Atari 2600 Beginners BUYING GUIDE & Best Games




A collecting guide for the new Atari 2600 owner! Learn about the hardware variations, how to connect to your TV, controller types and also some rockin’ game recommendations for day 1.

Games Shown:
Joust
Pitfall II
Millipede
River Raid
Warlords
Berzerk
Pac-Man Jr
HERO
Space Rocks
Atlantis

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30 thoughts on “Atari 2600 Beginners BUYING GUIDE & Best Games

  • August 17, 2020 at 3:27 pm
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    my top ten in no particular order
    Phoenix
    Space Invaders
    Pitfall and you're right pitfall II was better
    Enduro
    Adventure
    Centipede
    River Raid
    Berzerk
    Combat
    Haunted House ( I just loved that game)
    and I have to have Astoroids on this list

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  • August 17, 2020 at 3:27 pm
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    You took the words right out of my mouth on describing Pitfall. Only those who were there can say the same exact thing. Good list of games. Adventure wasn't on the list but an all time favorite of mine. Ever played Indenture a fan made PC game? A really massive version of Adventure with neverending replay value. Definitely worth checking out.

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  • August 17, 2020 at 3:27 pm
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    A game that required critical thinking (as the manual told you basically nothing about playing the game) was "Raiders of the Lost Ark". Was it one of the best? That's debatable. Challenging? Most definitely!

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  • August 17, 2020 at 3:27 pm
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    Like the commentator below, I love the look of the machine and the box art. It is a few years older than me. I used to see the machine in the late 80s/early 90s in garden party sales and beg my mum to buy me one (they were by then cheap), but she wouldn't do so. I twisted her around my finger at got an Atari ST in 1991. She wanted a machine that had an educational value LOL and wasn't just for games. I have considered the flashback just because I can as a woman in her 30s who earns money (Haha!)

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  • August 17, 2020 at 3:27 pm
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    You forgot the keypads in your hardware list. Granted they're forgettable.

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  • August 17, 2020 at 3:27 pm
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    out of the top of my head:
    gorf(not golf)
    vanguard
    yar's revenge

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  • August 17, 2020 at 3:27 pm
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    Space Invaders! I like River Run alot as well. There is one game that I have not seen in ages, and I do not remember what it is called. It is a side scoller game where you fly a double decker airplane, and you could like fly through barns and stuff. I do not remember the objective or anything, I just remember that I enjoyed it alot as a little kid. I think we had a color version of Astroids, but I could be wrong. I liked Pinball as a kid, but I kinda hate it as an adult. Night rider is pretty good as well in my opinion, love that version of D.K. and the original Pac Man brings back alot of memories.

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  • August 17, 2020 at 3:27 pm
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    My 2600 Starter Kit:

    1.) Adventure (absolutely essential)
    2.) Space Invaders (plays extremely well on a Slik Stik by Suncom)
    3.) Ms. Pac-Man (a great game to ignore your score and try to get as far as possible)
    4.) Super Breakout (Game Variation 7 is both relaxing and exciting at the same time. A set of well conditioned paddles is a necessity.)
    5.) Gravitar (Absolutely binge-worthy on Game Variation 5. This is the first 2600 game that I became completely enthralled with.)
    6.) Keystone Kapers (The day I first got this game, I played it until my hands hurt.)
    7.) Enduro (an awesome racing game for people who don't even like racing games)
    8.) Ice Hockey (an amazing sports title by Activision with surprisingly awesome mechanics)
    9.) River Raid (I prefer to flip the difficulty switch on this one because I like straight shot bullets. Also, it's not intuitive, but you should mostly shoot the fuel tanks and only fuel up if you're running really low on gas.)
    10.) Millipede (plays extremely well on a Sega Genesis gamepad)

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