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Some Top Atari 2600 Games

Are you a fan of Atari 2600 games? Here are some of the best-selling ones:

  1. Adventure

This game is often credited as the first-ever action-adventure game. Atari sold over 1 million units of the title. Gamers roam around mazes in order to locate a chalice while keeping their distance from 3 dragons. An irony is that the dragons look a bit like ducks. However, this was still an important game in video game history since Atari didn’t allow designers to receive credit for the games they developed. That resulted in third-party publishers including Activision being launched.

  1. E.T.

This title should probably get an asterisk. An urban legend about many units of the game being buried turned out to be true. The game itself received awful reviews due to its design and gameplay. It’s also been blamed for the crash of the video game industry in 1983 but that’s somewhat debatable.

The designer had about a month to design the game in time for the holiday shopping season. Even with the bad reviews the game still sold about 1.5 million units. However, in retrospect, the game could have been much better if the company had waited to release the title when it was in better shape.

  1. Missile Command

The arcade version was launched in 1980. He Cold War era game and quality porting to the 2600 console helped the game sell more than 2.5 million units.

  1. Pac-Man

While this title sold 7 million units and became the all-time best-selling Atari 2600 game, the quality of the game caused a lot of question marks. Like E.T. it was believed to be rushed in time for the holiday shopping season. However, this time it was in 1981.

Like “E.T.” the game was also criticized for the video game crash in 1983. One big criticism was that the game didn’t even look like the original version. That included orange mazes along with blue backdrops. There were other issues including the flashing ghosts and Pac-Man eating tablets instead of pellets.

  1. Pitfall!

This game is a run-and-jump adventure title that requires gamers to run through bright jungles to look for treasures including diamonds and gold bars. The hero Harry must jump over scorpions, swing across tar pits, and hop on crocodile heads. The game has been praised for its gameplay, which explains in part why it sold over 4 million units. However, the game should also get praise for the technical aspects of the game.

  1. Space Invaders

If you’re a fan of retro video games there’s an excellent chance you’ve heard of this title. It was so popular in Japan that it caused a yen shortage. The game was published for the Atari 2600 in 1980. It was quite close to the arcade version and earned about 1 million units in sales. It also had a big role in making home consoles more popular. In fact, you can still find the arcade version in some places in the world. It’s earned quite a cult following.

These are some of the top-selling Atari 2600 games you can still enjoy via emulators.