Fun Atari 2600 Games

I was recently listening to Michael J. Nelson and Conor Lastowka’s podcast, 372 Pages We’ll Never Get Back which discusses the book, Ready Player One. Check it out. They are two of the hilarious people behind Rifftrax. However, I did call them out for the claim that there are no good Atari 2600 games. While many of my childhood classics haven’t held up too well, there are still quite a few games that I legitimately like on the Atari. Many of them are arcade conversions so, yeah, there are probably better versions on other systems (or one could play in MAME), but I still find them to be a lot of fun. So, off the top of my head, here I go:

  • Ms. Pac Man
  • Moon Patrol
  • Pitfall 2 (I must confess I find the original to be boring now and one of the games that has not stood the test of time)
  • River Raid
  • Jr. Pac Man
  • Dig Dug
  • Centipede and Millipede
  • Asteroids
  • Video Pinball
  • Berzerk
  • Keystone Kapers
  • Galaxian
  • Phoenix
  • Circus Atari
  • Dodge ‘Em
  • Save Mary
  • Defender
  • Joust
  • Gravitar
  • Frogger
  • Space Invaders
  • Ikari Warriors
  • Crystal Castles
  • H.E.R.O.
  • Tutankahman
  • Kaboom
  • Montezuma’s Revenge
  • Pengo
  • QBert
  • Solar Fox
  • Solaris
  • Tapper

And this isn’t even mentioning the great homebrews still coming out for the system today. I am a pretty nostalgic person so there is no doubt that my fondness for these games is wrapped up in childhood memories. And I am not one who would play these for hours on end but, for a quick de-stressor, I think the titles above are still good fun.

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