Brent Griffin digs out some old Atari
"Well the world don't move to
the beat of just one drum and what might be right for
you, might not be right for some."Ain't that the
truth! Diffr'nt Strokes was more than a television show,
it was a philosophy. Welcome to the world of where Punky
Brewster is still a hunk and your the mack if your rocking
KT-26's. Sometimes it can be considered a downfall to
never have left the 80's, but dagnammit, I'm having
a super dooper time staying here. This is the place
where Atari,Commodore 64, Intellevision, and associated
machines will remain ace forever.
River Raid (1981)
Your a frog who really wants to get to your
nice little log across the creek. But that creek is
on the other side of a major highway. Negotiate your
way through traffic, away from snakes and over moving
logs. Doesn't sound too hard ;-). This game is extremely
addictive and gets progressively harder to the point
of brain meltdown. A few levels in and its all pure
reflex action with no time for thinking once you take
that first step in front of a semi trailer. When your
fully into it, frustration can grasp you rather quickly,
but that is how the sugar shakes in old games. After
a fat old session you'll be begging for forgiveness,
but yearning for more.
The sounds in this are harsh, but
nice, with the unmistakable "bleep, bleep"
when your frog moves. No distant and sweeping sounds
here dear. This is the 80's where one dimension is enough,
thank you very much! In whole, a definitive retro masterpiece
as this is an addictive classic.
California Games (1985)
Now it's important we distinguish
the difference here between the Atari and the Commodore
64 version of this game. The C64 version is the most
well known version and will be the one that comes to
mind, but this beast is a marvel in its own right. Way
simpler in its graphics, options and controls but still
crazy challenging. Lacks depth in some areas but the
BMX is brilliant. Damn hard to master as its so fast,
but rewarding when you hit a jump and clear 3 trees
and a mud pit. In all, not as polished as later versions
but worth playing if you love Atari.
One of the original games that came out on
the Atari, you need paddles and a friend for this game
of chase and trap. Nothing much to look at but with
a friend its a damn addictive game. You control a snake
sort of thing and with that, you have to block off your
opponent making his/her head ram into the tale of your
snake. Simple and fun with a few different levels. Once
you get in effect, you will bang up enough need for
vengeance that you'll end up playing it for hours and
is the original death matching. Good game, must play,
River Raid (1981)
Another king of the past and the best flying
shoot-em-up of its time (next to 1942). The aim is simple
as usual as you need to negotiate your way up a river
in your little plane, shooting boats, helicopters, other
planes and the occasional alien. During the course of
this action, you progressively run out of fuel which
requires you to fly over refueling boxes. You can control
your speed to an extent, but can never reverse, stop
or turn around.
As you advance, the action gets more
and more frantic elevating to a crazy level of intensity.
Racking up the points is what its all about so if your
lucky you just might survive for more than 10 seconds.
The graphics are nicely detailed for such vintage and
would have impressed the friends back in the day and
remains a solid classic.