PATRICK HOLSTINE'S TOP TEN ATARI CONSOLE AND COMPUTER GAMES|
in all its forms (Breakout 2000 for Jaguar,
Breakout for 2600, Super Breakout for 2600 and 5200)
Much like another paddle-controlled game, Kaboom!, Breakout and
its variants are purely addictive and certainly the forerunners
to today's addictive games like Tetris. Breakout 2000 is due
out for Jaguar shortly, and while it won't have the paddle
control, this new 3D version of an old classic rounds out my
list by incorporating the past, present and the future.
Just like Ms. Pac-Man, Galaga is a game that was decent on the
2600, but very good on the 7800. If I had only three cartridges
for the 7800, Ms. Pac-Man, Galaga and Joust would certainly be
Surprise! Yes, how could we leave off a game from the very last
Atari console, the Jaguar CD? The thing about it is, if
Battlemorph was a well-hyped PlayStation game, it would certainly
be a best-seller. With so many planets, and so much gameplay to
go with some fantastic underwater graphics/sounds, Battlemorph
has no problem making my top 10.
7. Ms. Pac-Man
Every top 10 list should have some version of Pac-Man in there,
and while I wavered between the inclusion of 5200 Pac-Man and
7800 Ms. Pac-Man, in the end, the lady gets her way. Sure, the
2600 version is incredible compared to 2600 Pac-Man, but the
7800 version is an excellent arcade conversion.
There's something magical about Adventure. No matter how many
times you play it, you just don't get bored. The random placement
of objects, and the fun of finding the secret dot keep you coming
back for more. Now if only the dot were randomly placed... ;)
Similar to Golf, Kaboom! is one of those simple titles that just
makes you want to try it over and over, always thinking you can
improve your score from the last time. My favorite Kaboom!
moment: Hitting 3,000 for the first time!
A title that won't make many people's top 10 lists, but it is
still the game I play most on my 2600. The little nuances built
into the game (like figuring out exactly how to chip in for
eagle on the Par Five 2nd hole) still make it fun for me every
An excellent arcade conversion that betters the good 7800 version
and the poor 2600 version of Joust. One of the best reasons to
own a Lynx.
The original platformer; the inspiration for several sequels
(Pitfall II, The Mayan Adventure, Pitfall 3D), but the original
is still the best.
1. Tempest 2000
It's the game that sold me on the Jaguar, and one of the best
shooters ever made as far as I'm concerned.