Atari would wait 4 whole year before deciding to release the 2600 again in Japan, this time under its own brand. About 35 of Atari’s most popular games were repackaged for release with the 2800. 119 Plays. Well, you pump them full of air until they explode or crush them under falling rocks. Developed by gaming legends Shigeru Miyamoto and Gameboy developer Gunpei Yokoi, this game features Mario and Luigi as they kick ass and take names down in the sewers of New York. I’ve listed my favourite titles for this iconic console below along with a few facts about why they’ve made this list of the best Atari 2600 games of all time…. Putting aside the groundbreaking (for the time) techniques used in this game for the moment, the gameplay itself was wild! You can play it on the best retro handhelds and the best mini consoles, and the Atari 2600 gave many gamers the chance to play their favourite arcade classic at home. 124 Plays. Combat is an interesting entry in our list of the best Atari 2600 games as it technically boasts 27-games-in one. Crystal Castles has a couple of neat little easter eggs hidden away for the player to find (no clues from us as to what these are – that would spoil the fun!) Can you imagine bringing this home into your living room for the first time? This game is legendary. Both games follow the same pattern of moving around a maze ‘nomming up tasty pixels and staying away from bad guys. He has to save her from a cauldron at the end of the game for crying out loud! Jungle Hunt was undoubtedly Taito’s biggest hit after the groundbreaking success of Space Invaders. The house in question is haunted by ghosts, spiders, and something that looks like a furry beach ball with eyes. Second is Cubic Color which sells for $1,200-$1,500. The graphics in Ms Pac-Man were slightly superior, and she was the first female lead in a computer game which is very cool. I used to play Q*bert on the way to the city while riding around on trains on busses. Next up on our list of the best Atari 2600 games is River Raid, a Dambusters inspired game where the player flies along the ‘River of No Return’. It’s pretty much like working for Retro Dodo but in a computer game. This game is one of Nintendo’s finest creations and twinned with Mario Bros., secured Nintendo’s rise to the top of gaming charts to this very day. That’s an insane amount of money for such a simple game. Everyone wanted to be Han Solo after the success of the first two Star Wars Movie, and this gave young space fans the chance to head out on Asteroid-smashing adventures. Add the joystick into the mix, and you’ve got an instant home arcade classic on your hands. Contents. List of Atari 2600 games. Donkey Kong Junior. Donkey Kong. Warplock. Dig Dug may well be the first strategic-digging-puzzle game for any home console. His favourite game franchise is Zelda, and he's patiently waiting for Banjo-Kazooie to come back to the fold. As the player, you must fly a spaceship around blasting Asteroids and avoid flying saucers. But, if you’re looking for a brain-teaser with odd monsters, then this could be the game for you. Games published by third parties. Pitfall! View cart for details. My favourite enemies were the fire breathing dragons; I still hope I might find one when I dig in the garden. That’s not the reason that I like this game though; it’s very like the top title in the list for both story and level of difficulty which makes it an instant hit in my book. The level ends when you have defeated all of the enemies on the screen. If you hit a galactic rock or get blasted by an alien, you die. It’s that simple…. When he's not playing games, he's travelling the world in his self-converted camper van and writing for Retro Dodo's sister site, Van Clan. The plane can move side to side, accelerate, and decelerate. Q*bert must change all of the squares on each pyramid to a target colour while trying to avoid a whole host of enemies. The game ends if all of your frogs die, and the number of frogs that you have when you start depends on what difficulty setting you have the game on. It’s regarded as one of, if not the most influential game ever made, and that music still invokes the panic of failure in me whenever I hear it. It’s hardly House of the Dead or Resident Evil, so those looking for a pant-wettingly scary game might be a little bit disappointed. You have to light a match to see what is in each area, though monsters can blow it out if they are nearby. Frogger sees players trying to get a load of frogs across a busy road, avoiding traffic including lorries and bulldozers. This is without a doubt another popular title in the ‘golden age of gaming’ and one that you might well find in the best retro gaming books, Dig Dug made over US$46.3 million in revenue by the end of 1982. The player gains different points for destroying various enemies on the screen, with enemy tankers at the bottom of the scale and bridges worth 500 points at the very top! and is a fun little title to play through. The scaling sprites, unbelievably realistic driving experience, and other features such as the time trial qualifying lap before Grand Prix races made this game an instant hit with gamers the globe over. As of 2016, the Pac-Man franchise had made over $14-billion in revenue.