Recently I've been playing a lot on my new Atari Flashback Portable. Mostly I've been playing ROMs on the SD card, but there are a few of my favorites in the built-in games that play well on the Portable. Asteroids, Centipede, and Yar's Revenge being the top ones.
So I decided to really explore the built-in games to see which I enjoyed playing on the Portable. Strangely, I've latched onto Star Ship. Which is pretty funny, because I've completely forgotten what I know about this game at least twice before. At one point, I know I sort of fixated on the Launch Titles, of which this is one. I had forgotten this game from that.
About a year or so ago, I was browsing through my Friendly Neighborhood Retro Video Game store, and saw an odd cartridge in a style I had never seen before. I bought it, brought it home, and forgot about it. Again.
So, when I started really digging Star Ship, I looked it up, and was surprised that this was a Launch Title. Didn't I know all of those? Then I went back and listened to the 2600 Game By Game Podcast Episode 3 - Air Sea Battle & Star Ship. Which explained the odd cartridge style. And reminded me that I also own the Sears version, Outer Space in the fold out box.
Apparently my poor memory and growing Atari collection have combined so I can now find new treasures - in my own collection.
While the game play of Star Ship is not great, it's actually pretty amazing for a 1977 Atari VCS game. And it works for what I want on the Flashback portable - simple and quick!
Has anyone else rediscovered a game they previously had dismissed?
Adventure was actually a game I'm far more into now then when I was a kid. I actually remember having the instructions, but with all the arcade ports at my fingertips it wasn't a quick 5-10 minute play like I was used to. I would play it once in a while and kill the dragons, get lost in some of the mazes, then shrug my shoulders and put something else in. I really didn't get into action RPG's or JRPG's until the SNES with Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past and Final Fantasy II (and Kingdom of Kroz on PC if that counts). Now when I fire up the Atari Adventure is must play; I always play it at least once or twice.
Raiders of the Lost Ark and ET would fit the bill here too; had both of those but didn't have the manual for either, so I just aimlessly wandered around until I died and said "Meh" and moved on to something else. My wife actually picked up ET and figured it out right away and really enjoyed the game. I still haven't gotten all the way through Raiders, but I've played it a lot more than I did when I was a kid, and its much more enjoyable now.