- Platform: Game Boy Advance
- ESRB Rating: Everyone
- Media: Video Game
34 Atari 2600 favorites:
Barnstorming / Boxing / Checkers / Chopper Command / Cosmic Commuter / Crackpots / Dolphin / Dragster / Enduro / Fishing Derby / Freeway / Frostbite / Grand Prix / H.E.R.O. / Ice Hockey / Kaboom! / Keystone Kapers / Laser Blast / Megamania (A Space Nightmare) / Oink! / Pitfall! / Plaque Attack / Pressure Cooker / Private Eye / River Raid / River raid 2 / Seaquest /Skiing / Sky Jinks / Spider Fighter / Stampede / Starmaster / Tennis / Titlematch Pro Wrestling
13 games never released on a compilation before:
Baseball / Beamrider / Bloody Human Freeway / Bridge / The Activision Decathlon / Skateboardin' / Pitfall II: The Lost Caverns / Robot Tank / Space Shuttle: A Journey Into space / Tomcat: The F14 Fighter Simulator / Venetian Blinds (A Technology Demo) / Unknown Protype #1 / Unknon Prototype #2
2 Never before released games:
Kabobber / Thwocker
7 homebrew games:
Climber 5 / Vault Assult / Okie / Oystron / Skeleton+ / Space Treat Deluxe / Video Euchre
Grand total = 56 games!!!
The four games featured on the front packaging are among those you'll probably be playing most often. In Freeway you help a chicken cross a highway. In Chopper Command you pilot a Chopper and, well, shoot the heck out of anything airborne that moves while avoiding crashes and return fire. In River Raid, you make your way down a river blasting enemies while avoiding shooting refueling tanks that you need to use.
There are other games you'll like too, but one rules above all the others. Mario. Samus. Alucard and the Belmonts. Before them all, there was Pitfall Harry - and countless of us grew up trying to get our Indiana Jones like hero through a jungle alive, those triple-crocodile jumps the bane of our young gaming existence.
There are some extra pluses and minuses. Those used only to games like the colorful Mario ports will find the screen a bit dull, but that was the Atari coloring of the time. Return fire bullets were small, which means that on the Game Boy they're Really, Really Small. Again, that's the system and the games. Finally, fans of the popular Kaboom!, the game featuring the dreaded Mad Bomber, should be aware that the controls don't lend themselves to the game very well - perhaps the only instance in the cartridge.
Now, however, for the pluses. You get a menu screen resembling an Atari cartridge deck, and can view the original box art and instructions - enough to give you a smile in itself. And - here's the big one - the cartridge retains records of high scores, which was the whole point of the Atari era. If you get a high enough score, you can even get a virtual patch resembling the ones you could send away for in the 80's if you provided Activision with a snapshot of your TV screen with a score of a certain level.
If you want to relive those days on handheld, then this cartridge is a must for you.