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Which Launch Title do You Prefer?


Which Launch Title Do You Prefer?  

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  1. 1. Which Launch Title Do You Prefer?

    • Air Sea-Battle
    • Blackjack
    • Basic Math
    • Combat
    • Indy 500
    • Starship
    • Street Racer
    • Surround
    • Video Olympics

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Envision yourself as a typical teenager in 1977. It had been raining all about and your family had decided to remain home. You had been fortunate enough to own an Atari VCS/2600 and the 9 launch titles- of those titles, which would you most likely play?


I was that teenager in the fall of 1977. My family bought every launch title as they became available through Sears (less Math).


I played each single player game to death. And I would have friends over to play the four player games .. Yes we did buy a second set of paddles in 1977.


If I have to choose .. It's still Indy 500 (Race) for both the single and the two player games.

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No love for Basic Math, eh? :lolblue:


I really like the Driving Controller, I wish more games used it. It's what makes Indy 500 so unique.


As far as 2 player games go, Air Sea Battle is the way to go. It's one of my favorite 2600 games.

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Good call, voted.


I picked both Indy 500 and Video Olympics - neither has a really good single-player variant, but let's pretend for a moment that Indy 500 counts as one.

Starship and Air-Sea Battle would be close runner-ups, Combat just a notch behind. To be honest the choice is extremely hard for me as personally - I think of those five as the games that defined the system at the time and for like next 3-4 years.

Simple but informative and clean graphics - almost like icons/tokens, multiple gameplay variations (to the point of being almost different games in one package), color-coded scores, rounds timed to hit the attention-span sweet spot, etc. And all of those are heavily two-player oriented unlike what I think of as Second Wave or Activision domination time.

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