KEN MCCLAIN'S TOP TEN ATARI CONSOLE AND COMPUTER GAMES|
I've been playing videogames since I was about 2 (wasn't really the
best then...) and had a home console by age four, and bingo! It was
the Atari VCS! Since I was kid I didn't get my hands on a 5200 until
years after but I had every Atari system running on my TV at one
point... Atari just had this kind of magic that no other game, system
or company could have, and still haven't reproduced. My life now
leaves litle time for videogames which sadly breaks the Atari fantasy
world for me, but as a youth I played non-stop! So here is my top ten
from when I was a kid , when games were games and Atari was number one!
(still is #1 in my heart!)
10. Tempest 2000
I thought FOR SURE this game would go beyond cult status and
really push the Jag into non-Atari homes.... In any event, this game
STILL blows away many Playstation, N64 and Dreamcast games. I was
rather ticked about the traditional Atari "non-ending" ending where it
would just say "congratulations" rather than have some cinematic ending,
but sure enough the gameplay does make up for it.
9. Food Fight
This game friggin' rules! One of the best 8-bit games ever. Oh
the way I laughed when the first "replay" came up on my screen... I'm not
sure but I swear my game would glitch up and alter that replay so it didn't
look at all like what my last board did.. if anyone else knows of this how
'bout telling me?
8. California Games
Though this was the first Lynx game, it doesn't mean the rest
aren't any good. But in 1989, after my disgust with green and black
Gameboy, this blew my mind, especialy the scaling graphics! I thought
for sure that this game machine (and the hype of "Panther") would show
the big N who is really boss...but at least I had my moment.
7. Grand Prix
While I had many Activision titles, the most replay came out of
Grand Prix (which as a kid I though was pronounced "pricks"). Looking
back it is a kid's fascination with driving, and as an adult the abilty
to drive fast and wreck and not die!
6. Summer & Winter Games
With the burning of the torch scenes and multiple sports to choose
from (and maybe the 1988 Olympics too perhaps?), Summer and Winter Games
makes for one of the best games the 7800 could put out, sports wise anyways.
When I periodically re-open the good ol' Atari box from the attic, this is
the first 7800 cart I grab for.
5. Missile Command
Wow! a real life cold war in your own room! Haha with that image aside
I LOVED Missile Command more than life itself. At one point I played it and
nothing else for weeks much like the rest of this countdown. My favourite
moment is when I "double-flipped," meaning I got more than 2 million points.
4. Jr. Pac-Man
I was not too sold on Ms. Pac-Man, and certainly not at all on the
original as far as 2600 goes. However, Junior Pac does the job me for me --
faster play, bigger boards and his little beanie spins!!
3. Star Raiders
If I would have been, say, 12 when this game came out on 2600, it
would undoubtedly be number one. But I was only 7 when I got my hands on it.
The idea of the video touch pad was SO cool and with it on my left side it
really felt like I was in a fighter space craft. Sadly, the touch pad broke
on me and that was it for a long time....
2. Frogs 'N Flies
I have never seen this on anyone's countdown! But this game was
the best! Especially when I learned to toggle the back switch to make the
little frogs jump off thier pads. When it became dark, it was really cool
with the sounds of crickets and all. Get this game if you don't have it!
it is a MUST!!
1. Yars' Revenge
Yes, Yars' Revenge is my favorite. Athough it's hard to pick out of
all of the other great games on my top ten, this one has never been dethroned
as my fave. I can always come back and play it for days and that bright
flash still impresses me -- I still play it to figure out what the heck