Top Ten Favourite Atari 2600 Games
This video features the uploader's top ten favourite games that he played on the Atari 2600 console. I never owned one of these, but my first games console (if you can call it that!) was a Binatone TV Master which had very basic built-in games which were all based around Pong.
However, my first computer was an Atari 800XL, and I quickly became an Atari fanatic and continued buying Atari's well into the 90s. There were many games on the 8-bit machines that were influenced by the 2600.
I like the choice of games in the video as it quite different from the usual cliched lists.
Now, this isn't an obvious choice for No.1, but this is a fun and simple paddle game in which you bounce two stick figures off a moveable see-saw to try and hit the rows of blocks (which are supposed to be balloons) at the top of the screen. It's basically breakout with a see-saw. The original arcade game was simply called Circus and was released in 1977 by Exidy.
2. Ice Hockey
3. Bump 'N' Jump
4. Spider Fighter
5. Ms. Pac-Man
9. Video Pinball
10. Solar Fox
Another Atari Top 10 List
Now, at first glance this list appears to be pretty crazy. I thought I'd include it here as you get to see all the cartridges which are bound to bring back some fond memories. This list of games includes E.T. and Pac-Man, which are widely recognised as being two of the worst games ever released! Pac-Man, of course, is an excellent game on most other formats, but the Atari 2600 conversion was simply lousy!
However, the list actually represents the top ten best-selling games for the console, so it's not quite as ridiculous as it may seem.
Atari 2600 Games that sold over 1 million copies
Pac-Man - 7 million
Pitfall! - 4 million
Asteroids - 3.8 million
Missile Command - 2.5 million
Space Invaders - 2 million
Demon Attack - 2 million
E.T. The Extra Terrestrial - 1.5 million
The following games sold around 1 million units
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Although E.T. initially sold very well in the run-up to Christmas 1982, the very poor quality of the game led to customers returning their cartridges in their droves. Couple that with a huge number of unsold cartridges due to overproduction (an estimated 2.5 to 3.5 million) and the game caused a huge financial disaster for Atari. The game is also considered to be one of the causes of the video game industry crisis of 1983.
Despite its commercial success, Pac-Man on the Atari 2600 was a notoriously bad game to play due to its flickering graphics, and was nicknamed "flicker-man".