GARY T. DUVALL'S TOP TEN ATARI CONSOLE AND COMPUTER GAMES|
My first taste of Atari was way back in the early 80's, when I wasn't
even in kindergarten yet (I'm 21, so...). My parents got me Video
Pinball and a 2600. Needless to say, I couldn't get enough games. Time
went by, and so did Atari, and then I discovered the 7800 back in '92
when a friend showed me his. So I bought the thing from him along with
all his games. :) I played it out, then graduated to a Lynx later that
year, playing Tournament Cyberball until I could no longer breathe. When
I heard about the Jaguar, I had to have one. Surely enough, I had one of
the first Jaguars made in the first run. And it's been love at first
sight ever since... This ranking is not based on gameplay, but my
personal opinion. :) In no particular order, here are my top 10 Atari
games of all time...
10. Laser Blast
I played this game for days on end when my parents got it
for me. There was just something about shooting little orange
hamburg...er...spaceships that got me hooked.
9. Street Racer & Outlaw (tie)
Because I beat my cousins at it time and time again at it.
This game, when I first saw its screens, I literally could not
sleep for about a week in 1993. I was addicted and I hadn't even got
my hands on the game yet! When I did, though, I couldn't stop playing
and showing it off to my friends for months after...
7. Tournament Cyberball
After almost destroying the local arcade standup during a heated
game with my brother, I decided it was time to get the portable version.
And peace reigned the land once more...
6. Aliens Vs. Predator
Oh my God! Make the nightmares stop! Even at 16-17 years old,
this game frightened the hell out of me if played without the lights
on. The ONLY game that's ever done that to me. That commands respect.
5. Video Pinball
What, just because I've been on the same game for about four hours
you think you can't beat me?
4. Tempest 2000
Minter, you are a God in the videogame realm. This game alone got
about 5 Jaguars sold by me after they were convinced this game was the
next best thing to sliced bread. And the techno soundtrack isn't shabby,
either. ;) It got me hooked to the arcade version of Tempest, if you can
You're kidding that this game is on a portable video game system.
Seriously, it looked better than most flight sims on ANY system at the
time of its release.
2. Wolfenstein 3-D
This version is better than any version in existence, as far as I
am concerned. One of the best game conversions I have ever seen. It even
convinced Id that this system was a contender...
1. Space Invaders
"Chik Chik Chik Chika Chik" went the screen as my eyes stared,
bloodshot, affixed to the television which beheld this wonder. 100+
versions of a single game of which even one was too much for me. I
played day and night, rain or shine, until I finally got that pesky
UFO flying high above the playing field.