This is going to be a big Atari 7800 showcase, so I just wanted to share with you guys this little “unboxing of things to come in the show”. We’re going to take a look at the Best Electronics 7800 Light Gun, the Video 61 7800 Grip-Stick, the 7800 European Controller, a brand new AV Modded Atari 7800, and an Atari 7800 Trak-Ball. I mean, really, let’s be honest, few of you had 7800s. Those who did are very fond of them. But for the most part, in this time period, most everybody was playing Sega Master System, I mean even that’s few and far between, but mostly the world was being run by Nintendo. This equipment here, the Atari 7800, was kind of being left out. So we’re going to give this equipment and these games a new chance to shine. And we’re going to invite guests over and we’re going to have a good time, and we’re gonna rack up the high scores and that’s how we’re gonna do it. This is the loot! I mean, man, this is like Christmas here! I am so excited. I can’t wait to get this show rolling.
Is Rygar a game that you need to pick up for your Atari Lynx? Absolutely. Rygar is a great, great game. It’s almost a perfect arcade port. It’s beautiful to look at. And it’s very, very fun and addicting to play. The graphics are great. They’re very close to the arcade, they don’t look anything like the NES version. They’re not glitchy, they’re solid, and it’s a joy to look at. Lots of different cool landscapes, you have the sunset in the background. I mean it’s a really, really lush, beautiful looking game. I highly recommend that you get ahold of this bad boy right here.
Every system needs to have a “killer app” to sell the system. For Atari 2600 it was Space Invaders. For the NES it was Super Mario Bros. To me, Alien vs. Predator was that game for Atari Jaguar. This was the one that put Jaguar on the map. Alien vs. Predator was the reason that I wanted to get an Atari Jaguar. It was like “Atari! It’s back!” Here they are with a 64-Bit system and this amazing game. “They’re going to do it again! They’re going to do what they did in 1979.” Now we know the story, but in my heart I believed that and it was this game that made me want to buy this system.
Today we’re looking at arcade ports for the Atari Lynx. And umm.. what time is it? Umm, hmm.. I don’t know, it’s the ’90s so there’s always time for some KLAX. Am I right? I mean that’s what I always told myself in 1990. Time for some KLAX! Now if you want to talk about a solid arcade port, to a portable system no less, I would say that KLAX is right up there. It’s a hall of fame as far as arcade ports go. The gameplay is simple, yet addictive. There’s a lot of different objectives within the game. The tiles are coming down this conveyer belt and you’ve got to stack them up. You can stack a bunch of them up on your little pallet, and then decide how you want to disperse them below.
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.