In 1983, this wonderful live-action commercial for Donkey Kong Jr. on the ColecoVision hit the airwaves. It is an earnest mix of live-action and gameplay footage that left me wanting more of both.
Basic Programming for the Atari 2600 is a fascinating attempt to bring simple programming concepts to this low-powered system. Sadly it can be a frustrating experience for people trying it now, but back in the day it opened a very small window to what "could be" for many young wannabe programmers.
In the 1984 episode of Magnum PI, Jororo Farewell, Magnum PI works to prevent the kidnapping of the prince of Jororo. His work takes him to an interesting location, the local arcade.
Atari released a lot of good titles over the years. Unfortunately Basic Math is not one of them. Instead it is an overly simplified math game with limited replayability.
Barnstorming is an exceptionally attractive game for the Atari 2600. It is fun to play, but also has a secret. The game works really well as a multi-player title. So fire it up, pass around the joystick and enjoy this 1982 classic with some friends.
Atari Backgammon is a fun port of the ancient board game that works surprisingly well on the Atari 2600, especially in two-player mode.
Released in 1989, BMX Airmaster for the Atari 2600 is a great looking game with advanced gameplay. Unfortunately, the release in 1989 is deep into next generation console territory. So by the standards of the day, this game looks a bit primitive. Still it is a great game and worth tracking down for your collection.
Imagic's Atlantis for the Atari 2600 is a beautiful game that is sadly undone by its shallow and repetitive gameplay. It only become challenging when you play at higher difficulty level.
Astroblast was the Astromash port for the Atari 2600. It is a delightful instance of a port of a game, despite having lower graphics, is actually better than the original.
Released in 1983, Assault is a decent game from Bomb. It is fast based with good graphics and interesting gameplay. I am happy to have it in my Atari collection.