Robotron: 2084 is a 1982 classic! It was very similar in aspects to Berzerk, but it controlled much better. It’s a twin-stick shooter, your left hand is controlling where your guy is going, and your right hand is controlling where your guy is shooting. You can be running backwards and firing off a hailstorm of bullets, blowing up these robots! You kinda have to turn off your brain off, and just get in that zone where you can run and shoot in two different directions. But once you start getting into it, man.. it’s really addicting.
Paperboy on Atari Lynx is completely filled to the brim with charm. It’s like living a cartoon fantasy. The music and sound effects are just iconic. Basically you are a paperboy delivering papers. You have a certain number of houses that you have to deliver your papers to. There are houses that don’t want your paper, but you get points whenever you vandalize their houses. All of the other things that are happening that are very very time specific. You’ve got guys breakdancing that you can throw your paper at and mess them up, there’s dudes fighting on the street, there’s people breaking into houses, there’s kids on big wheels, the grim reaper will chase you, you’ve gotta make it across the street without getting squashed. There’s just so much fun stuff happening in this game.
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 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 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 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.
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!
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.
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.
California Games and the Atari Lynx arrived at the end of the ’80s in this crazy moment when beach culture was immensely popular. Movies, TV shows and music gravitated to sunny settings, surfboards, and gnarly neon colors. Saved By The Bell’s “Bayside High”, those bodacious bros Bill & Ted (who coincidentally have an Atari Lynx game of their own) and even the Golden Girls, all contributed to popularizing beach culture during the late 1980s and early 1990s. Atari Lynx proved to be different. It was robust, advanced, smart and edgy. It had better graphics, better sound, a backlit screen, it was in color, and it threw the low expectations of groupthink back in the face of the followers. It was rebellious. When I became aware of the Lynx and how impressive it was, I set out on a mission to get one in time for summer. On weekends I would go to Sears or Toys ‘Я’ Us and just stare at the Lynx behind showcase glass.