Alpha Beam with Ernie for the Atari 2600 is an attractive title with interesting graphics and quality sound. Unfortunately it lacks anything resembling real gameplay. This game was targeted at children, but I think anything above a toddler will get bored quickly.
The Barbed Devil was no joke. It is a challenge to even the most seasoned of adventurers. It is also, because of the Satanic Panic around Dungeons & Dragons, one the most polarizing cards from Set 1 of the AD&D Monster Cards.
Air Raid is a rare Atari 2600 game. I decided I had very little chance of finding one at a garage sale or flea market, so finally fired it up via emulator. I was very happy I did, its a clever little game with compelling, but frantic gameplay.
The Anhkheg is terrifying burrowing insect monster that can destroy even the most well-balanced party of adventurers. Let's take a look at its appearance in the 1st set of the 1981 AD&D Monster Cards.
Some games on the Atari 2600 just work best as two-player games. Air-Sea Battle is a middling game when played alone, but plug in that second joystick and invite a friend over and you have a delightful afternoon of video game fun ahead of you.
Adventure is one of the best games ever made for the Atari 2600. A feature rich title, with complex gameplay, it had tremendous replayability that still makes it an entertaining title today. It also happened to be the first video game to contain an Easter Egg.
Battle Chess was a game that made me laugh and kept me constantly entertained. Surprisingly though, it taught me nothing about how to win at chess.
In 1983, Activision's Enduro was released on the Atari 2600. It would quickly become my favorite racing game and a top 10 game for me. (even though I never got the patch)
The commercial itself pretty much IS a music video, featuring the music and members of The Manhattan Transfer and their song, Birdland. It has a sterile industrial vibe with red/white/black color pallette that I always associate with new wave music and Mtv. Not with a vocal jazz group from the late 60s.
In 1983 Nerds candy was released by Wonka. They were a runaway hit. Over two decades later I bought a lot of Nerd Magnets, here is that story.