These Atari 2600 Games Pushed the Limit | Friday Night Arcade




Which Atari 2600 games had the best graphics? Which games pushed the console to its limit? Find out this week on Friday Night Arcade.

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  • November 28, 2020 at 10:33 pm
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    Saved up my money and bought Pole Position for $75 back in the 80s. When i got home and played… BIG DISAPPOINTMENT! Felt I was ripped off! Still hold a grudge on that game today LOL

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  • November 28, 2020 at 10:33 pm
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    I found 2600 Battlezone almost too easy because my tactic was to generally do most of my fighting backward and then rotate the enemy fire off the screen

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  • November 28, 2020 at 10:33 pm
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    I'm glad Tunnel Runner got a mention, it dosen't get nearly the recognition it deserves. There is an AMAZING HD remake on the Google Playstore, it's free, and there is no P2W or microtransactions.

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  • November 28, 2020 at 10:33 pm
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    Wait… is Super Pitfall just a reimagining of Pitfall 2? That story (and music) sounds awfully familiar, and I'm that one weirdo who really likes Super Pitfall, despite its… no, that joke is too bad for even my low standards.

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  • November 28, 2020 at 10:33 pm
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    I have both Pitfall games. They both hold up very well in terms of replay and entertainment. I've also made my own PC-Engine/Turbo-Grafx 16 rendition. I also received a personal email from David Crane himself praising how closely it matched with his original soundtrack as a result of accuracy. Here is my rendition: https://youtu.be/q-ed2-9DDdE

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  • November 28, 2020 at 10:33 pm
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    Your intro music track is freaking amazing. Its from ninja gaiden for gameboy.

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  • November 28, 2020 at 10:33 pm
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    I really hate the Atari 2600 sound card….

    I feel like I'm having a stroke

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  • November 28, 2020 at 10:33 pm
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    Smurfs Rescue From Gargamel's Castle also had music play throughout, not to mention some of the best graphics on the Atari. Crypts of Chaos was a first person shooter way ahead of its time with no less than 8 different monsters and three magical weapons in a D & D style game and then there was Space Shuttle A Journey Into Space and Tomcat The F-14 Fighter Simulator that were both tremendous flight simulators for the Atari.

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  • November 28, 2020 at 10:33 pm
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    Battle Zone offered 2 enemies at once and actually modeled a 3D world…. unlike Robot Tank’s slippery “if you can’t see the bullet it can’t hit you”, you could hear an offscreen shot, throw it in reverse, and watch it pass harmlessly ahead of you…

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  • November 28, 2020 at 10:33 pm
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    In my opinion, I find that the Atari 2600 had a lot of good games which are still fun to play even today. I play Atari 2600 games almost everyday since these past several months. I play them more than NES, SNES and Genesis.

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  • November 28, 2020 at 10:33 pm
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    There is “arcade” in your name and you call the graphics of the arcade version of Battlezone “wireframe” ?? They are called vector graphics sir 🙂

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  • November 28, 2020 at 10:33 pm
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    My very first video game system ever was the Atari 2600 because we were too poor for the new Nintendo. I had 2 games with the machine. Galaxian, and Solaris. And man, did I soak so many hours in Solaris, trying to figure the game out!
    Some months later, I got Battlezone.

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  • November 28, 2020 at 10:33 pm
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    E.T by far pushes the limits of the 2600 to the point that the goverment tried to destroy arcades do to the atari exposing the truth about aliens .

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  • November 28, 2020 at 10:33 pm
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    With Battlezone i used to always dodge the shots from the enemy tanks by keeping them close to the side of the screen and turn away from them while backing at the same time (As soon as you hear the shot) to make their shots miss your tank and simply go from one side of the screen to the other in front of you. Just don't let a tank get right in front or behind you close.

    If they are in the distance in front of you when they shoot you can also dodge by just turning quickly while going backward.

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  • November 28, 2020 at 10:33 pm
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    Fast food, snoopy and the red baron, atlantis, starmaster, crystal castle, joust, mario bros, lock’n chase, ms pacman, jungle hunt, infiltrate, jawbreaker, phoenix and Hero

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  • November 28, 2020 at 10:33 pm
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    Many of the 2600’s games didn’t hold up very well over the years, but there are some fun competitive head-to-head games like Activision’s Tennis, Freeway, Ice Hockey, M Network’s Frogs and Flies, and Atari’s Super Football, Outlaw & Warlords. For 1 player there’s Activision’s HERO, River Raid, Keystone Kapers, & Seaquest and Atari’s Phoenix, Berserk, Ms Pac Man

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  • November 28, 2020 at 10:33 pm
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    To me. Space Shuttle was the most impressive game for the Atari2600. It was incredibly complex with excellent graphics and sound. It also utilized the switches on the console for things like opening and closing the bay doors.

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  • November 28, 2020 at 10:33 pm
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    Wow, the 4k and 3d graphics of Atari 2600 are so realistic that I couldn't play pacman because the ghosts look like Annabelle with those high polygons and insane details.

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