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Home Run (Atari 2600)

Home Run review (A2600)

Reviewed on October 31, 2003

In the game with the basic name of Home Run, you get to play games of America's favorite pastime: baseball. There's only one question that needs to be answered: Will it prove to be lame, or will it hit a home run?
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Gopher (Atari 2600)

Gopher review (A2600)

Reviewed on October 31, 2003

Gopher was made in 1982 by U.S. Games, a subsidiary of The Quaker Oats Company. Why a company that's related to a company that makes oatmeal is making games, is beyond me. Keeping in mind that I like oatmeal, I jammed the cartridge into the Atari 2600 Jr. and decided to play it anyway. What did I find? I found an average game that just might be worth the dollar I paid for it at the Dixie Land flea market.
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Galaxian (Atari 2600)

Galaxian review (A2600)

Reviewed on October 31, 2003

What was up with all those developers making video games in which you control a ship or cannon of sorts at the bottom of the screen and move it left and right to shoot down legions of aliens that never run out of stock? The more I think about it, the more I think that those developers got so damn tired of hearing all these real life people crying out that they'd been abducted by aliens, only to have sexual experiments run on them before they're set back down on earth that they decided to place e...
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Frostbite (Atari 2600)

Frostbite review (A2600)

Reviewed on October 31, 2003

Life is harsh in the arctic. We humans can't seem to find a way to live in parts of the world simply because it's too damn cold. Certain species of animals can amaze us in their ability to live in or adapt to the bone-chilling temperatures of places like Antarctica, where no human dares to make their home. Apparently, since they're so used to not seeing any people in their territory, they hate us, and they'll do anything to make us go home or die, whichever happens to come first.
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Freeway (Atari 2600)

Freeway review (A2600)

Reviewed on October 31, 2003

Activision was one of the most prolific companies back in the Atari 2600's heyday when it came to making great, unforgettable games. Among the Activision classics for the 2600 are Pitfall!, Kaboom!, Fishing Derby, Megamania, Frostbite, Seaquest, H.E.R.O., Keystone Kapers, Stampede, and of course, Freeway.
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Fishing Derby (Atari 2600)

Fishing Derby review (A2600)

Reviewed on October 31, 2003

I haven't ever been a gamer that was a huge sports fan (yes, fishing is a sport), but I always enjoyed most of Atari's tries at the genre. At first glance of the back of Fishing Derby's box almost two decades ago, I was impressed by the graphics at the time, and the game looked like it would be fun. But, I didn't have the money to purchase it and my parents wouldn't subside to my whining, and I never saw the game on a store shelf again.
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Donkey Kong Junior (Atari 2600)

Donkey Kong Junior review (A2600)

Reviewed on October 31, 2003

I've read a few messages about some people blabbering on about how Donkey Kong Junior for the Atari 2600 wasn't a faithful port from the arcade. I can't really say what I think about this issue because I haven't ever played the arcade game of Donkey Kong Junior. But I know one thing...it's a pretty fun game for the Atari 2600.
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Donkey Kong (Atari 2600)

Donkey Kong review (A2600)

Reviewed on October 31, 2003

I'm sure everybody that is even somewhat familiar with video game history has heard about the classic game of Donkey Kong at one time or another, which was the very first game that featured either Mario or Donkey Kong.
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Dig Dug (Atari 2600)

Dig Dug review (A2600)

Reviewed on October 31, 2003

It's 11:40 p.m. on a Saturday night and I'm doing a quick update for one of the best arcade to console translations for the Atari 2600, Dig Dug. Having a tough final exam coming up in two days, I've decided not to spend time trying to think up a good intro like I usually do with new reviews and updates; a classic memory will have to do.
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Demon Attack (Atari 2600)

Demon Attack review (A2600)

Reviewed on October 31, 2003

Man, those were the days, weren't they? Way back when, gamers were easily entertained and satisfied with games in which they did nothing more than use a sort of cannon at the bottom of the screen to shoot overhead aliens that just danced back and forth dropping fire at you. It's almost unbelievable how big of a hit Space Invaders was, in retrospect. I guess it was because video games were at such an early age that almost anything new was good to see. But man, the popularity of the space shooting...
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Defender (Atari 2600)

Defender review (A2600)

Reviewed on October 31, 2003

There's not many space shooters that are as classic as this game right here, Defender. Just like the title of the game, your job is to defend all the humanoids in a large city against the wrath of invading alien spacecraft from who knows where.
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Crystal Castles (Atari 2600)

Crystal Castles review (A2600)

Reviewed on October 31, 2003

In Crystal Castles, it's your job to guide Bentley the bear in a journey full of cold, damp castles and terrifying creatures. The object of the game is to collect all the gems scattered around the board (no it's not anything like Pac-Man, believe it or not) in each level. Crystal Castles isn't a 2-D side scroller; Bentley can move around in any direction, 360º, in all the stages. But it's not as easy as it sounds.
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Cookie Monster Munch (Atari 2600)

Cookie Monster Munch review (A2600)

Reviewed on October 31, 2003

Ever since the year 1969, that blue, overgrown puppet that carries 99% of his weight in sugar has been making sure that no cookies in his sight collect dust on a classic show for children called Sesame Street. After 14 years of devouring his favorite food (I think it's the only food he's ever even tried) while millions of laughing children and hunger developing parents watched him on their television sets, the Children's Computer Workshop decided to give the furry little (I mean big) creature hi...
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Combat (Atari 2600)

Combat review (A2600)

Reviewed on October 31, 2003

Just like Super Mario Bros./Duck Hunt was usually the pack-in game for the NES, Combat was the pack-in title for the Atari 2600. There couldn't have been a much better game to use to get the Atari 2600 rolling in the right direction than Combat.
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Circus Atari (Atari 2600)

Circus Atari review (A2600)

Reviewed on October 31, 2003

Ahhh Circus Atari, one of my absolute favorite Atari 2600 games. Circus Atari features clowns who are dying to get some major hang time and pop some balloons for a living. The idea of the game is to move a seesaw back and forth in order to propel frantic stick-figured clowns up to the three sets of horizontally scrolling balloons overhead. When these goofy clowns are propelled to the unbelievable heights of your television screen, they flail their arms in a hyper fashion, which in turn pops the ...
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Chopper Command (Atari 2600)

Chopper Command review (A2600)

Reviewed on October 31, 2003

I've experienced some great video game clones in my day. Lock 'n Chase for the Game Boy takes cloning to another level by being even better than its protégé, Pac-Man. Galaga isn't bad for a Space Invaders clone either, is it? And don't even get me to start mentioning the legions of great platformers that tried to emulate Super Mario Bros. If you're familiar with the classic game for the Atari 2600 called Defender, then you'll pretty much know what to expect from the semi-clone, Chopper Command. ...
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Centipede (Atari 2600)

Centipede review (A2600)

Reviewed on October 31, 2003

The Atari 2600 had more than its share of arcade classics that were made for the system. The majority of them turned out to be almost as great, if not better than the arcade titles themselves. Not to mention that with only a few exceptions, these arcade translations were usually the best sellers for the system. When I think of the best arcade gems that have premiered for the Atari 2600, the first ones I think of are Space Invaders, Crystal Castles, Missile Command, Frogger, Defender, Moon Patrol...
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Casino (Atari 2600)

Casino review (A2600)

Reviewed on October 31, 2003

If you're one of the millions of people who have ever enjoyed playing card games such as solitaire, blackjack, or poker; whether in video games or in real life, you will probably like Casino for the Atari 2600.
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Canyon Bomber (Atari 2600)

Canyon Bomber review (A2600)

Reviewed on October 31, 2003

For as long as I've been playing video games, Canyon Bomber has been one of my favorites for the Atari 2600. It's a very simplistic game that's not deep in the content of its gameplay, but it succeeds in being entertaining and addicting, which is what video gaming is all about.
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Brain Games (Atari 2600)

Brain Games review (A2600)

Reviewed on October 31, 2003

The name of the game says it all in the case of Brain Games. Instead of producing the usual arcade blockbuster, a knockoff of a popular television show or movie, or just a game that defined odd (such as Plaque Attack or Custer's Revenge), some developers decided to make a game called Brain Games that would attempt to give players' brains a workout while playing the numerous types of brain teasers included in the cartridge.
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