Atlantis (Atari 2600) is the Retro Game of the Day for 16 July, 2016

Another Atari 2600 title, Atlantis may seem a bit easy and dull at first, but when things get fast and furious, you’ll be at the end of the game before you even realize what happened.

You control three gun turrets at the bottom of the screen, firing at different angles at enemy ships that fly several passes above the city you are protecting; when the enemy flies the lowest, it will fire a beam that takes out the middle turret first (which also protects the city with a shield) and then the city itself.  When you lose the city, a small ship takes off (presumably, the final survivors and refugees of Atlantis) and the game is over.

Simple, right?  Of course.  But even for the 2600 days, Atlantis was insanely fun and is still worth a look today.  You might think of most of the 2600’s library as simple games that didn’t have a lot to them and really doesn’t hold up well today (and for many games, you’d be right), but there are a surprising number of hidden gems.  I think I’m going to try to expose some of those here.

Played with stella with a standard gamepad.