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The Atari 2600 VCS Thread
« on: February 20, 2013, 20:48:48 PM »
I noticed we didn't have a specific thread for the console that started it all so I thought I better start one!

I also came across this incredible demo for the VCS that needed sharing!


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Re: The Atari 2600 VCS Thread
« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2013, 01:11:01 AM »
That is pretty impressive!  Very fluid animation and the music is pretty cool also.

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Re: The Atari 2600 VCS Thread
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Re: The Atari 2600 VCS Thread
« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2013, 22:05:14 PM »
What would everyone say is the best coin-op conversion on the 2600?

I have always found it pretty stunning the way they managed to cram a lot of these machines into the limitations of the VCS.

Anyway I would have to go with Defender 2/Stargate - stunning conversion!


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Re: The Atari 2600 VCS Thread
« Reply #4 on: February 21, 2013, 23:10:44 PM »
I could be pedantic and say that Tank and Super Breakout are probably the best but I take it we really mean later arcade games.

Defender 2 probably is the best but Berzerk is a great effort.

Starpath version of Frogger, Joust, Warlords, Missile Command and Solar Fox are all great shouts too.

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Re: The Atari 2600 VCS Thread
« Reply #5 on: February 22, 2013, 02:04:16 AM »
Stargate/Defender II is the best port of an arcade game on the 2600 but The Official Frogger is certainly up there.


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Re: The Atari 2600 VCS Thread
« Reply #6 on: February 23, 2013, 16:08:00 PM »
Wow that version of Frogger is really good, I'd never seen it on the 2600 before I may have to see if I can get a copy somewhere.
Would it be illegal to mention Space Invaders as a good game on the VCS, we always spent hours playing that when we were kids. I know it's not arcade perfect but in some ways I like it more than the arcade version.
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Re: The Atari 2600 VCS Thread
« Reply #7 on: February 23, 2013, 21:09:49 PM »
Space Invaders is a very nice port that, despite not being arcade-perfect, is well executed.  The game variations make it quite fun.  There are also a number of homebrews that bring a more arcade-like experience to the 2600.  Just for comparison, here are the original Space Invaders and two other 2600 versions:

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Re: The Atari 2600 VCS Thread
« Reply #8 on: February 23, 2013, 22:43:40 PM »
The Frogger shown in the vid is the Starpath version.
This is what the standard version looks like. Not as nice looking but still plays well
and is still one of the best arcade conversions.


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Re: The Atari 2600 VCS Thread
« Reply #9 on: February 24, 2013, 00:08:04 AM »
Nice guys, some really interesting things there.

Never owned a 2600 so its nice to read up on it, must pick one up.
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Re: The Atari 2600 VCS Thread
« Reply #10 on: February 24, 2013, 00:12:55 AM »
You never had a 2600, zap? 

Well, here is another game that I was quite impressed to see attempted on the 2600 by Atari and that actually did a great job at retaining the game play of the original arcade despite the graphical limitations of the system.  Here is Crystal Castles!


And here is the original arcade for reference:

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Re: The Atari 2600 VCS Thread
« Reply #11 on: February 24, 2013, 00:34:57 AM »
Nope, not that i owned.. My sister let me have hers but wanted to pass down to her daughter and played with friends ones so never sought my own.. I have later Atari models just not this.. Will do soon though lol  ;D
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Re: The Atari 2600 VCS Thread
« Reply #12 on: February 24, 2013, 00:36:44 AM »
Quote from: "zapiy"
Nope, not that i owned.. My sister let me have hers but wanted to pass down to her daughter and played with friends ones so never sought my own.. I have later Atari models just not this.. Will do soon though lol  ;)

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Re: The Atari 2600 VCS Thread
« Reply #13 on: February 26, 2013, 18:22:42 PM »
My favourite game for the 2600 is still Solaris and I also think it's by far the most impressive commercial game for the machine. Star Raiders programmer Doug Neubauer did wonders with this game. I still remember the first time I showed the game to a Master System owning friend back in the day and he couldn't believe it was running on the 2600, he was utterly stunned by it. I also remember my dad coming in the room when I was playing it and saying what system is this on, it doesn't look like an Atari game!

Here is a great review of it from Classic Game Room:


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Re: The Atari 2600 VCS Thread
« Reply #14 on: February 26, 2013, 20:48:33 PM »
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My favourite game for the 2600 is still Solaris and I also think it's by far the most impressive commercial game for the machine. Star Raiders programmer Doug Neubauer did wonders with this game. I still remember the first time I showed the game to a Master System owning friend back in the day and he couldn't believe it was running on the 2600, he was utterly stunned by it. I also remember my dad coming in the room when I was playing it and saying what system is this on, it doesn't look like an Atari game!

Here is a great review of it from Classic Game Room:



Despite this game coming up in 'conversation' over the years, i've (until now) never seen anything on it.Was'nt expecting that nuch to be honest, but jaw dropped once video started.

That looks fantastic (for an early 8 Bit era game), must have required some mind-boggling coding tricks to get that from aging hardware like the 2600.