Joust for the Atari 2600


After with Mr. Do, Joust is one of my all time favorite games. What other game allows you to ride around on a giant ostrich? Its every kids dream right? Whenever I cruise the boardwalk arcade I always plop a few tokens in the old cigarette scarred machine near the bathroom. If you have not played it in a while you will be surprised at how well it has held up. It was way ahead of its time with its flexible gameplay system that allows for both “deathmatch” and co-op play.

Joust in the Arcade - Awesome!
Joust in the Arcade – Awesome!

Sadly, the Atari 2600 version? Not so good. Its a given that the graphics and gameplay would be slightly different, but the game control doesn’t translate well to the console. Just think about pounding on that nearly flush-to-its-housing button to get some momentum. Its a total nightmare.

Joust on the 2600 - A little Painful
Joust on the 2600 – A little Painful

Epic Indeed!


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