Feeling nostalgic? Want to take a trip back to your childhood? Though we have hyper-realistic graphics with huge studios behind video games right now, those AAA titles cannot match the memories many of us have of playing with pixels.
The 8-bit games are where everything began, after all. So, if you want to go back to the genesis of gaming, here are the 10 of the best Atari 2600 games ever released to take you back.
1. Super Breakout
A sequel for Breakout, this game has the same fundamental gameplay mechanics as the first one. The player controls a paddle below from left to right. They try to hit a ball with that paddle, and the ball hits and breaks the bricks. Additionally, the game includes different game modes. The gist is the same, though.
Joust is an action game and one of the first video games that support a two-player option. The player controls a yellow knight riding an ostrich. The game takes place on a flat area that has platforms up. The player collides with the enemies in the sky, and whoever has the lower ground falls to the ground.
3. Missile Command
Missile Command is a shoot-em-up video game that basically challenges you to stay in the game as long as you can. The player controls a crosshair on the screen and fires counter-missiles against the enemy on where the crosshair is. They try to keep their city afloat against the upcoming missiles.
Frogger is an action video game where the player tries to get the frog to its home safely. The frog starts at the bottom, and it has to cross a road. After that, it has to leap through a river on logs, turtles, and alligators to reach the frog home.
In Stampede, the player controls a cowboy on a horse, who has to catch all the cattle with his lasso. If the player misses more than a certain amount, the game comes to an end. So, you have to be quick and catch everything in Stampede to keep playing.
The player has to navigate their way through a multi-directional maze filled with robots who want to kill the green man in Berzerk. The character can shoot the robots, and the robots can fire back at the character. There’s also the nemesis of the player, who’s Evil Otto. The player must avoid him at all costs.
7. Donkey Kong
Donkey Kong is a platform game where players have to make their way up by climbing the ladders and avoiding the obstacles by jumping. Mario has to save his girlfriend, Pauline, from the villain Donkey Kong.
8. Pac Man & Ms. Pac Man
Those games are the kind that needs no introduction as far as I’m concerned. Pac-Man navigates through a maze, collecting all the wafers. However, he has to stay away from the ghosts. Otherwise, he’ll die. Ms. Pac-Man, on the other hand, has some slight differences without any major change.
9. Space Invaders
The player controls a fixed shooter below the screen from left to right, which fires at the aliens coming from up top. The goal is to stay alive as long as possible. This game has been a source of inspiration for many other modern video games.
In this arcade-platform video game, the player controls the character Pitfall Harry, who has to overcome obstacles like fire, scorpions, quicksand, and rolling logs. The goal is to recollect the treasures in a fixed amount of time.