Atlantis, Barnstorming, Boxing, Chopper Command, Crackpots, Cosmic Commuter, Dolphin, Dragster, Enduro, Fishing Derby, Freeway, Frostbite, Grand Prix, H.E.R.O., Ice Hockey, Kaboom!, Keystone Kapers, Laser Blast, Megamania, Pitfall!, Plaque Attack, River Raid, River Raid II, Seaquest, Skiing, Sky Jinx, Spider Fighter, Stampede, Starmaster, and Tennis.
The problem is that all the games featured in Activision Classics SHOULD look and play exactly as they did on the original Atari 2600 console, but they don't. The emulation is horrendous. The slow emulation is very noticable in games such as River Raid, Pitfall!, H.E.R.O. and Spider Fighter. And the pathetically choppy frame rate makes for poor control and response, which is depressing given that fast action is the name of most of these games. The choppiness is magnified particularly in H.E.R.O. and River Raid as these two were smooth as butter on the original Atari 2600. As a result of what I'd guess is frame-skipping (to try to speed things up a little), collision detection is not accurate at all. Try shooting the fuel tanks or helicopters in River Raid and you'll see what I mean.
The pictures are fuzzy in some areas compared to the 2600 originals (which, by the way, is connected via RF whereas my Playstation is connected by S-Video), and the colors are way off on several titles. H.E.R.O., Barnstorming and several others don't match up either. And since when were the department store walls in Keystone Kapers painted pink?
Not all Activision games are represented. Missing are personal favorites like Decathlon, Private Eye, Space Shuttle, Pitfall II, Robot Tank, Beamrider and Oink!
Another unfortunate omission is in the documentary department. There's nothing on the disc except for the games. No video footage, no interviews, no mention of the cool Activision patches that they used to send out for high scores, zero pictures of 2600 cartridges or boxes... nothing. To think that the current Activision is the same company that used to promote its designers by putting them in the spotlight is hard to believe.
Overall, for someone who grew up with these games, Activision Classics will depress. It's really a sad experience. All you need to do is plug in any Activision cart into your 2600 and compare it with the Playstation version and it's obvious that Activision Classics falls flat on its face. To think that the company is attempting to appeal (in part) to a new generation of gamers with this compilation is bogus. It's utter misrepresentation if you ask me.
If you feel nostalgic about Atari 2600 games, head on over to your local flea market or thrift store and get the real system and games instead of this CD. For just a few bucks you can grab yourself a 2600 and most of the games found in Activision Classics. And, you'll also get to fall in love with a real Atari all over again.