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A fair selection of old school games.
on January 31, 2014
I remember when I was just a little tyke and played the old Atari system. I was exposed to a lot of these games despite the very simple graphics and bleeps. Now, as gamers well know, the video game world crashed and burned in 1982 before it was completely revived by Nintendo, followed a decade later by Sony and Xbox.
Sadly, there are a few games missing from this repertoire of both Vol. I & II: E.T., Pitfall, Pac Man, Frogger, Adventure II, and Wizard. As for the games that ARE included here, they aren't particularly satisfying. However, I will fairly rate each game followed by a brief description.
Adventure: 2 stars; Air-Sea Battle: 2 stars; Asteroids (Atari Version): 3 stars; Asteroids (Arcade Version): 4 stars; Atari Video Cube: 2 stars.
Basketball: 2 stars; Battlezone (Atari Version): 2 stars; Battlezone (Arcade Version): 2 stars; Bowling: 2 stars.
Centipede (Atari Version): 4 stars; Centipede (Arcade Version): 5 stars; Championship Soccer: 1 star.
Dodge 'Em: 3 stars; Flag Capture: 2 stars; Football: 1 star; Fun With Numbers: n/a.
Gravitar (Atari Version): 2 stars; Gravitar (Arcade Version): 2 stars.
Hangman: 2 stars; Haunted House: 1 star; Home Run: 1 star; Human Cannonball: 2 stars; Lunar Lander: 2 stars.
Math Gran Prix: n/a; Miniature Golf: 1 star; Missile Command (Atari Version): 3 stars; Missile Command (Arcade Version): 5 stars; Outlaw: 3 stars; Pong: 4 stars.
Realsports Baseball: 1 star; Realsports Boxing: 1 star; Realsports Football: 1 star; Realsports Tennis: 2 stars; Realsports Volleyball: 2 stars.
Sky Diver: 2 stars; Slot Machine: 3 stars; Slot Racers: 2 stars; Space Duel: 2 stars; Sprintmasters: 3 stars; Starship: 2 stars; Stella Track: 2 stars; Submarine Commander: 2 stars; Surround: 2 stars; Swordquest Earthworld/Fireworld/Waterworld: 2 stars.
Tempest (Atari Version): 3 stars; Tempest (Arcade Version): 4 stars; Video Checkers: 2 stars.
The reason that I rated many games as 1 star or 2 stars is because the overall satisfaction just isn't there. As for games like Tempest, Asteroids, Pong, Centipede, and Missile Command, I grew up on those games, so that's why they fare much better. The other good part about Atari Vol. I & Vol. II are the "digital" instruction manuals. Each game is extremely detailed if you don't know how to play one. Atari Vol. II has a much better selection of games, but as I stated above, I do wish that some of the other games had been included. You can find them on the Atari "Flashback" consoles sold at your local retail stores.