The Atari 8-bit home computer range played host to a large variety of ground-breaking games in the late 1970s and throughout the 1980s, and this week we’re going to be celebrating that fact.
Many classic video games appeared on the Atari 8-bit format first – later being ported to the Commodore 64 and becoming more famous; a common occurrence back in the mid-Eighties. Although the Atari brand had serious respect, and the Atari 8-bit machines many fans, it did not do as well – sales-wise – as the Commodore 64 and therefore the games weren’t quite as well-known.
There were a number of different Atari 8-bit computer systems available to buy over the years, but the main two were the Atari 400 and Atari 800, with 16K and 48K of RAM respectively (at their peak – earlier models had less RAM). Later Atari 8-bit systems included the XL and XE.
Atari 8-bit games have a solid feel about them and are often still very good to play. It depends on the title, of course. There are quite a few excellent emulators out there which will run the games, a good selection of which are easy to find online.
Anyway, we hope you enjoy our Atari 8-bit Special this week!
Here’s a list of the games we covered:
Bounty Bob Strikes Back
Rescue On Fractalus
Star Raiders II
More: Atari 8-bit family on Wikipedia