Atari Lynx Review: RoadBlasters on Lynx Lounge

Atari Lynx Review: RoadBlasters on Lynx Lounge

RoadBlasters had everything. It had speed, it had adrenalin, it had weapons. You could blow up cars. It had amazing control. That’s the thing, as good as it looked, as good as it sounded, it played even better. One of the best Atari Lynx games hands down. RoadBlasters was an arcade game that came out in 1987. Race as fast as you can, you try to pick up the little fuel orbs, and you just blow everything up. Let’s take a look at RoadBlasters in today’s episode of Lynx Lounge!

Power Drive Rally on The Jag Bar

Posted on Mar 18, 2016 in Atari Jaguar, Jag Bar & Lynx Lounge, Reviews
Power Drive Rally on The Jag Bar

Power Drive Rally for the Atari Jaguar is reviewed by Brian Thomas Barnhart in this episode of The Jag Bar. Joining me at the Jag Bar today is my brother Evan, and we’re excited because we’re taking a look at one of my favorite games, definitely one of my Top 5 all-time favorite games for Atari Jaguar, the one and only Power Drive Rally! If this game was on an iPad app you’d still be able to play it today and you wouldn’t know that it was made more than 15 years ago. Road races, special courses, parking, avoiding cones, the game has it all really. So if you are looking for games to get for the Atari Jaguar I highly recommend Power Drive Rally. Let’s take a look at today’s episode of The Jag Bar!

Rescue on Fractalus Atari 7800 Prototype

Posted on Mar 12, 2016 in Atari 7800, Reviews
Rescue on Fractalus Atari 7800 Prototype

Rescue on Fractalus was developed for the Atari 7800 by Lucasfilm Games in 1984 and was never released. Lance Ringquist, owner of Video 61 Atari Sales & Service, takes a look at the Rescue on Fractalus 7800 Prototype cartridge in this video review. It appears to be an unfinished prototype, but it’s possible it’s a complete game. Lance is one of the last remaining Atari retailers still in business. He obtained a partially complete Rescue on Fractalus prototype directly from Atari and was kind enough to share it with us in this post.

Blue Lightning on Lynx Lounge

Posted on Mar 11, 2016 in Atari Lynx, Jag Bar & Lynx Lounge, Reviews
Blue Lightning on Lynx Lounge

Blue Lightning for the Atari Lynx is reviewed by Brian Thomas Barnhart in this episode of Lynx Lounge. If you were going to show off your Lynx to all your friends that had a Game Boy or something like that, and you really wanted to make them jealous, well of course you’d show them California Games because that was the pack-in. But, if you wanted to show them a game that would just shut them up, stop them in their tracks, and just go “holy moly” and just obviously be completely jealous of you, Blue Lightning was the game that you showed them because it, today in my opinion, is still cool.

Atari Jaguar Review: Raiden on The Jag Bar

Atari Jaguar Review: Raiden on The Jag Bar

Raiden is a truly awesome game for the Atari Jaguar and one of the best shmups of the 1990s. BTB and Bobby Collins, A.K.A. “Thunder And Lightning” take down an army of deranged aliens in their Raiden Supersonic Attack Fighters in the basement. Classic arcade bullet-storm “shmup” on the Atari Jaguar on today’s episode! Today we’re all set up with a makeshift man-cave in the basement beneath Tibbies Center Stage Theater. Joining me is my talented friend Mr. Bobby Collins. We actually tried to film this episode about a week and a half ago and unfortunately I forgot to hit the Record button. The cameras are rolling, the Jag is purring, everything is on and good to go. No Auto-fire! No cheats! No codes! Get ready, we’re going the distance. Let’s take a look at Raiden on today’s episode of The Jag Bar!

Starpath Supercharger for Atari 2600 Seems Kind of Cool

Posted on Sep 30, 2015 in Atari 2600
Starpath Supercharger for Atari 2600 Seems Kind of Cool

The Starpath Supercharger is an add-on for the Atari 2600 VCS. It plugs in like a cartridge and has built in memory (and maybe some other bits) to play more advanced games on Atari 2600 compatible systems. It increases the Atari 2600’s RAM by nearly fifty times, adding 6KB to the Atari 2600’s normal 128 Bytes of RAM. The result are larger games with higher resolution graphics.

Atari 2600 Review: Pigs in Space

Posted on Sep 24, 2015 in Atari 2600, Retro Life, Reviews
Atari 2600 Review: Pigs in Space

Groundhog Day is here, and I can’t think of a more appropriate way to observe that revered occasion than to take a look at one of the many games involving hogs on the Atari 2600: Pigs in Space. To summarize, three pigs voyage through the stars aboard the spaceship Swinetrek, boldly doing nothing of particular importance. The game itself is somewhat unusual in that it’s effectively three very different games in one, and each game had a different programmer.

California Games Anthology Chapter 3: The Lauren Adventure

Posted on Aug 31, 2015 in Adventures & Memories, Atari Lynx, Retro Life, Reviews
California Games Anthology Chapter 3: The Lauren Adventure

The summer after 6th Grade was especially adventurous. I spent every day with my best friend Jon who lived across the lake from me. We stayed up late all summer long playing video games and making public access shows and game reviews on my video camera. At the start of summer I fell head over heels for a girl named Lauren from school. Lauren was cute, with long dark hair and intensely deep eyes. At the same time this was happening, my best friend Jon had also fallen for the love of his life, a redheaded girl named Cecilia who rode his bus. At twelve years old all we could think about were Lauren and Cecilia, and they became the topic of many epic conversations had that summer. Our days were spent at the pool, playing California Games and talking about girls.

Millipede is MythBuster Adam Savage’s Favorite Video Game

Millipede is MythBuster Adam Savage’s Favorite Video Game

Adam Savage says he’s not a gamer, but the co-host of the Discovery Channel television series MythBusters is absolutely enthralled with Atari’s Millipede, and has been ever since he first discovered the game as a teenager while working at a bar as a busboy in 1984. Now a bit older and more successful, Adam has had the privilege of finding a Millipede arcade machine on Craigslist and bringing it home to his San Francisco workshop.

Howard Scott Warshaw Day 2015

Posted on Jul 26, 2015 in Atari 2600
Howard Scott Warshaw Day 2015

July 30th is Howard Scott Warshaw Day 2015! Howard was a game designer at Atari who was responsible for creating some of the 2600’s most memorable titles. All of the games Howard created that were released by Atari became million-sellers. We’re celebrating Howard Scott Warshaw Day 2015 with a rewatch of the Atari: Game Over documentary on Netflix, complete with snacks and popcorn. Included in this blog are a few bonus features and deleted scenes that didn’t make the documentary.