Halloween

Wizard Video only released two games for the 2600, both based on horror films: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, a laughably unplayable game where you play as Leatherface and chase teenagers with a chainsaw that looks more like a strap-on, and Halloween, a much more enjoyable game where you play as The Babysitter, trying…

Thin Ice

The history of console gaming is filled with stories of marketing departments screwing up programmers' brilliant ideas. Of course, the history of console gaming was written by programmers, so there may be a slight objectivity issue to consider. However, Thin Ice is a wonderful Intellivision title that Mattel's…

Quick Step

Populous and Black & White let players experience life as a god, while The Sims lets them live in alternate realities where consumerism rules all. But years before those games were conceived, Imagic looked into the hearts of gamers everywhere and let them experience the one thing they’d always wanted: the chance to be…

Gremlins

Gremlins was one of the most heavily merchandised films of the '80s, and since Warner Brothers released the movie and owned Atari, it was an obvious candidate for a 2600 game. Though that game could have easily followed in E.T.'s footsteps straight to the landfill, game designers took a familiar and time-tested genre,…

Space Fury

Though character-oriented games like Mappy and Pac-Man were always popular and heavily merchandised, some of the most memorable arcade experiences could be found in space-themed games, which encouraged players to imagine themselves actually defending the universe. (This was taken to its natural cinematic conclusion in…

Eyes

During the Golden Age of arcade games, kids could walk into virtually any business, confident that there'd be at least one game waiting to take their quarters. Parents who were aware of this fact often took their kids shopping with them, achieving Geico-like savings on babysitters, keeping their kids occupied for a…

Astro Blaster

Less than three years after Space Invaders and Galaxian popularized the two-dimensional space shooter, Astro Blaster completely redefined the genre, using speech-synthesis, fuel and laser management, and challenging gameplay. Though players and arcade owners initially complained about its difficulty, Astro Blaster was…

Super Glob

In 1983, the console video-game market crashed into a landfill in the American southwest. Arcades were a different story, though, as companies like Universal, Namco, and Williams hit their stride with classics which endure to this day. During this period, independent companies got in on the continuing arcade boom,…

Golf

Your caddy isn't especially good (you'll only get the total yardage of the hole, and you'll never know how far you are from the pin once you leave the tee) and the wind gets suspiciously tough when you drop too far below par, but in 1984, if you were looking for a decent golf simulation, Golf was where you wanted to…

Congo Bongo

A hunter is peacefully sleeping in his tent when that impish Bongo shows up and sets him on fire. Oh Bongo, you incorrigible little scamp! Most gorillas would be happy with a simple mauling, but you had to take it to the next level with a hilarious practical joke! Unfortunately, the hunter is not amused. In Congo Bongo…