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1. Posted: Mon 6th Jul 2009 04:25 BST
Activision made some of the best home console games of the early 80s; it's no surprise considering the company was formed by ex-Atari programmers who wanted more recognition for their work. They were the first 3rd party developer ever and the games they made were simply legendary. So what's your favorite Activision game for the Atari 2600?
Mine would be the addictive shooter "Spider Fighter."
Edited on Mon 6th July, 2009 @ 04:26 by Turbo_Genesis_64
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2. Posted: Tue 7th Jul 2009 13:49 BST
That is a nice one. I'm a big fan of Starmaster. It has all the great gameplay of Star Raiders with less complicated controls (no goofy number pad), which makes it easier to deal with emulated ^_~
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3. Posted: Tue 7th Jul 2009 15:44 BST
I'll go with Ice Hockey. Most addictive sports game ever made - even beats out Nintendo's Ice Hockey for the NES.
4. Posted: Wed 8th Jul 2009 07:46 BST
Thanks Sean and Adamant for the comments! I was worried for a second that there were no true retro gamers in the house!
"Ice Hocky" is amazing. I actually did own that one as a kid and it really enriched my childhood and like you said it still plays well. My memories of "Starmaster" are a bit rusty at the moment, but it's on the GBA collection,so I should give it a spin again.
Edited on Wed 8th July, 2009 @ 07:59 by Turbo_Genesis_64
5. Posted: Wed 8th Jul 2009 07:50 BST
I LOVED the Activision and Imagic games for the Atari 2600. They were way better than the Atari stuff.
1. Megamania2. Pitfall3. Frostbite4. Laser Blast5. Keystone Kapers6. Plaque Attack7. River Raid8. Spider Fighter9. Seaquest10. Oink!
I've even still got my Megamaniacs, Arctic Architects, Spider Fighters, Billy Club, River Raiders, and Explorer's Club patches.
Edited on Wed 8th July, 2009 @ 07:52 by Corbs
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6. Posted: Wed 8th Jul 2009 07:58 BST
I LOVED the Activision and Imagic games for the Atari 2600. They were way better than the Atari stuff.1. Megamania2. Pitfall3. Frostbite4. Laser Blast5. Keystone Kapers6. Plaque Attack7. River Raid8. Spider Fighter9. Seaquest10. Oink!I've even still got my Megamaniacs, Arctic Architects, Spider Fighters, Billy Club, River Raiders, and Explorer's Club patches.
Good list Corbie, but where's Ghostbusters and H.E.R.O.?
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7. Posted: Wed 8th Jul 2009 07:59 BST
I didn't care much for Ghostbusters, but I liked H.E.R.O. I did hate to leave off Crackpots and Enduro. Love those too.
8. Posted: Wed 8th Jul 2009 08:04 BST
I was always amazed that Activision never tried to take a stake in the arcade market. They made awesome action packed games that certainly would've gobbled up quarters like crazy.
So I assume at some point, Activison absorbed Imagic? I wish the Activision collections would have more than just Atlantis and Demon Attack on them. I want to play that creepy Microsurgeon game again!
Edited on Wed 8th July, 2009 @ 08:07 by Turbo_Genesis_64
9. Posted: Wed 8th Jul 2009 08:18 BST
I'm surprised more of the Imagic games haven't been put onto the collections as well. Great games. I love Dragonfire, Cosmic Ark, Riddle of the Sphinx. I'm working on a side project right now that has some great interviews I did with the Imagic programmers. You should check it out.
10. Posted: Wed 8th Jul 2009 11:06 BST
Nice interviews Corbie. Imagic did some nice games. I remember having that Atlantis game, Cosmic Ark and Riddle of the Sphinx (that was really hard!).
11. Posted: Wed 8th Jul 2009 15:37 BST
Hm, let me try making a top 10 list, too:
1) Ice Hockey2) Stampede3) Enduro4) Frostbite5) Megamania6) River Raid7) Keystone Kapers8) HERO9) Pressure Cooker10) Starmaster
Never particularly cared for Pitfall.
12. Posted: Wed 8th Jul 2009 15:52 BST
My favorite is Seaquest, followed by River Raid.
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13. Posted: Wed 8th Jul 2009 21:42 BST
I've visted your Numb Thumb Club site before. Good stuff!
14. Posted: Wed 8th Jul 2009 21:48 BST
My top ten Activision list:
1. Spider Fighter2. Ghostbusters3. River Raid4. Stampede5. Seaquest6. Ice Hockey7. H.E.R.O.8. Pitfall9. Keystone Capers10. Robot Tank
These David Letterman style lists are always hard to make because you always regret the order at some point.
Edited on Wed 8th July, 2009 @ 22:42 by Turbo_Genesis_64
15. Posted: Fri 10th Jul 2009 02:40 BST
Can't believe no one has said Kaboom!
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16. Posted: Fri 10th Jul 2009 03:26 BST
So is Kaboom! your favorite?
17. Posted: Fri 10th Jul 2009 18:57 BST
Frostbite. Frostbite. Frostbite. Possibly one of my favorite games of ALL TIME. Currently working on submitting some scores on a number of versions to Twin Galaxies. I used to rock this game so hard back in the day that i would play it upside down so my friends and sister would have chance to get near my score.
After Frostbite, other Activision faves are Pitfall and Pitfall II (got it for Christmas when it first came out and spent the entire day playing it to the point where my dad was worried my 2600 was going to burn itself out), Keystone Kapers (awesome game, another i'm working on a score for), Kaboom and the legendary StarMaster -- that was actually reccommended by a programmer (in his 50s at the time) that my dad worked with because of its gameplay depth. Need to play that one again. I remember the highest difficulty (Starmaster) was pretty rough unless you really knew the game well.
@Corbie: ditto on Imagic. Riddle of the Sphinx was a huge fave, perhaps in spite of its abstract difficulty.
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18. Posted: Fri 10th Jul 2009 21:12 BST
Pitfall or Spider Fighter.
I'm 17 and like Atari games. I know, I'm weird!
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19. Posted: Fri 10th Jul 2009 21:19 BST
@RicardoIt's good to know younger gamers can still appreciate awesome older games! =D(BTW, i feel damn old now!)
20. Posted: Sun 12th Jul 2009 08:12 BST
Some kids actually surprise you these days!