If you could only get four or five Game Room launch titles, what would you suggest? I haven't really played a lot of games from the 70s or early 80s, but would like to pick up a couple that are fun. Any suggestions?
Which Game Room launch titles should I get?
I purchased Asteroids, Gravitar, and Centipede. I really wanted to like Tempest, but the controls were too odd for me. I was way to used to using the spinner / dial from the old arcade cabinet version. I think if I purchase just one more title out of the initial releases, I'd either get Lunar Lander or Red Baron. Both seemed true to the original arcade experience.
OK, I'm old. I had an Atari 2600, and an Intellivision. I don't think I'd spend any money on those offerings seeing as I owned the most of the originals and kind of played them to death.
How about what you'd like to see in future releases? For me... Gorf, Tron, Xevious, Joust I and II, and Sinistar. There was also one called Crystal Castle that I wasted a whole bunch of quarters on that I'd like to see ported.
I'll second Road Fighter -- that game is surprisingly interesting. Still not sure I'll pick it up, but I enjoyed it so far.
Out of the Intellivision stuff, the only game I can recommend without hesitation is Astrosmash. It's a classic, although once you're any bit decent at it, you're going to end up investing almost an hour into a single game before it ramps up to a level too insane to handle.
The rest of the Intellivision launch titles are either good only in local two-player, hampered with the clunkiness of having to pull up a virtual keypad, just not that good outside of the old game nostalgia (Space Hawk), or missing good leaderboard/medal support (Sub Hunt). A shame, really.
The only games I really enjoyed out of the launch titles were the konami games. I'd go for most of those since they were all really good and something you normally don't see re-released a billion times like the atari games, and the intellivision games just have emulation issues. Although Astrosmash is still good through the weird intellivision emulation..
But narrowing down the konami titles, the ones I would get would be shao-lin's road, scramble, finalizer, jungler, and battlantis. Scramble's the same game as Super Cobra so those games are really more about which one you prefer, I just prefer scramble.
If you're only going to buy one game, make it Tempest. I've never actually played it before but it has aged fantastically well. The gameplay is fast, intuitive and challenging while the pseudo-3D perspective still looks really slick after all these years. On a side note, games like Tempest and Red Baron reminds you of just how eager the early game developers were to add 3D effects to their titles, many years before it was practical (or even possible) from a technological standpoint...
I bought Gravitar, highly recommended but check my review in the game room forums. It's an especially good game for setting challenges with friends but be warned, not many people seem to be buying it and they can't enter a challenge if they don't own it...madness i say.
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