...at home 1 Button 1982 4 quarters (4 stars) Atari Atari 5200 G home video games only Joystick Slide & Shoot (i.e. Space Invaders)

Galaxian

The Game: In one of the most seminal variations on the Space Invaders format, Galaxian was among the first clones to introduce attacking formations that would break off from the usual rows and columns of invaders. Though Galaxian‘s use of this innovation was minimal, it was a drastic change from the usual slowly-advancing target gallery. …

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...at home 1 Button 1982 3 quarters (3 stars) Atari Atari 5200 home video games only Joystick S Slide & Shoot (i.e. Space Invaders)

Space Invaders

The Game: You’re the pilot of a ground-based mobile weapons platform, and there are buttloads of alien meanies headed right for you. Your only defense is a trio of shields which are degraded by any weapons fire – yours or theirs – and a quick trigger finger. Occasionally a mothership zips across the top of …

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...at home 1 Button 1983 4 quarters (4 stars) Atari 5200 B CBS Electronics Collecting Objects Joystick Maze

Blue Print

The Game: You are the intrepid, barbershop-quartet-suited J.J. (hey, it’s better than being O.J.!), out to save a damsel in distress from a pursuing monster. How does a guy in a little striped suit do this? By building a mobile, tennis-ball-launching contraption to dispatch said dastardly monster, naturally. The catch? The eight pieces of your …

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...at home 1 Button 1983 3 quarters (3 stars) Atari 5200 B Cockpit First-Person home video games only Joystick Sega Shooting At Enemies

Buck Rogers: Planet Of Zoom

The Game: As space pilot Buck Rogers, you pilot an agile star fighter across a hazardous alien landscape, dodging buildings and destroying enemy vessels. (Sega, 1983) Memories: Bearing only the most superficial resemblance – just the design of the star fighter – to the television series of the same name, Buck Rogers: Planet of Zoom …

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...at home 1 Button 1983 3 quarters (3 stars) Atari Atari 5200 home video games only J Joystick Jumping Side-Scrolling

Jungle Hunt

The Game: You’re an intrepid explorer, swinging from vine to vine, braving a swim through crocodile-infested waters, leaping over and ducking under an avalanche of rocks both large and small, and trying to leap over angry natives, all to save a damsel in distress at the end of the game. (Atari, 1983) Memories: One of …

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...at home 1 Button 1983 4 quarters (4 stars) Atari Atari 5200 Climbing Controller Game Systems home video games only Joystick Jumping K

Kangaroo

The Game: As a mama marsupial trying to save your baby from many malignant marauding monkeys, you go on a rescue mission that involves climbing through many, many levels of the monkeys’ treehouse village, punching primates, dodging airborne apples, grabbing various fruit items along the way (considering the abundance See the videoof apples, strawberries, cherries …

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...at home 1983 2 Buttons 4 quarters (4 stars) Atari Atari 5200 Driving First-Person home video games only Joystick P Racing Sports

Pole Position

The Game: Prepare to qualify! Fly to the finish line in a fierce field of Formula One competitors in a qualifying lap. Leaving the track is trouble – and hitting one of the billboards dotted around the edges of the Mt. Fuji track is a sure way to miss out on the subsequent race. (Atari, …

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...at home 1983 2 quarters (2 stars) Atari 5200 Isometric View Joystick Jumping Keypad Parker Brothers Q

Q*Bert

The Game: Q*Bert, a nosey little guy with a propensity for hopping, spends his time hopping around a three-dimensional pyramid of cubes, avoiding Coily the Snake and other assorted purple and red creatures, including a few who operate on a slightly different plane (i.e., they move down the pyramid as if it were rotated one-third). …

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...at home 1 Button 1983 4 quarters (4 stars) Atari Atari 5200 Baseball Controller home video games only Joystick Keypad R Sports

RealSports Baseball

The Game: Batter up! Take charge of a team on the baseball diamond for a practice round, or a game lasting 3, 6 or 9 innings. And if you think being behind a joystick will save you from hearing from the umpire, think again. (Atari, 1983) Memories: In 1979, the mainstay of home video gaming …

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...under development 1983 2 Buttons 2 quarters (2 stars) Atari Atari 5200 Basketball Game Systems home video games only Joystick Keypad R Sports Unreleased Prototypes

RealSports Basketball

The Game: Two players each control one man in one-on-one, full-court action. Whoever has the highest score by a predetermined time limit wins. (Atari, 1983 [unreleased]) Memories: Atari’s RealSports series was created to challenge the upper hand Intellivision’s sports games had gained over the blocky, primitive virtual versions of the same sports on the Atari …

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