ROB DICATERINO'S TOP TEN ATARI CONSOLE AND COMPUTER GAMES|
This game was the precursor to Gradius, Life Force, and
R-Type. Not only did it have horizontal and vertical scrolling
levels, but also your ship could fire in any direction. The
limited-invincibility power-ups were cool, too. And, unlike
many Atari 2600 games, this one actually had a final boss!
And the closer you got to the final boss's head before shooting
it, the more points you received! Top this off with a wide
variety of enemies and branching paths in some levels.
9. The Challenge Of Nexar
I assume not many people know this game. My uncle gave
it to me and once I understood what to do, I was addicted. I
remember playing this game for 8 hours at a time! The
first-person, scrolling graphics were really well done for its
time. And as the title states, this game was challenging!
I know this was considered by some to be a pathetic, horrible
port of the arcade. Even at five years old, I knew this was
"different" from its arcade counterpart. But it was fun and I
played it all the time, constantly trying to break my own high
score. I considered myself a real pro once I graduated from the
This game was insane! Trying to catch bombs in buckets
of water sounds easy, but after a few levels it becomes nearly
impossible! Seeing the mad bomber smile when a bomb hit the
ground and exploded was a nice touch. And like many other 2600
games, this game wouldn't have been possible without the 2600's
6. Demon Attack
Sort of like Space Invaders, but a whole lot better. The
aliens were really cool looking and when you shot them, they
divided into "baby" aliens! The music was also reminiscent of
Space Invaders, a constant pulse that brought anxiety to even
the most casual player. Simple, but highly effective.
One of the best four-player simultaneous games ever created.
Many hours were spent playing this one!
A puzzle game better than Tetris? Yes! The scrolling
graphics, rock music, and crystal clear digitized voices and
sound effects combine with some of the most challenging and
addicting gameplay ever to create an experience that will have
your palms sweating in no time! Each level has a different
objective, which greatly enhances the replay value and holds
the player's interest longer than most puzzle games.
Another improved "cousin" of Space Invaders with wacky
"enemies" and addicting gameplay.
At first this may seem like just another Pong clone, but
after playing Breakout one realizes it's so much more. Another
addicting Atari classic.
1. Circus Atari
Another fun, addicting single and multiplayer 2600 game.
Getting that last balloon was almost impossible sometimes!
And getting two players to control the see-saw with each other
is a riot!
1. Haunted House
The precursor to Resident Evil and Silent Hill. This game
would scare the daylights out of me! Even the cover artwork
was creepy! When your candle would blow out and a bat or a
spider would come into the room...oh man! Even the music that
played while going up and down the stairs gave me the chills!