23 pm
by Opa Opa
Dragonfire, Fast Food, Beamrider, Earth Dies Screaming, Wizard of Wor, Armor Ambush.

I seriously suggest emulating most of these to try them out. :wink:

And there really were others I wanted to list but they were only game prototypes and were not released. I don't know if you'd want to know about them or not.

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

Posted: Wed Feb 02, 2011 10:37 pm
by YoshiEgg25
Opa Opa wrote:Wizard of Wor

That was actually a Together Retro game a while ago. There was a podcast that had both the creators on it.

http://www.racketboy.com/podcast/2009/1 ... f-wor.html

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

Posted: Wed Feb 02, 2011 10:51 pm
by KDub
Commando Raid and StarMaster would be my votes.

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

Posted: Wed Feb 02, 2011 10:54 pm
by dsheinem
YoshiEgg25 wrote:
Opa Opa wrote:Wizard of Wor

That was actually a Together Retro game a while ago. There was a podcast that had both the creators on it.

http://www.racketboy.com/podcast/2009/1 ... f-wor.html


record holders.

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

Posted: Wed Feb 02, 2011 10:55 pm
by Czernobog
noiseredux wrote:
racketboy wrote:So I think we had discussed which games defined the 2600 enough -- now, which games fall more under the "hidden gems" category that still stand the test of time (at least to old-school fans like ourselves)?


Halo 2600?


I'm going to second this for the Hidden Gems list. The game really showed me what they 2600 was capable of and introduced me to the homebrew scene very positively. It's genuinely one of the most enjoyable 2600 games I've ever played.

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

Posted: Wed Feb 02, 2011 10:55 pm
by YoshiEgg25
dsheinem wrote:
YoshiEgg25 wrote:
Opa Opa wrote:Wizard of Wor

That was actually a Together Retro game a while ago. There was a podcast that had both the creators on it.

http://www.racketboy.com/podcast/2009/1 ... f-wor.html


record holders.

Right. Record holders. I was thinking of this and the Smash TV podcast at the same time.

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

Posted: Wed Feb 02, 2011 11:16 pm
by Opa Opa
YoshiEgg25 wrote:
Opa Opa wrote:Wizard of Wor

That was actually a Together Retro game a while ago. There was a podcast that had both the creators on it.

http://www.racketboy.com/podcast/2009/1 ... f-wor.html
I gotta listen to this! I love Wizard of Wor.

And to be productive, try out Dragonstomper made by Starpath. It's a rpg that somewhat reminds me of D&D for the Intellivision.