Now this awesome video brings back a lot of memories. I owned an Atari 800XL, followed by a 130XE, and the games gradually improved as the software houses improved their programming skills and discovered the true capabilities of the sound and graphics chips.
I've worked out that I owned about 12 of the games from the list below. I'd completely forgotten about Chop Suey and Electra Glide. The latter by English Software was a futuristic racing game and featured stunning 3D graphics that really blew me away at the time.
Pole Position was one of my all time favourite racing games, and although graphically dated when compared to later 8-bit racing games, the playability was still far better than most rivals.
Here is the full list of games featured in the video. Some of these link to pages on this site giving further details and video clips, and in the case of Donkey Kong and Frogger you can play them, too!
It would have been nice to have seen a few more titles by Zeppelin Games. They started producing games for the 8-bit Atari's from around 1988, which was quite late into the machine's life, but they released some of the best quality Atari games ever made. Draconus and Zybex were so stunning that it was hard to believe they were being played on an 8-bit computer.
Draconus was a gothic style platform/adventure game which featured stunning graphics, animation and music. The only downside was waiting for the game to load on cassette, which took an age on my 130XE.
Draconus Screenshot from Atari 130XE
How many of these do you remember? I've heard that music before, but for the life of me can't remember which game it is from.