Atari 10-in-1 TV Game System
By Jakks Pacific
Review by: Lando da Pimp
In the early 80's Atari released the 2600 video game system. With such games as Missle Command, Asteroids, and Yars Revenge, video game fanatics believed Atari 2600 was the greatest thing since sliced bread. Nowadays if you attempt to play with your Atari, you have to first blow into the game and the system to free it of dust. In some cases the games need to be supported at an angle by a foreign object for the system to read it. Then you have the controllers that may or may not let you move left. And you know what happened to the paddle controllers! To get your Atari fix you can purchase the Atari collections for Playstation but they don't provide you with that true 80's experience. Jakks Pacific has now fulfilled that 80's nostalgia with their Atari 10-in-1 TV Game system.
The 10-in-1 TV Games is a plug and play 8-bit gaming system. It contains 10 classic Atari games ran through one Atari 2600 joystick. No longer will you have a controller that has 10 buttons or more. The best way to play video games was a joystick and one button. The system comes loaded with games like Pong, Missile Command, Asteroids, and Centipede.
Jakks Pacific sent me a sample to try out. It was a great feeling to play the Atari games using a perfect replica of the 2600 joystick. These games took me back to when there were no loading times on games. You don't need to have a memory card. Simple 8-bit graphic and sounds are exactly how they were in 1984. Simple move and shoot games are a great escape from more complex games like Grand Theft Auto and Legend of Zelda. Atari 2600 represents the good old days, when games were all about game play, not about fancy 3D graphics.
Atari TV Games features some of the best 2600 games. One of my favorite games is Missile Command. I love saving the blocked cities from the diagonal blocky missiles as they fall to the ground. Centipede still has the intense action of shooting the centipede between the squares while you dodge the dangerous spider. The most challenging game on the system is Adventure. In Adventure you are the knight attempting to make it to the different castles to grab the trophy while you avoid the purple and green dragons. It's so great how you (The square dot supposed to be a knight) constantly change color to match the background. You've got to love 8-bit color. Jakks Pacific even designed the menu to look like an Atari game.
With a large amount of 80's nostalgia on the comeback it was no surprise that Atari would be included. If you're longing for some retro-gaming, the Atari 10-in-1 TV Game system is something you need to buy. I am very impressed with the Atari TV Game System. Because it is just a controller it is very portable, easy to use and set up. Just plug it into your RCA jacks. It does require 4 AA batteries that are not included but I have easily spent more than ten hours playing it so far. Be prepared for a fantastic journey back in time.
Atari TV Games features Asteroids®, Adventure, Missile Command®, Centipede®, Gravitar®, Yar's Revenge®, Breakout®, Pong®, Circus Atari and Real Sports Volleyball, and has a suggested retail price of approximately $20. Atari 10-in-1 TV Games is currently available at Amazon.com, Target, Gamestop.com, Urban Outfitters, Musicland and other retailers nationwide.
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