AGH Atari 2600 Review:

by Atari

Yars' Revenge
If I had an Atari 2600, and I could only play one game, I would select Pitfall. However, once you acquire all 32 treasures, the game loses some of its luster (get it -- gold - luster?). On the other hand, the one Atari 2600 game, which is truly addictive, is Yars' Revenge. Even with the release of Yars' Quest, nothing beats the original.

So, what is a Yar?

A Yar is a fly thingie, which was so popular, it also made cameo appearances in Raiders of the Lost Ark and E.T. Anyway, the Yar (played by you) has two missions: first, to eat the shield that protects your opponent. Next, once enough of the wall has been consumed, you must fire a Zorlon cannon and annihilate your enemy.

And who is your enemy?

In this corner, a swirling ball of terror: the Quotile! Now, the Quotile's job is to destroy you. How does it do this? Well, before it transforms into the Swirl, which looks like the Nazi Swastika, it sends a hunter killer Punisher-type of mercenary, known as a Destroyer missile.

And so, the battle rages on: you v. the Quotile. And on. And on. And on. Because once you play Yars' Revenge, you will be hooked. Hey, I've turned the game over five times in one sitting, and still I played on! It is that good.

So, how does the Robsterman rank this game? Well, read on, true believers...

Gameplay (10/10). This game will keep you enthralled for hours. There are about 50 home video games that you must play at least once. This is one of them.

Story (8/10). You can either get the cheesy comic book, or read the instruction manual. But really, you and the Quotile are partaking in a celebrity Death Brawl. That's it. You want to read literature, get War and Peace. You want good gaming fun? Get Yars' Revenge.

Audio/Video (9/10). The graphics are first-rate for an Atari 2600 game. When you destroy the Quotile, the explosion screen is awesome. Also, the sounds are way above average for a game played on this console.

Replayability (15/10). Not a typo. How can a game score a 15/10? Well, I would rate a 10/10 game as one that you want to play until you defeat the enemy. However, even after you do this, even after you turn the game over five times, like I did, you still want to play it. That's a class all by itself.

Challenge (10/10). For most of you, this game is challenging. But, for the Robsterman, who turned the game over five times, the challenge is gone. MU HA HA HA HA!

Fun (10/10). If it were possible for a human man to marry a female Yar, I would do so. I love this game that much. The only thing that would be an improvement would be a two-player mode, where your friend plays the role of the Quotile.

Overall (10/10). As I stated previously, if I had one game to play on the Atari 2600, it would be Yars' Revenge. Once you try this game, the only thing you will be collecting with your N64s is dust.

Title Yars' Revenge
Publisher Atari
System Atari 2600 (VCS)
Graphics 9
Sound 9
Gameplay 10
Overall 10
Reviewer Robert Lavallie

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