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Pong

The Game: Avoid missing ball for high score. (No, really!) (Atari, 1972) Memories: Which came first, the chicken or the egg? And who hatched that egg (or fried that chicken) first – Atari founder Nolan Bushnell or inventor Ralph Baer, who licensed to Magnavox his concept for a dedicated video tennis game that could be …

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1973 3 quarters (3 stars) Arcade arcade games only Atari Controller Joystick Publisher / Manufacturer Racing Rating S Sports Style Title Begins With

Space Race

The Game: Two rockets stand ready to lift off for a race into space teeming with fast-moving asteroids and space debris. Collision with even the tiniest piece of space junk sends a player’s rocket back to the bottom of the screen, with a slight time penalty (possibly for repairs) before it can lift off again. …

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Breakout

The Game: You’ve got a mobile paddle and – well, frankly, balls. But you don’t have a lot of balls at your disposal (am I the only one becoming a little bit uncomfortable discussing this?), so you have to make the best use of them that you can to knock down the rows of colorful …

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...in the arcade 1976 4 quarters (4 stars) Arcade arcade games only Atari Isometric View N Publisher / Manufacturer Racing Sports Steering Wheel

Night Driver

The Game: You’re racing the Formula One circuit by the glow of your headlights alone – avoid the markers along the side of the road and other passing obstacles…if you can see them in time. (Atari, 1976) Memories: Aside from the very cool cockpit cabinet of the sit-down version of Night Driver, there’s a reason …

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...in the arcade 1 Button 1976 3 quarters (3 stars) Arcade arcade games only Atari Cockpit First-Person Flight Stick S Shooting At Enemies

Starship 1

The Game: Climb into the cockpit of Starship Atari for deep space combat duty. Your mission is simple: wipe out every alien ship you see, as quick as possible, while taking as little incoming fire as possible. Take too much damage, and your fighting days are over. (Atari, 1976) Memories: Housed in an imposing cabinet …

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Combat

The Game: Two players each control a fearsome armored fighting vehicle on a field of battle littered with obstacles (or not, depending upon the agreed-upon game variation). The two tanks pursue each other around the screen, trying to line up the perfect shot without also presenting a perfect target if they miss. In accordance with …

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...at home 1 Button 1977 2 quarters (2 stars) Atari Atari 2600 VCS Available In Our Store Claiming Territory Game Systems home video games only Joystick S

Surround

The Game: You and your opponent face off in an enclosed arena, controlling “leader blocks” which leave solid walls in their wake. You must not collide with your opponent’s block, its solid trail, or the walls of the arena. To win, you must trap the other player, or the computer-controlled block within your solid wake …

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...in the arcade 1978 4 quarters (4 stars) Arcade arcade games only Atari Available In Our Store Breaking Through Walls Paddle / Rotary Knob S

Super Breakout

The Game: You’ve got a mobile paddle and – well, frankly, balls. But you don’t have a lot of balls at your disposal (am I the only one becoming a little bit uncomfortable discussing this?), so you have to make the best use of them that you can to knock down the rows of colorful …

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...at home 0-9 1 Button 1978 4 quarters (4 stars) Atari Atari 2600 VCS Available In Our Store Claiming Territory Game Systems home video games only Isometric View Joystick

3-D Tic-Tac-Toe

The Game: If you’re not quite up to the challenge of playing 3-D chess with Mr. Spock, you can always try playing 3-D tic-tac-toe against the Atari 2600. Using your joystick, you position your pieces in an ongoing battle with the computer. But be careful – the machine is very wily about placing its pieces, …

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...at home 1 Button 1978 2 quarters (2 stars) Atari Atari 2600 VCS Available In Our Store B Basketball Controller Game Systems home video games only Joystick Sports

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, 1978) Memories: If you need a “before” and “after” picture to see how far video basketball has come, Atari’s Basketball – one of the earliest games published for the VCS – …

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