Top 5 Games on the Atari 2600 Video Game Console
In today’s environment people have video games on their phones, computers, on their TVs, or anywhere they want. Those games typically look better than most animated features you can find made within the last ten years. Back in the day, when the Nintendo company was still making trading card games, most people had Atari games to entertain themselves. There was a time when Atari was the most popular home video game name you heard so we look back at the Top 5 Games on the Atari 2600 system.
First released in 1974 and produced by KEE Games, which was a subsidiary of Atari until a month before the release of this game. Besides this game being included as a cabinet game, the game Combat was one of the 9 games that were included with the Atari 2600 on its release in 1977. One of the modes in Combat was a version of Tank with two tanks shooting each other in a time limit to see which player scored the most points. The game itself became very popular and spawned 4 different sequels in the ’70s and created a lot of memories for gamers from either the arcade version or one of the different home versions.
A 1981 game that was originally made and published by Atari. You play the pilot of the Bog Buster jet as you fight off different insects like Centipedes, Spiders, Fleas and Scorpions as they fire stuff at you. The final boss of the games is a centipede that comes apart and splits into multiple segments getting closer to you. Since it was made by Atari it was made available on all their systems before it was them sold under the Atraisoft label and ported out to other systems like the Apple Computer, the Commodore 64. ColecoVision, Intellivision, and all other video game systems at that time. This game is considered one of the best selling and commercially successful games from this era.
Defender was a game released to arcades in 1980 and by Williams Electronics. The game had you pilot a spaceship as you fought off an alien invasion over an uneven hillside and rescue people before the alien’s ship could capture them. Initially, the game wasn’t given that much attention at the 1980 AMOA Electronics Show but the developers of the game didn’t give up on it and thought the crowds at the show were a little intimidated by the game and its complexity. However, when the game was sent to arcades, the crowds clamored for the game and it eventually became Williams Electronics best selling arcade game of all time. After that kind of reaction, it was ported to many different home systems including the Atari 2600 in 1981.
A 1979 game developed by Namco. This game soon became Namco’s biggest selling game and one of the high selling arcade games ever. It was then ported to all kinds of home systems, including the Atari 2600. The goal of the game was the player plays an Earth pilot defending the planet against a squad of Alien fighters as they position themselves closer to the player’s jet. The object is to destroy all the aliens before they destroy the player’s jet.
A game from 1982 where you play as a pilot of an aircraft trying to make it through a heavily armored space station. These space stations are surrounded by large brick walls that you hope to fly within or you may end up crashing and exploding. This was said to be the first arcade game to be advertised on TV and was hugely popular with it being ported on all kinds of home systems including the Atari 2600.