My Top 10 Atari 8-bit Computer Video Games


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So I was always a big Atari fan as a kid. I started with Pong and moved up through the Atari 2600, Atari 8-bit PC, and the Atari 16/32 bit PC’s. In this video you see my top 10 video games for the Atari 8-bit PC line. These were some of my favorite games. Let me know what you think I missed.

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0:00 Intro
2:21 #10 Alley Cat
5:15 #9 Montezuma’s Revenge
6:28 #8 Donkey Kong
8:11 #7 Dandy
10:02 #6 The Goonies
12:07 #5 Archon
14:25 #4 Ghostbusters
17:43 #3 Bruce Lee
20:04 #2 Miner 2049’er
23:04 #1 M.U.L.E.

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  1. SantaCruzTV 13 July, 2020 at 02:11 Reply

    Great List! I have M.U.L.E. as my #1 as well with Castle Wolfenstein, Summer Games, Karateka, Pitfall, Bruce Lee, Archon, Jumpman, Jungle Hunt and Miner 2049'er ranked highly. M.U.L.E. is the main reason I still have my Atari and still play it with friends. I have the cartridge version so I don't have to have my disc drive hooked up and risk damaging the disc version. However, after seeing this, I need to hookup the floppy drive so I can play some of those others! Thanks for the video!

  2. Tomasz Olszewski 13 July, 2020 at 02:11 Reply

    You can play The Goonies 2 players simultaneously. Just hit "Option" on title screen. Just figured it out after some 25 years 🙂

  3. The Badboy Live 13 July, 2020 at 02:11 Reply

    Archon was awesome along with MULE. It’s funny that you chose Mule as number one, because it would’ve been my number one also. There was nothing like it at the time and you can correct me if I’m wrong, but it was the first I remember of its kind. Like a real time strategy game with a stock market kind of aspect where prices would go up and down. It was so much fun back in the day. I played this game for hours upon hours straight. Never got sick of it.

  4. Cupcake M 13 July, 2020 at 02:11 Reply

    Great games, but check out most Synapse software titles as well – Shamus, Rainbow Walker, Protector II, Fort Apocalypse, Necromancer… Slime! All 10 out 10 in my estimation.

  5. cdrichmond 13 July, 2020 at 02:11 Reply

    Really enjoyed this. I got the Atari 400 in 1978 or 79 then the 800XL in 82. Although I never played Alley Cat, I was a huge Synapse software fan. Blue Max and Shamus being two of my favorites. I used to pour over their catalog with screenshots and drool about the games I could never play(due to $). Synapse was acquired by Broderbund which was already one of my favorite publishers as well , making them my favorite at that point. My brother and I never had Archon, but we played the hell out of Archon II: Adept. They seemed pretty similar from what I can tell. I was also a fan of the Datasoft games. Again, I never played Goonies, but i can see that Datasoft used the same engine/designs in Zorro. Similar music, puzzles, screen, and overall feel among Zorro, Bruce Lee, Goonies..and one other I think I am forgetting. This may be hard to believe but I never played M.U.L.E. I don't have any hardware any more(I wish like hell I had told my parents to save it when I left for the service), so maybe I'll have to fire it up on one of my emulators. Great stuff!

  6. Johnny Organ 13 July, 2020 at 02:11 Reply

    That is genuinely the best description of Alley Cat I've ever heard.
    It's a game I've tried to explain for decades to non-Atari players and my best efforts usually resorted to comparing it to Wizball in some ways. But you nailed it on the head.

  7. TurboCMinusMinus 13 July, 2020 at 02:11 Reply

    I had a lot of these. Some other great games: Ultima 4, Mercenary Escape From Targ, Temple of Apshai Trilogy, Rescue on Fractalus , Ali Baba & The 40 Thieves / Return of Heracles, Journey To The Planets, Pinball Construction Set, Submarine Commander, Joust, Jungle Hunt, Star Raiders, K-Razy Shoot Out, Pro Tour Golf, Trailblazer

  8. Ron Mar 13 July, 2020 at 02:11 Reply

    Love Archon, Miner 2049er, and M.U.L.E. (my all time favorite).
    I'd like to recommend a couple more games: Spelunker and Jump Man.

  9. Andrew Reed 13 July, 2020 at 02:11 Reply

    Good list, lot of good games I played there, I would also like to mention moon patrol, pengo, rainbow walker, pitfall 2, kareteka, star raiders, pit stop ii

  10. Rob From Oak 13 July, 2020 at 02:11 Reply

    Commodore: The Last Ninja series to start with. Test Drive, Maniac Mansion, Bomb Jack and whole world of games that Atari 8bit missed.

  11. thark thax 13 July, 2020 at 02:11 Reply

    Brill video! Got to love the old games. Im not sure i could agree with your comment about c64 having better hardware, but i suppose it depends on what games you have played ect.
    Love 8 bit computers – all of em!

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