The Atari 2600

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Raiders of the Lost Ark Map Room screen shot for Atari 2600The Atari 2600 era – what an exciting time! In that, we learned about role playing, two player strategy, easter eggs, and adventure.  For many of us, we discovered careers, lifestyles, and hobbies that have shaped us into who we are today.

My goal is to review and rank all 419 Atari 2600 games available. I need to pick up the pace.

According to one of my new favorite sites, AtariAge, there are 418 games.  Two more have surfaced, but difficult to come by – until recently.  Red Sea Crossing was recently purchased in an auction and the ROM will be reproduced.  So we can officially say 419 games.

See AtariAge’s definitive answer on How Many Atari 2600 Games Are There.

Not only will i be providing retro gaming reviews to Atari 2600 games, I will utilize the list below to begin ranking my favorite games in order. So in turn, I will naturally be creating my top 10 list and bottom 10 list. I may even get my wife involved to get a post Atari 2600 era perspective. This is nostalgia and retrogaming at its best. Let’s have fun!

*List from AtariAge.

ATARI
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1. ADVENTURE Reviewed!
2. AIR-SEA BATTLE
3. ALPHA BEAM WITH ERNIE
4. ASTEROIDS
5. ATARI VIDEO CUBE (RUBIK’S CUBE)
6. BACKGAMMON
7. BASIC MATH (FUN WITH NUMBERS)
8. BASIC PROGRAMMING
9. BASKETBALL
10. BATTLEZONE
11. BERZERK
12. BIG BIRD’S EGG CATCH
13. BLACKJACK
14. BOWLING
15. BRAIN GAMES
16. BREAKOUT
17. CANYON BOMBER
18. CASINO
19. CENTIPEDE
20. CHAMPIONSHIP SOCCER (PELE’S SOCCER)
21. CIRCUS ATARI
22. CODEBREAKER
23. COMBAT
24. COOKIE MONSTER CRUNCH
25. CRAZY CLIMBER
26. CROSSBOW
27. CRYSTAL CASTLES
28. DARK CHAMBERS
29. DEFENDER
30. DEMONS TO DIAMONDS
31. DESERT FALCON
32. DIG DUG
33. DODGE ‘EM
34. DOUBLE DUNK
35. E.T. THE EXTRA TERRESTRIAL
36. FLAG CAPTURE
37. FOOTBALL
38. GALAXIAN
39. GAME OF CONCENTRATION (HUNT & SCORE)
40. GOLF
41. GRAVITAR
42. GREMLINS
43. HANGMAN
44. HAUNTED HOUSE
45. HOME RUN
46. HUMAN CANNONBALL
47. IKARI WARRIORS
48. INDY 500
49. JOUST
50. JR. PAC-MAN
51. JUNGLE HUNT
52. KANGAROO
53. KRULL
54. MARIO BROS.
55. MATH GRAN PRIX
56. MAZE CRAZE
57. MIDNIGHT MAGIC
58. MILLIPEDE
59. MINIATURE GOLF
60. MISSILE COMMAND
61. MOON PATROL
62. MOTORODEO
63. MS. PAC-MAN
64. NIGHT DRIVER
65. OBELIX
66. OFF THE WALL
67. OSCAR’S TRASH RACE
68. OTHELLO
69. OUTLAW
70. PAC-MAN
71. PENGO
72. PEPSI INVADERS
73. PHOENIX
74. PIGS IN SPACE
75. POLE POSITION
76. QUADRUN
77. RADAR LOCK
78. RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK Reviewed!
79. REAL SPORTS BASEBALL
80. REAL SPORTS BOXING
81. REAL SPRTS FOOTBALL
82. REAL SPORTS SOCCER
83. REAL SPORTS TENNIS
84. REAL SPORTS VOLLEYBALL
85. ROAD RUNNER
86. SECRET QUEST
87. SENTINEL
88. SKY DIVER
89. SLOT MACHINE
90. SLOT RACERS
91. SNOOPY AND THE RED BARON
92. SOLARIS
93. SORCERER’S APPRENTICE
94. SPACE INVADERS
95. SPACE WAR
96. SPRINTMASTER
97. STAR RAIDERS
98. STAR SHIP
99. STARGATE (DEFENDER II)
100. STREET RACER
101. SUPER BASEBALL
102. SUPER BREAKOUT
103. SUPER FOOTBALL
104. SUPERMAN
105. SURROUND
106. SWORDQUEST EARTHWORLD
107. SWORDQUEST FIREWORLD
108. SWORDQUEST WATERWORLD
109. TAZ
110. 3-D TIC-TAC-TOE
111. TRACK & FIELD
112. VANGUARD
113. VIDEO CHECKERS
114. VIDEO CHESS
115. VIDEO OLYMPICS
116. VIDEO PINBALL
117. WARLORDS
118. XENOPHOBE
119. YAR’S REVENGE

ACTIVISION
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120. BARNSTORMING
121. BEAMRIDER
122. BOXING
123. BRIDGE
124. CHECKERS
125. CHOPPER COMMAND
126. COMMANDO
127. COSMIC COMMUTER
128. CRACKPOTS
129. DECATHLON
130. DOLPHIN Reviewed!
131. DOUBLE DRAGON
132. DRAGSTER
133. ENDURO
134. FISHING DERBY
135. FREEWAY
136. FROSTBITE
137. GHOSTBUSTERS
138. GRAND PRIX
139. H.E.R.O.
140. ICE HOCKEY
141. KABOOM!
142. KEYSTONE KAPERS
143. KUNG FU MASTER
144. LASER BLAST
145. MEGAMANIA
146. OINK
147. PITFALL!
148. PITFALL II LOST CAVERNS
149. PLAQUE ATTACK
150. PRESSURE COOKER
151. PRIVATE EYE
152. RAMPAGE
153. RIVER RAID Reviewed!
154. RIVER RAID II
155. ROBOT TANK
156. SEAQUEST
157. SKIING
158. SKY JINX
159. SPACE SHUTTLE
160. SPIDER FIGHTER
161. STAMPEDE
162. STARMASTER
163. TENNIS

IMAGIC
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164. ATLANTIS
165. ATLANTIS II
166. COSMIC ARK
167. DEMON ATTACK
168. DRAGONFIRE
169. FATHOM
170. FIRE FIGHTER
171. LASER GATES
172. MOONSWEEPER
173. NO ESCAPE!
174. QUICK STEP!
175. RIDDLE OF THE SPHINX
176. SHOOTIN’ GALLERY
177. SOLAR STORM
178. STAR VOYAGER
179. SUBTERRANEA
180. TRICK SHOT

PARKER BROTHERS
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181. AMIDAR
182. FROGGER
183. FROGGER II: THREEEDEEP
184. G.I. JOE – COBRA STRIKE
185. GYRUSS
186. JAMES BOND 007
187. MONTEZUMA’S REVENGE
188. MR. DO’S CASTLE
189. POPEYE
190. Q*BERT
191. Q*BERT’S QUBES
192. REACTOR
193. SKY SKIPPER
194. SPIDER-MAN
195. STAR WARS THE ARCADE CAME
196. STAR WARS THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK
197. STAR WARS JEDI ARENA
198. STAR WARS RETURN OF THE JEDI
199. STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE
200. SUPER COBRA
201. TUTANKHAM

COLECO
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202. BERENSTAIN BEARS
203. CARNIVAL
204. DONKEY KONG
205. DONKEY KONG JUNIOR
206. FRONT LINE
207. MOUSE TRAP
208. MR. DO!
209. ROC N ROPE
210. SMURFS RESCUE IN GARGAMEL’S CASTLE
211. SMURFS SAVE THE DAY
212. TIME PILOT
213. VENTURE Reviewed!
214. ZAXXON

20TH CENTURY FOX
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215. ALIEN
216. BANK HEIST
217. BEANY BOPPER
218. CRASH DIVE
219. CRYPTS OF CHAOS
220. DEADLY DUCK
221. EARTH DIES SCREAMING
222. FANTASTIC VOYAGE
223. FAST EDDIE
224. FLASH GORDON
225. M*A*S*H* Reviewed!
226. MEGA FORCE
227. PORKY’S
228. REVENGE OF THE BEEFSTEAK TOMATOES
229. SPACEMASTER X-7
230. TURMOIL
231. WORM WAR I

DATA AGE
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232. AIRLOCK
233. BERMUDA TRIANGLE
234. BUGS
235. ENCOUNTER AT L5
236. FRANKENSTEIN’S MONSTER
237. JOURNEY ESCAPE
238. SSSNAKE
239. WARPLOCK

M NETWORK
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240. ADVENTURES OF TRON
241. AIR RAIDERS
242. ARMOR AMBUSH
243. ASTROBLAST
244. BUMP ‘N JUMP
245. BURGERTIME
246. DARK CAVERN Reviewed!
247. FROGS AND FLIES
248. INTERNATIONAL SOCCER
249. KOOL AID MAN
250. LOCK ‘N CHASE Reviewed!
251. MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE – HE-MAN
252. SPACE ATTACK
253. STAR STRIKE
254. SUPER CHALLENGE BASEBALL
255. SUPER CHALLENGE FOOTBALL
256. TRON: DEADLY DISCS

APOLLO
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257. FINAL APPROACH
258. GUARDIAN
259. INFILTRATE
260. LOST LUGGAGE
261. RACQUETBALL
262. SHARK ATTACK (LOCHJAW)
263. SKEET SHOOT
264. SPACE CAVERN
265. SPACECHASE
266. WABBIT

US GAMES
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267. COMMANDO RAID
268. EGGOMANIA
269. ENTOMBED
270. GOPHER
271. M.A.D.
272. NAME THIS GAME
273. PICNIC
274. PIECE ‘O CAKE
275. RAFT RIDER
276. SNEAK ‘N PEEK
277. SPACE JOCKEY
278. SQUEEZE BOX
279. TOWERING INFERNO
280. WORD ZAPPER

CBS ELECTRONICS
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281. BLUE PRINT
282. GORF
283. MOUNTAIN KING
284. OMEGA RACE
285. SOLAR FOX
286. TUNNEL RUNNER
287. WIZARD OF WOR

SEGA
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288. BUCK ROGERS: PLANET OF ZOOM
289. CONGO BONGO
290. SPY HUNTER
291. STAR TREK: STRATEGIC OPERATIONS SIMULATOR
292. SUB SCAN
293. TAC-SCAN
294. TAPPER
295. THUNDERGROUND
296. UP ‘N DOWN

TIGERVISION
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297. ESPIAL
298. JAWBREAKER
299. KING KONG
300. MARAUDER
301. MINER 2049ER
302. MINER 2049ER II
303. POLARIS
304. RIVER PATROL
305. SPRINGER
306. THRESHOLD

STARPATH
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307. COMMUNIST MUTANTS FROM OUTER SPACE
308. DRAGONSTOMPER
309. ESCAPE FROM THE MINDMASTER (LABYRINTH)
310. FIREBALL
311. FROGGER, THE OFFICIAL
312. KILLER SATELLITES
313. PARTY MIX
314. PHASER PATROL
315. RABBIT TRANSIT
316. SUICIDE MISSION
317. SURVIVAL ISLAND
318. SWORD OF SAROS

SPECTRAVISION
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319. BUMPER BASH
320. CHALLENGE OF NEXAR
321. CHASE THE CHUCK WAGON
322. CHINA SYNDROME
323. CROSS FORCE
324. GANGSTER ALLEY
325. GAS HOG
326. MANGIA
327. MASTER BUILDER
328. PLANET PATROL
329. TAPEWORM

ABSOLUTE ENTERTAINMENT
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330. PETE ROSE BASEBALL
331. SKATE BOARDIN’
332. TITLE MATCH PRO WRESTLING
333. TOMCAT: THE F-14 FLIGHT SIMULATOR

AVALON HILL
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334. DEATH TRAP
335. LONDON BLITZ
336. OUT OF CONTROL
337. SHUTTLE ORBITER
338. WALL BALL

AMIGA
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339. MOGUL MANIAC

TELESYS
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340. COCONUTS
341. COSMIC CREEPS
342. DEMOLITION HERBY
343. FAST FOOD
344. RAM IT
345. STARGUNNER

TELEGAMES
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346. GLACIER PATROL
347. QUEST FOR QUINTANA ROO
348. UNIVERSAL CHAOS

SEARS
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349. STEEPLECHASE
350. STELLAR TRACK
351. SUBMARINE COMMANDER

COMMA VID
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352. CAKEWALK
353. COSMIC SWARM
354. MAGICARD
355. MINES OF MINOS
356. ROOM OF DOOM
357. STRONGHOLD
358. VIDEO LIFE

ZIMAG
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359. COSMIC CORRIDOR
360. DISHASTER
361. I WANT MY MOMMY
362. TANKS BUT NO TANKS

KONAMI
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363. MARINE WARS
364. POOYAN
365. STRATEGY X

EPYX
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366. CALIFORNIA GAMES
367. SUMMER GAMES
368. WINTER GAMES

MILTON BRADLEY
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369. SPITFIRE ATTACK
370. SURVIVAL RUN

MYSTIQUE/PLAYAROUND
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371. BACHELOR PARTY
372. BEAT ‘EM AND EAT ‘EM
373. BURNING DESIRE
374. CUSTER’S REVENGE
375. GIGOLO
376. KNIGHT ON THE TOWN

XONOX
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377. ARTILLERY DUEL
378. CHUCK NORRIS SUPERKICKS
379. GHOST MANOR
380. MOTOCROSS RACER
381. ROBIN HOOD
382. SIR LANCELOT
383. SPIKE’S PEAK
384. TOMARC THE BARBARIAN

K-TEL VISION
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385. SPIDER MAZE
386. VULTURE ATTACK

SPARROW
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387. MUSIC MACHINE

FROGGO
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388. CRUISE MISSILE
389. KARATE
390. SEA HAWK
391. SEA HUNT

ANSWER
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392. GAUNTLET
393. MALAGAI

AMERICAN VIDEOGAME
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394. TAX AVOIDERS

BOMB
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395. ASSAULT
396. GREAT ESCAPE
397. WALL DEFENDER
398. Z-TACK

EXUS
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399. VIDEO JOGGER
400. VIDEO REFLEX

FIRST STAR SOFTWARE
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401. BOING!

MYTHICON
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402. FIRE FLY
403. SORCERER
404. STAR FOX

MENAVISION
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405. AIR RAID

PANDA
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406. DICE PUZZLE
407. STUNTMAN

WIZARD VIDEO
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408. HALLOWEEN
409. TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE

SELCHOW & RICHTER/QDI
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410. GLIB

VENTUREVISION
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411. RESCUE TERRA I

PUZZY
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412. SEAMONSTER

DSD/CAMELOT
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413. TOOTH PROTECTORS

UNIVERSAL GAMEX
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414. X-MAN

SIMAGE
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415. ELI’S LADDER

ZELLERS
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416. CHALLENGE
417. TIME WARP

TNT GAMES
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418. BMX AIRMASTER

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