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
Space Invaders Space Invaders Product Image

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

What an absolute classic! Love it!


Absolutely the best! Played this way more than any of my other 2600 games. I remember my brother and I discovering the hidden dot in the maze and trying to figure out what its purpose was... and then eventually we found the easter egg! Thanks, Warren Robinett! Awesome memories!

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.

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

The most advanced game for the Atari not to mention the very first RPG of all time!


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!

Asteroids Asteroids Product Image

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

Missile Command Missile Command Product Image

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

THE best Atari 2600 game.


Why do people hate Pac-Man for the Atari? It's an Atari game so cut it some slack. Granted, it's 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 (it's 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. sucks.

Pitfall II Pitfall II Product Image

By far the best Atari 2600 game.

Yar's Revenge Yar's Revenge Product Image

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

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

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


Ah good old pong great arcade game by atari

It's just pong...

The Contenders
River Raid

Another classic from Activision.

This game is still great

Joust Joust Product Image

Multiplayer fun for hours


Just a multiplayer classic.


I have no clue why this is only #17.

This one was just plain fun.


Loved Lois Lane kicking her leg up when Superman kissed her

Hours and hours spent on this one.

HERO HERO Product Image

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

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

Enduro Enduro Product Image

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

Jungle Hunt Jungle Hunt Product Image

This is the best Atari game ever!

Mrs. Pac-man
Donkey Kong Donkey Kong Product Image
Xenophobe Xenophobe Product Image
Star Wars Star Wars Product Image

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.

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