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What's your favorite Atari 2600 game?


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"Secret Quest".

It's as close as the 2600 ever got to a real "Legend of Zelda"-style adventure game, and was designed by Nolan Bushnell himself (although it was not programmed by him).

The game features eight different space stations to navigate, each after the first has multiple floors to navigate, an inventory system, multiple weapons, a variety of enemies, and a password feature so you can resume your quest later. It's ridiculous how much they were able to push out of this game, and if it weren't for the give-away graphic style, you'd swear you were playing some other system:

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Probably River Raid.

definitely for me.

i still have my mom's Atari system from when she was a wee lass (OK, she would've been a teen, but the point stands!). i used to treasure the days we went to Grandma & Grandpa's house, because that meant that we could play the ATARI! when my Grandma passed a good number of years ago, it was a bittersweet moment when my Grandpa offered the Atari to me (being the oldest grandchild). i took it and it still owns a cherished spot in my house.

River Raid was always my mom's favorite game, so maybe it was passed down through her, or maybe it's just because it's a great game. the 2600 is a bit too primitive for me (the NES, the system i grew up on, will always be the best), but River Raid is a game i can't say "no" to.

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For me it's HERO, and thinking about it it's because it's have levels and a sense of progression.While the Atari has a huge nostalgic valour to me i reallly did not like it that much.

The elements that i like in games like levels, bosses, exploration and a game having a beggining, a middle and a end are very rare on atari and that's the reason that the Nes was when gaming really click on me.

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Not so much a game, but Tomcat: The F-14 Flight Simulator. It blew my mind that something so complex could be on the mere 2600. Even the difficulty switches are part of the game interface. I believe I got up to Lieutenant Junior Grade in it, but I haven't played it since like 1989.

Yar's Revenge is high on my list. Pinball and Midnight Magic. Joust. Beh, hard to choose just one.

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Asteroids. I still remember how our next-door neighbor crawled through my sister's bedroom window to play his new copy of the game with us (why he actually had to crawl through the window, I don't recall).

I quite enjoyed Stampede! as well. Special mention goes to "Sneak 'N Peek" because of how completely ridiculous it was.

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Adventure, hands down. It's single-handedly responsible for my obsession with games like Legend of Zelda. The charm of the chicken dragons is undeniable. Also love Yars Revenge, though i can't remember if I was a fan because it was good or because I liked looking at all the flashing lights when I was a kid.

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I'm going to pay close attention to this discussion. I've owned a few variants of the Atari over the years. I no longer have anything remaining in my collection, so I'm setting a long term goal of getting started up again. I'll promise myself to only buy if it is relatively cheap since I don't have that much space in my apartment.

My first ever console system was a Coleco Gemini, which ran Atari games, that my siblings and I found at a yard sale. I was probably 9 or 10 years old, and the 2600 would have been dead for around a decade. I think it cost 8 dollars, and came with 4 games. Joust, California Games, Asteroids, and another title I can't remember.

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