Solaris is a space combat game designed and developed by Doug Neubauer and published by Atari Corporation in 1986. It is supposedly a sequel to Star Raiders, and does contain similar elements, but features a third-person viewpoint this time, rather than first-person. Solaris is one of the most technically-impressive games on the Atari 2600 and is a far cry from the early games released for the system.
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Atari 2600 games.
Star Wars: Jedi Arena, Atari 2600
Star Wars: Jedi Arena is a 1983 video game from Parker Brothers, based on Jedi lightsabre duels from the Star Wars film series. Jedi Arena was designed and programmed by Rex Bradford and can be played by one or two players.
Return of the Jedi: Death Star Battle, Atari 2600
Return of the Jedi: Death Star Battle is a space shoot ’em up based on the famous second Star Wars sequel from 1983 and in it you control the Millennium Falcon on a mission to destroy the Empire’s second attempt at a Death Star.
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Kaboom!, Atari 2600
Another simple Atari 2600 game with compelling gameplay: Kaboom! is a 1981 Activision game where you must catch falling bombs (dropped by what looks like a burglar, but we’ll call him The Mad Bomber) onto a set of bats, without allowing any bombs to hit the ground below you.
Frankenstein’s Monster, Atari 2600
Frankenstein’s Monster is a relatively obscure game for the Atari 2600 and was developed and published by Data Age, Inc. in 1983. It is one of the earliest video games to use the famous Mary Shelley novel as the basis for its story and gameplay.
Asteroids, Atari 2600
Asteroids on the Atari 2600 is a conversion of the classic 1979 arcade game, written by Bradley G. Stewart of Atari, Inc. and first published by Sears, Roebuck and Co. in 1981.
Battle Zone, Atari 2600
The Atari 2600 conversion of tank battle game Battle Zone (aka Battlezone) is considered to be a decent port of the classic 1980 arcade game, but I’m not entirely convinced…
Tapper, Atari 2600
The Atari 2600 version of the classic arcade game, Tapper, is actually surprisingly good. It was developed by Bally Midway and published by Sega in 1984.
Alien, Atari 2600
This adaptation of Ridley Scott‘s classic film Alien was published for the Atari 2600 in 1982 by Fox Video Games. It has two significant distinctions: 1. it was the first ever officially-licensed video game to be based on the Alien series, and 2. it is probably the worst film-to-game adaption I’ve ever seen or played in my life…
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Atari 2600
Published by Parker Brothers in 1982 The Empire Strikes Back on the Atari 2600 was the first officially-licensed Star Wars game ever released, and it depicts the AT-AT ‘walker’ attack on the rebel base on Hoth, with you playing as Luke Skywalker in a snowspeeder.
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