First up, you really need to see this very amusing review of the Atari 2600 console and the Missile Command Rom game by Rob the Robot - there is a little bad language so please be warned!  

Missile Command  turned out to be a huge money-maker for Atari. It was originally released into the arcades in 1980 by Atari inc., but also licensed to Sega for the European versions of the game.

The basic idea of the game is to defend six cities from incoming ballistic missiles using anti-missile batteries. The player moves a crosshair across the screen and must fire ahead of each missile just at the right moment. 

One thing's for sure, Missile Command exemplified the constant threat during the 80s that we were all going to die in a nuclear missile attack!

Missile Command - Atari 2600 cartridge


Even with the improved graphics on the 16-bit ST version, somehow, it lacked the excitement of the earlier versions on the Atari 2600 and 8-bit computers, proving that graphics aren't the most important factor in a game.