Right after the 2600 was released, Atari started work on a heavily improved successor. But, all of a sudden, the "microcomputer revolution" happened: machines like the Apple II, Commodore PET, and TRS-80 quickly became immensely popular. Noticing this new trend, Atari decided to forgo that new console and turn their badass new hardware design into a computer of their own. Thus was born the "Atari home computers" family, retroactively called the "Atari 8-bit" family after the release of the 16-bit Atari ST.
|Montezuma's Revenge||Platformer||The best exploring-platformer for the 8-bit home computers. The maps are static, so even if you lose your all your lives you can still remember the places you explored. Good game for speed runs.|
|Pharaoh's Curse||Platformer||A true relic from the past: the "ur-metroidvania", perhaps the very first puzzle/platformer/adventure.|
|Seven Cities Of Gold||Simulation||Explore the 'New World' as a conquistador, bring gold back to Spain, trade with or slaughter natives. The continent was generated each game, using plate tectonics and weather patterns to make it very realistic. The term 'edu-tainment' was invented for this game's press releases. The best version of this game was the Atari one.|
|Space Harrier||Rail shooter||Fan-made port of the Sega arcade, and a pretty damn faithful one! While it loses some detail, it runs smooth, the music sounds nice, and the digitized voices are spot on. Impressive, given the ancient hardware.
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|Spy vs. Spy||Fighting||This game is only worth playing with two players, because it's all about griefing. Both spies are searching the embassy for the secret documents, and they set traps to kill each other (or themselves if they forget where the traps are).|
|Consoles||Emerson Arcadia 2001 - Atari 2600 - Atari 5200 - Epoch Cassete Vision - ColecoVision - Fairchild Channel F - Mattel Intellivision - Magnavox Odyssey² - Bally Professional Arcade - Sega SG-1000 - RCA Studio II - Interton VC 4000 - Milton Bradley Vectrex|
|Handhelds||Entex Adventure Vision - Nintendo Game & Watch - Milton Bradley Microvision|
|Computers||Apple I - Apple II - Apple III - Atari 8-bit - Acorn BBC Micro - Commodore PET - Tandy TRS-80 - Tandy TRS-80 CoCo|