Best Atari 2600 Games of All Time

For those of us old enough to remember the Atari, it is undeniable that this game system was the greatest of all time by the virtue of it being the original. I'm sure all of you reading this poured countless hours of your free time down this time sink, and might have even played hooky from school a time or three to play your newest "cartridge" all day.

The Top Ten

1 Space Invaders

This is the one that started it all. The godfather of all in home video games.

What an absolute classic! Love it!

2 Adventure

No game ever did more with less.

This was the game that taught me how to become an adventurer while playing in front of my T.V. and left me with undying love for all adventurey/RPG-y for my gaming choices.

Yes, Totally! I got this one from a collection (it was in a cereal box). Mm... Adventurey Froot Loops! - Oreanta

I spent hours and hours trying to take the trophy to the golden castle. A marvelous and simple game.

3 Pitfall

I don't know why, but I loved this game so much. When I was six, I played this. That was only in 2006. I know, how lame were we, no Xbox or anything. Well, this was my fave, nonetheless. Search this on YouTube, and tell me if it can make you laugh. When I heard it, I thought of this game first thing:

The Pit-Mouse Rat

Great game for a classic system.

Awesome adventure platformer!

4 Asteroids

I can still hear the "duh duh, duh duh..." the audio pulse of the original.

5 Missile Command

THE best Atari 2600 game. - railfan99

Even with having to use the joystick over the track ball, this game was hours and hours of fun.

6 Pitfall II

By far the best Atari 2600 game.

7 Pacman

Why do people hate Pac-Man for the Atari? It's an Atari game so cut it some slack. Granted, its not as good as the arcade port but when I want to play my Atari, Pac-Man is usually the first game I play. Pac-Man Atari is one of the most underrated games I've played (its up there with sonic 06, twilight princess and, Banjo-Kazooie nuts & bolts). I'm really happy to see that this is the top 10. While I'm sure lots of you aren't going to agree with me, I'm sure we can all agree...E.T. F***ing sucks. - ashduck

8 River Raid

Another classic from Activision.

This game is still great

9 Yar's Revenge

Great game

I'm clearly addicted to this game. Too bad they made it like Bomberman: Act Zero for the Xbox sequel.

The absolute BEST game for the Atari 2600, without question.

The funny part about this is the fact that it was made by the same guy who made E.T. - LarryLarrington

10 Pong

It's just pong... - myusernameisthis

Ah good old pong great arcade game by atari

The Contenders

11 Battlezone

Cool. - myusernameisthis

12 Frogger
13 Joust


14 Combat

Multiplayer fun for hours

15 Superman

Loved Lois Lane kicking her leg up when Superman kissed her

Hours and hours spent on this one.

16 Kaboom!

This one was just plain fun.

I have no clue why this is only #17. - LarryLarrington


Probably my favorite 2600 game. I've found that(for the most part) the more complex 2600 games are the best ones.

The only reason this isn't higher is most have never played it! Quite an experience for those days especially!

18 Enduro

This was a brilliant racing game, especially for the time.

19 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

yes - DenyYourMaker

Quite the underrated gem I must say.

For a game made in less than 2 months by only ONE guy, this turned out pretty amazing, especially if you compare it to something like Golf, or Custer’s Revenge.

The only way to even understand this game is to read the instruction manual. And nobody did, they just blindingly played the game without knowing what any of the top icons do.

Its so bad it's good. So everyone, it's a bad game but it's good. Give it a chance. Well maybe not but you know. I don't have it but I kinda like it. Its underrated.

20 Warlords

Just a multiplayer classic.

21 Jungle Hunt

This is the best Atari game ever! - TommyBranca

22 Xenophobe
23 Star Wars

It was short and simple, but was a fantastic port of the arcade game and ended up very addictive. As the commercial says: "SOME GAME! "

The best game I have ever played for the Atari.

24 Football
25 Mrs. Pac-man
26 Battle Tanks
27 Atlantis
28 Mario Bros.
29 Donkey Kong
30 Breakout
31 Spider Fighter
32 Phoenix

This ranks with the best shooters on the 2600😉

33 Centipede/Millipede

Dis da best game of all time in my opinion

A lightning fast game that requires extreme reflexes.

34 Galaga

Simply the best shoot em up.

35 Golf
36 Donkey Kong Jr.
37 Monkey Wrench
38 Boxing
39 Berzerk

Super cool sci-fi adventure game!

40 Swordquest: Earthworld
41 Secret Quest
42 Keystone Kapers
43 Jr. Pac-Man
44 Tapper
45 Ice Hockey

Ice Hockey By Activation!

46 Tutankham

Awesome Treasure seeking game with 4 chambers to beat. Challenging!

47 Halo 2600
48 Defender
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