Here are the best video games for the Atari 2600, Bally Astrocade and Magnavox Odyssey 2 home consoles:

Lets get going with the Atari 2600. By today’s standards, not too many nice games were released for the Atari 2600 in 1979. I would like to mention just two games: a nice port of Arcade’s Canyon Bomber and Adventure.

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Adventure – is the first action-adventure fantasy game for the consoles. It is graphical version of the text adventure Colossal Cave Adventure released in 1977. Even if the graphics are minimal (you take control of a dot), the game was revolutionary for the time and highly enjoyable even today! At least for the retro gamers! You can read more about the story of the game here: Adventure

Canyon Bomber – is a console port of the Arcade’s Canyon Bomber released in 1978. And its a nice one! The game is colorful and it runs smoothly. Nice upgrade! A must try for a retro gamer!

The next is Bally Astrocade! The system had so much potential, but unfortunately almost nothing came out – rights of the console were sold to a 3rd party group. These were complicated times for the system. From total of four cartridges released in 1979, only one worth to try is Amazing Maze / Tic Tac Toe (for the first one – and even that is nothing new or unique).

Not much was released for the Odyssey 2 either, most enjoyable game must be another port of Gun Fighter!

Before we can go to the next decade, lets take a closer look at the Arcade games in my next post!

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