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

Absolutely the best! I 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 its purpose. 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 TV. It left me with an undying love for all adventurey/RPG-y games.

I spent hours and hours trying to take the trophy to the golden castle.

A marvelous and simple game.

3 Pacman

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 play my Atari, Pac-Man is usually the first game I start with. 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 this in the top 10. While I'm sure many of you won't agree with me, I'm sure we can all agree... E.T. sucks.

4 Pong
5 Asteroids
6 Frogger
7 Pitfall

I don't know why, but I loved this game so much. When I was six, I played this back in 2006. I know, how lame were we, no Xbox or anything. Well, this was my favorite nonetheless.

Search this on YouTube and tell me if it can make you laugh: The Pit-Mouse Rat.

Great game for a classic system.

8 Joust
9 Combat
10 River Raid

Another classic from Activision.

The Contenders
11 Missile Command

Even with having to use the joystick instead of the trackball, this game was hours and hours of fun.

12 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

For a game made in less than two months by only one person, this turned out pretty amazing, especially if you compare it to games like Golf or Custer's Revenge.

The only way to understand this game is to read the instruction manual. Nobody did. They just blindly played the game without knowing what any of the top icons do.

It's so bad it's good. 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 kind of like it. It's underrated.

It has two good things about it:

1. It teaches people how not to make a video game.
2. The Video Game Crash of 1983 caused Nintendo to end it, allowing other future Nintendo games to be made.

13 Pitfall II
14 Mrs. Pac-man
15 HERO

The only reason this isn't higher is that 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.

16 Enduro

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

17 Superman

Hours and hours spent on this one.

18 Kaboom!
19 Star Wars

It was short and simple but a fantastic port of the arcade game and ended up being very addictive.

As the commercial says: "SOME GAME!"

The best game I have ever played for the Atari.

20 Yar's Revenge

I'm clearly addicted to this game.

It's too bad they made it like Bomberman: Act Zero for the Xbox sequel.

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

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

21 Donkey Kong
22 Xenophobe
23 Warlords
24 Jungle Hunt

This is the best Atari game ever!

25 Breakout
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