10 Classic Video Games for Atari 2600

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Atari was king of the home video game system. Everyone had their favorite Atari 2600 games, but some games even today continue to stand out as favorites. Here you can find out about 10 of those games, and how awesome they were to play.

Yars’ Revenge

The most classic Atari 2600 game there ever was that wasn’t also an arcade game. Yars’ Revenge was what this home gaming system was all about, hours and hours of flying a metal bug around a screen while it eats at an electro force field.

Pac-Man

Everyone hated Pac-Man for the Atari 2600 because it was nothing like the arcade game. But looking back all these years later, I think that’s a little unfair. Yes, it was not the arcade game, but it still wasn’t a bad game in and of itself.

River Raid

You’re flying a fighter jet along a river while blowing up any planes, helicopters, ships and more! River Raid by Activision was just about as much fun as you could have with an Atari 2600.

Zaxxon

This is another game that is disappointing when compared to the arcade version, but it was still a pretty decent game, sort of like a science fiction version of River Raid with not-so-great graphics.

Donkey Kong

A classic arcade game for a classic home video game system. It wasn’t the same as the arcade version, but they never are. Still, it had solid gameplay, decent colors and graphics, and decent sound.

Frogger

With action quite similar to the arcade version of this game, it’s no wonder Frogger for the Atari 2600 is still common among collectors and fans of the system. Decent graphics and strong sounds, as well.

Adventure

This game made video game history on multiple levels. It was the first action adventure game. It was the first sort-of RPG game (thought not really). And, most importantly, it was the first video game ever to feature an easter egg. But I’m not telling what it is!

Asteroids

With the exception of some color changes, the Atari home version of Asteroids played pretty much like the arcade version, thus securing it as a favorite of 2600 fans.

Pitfall!

Activision was such an innovative company when it came to work on the Atari 2600, and their huge hit game Pitfall! is evidence why. This game was one of the first to have truly smooth and great graphics for the 2600, showing that the system actually could have quality graphics and games.

Space Jockey

Not one of the more popular games for the Atari 2600, but Space Jockey had good graphics and colors. If you were in the mood to veg out without a lot of thinking, this was the game for you.

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  1. Posted November 11, 2010 at 12:08 am

    nice post :)

  2. Posted November 11, 2010 at 1:57 am

    Ahh. Back when everything was simple and square formed. I like it. Thanks for sharing. This, as well as your other “donkey kong” article made me remember the old days. Great article :)

    Regards,
    BluSphere

  3. Posted November 11, 2010 at 2:16 am

    Glad to see you didn’t include ET! LOL Although, I’ll admit that I loved playing it as a child…maybe I shouldn’t have admitted that!
    Another great Atari game was Haunted House…oh, and Warlord!

  4. Posted November 12, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    nice post

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