ROBERT FERGUSON'S TOP TEN ATARI CONSOLE AND COMPUTER GAMES|
10. Video Pinball/Bumper Bash
(2600/Atari & Spectravision, respectively)
I love pinball, but I have never been satisfied with any home
versions until I discovered these two. Each of these use side
buttons for the flippers, which makes them feel like real
pinball. Of course, they don't look like real pinball, but
that's not the point, is it?
My sister and I played this one a lot, but I never played four
players until a couple of weeks ago at Video Game Connections.
Four players is the way it should be played, if just to watch
the two player alliances go down the drain. The "ghosting"
effect is really nifty too.
8. Circus Atari
This is another one I can play over and over. I don't know why,
it's just a lot of fun. Especially letting one of the clowns fall
Another great Activision title, but the worst enemy of shaky
paddles. The Mad Bomber hooks you in with some nice and easy
bombs, but then he gets going and your eyeballs go crazy just
trying to keep up with him. I finally got him to open his mouth
a few months ago. It's little things like that that make the
classic games so much fun to play and play and play.....
6. Frankenstein's Monster
I had never heard of this one back in the 80's. I read a lot
about it when I started collecting though. It's a very addicting
game, and the difficulty increases at a steady pace. And the
monster coming at you when you lose is very infuriating!
5. Food Fight
I had forgotten all about Food Fight in the arcades, which was
one of my favorites back then. When I heard it was out for the
7800, I had to have it. It took me a long time to find the system
and the game, but it was well worth the wait. It's a perfect port
as far as I can tell, and the game is so much fun. It's such a
cool feeling to see that your game playing merits an instant
4. Miniature Golf
I hear you laughing! I don't know what it is about this game,
but I always play it for at least a half hour when I fire up the
2600. Great fun (for me, anyway).
My friend Ken had this cart, but our whole neighborhood would
borrow games from each other when we got tired of our own. I had
the whole layout memorized when I was a kid, but damned if I
can't figure it out now. I still keep coming back to it.
2. Pitfall II: Lost Caverns
I liked this one better than the first because I could actually
beat it. Plus the fact that you weren't just running in one
direction; you could go up and down ladders, swim, ride a
balloon, and plummet into the river from dizzying heights.
I can't include the 5200 version with the extra game until I can
play it with the 2600 joystick.
This was the first game that I bought for myself, after getting
the 2600 for Christmas. I loved getting lost in game 3, and I
still do. When my friend Ken and I heard about the secret dot,
we spent hours trying to find it. And that was the first thing
I did when I reacquired the cart a few years ago. And from
reading rgvc, I see I wasn't the only one who tried to put every
object in the gold castle. Simply the greatest!
Maze Craze, H.E.R.O., Kool-Aid Man, Pifall, Jr.
Pac-Man, Fast Food (2600); Centipede, Joust, Robotron (5200);
Asteroids, Galaga, Ms. Pac Man (7800); Super Pac Man (800)
Space Invaders, Human Cannonball, Sky
Diver, Berzerk, Video Pinball, Missile Command, Bowling, Yar's