Greatest ever Atari XL/XE games

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Greatest ever Atari XL/XE games

Post by sscott » Wed Aug 29, 2007 3:39 pm

The much overlooked Atari computers.
Here are a few of my all time favourites:
- Bounty Bob Strikes Back (hard but full of invention)
- Zybex (£2.99 and looked great)
- Bruce Lee
- The Goonies
- Dropzone
Any thoughts?
A retro game publication on this machine is needed!

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Post by paranoid marvin » Wed Aug 29, 2007 3:44 pm

I agree , a feature on this computer is well overdue

best games?

Fractulus
Star Raiders
Elektraglide
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Best ever Atari XL/XE games

Post by sscott » Wed Aug 29, 2007 4:05 pm

Will check those out!
Just a shout out to Retro force GO podcasts (US)[url]http://www.podtoid.com/retroforce/?p=14 avaialible on iTunes and of course the Angry Video Game Nerd vids!!!
First ever game played - Lone Raider that came with the machine, crap but fond memories anyway!
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Post by deano7649 » Wed Aug 29, 2007 4:24 pm

Quite a lot of good games on this platform, my personal faves have to be....

Mr.Do
Fort Apocalypse
Dropzone
Desmonds Dungeon
Draconus

..and yes Lone Raider was also bundled with mine back in the day, biggest pile I've ever played !

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Post by paranoid marvin » Wed Aug 29, 2007 4:26 pm

deano7649 wrote:Quite a lot of good games on this platform, my personal faves have to be....

Mr.Do
Fort Apocalypse
Dropzone
Desmonds Dungeon
Draconus

..and yes Lone Raider was also bundled with mine back in the day, biggest pile I've ever played !
Oh , knew I'd forgotten one - yes Apocalypse is a great game , far better than the C64 version

Also try Drelbs and Action Biker
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Action Biker

Post by sscott » Wed Aug 29, 2007 4:39 pm

Wasn't that sponsored by KP Skips or something, advertising was a little more blatant back then!
Remember playing one man and his droid - what the hell was that about, Draconus was made by the same people that made Zybex.
Henri's House was quite fun for a platformer too. Hovver Bovver may well have been the worst game I ever played on the system, cut the grass!

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Post by oswald » Wed Aug 29, 2007 5:05 pm

paranoid marvin wrote: Oh , knew I'd forgotten one - yes Apocalypse is a great game , far better than the C64 version
time to review it in the comparison thread :) this is hard to believe, as apocalypse on the c64 is absolutely flawless, tho I have never played it on atari.

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Re: Action Biker

Post by TMR » Wed Aug 29, 2007 5:12 pm

sscott wrote:Wasn't that sponsored by KP Skips or something, advertising was a little more blatant back then!
It was indeed, although that advertising pretty much stopped before the game started. =-)
sscott wrote:Remember playing one man and his droid - what the hell was that about
It's split into two parts; the first is to make your way up through the chamber full of moving Ramboids and the second is to herd the roaming ones into the teleporter in the order at the left (if memory serves) to complete the level.

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Caverns of Mars and other games

Post by sscott » Wed Aug 29, 2007 5:23 pm

I believe no-one could possibly have ever completed Caverns of Mars, have u ever played it? Move of over Gaiden, Contra etc...Fire Fleet v. similar
Milk Race - awful
Ghostbusters - shockingly, depressingly, irratatingly dire
In fact how many games did we ever buy because of some creative cover art, at 11 years old your judgement is not great and often a game was as much as a magazine so you often didn't read reviews.
I still have a working Atari XL - played KickStart today, 10 minutes to load, fell off walls every 3 secs, turned it off after 2 minutes, ahh the good old days!

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Post by Scapegoat » Wed Aug 29, 2007 5:59 pm

The best Atari game was one of the first: Star Raiders.

But others in my short list would be:

Necromancer (vies with SR for my top slot)
Alternate Reality (City and Dungeon. A RG feature on these, first ever 3D RPG's would be nice)
The Eidelon
Shamus: Case II
Rainbow Walker
Pharoes Curse (tbh, most Synapse games could be on here)
Encounter
Mercenary
and probably 7 Cities of Gold.

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Post by paranoid marvin » Wed Aug 29, 2007 6:16 pm

Scapegoat wrote:The best Atari game was one of the first: Star Raiders.

But others in my short list would be:

Necromancer (vies with SR for my top slot)
Alternate Reality (City and Dungeon. A RG feature on these, first ever 3D RPG's would be nice)
The Eidelon
Shamus: Case II
Rainbow Walker
Pharoes Curse (tbh, most Synapse games could be on here)
Encounter
Mercenary
and probably 7 Cities of Gold.

Agreed on Star Raiders - one of the best , most atmospheric games ever -

and an equally great conversion to the 2600
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Post by dr_bob » Thu Aug 30, 2007 5:18 am

Oi , I liked hoverbover! its one of the only Minter games I actually would still play!

Decent XL games:
Montezuma's Revenge(c'mon ..look at my avatar!)
Boulderdash(the Atari was the first and the best version of this)
Blue Max(I know theres a c64 version , but I always loved the atari 800 cart of this).
Powerdown- I loved this , its basically just a series of logic puzzles with a bit of shooting thrown in , you never hear about it as it was only released in the UK on the Atari range ...If it was a speccy game it would have had a write up in RG by now ;)
Rally speedway: kind of like Micro Machines ancestor, even had a track editor built in.
I always preferred miner 2049er to BBSB.
Zybex and Draconus were amazing games alright.

I've a fully working 800xl /1010 tape drive and an sio2pc adaptor connected to my PC.It's a great setup.

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Post by Atari Frog » Thu Aug 30, 2007 6:24 am

A few others...

Alley Cat
Brundles (The)
Castle Crisis
Commando (prototype)
Deflektor (prototype)
Excalibur
Great American Cross-Country Road Race (The)
Line-Up
MIDI Maze (prototype)
Miecze Valdgira / Miecze Valdgira II - Wladca Gor
Serpentine
Spindizzy
Spy vs. Spy
Star Raiders II
T-34 - The Battle
Valgus²

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Post by GarryG » Thu Aug 30, 2007 6:47 am

Elektraglide
Mercenary Escape from Targ,
Mercenary 2: the second city.
Rescue on Fractulus
The Edillon
Dropzone
Starquake (Well I liked it!)
Star Raiders II
Zybex
Draconus
Fort Apocalypse
Blue Max (and the sequel)
Boulderdash (with the constructor kit, excellent!)
Spy vs. Spy

Are the bigger names that I ca think of from the top of my head, but there were a lot of budget gems, and forgotten games that were really good on the Atari 8bit machines.

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Post by nwosteve » Thu Aug 30, 2007 10:33 am

Joe Blade 3. Took ages to load, but it was worth it.
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