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Complete Atari 2600 Game Library

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People who added this item 90  Average listal rating (58 ratings) 6.9  IMDB Rating
1. Pac-Man - Atari 2600
Release: Mar. 1982
Arcade Developer: Namco (Toru Iwatani)
Ported & Published by: Atari (Tod Frye)
Port of Arcade: Pac-Man (1980)
Although it sold 7 million units to a user base of 10 million, this port's quality was widely criticized. Having manufactured 12 million cartridges with the expectation that the game would increase sales of its console, Atari incurred large financial losses when forced to scrap over five million copies. This was one of the catalysts that led to the North American video game crash of 1983, second only to the home video game version of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.
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People who added this item 68  Average listal rating (47 ratings) 7.9  IMDB Rating
2. Space Invaders - Atari 2600
Release: 1980
Arcade Developer: Taito (Tomohiro Nishikado)
Ported & Published by: Atari (Rick Maurer)
Port of Arcade: Space Invaders (1978)
The 2600 port of this insanely-popular arcade hit turned out to be the firt 'killer app' for video game consoles. It helped quadruple sales of Atari's home console.
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People who added this item 53  Average listal rating (34 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating
3. Asteroids - Atari 2600
Release: 1981
Arcade Developer: Atari (Ed Logg)
Ported & Published by: Atari (Brad Stewart)
Port of Arcade: Asteroids (1979)
Based on Atari's best selling arcade game of all time, which was such a big hit at the arcades that many operators had to install larger coin boxes to the cabinets.
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People who added this item 54  Average listal rating (36 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating
4. Pitfall! - Atari 2600
Release: Sep. 1982
Developer: Activision (David Crane)
Published by: Activision
This original 2600 release was a huge success for Activision, selling over 4 million copies, and is often regarded as the first true 'platform' game.
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People who added this item 42  Average listal rating (30 ratings) 7  IMDB Rating
5. Frogger - Atari 2600
Release: 1981
Arcade Developer: Konami / SEGA
Ported & Published by: Parker Bros. (Ed English)
Port of Arcade: Frogger (1981)
This franchise was originally called 'Highway Crossing Frog' until someone smart at SEGA decided to change it to 'Frogger' instead.

People who added this item 39  Average listal rating (22 ratings) 7  IMDB Rating
6. Missile Command - Atari 2600
Release: 1980
Arcade Developer: Atari (Dave Theurer)
Ported & Published by: Atari (Rob Fulop)
Port of Arcade: Missile Command (1980)
The original arcade version was one of the biggest hits for Atari, with its coin-op machines still outperforming other arcades even into the 1990s.
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People who added this item 41  Average listal rating (24 ratings) 6.5  IMDB Rating
7. Donkey Kong - Atari 2600
Release: 1982
Arcade Developer: Nintendo (Shigeru Miyamoto)
Ported & Published by: Coleco (Garry Kitchen)
Port of Arcade: Donkey Kong (1981)
Both Atari and Coleco fought to get publishing rights for the game from Nintendo, but Coleco won. For first six months, it was only available bundled with ColecoVision consoles, but by the end of 1982, a stand-alone Atari 2600 version was available.

People who added this item 51  Average listal rating (33 ratings) 6.3  IMDB Rating
8. Combat - Atari 2600
Release: Oct. 1977
Developer: Atari (Joe Decuir; Larry Wagner)
Published by: Atari, Sears
One of the original nine launch titles for the Atari 2600 VCS, Combat came bundled with the systems until 1982. The game was partly based on Atari's 1974 arcade game 'Tank' and 1975's 'Anti-Aircraft II'

People who added this item 43  Average listal rating (28 ratings) 2.1  IMDB Rating
9. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial - Atari 2600
Release: Dec. 1982
Developer: Atari (Howard Scott Warshaw)
Published by: Atari
Being only given six weeks to develop it in order to get onto holiday store shelves, Howard Scott Warshaw went on to create what many consider The Worst Video Game of All Time, and which was the catalyst behind the 'video game crash of 1983'. As a result of overproduction, millions of unsold cartrdiges ended up being buried in a New Mexico landfill.
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People who added this item 30  Average listal rating (16 ratings) 6.6  IMDB Rating
10. Centipede - Atari 2600
Release: 1982
Arcade Developer: Atari (Ed Logg; Dona Bailey)
Ported & Published by: Atari
Port of Arcade: Centipede (1980)

People who added this item 31  Average listal rating (17 ratings) 7.6  IMDB Rating
11. Defender - Atari 2600
Release: 1981
Arcade Developer: Williams Elec. (Eugene Jarvis)
Ported & Published by: Atari (Bob Polaro)
Port of Arcade: Defender (1980)
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People who added this item 29  Average listal rating (13 ratings) 8.2  IMDB Rating
12. Dig Dug - Atari 2600
Release: 1983
Arcade Developer: Namco
Ported & Published by: Atari
Port of Arcade: Dig Dug (1982)
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People who added this item 33  Average listal rating (18 ratings) 6.8  IMDB Rating
13. Yars' Revenge - Atari 2600
Release: May 1982
Developer: Atari (Howard Scott Warshaw)
Published by: Atari
This title was Atari 2600's best selling original title (it wasn't an arcade port), and was highly praised, which is odd as the same programmer went on to make E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, which brought on the downfall of Atari.
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People who added this item 27  Average listal rating (12 ratings) 8.2  IMDB Rating
14. Ms. Pac-Man - Atari 2600
Release: 1982
Arcade Developer: GCC / Midway
Ported & Published by: Atari
Port of Arcade: Ms. Pac-Man (1981)
General Computer Corp created a Pac-Man clone prototype called 'Crazy Otto' and showed it to Midway, Namco's US distributor. Midway was very impressed with it, and after getting tired of waiting on Namco to deliver a sequel to Pac-Man, decided to re-brand Crazy Otto as 'Ms. Pac-Man' and released it without Namco's approval. After it became a huge hit, Midway and GCC handed over all rights to the game to Namco, to avoid any legal fights.
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People who added this item 20  Average listal rating (12 ratings) 6  IMDB Rating
15. Grand Prix - Atari 2600
Release: Mar. 1982
Developer: Activision (David Crane)
Published by: Activision
One of the first side-scrolling racing games developed.
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People who added this item 25  Average listal rating (12 ratings) 7.1  IMDB Rating
16. Pole Position - Atari 2600
Release: 1983
Arcade Developer: Namco
Ported & Published by: Atari (Doug Macare)
Port of Arcade: Pole Position (1982)

People who added this item 19  Average listal rating (11 ratings) 6.9  IMDB Rating
17. Q*bert - Atari 2600
Release: 1983
Arcade Developer: Gottlieb (Warren Davis)
Ported & Published by Parker Bros (Dave Hampton)
Port of Arcade: Q*Bert (1982)

People who added this item 19  Average listal rating (11 ratings) 8  IMDB Rating
18. Kaboom! - Atari 2600
Release: 1981
Developer: Activision (Larry Kaplan)
Published by: Activision
Originally meant to be a port of the 1978 Arcade game 'Avalanche', the gameplay concept had to be dramatically altered due to limitations of the 2600. However, Avalanche arcade title never took off in popularity, while Kaboom! became one of Activision's greatest hits, selling over one million copies. It is often regarded as the greatest 2600 game ever made.

People who added this item 28  Average listal rating (16 ratings) 6.8  IMDB Rating
19. Adventure - Atari 2600
Release: 1979
Developer: Atari (Warren Robinett)
Published by: Atari
Considered to be the first action-adventure game ever created, as well as inclusion of the first popular 'Easter Egg' included within a game. At the time, Atari never gave designers credit for their games (which eventually led four top programmers to leave and form Activision) but Warren Robinett included a hidden Easter Egg which revealed himself as the designer.
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People who added this item 17  Average listal rating (9 ratings) 6.9  IMDB Rating
20. Joust - Atari 2600
Release: 1983
Arcade Developer: Williams Elec. (John Newcomer)
Ported & Published by: Atari
Port of Arcade: Joust (1982)
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People who added this item 24  Average listal rating (16 ratings) 6.9  IMDB Rating
21. Berzerk - Atari 2600
Release: Aug. 1982
Arcade Developer: Stern Elec. (Alan McNeil)
Ported & Published by: Atari (Dan Hitchens)
Port of Arcade: Berzerk (1980)
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People who added this item 15  Average listal rating (7 ratings) 6.6  IMDB Rating
22. Video Pinball - Atari 2600
Release: 1980
Developer: Atari (Bob Smith)
Published by: Atari

People who added this item 16  Average listal rating (8 ratings) 6.1  IMDB Rating
23. Cosmic Ark - Atari 2600
Release: 1982
Developer: Imagic (Rob Fulop)
Published by: Imagic
Sequel to Imagic's game 'Atlantis'. Rob Fulop, its designer, was a former Atari programmer (Night Driver, Missile Command) who left and formed Imagic along with programmer Bob Smith (Video Pinball).

People who added this item 19  Average listal rating (11 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating
24. Haunted House - Atari 2600
Release: 1981
Developer: Atari (James Andreasen)
Published by: Atari
One of first games to feature scrolling graphics as well as one of the earliest examples of 'survival horror' game genre.

People who added this item 16  Average listal rating (7 ratings) 6.9  IMDB Rating
25. Galaxian - Atari 2600
Release: 1983
Arcade Developer: Namco (Koichi Tashiro)
Ported & Published by: Atari
Port of Arcade: Galaxian (1979)
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People who added this item 13  Average listal rating (8 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating
26. Chopper Command - Atari 2600
Release: Jun. 1982
Developer: Activision (Bob Whitehead)
Published by: Activision
Became very successful hit because it was perceived to be a superior version to Atari's own 'Defender' port.
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People who added this item 10  Average listal rating (7 ratings) 5.1  IMDB Rating
27. Hangman - Atari 2600
Release: 1978
Developer: Atari (Alan Miller)
Published by: Atari

People who added this item 17  Average listal rating (10 ratings) 8  IMDB Rating
28. Warlords - Atari 2600
Release: 1981
Arcade Developer: Atari
Ported & Published by Atari (Carla Meninsky)
Port of Arcade game: Warlords (1980)
Often cited by 2600 fans as one of their favorite titles, and easily the best multi-player game for the console, Warlords was a huge hit throughout the life of the 2600. The original 1980 version used joysticks, but the 1981 re-release made use of the much-better suited paddle controllers.
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People who added this item 17  Average listal rating (9 ratings) 8.3  IMDB Rating
29. Demon Attack - Atari 2600
Release: 1982
Developer: Imagic (Rob Fulop)
Published by: Imagic
Loosely based on 1979's arcade hit 'Galaxian', Imagic's Demon Attack had very similar gameplay to Atari's 'Phoenix' title, prompting a lawsuit by the gaming giant. Imagic settled out of court, and Demon Attack went on to become Imagic's only big sales hit.

People who added this item 13  Average listal rating (9 ratings) 6.7  IMDB Rating
30. Stampede - Atari 2600
Release: 1982
Developer: Activision (Bob Whitehead)
Published by: Activision

People who added this item 15  Average listal rating (7 ratings) 7  IMDB Rating
31. Mouse Trap - Atari 2600
Release: 1982
Arcade Developer: Exidy (Larry W. Hutcherson)
Ported and Published by: Coleco (Sylvia Day)
Port of Arcade: Mouse Trap (1981)

People who added this item 12  Average listal rating (7 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating
32. Air-Sea Battle - Atari 2600
Release: 1977
Developer: Atari (Larry Kaplan)
Published by: Atari, Sears
This was one of the nine original launch titles for the Atari 2600 console. It was also launched as 'Target Fun' for the Sears Video Game system, which was simply an Atari 2600 re-branded by Sears.

People who added this item 16  Average listal rating (10 ratings) 7.1  IMDB Rating
33. Jungle Hunt - Atari 2600
Release: 1983
Arcade Developer: Taito
Ported and Published by: Atari
Port of Arcade: Jungle Hunt (1982)

People who added this item 14  Average listal rating (5 ratings) 4.4  IMDB Rating
34. Raiders of the Lost Ark - Atari 2600
Release: Nov. 1982
Developer: Atari (Howard Scott Warshaw)
Published by: Atari
Although a very mediocre, if not bad game, it was the work on this title which led director Steven Spielberg to insist that Howard Scott Warshaw be the programmer on the ill-fated 'E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial' game.

People who added this item 9  Average listal rating (3 ratings) 4.7  IMDB Rating
35. Street Racer - Atari 2600
Release: 1978
Developer: Atari (Larry Kaplan)
Published by: Atari

People who added this item 9  Average listal rating (3 ratings) 6  IMDB Rating
36. Slot Racers - Atari 2600
Release: 1978
Developer: Atari (Warren Robinett)
Published by: Atari

People who added this item 10  Average listal rating (6 ratings) 8.5  IMDB Rating
37. Megamania - Atari 2600
Release: Sep. 1982
Developer: Activision (Steve Cartwright)
Published by: Activision

People who added this item 11  Average listal rating (5 ratings) 6.6  IMDB Rating
38. Riddle of the Sphinx - Atari 2600
Release: 1982
Developer: Imagic (Bob Smith)
Published by: Imagic
Considered one of the most complex games for the Atari 2600 system, even using the difficulty and 'Tv-type' switches on the console as ways to change status screens in the game.

People who added this item 12  Average listal rating (6 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating
39. Kangaroo - Atari 2600
Release: 1983
Arcade Developer: Sun Elec.
Ported and Published by: Atari
Port of Arcade: Kangaroo (1982)

People who added this item 15  Average listal rating (8 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating
40. River Raid - Atari 2600
Release: 1982
Developer: Activision (Carol Shaw)
Published by: Activision
The grandfather of vertical shooter games, River Raid was impressive in the huge variety of non-random terrain included within. Also, it was first video game ever to be put on the German index of 'media items harmful to young persons'. It remained a banned game in Germany until 2002, when Activision successfully had the title removed off the index so they could release their PS2 Activision Anthology.

People who added this item 12  Average listal rating (5 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating
41. Phoenix - Atari 2600
Release: 1982
Arcade Developer: Amstar Elec.
Ported and Published by: Atari
Port of Arcade: Phoenix (1980)
Though gameplay was similar to Galaxian or Space Invaders, this title was a hit because it was the first arcade game ever to present boss battles as separate challenges at the end of each level.

People who added this item 15  Average listal rating (9 ratings) 6.2  IMDB Rating
42. Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back - Atari 2600
Release: 1982
Developer: Parker Bros. (Rex Bradford)
Published by: Parker Bros.
Having secured publishing rights to all Star Wars games for the Atari 2600, Parker Brothers released Star Wars: The Arcade Game, Jedi Arena, and Return of the Jedi, but 'The Empire Strikes Back' was by far the most successful.

People who added this item 18  Average listal rating (10 ratings) 8  IMDB Rating
43. Super Breakout - Atari 2600
Release: 1981
Developer: Atari (Nick Turner)
Published by: Atari, Sears

People who added this item 12  Average listal rating (9 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating
44. Seaquest - Atari 2600
Release: 1983
Developer: Activision (Steve Cartwright)
Published by: Activision
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People who added this item 9  Average listal rating (6 ratings) 6.7  IMDB Rating
45. Amidar - Atari 2600
Release: 1983
Arcade Developer: Konami
Ported and Published by: Parker Bros. (Ed Temple)
Port of Arcade: Amidar (1981)
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People who added this item 14  Average listal rating (5 ratings) 7.6  IMDB Rating
46. Atlantis - Atari 2600
Release: 1982
Developer: Imagic (Dennis Koble)
Published by: Imagic
In November, 1982 there was an Atlantis competition, where 4 finalists competed in a shoot-off in Bermuda. The winner took home $10,000.

People who added this item 10  Average listal rating (7 ratings) 6.1  IMDB Rating
47. Outlaw - Atari 2600
Release: 1978
Developer: Atari (David Crane)
Published by: Atari, Sears
Partly based on Atari's 'Outlaw' arcade game, released in 1976, the Atari 2600 port added many more gameplay modes as well as player vs player shootouts that wasn't possible on the arcade version. It was published by Sears Tele-Games as 'Gunslinger'.

People who added this item 14  Average listal rating (7 ratings) 5.4  IMDB Rating
48. Starmaster - Atari 2600
Release: 1982
Developer: Activision (Alan Miller)
Published by: Activision

People who added this item 9  Average listal rating (5 ratings) 6  IMDB Rating
49. Surround (Chase) - Atari 2600
Release: 1978
Developer: Atari (Alan Miller)
Published by: Atari

People who added this item 8  Average listal rating (4 ratings) 6.3  IMDB Rating
50. Venture - Atari 2600
Release: 1982
Arcade Developer: Exidy
Ported and Published by: Coleco (Joseph Biel)
Port of Arcade: Venture (1981)
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Ok, I lied. Its not complete. Probably never will be, since there were hundreds upon hundreds of (mostly) crap games released by anyone who could throw a program together, sometimes in days.

But this list does try to index all Atari 2600 games that were released by major publishers of that era (Atari, Activision, Parker Bros., Coleco, Sears, and many others).

This list is sorted by Listal popularity. So want your favorite title further up the list? Then rated it, and ask your friends to rate it too.

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Comments

Posted: 5 years, 1 month ago at Jun 30 19:49
You're welcome! Yeah, games that I completely forgot about, and now that I see their box art and screenshot, i remember so clearly now. Weird how that works :)

List is up to 155 items and growing.
Posted: 5 years, 1 month ago at Jul 2 3:04
Wow they're all here!! Even Mouse Trap and Cosmic Ark!! I used to be addicted to that game!
Posted: 5 years, 1 month ago at Jul 14 12:01
List is now at 200 entries, all of them with screenshots and notes.
Posted: 5 years, 1 month ago at Jul 22 17:41
Up to 240 entries now.
Posted: 5 years, 1 month ago at Jul 23 12:29
List is at 250 entries now, thanks in large part to Ape's addtion of most Starpath Supercharger cassette games to Listal's database.
Posted: 4 years, 5 months ago at Mar 2 19:39
This old list is still kicking around? Not that it's a bad thing, brings back some memories.
Posted: 4 years, 5 months ago at Mar 3 3:57
Great job Prelude.
Posted: 4 years, 3 months ago at May 25 0:12
Wow. Great list, despite its immensity. I of course had to look for the small handful I had to make sure I had them rated. We inherited our Atari from my uncle when he went into the Marines, and I remember playing some of those games for hours, despite how very bad they were...

I do remember that Raiders of the Lost Ark was clunky as heck, because you had to use both controllers for the game.
Posted: 2 years, 7 months ago at Jan 19 12:48
Insane list, wow! I own a PS2 collection with a poop load of these games on it. Brings back memories but painful ones too...lol.
Posted: 1 year, 9 months ago at Nov 5 19:10
Great list! I still have an Atari 2600 in working order. Don't play it too often, but it's great to fire up some of these games. Absolutely loved Galaxian.
Posted: 1 year ago at Jul 23 4:11
I recently downloaded an Atari 2600 emulator, and this list helped. Thanks you so much for this!

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