2018/3/6: Atari XEGS: Downhill, King Tut's Tomb

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2018/3/6: Atari XEGS: Downhill, King Tut's Tomb

Postby VideoGameCritic » March 6th, 2018, 7:30 pm

Posted two new Atari 800/XL/XE/XEGS computer games (on floppy) for your reading enjoyment.
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Re: 2018/3/6: Atari XEGS: Downhill, King Tut's Tomb

Postby pacman000 » March 7th, 2018, 8:49 am

Love how Downhill's trees look like little explosions. Still need to read the review.

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Re: 2018/3/6: Atari XEGS: Downhill, King Tut's Tomb

Postby Retro STrife » March 8th, 2018, 3:55 pm

Thanks - never heard of these games before. I have an XEGS, but no floppy drive. But still, always interesting to learn and read about games like this.

I passed up the chance to buy an Atari 800 a year or two ago, for $25, that worked perfectly. I decided that, even at the great price, I didn't have room and would never use it. Still kick myself a bit for that.

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Re: 2018/3/6: Atari XEGS: Downhill, King Tut's Tomb

Postby matmico399 » March 8th, 2018, 5:20 pm

A general question about the XEGS. Can this be purchased whole or does it require piece by piece building as it is essentially a mini computer? I’d luv to have my C64 back with everything but that’s an expensive proposition.

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Re: 2018/3/6: Atari XEGS: Downhill, King Tut's Tomb

Postby VideoGameCritic » March 8th, 2018, 8:06 pm

The Atari XEGS is a standalone machine that plays cartridges. It's backward-compatible with most of the Atari 8-bit computer library (Atari 800). It comes with a keyboard. I just did a quick check and was surprised to see these going for over $100. They used to be pretty cheap. A lot of those games came on floppy disk, and adding a 1050 disk drive is another expense.

I have a lot more Atari XE reviews in the pipeline by the way.

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Re: 2018/3/6: Atari XEGS: Downhill, King Tut's Tomb

Postby GameOfThrones » March 11th, 2018, 9:03 pm

Fabulous, thanks for sharing this review. Please review rescue on Fractulous. One of my fave games on the 800xl and on cartridge. it is like a 3d defender.

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Re: 2018/3/6: Atari XEGS: Downhill, King Tut's Tomb

Postby pacman000 » March 12th, 2018, 12:26 pm

GameOfThrones wrote:Fabulous, thanks for sharing this review. Please review rescue on Fractulous. One of my fave games on the 800xl and on cartridge. it is like a 3d defender.

He did review Rescue on Fractalous for the Atari 5200: http://videogamecritic.com/5200mr.htm#rev542

Is the XE version much different? The 5200 was based on Atari's 8-bit computers too.

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Re: 2018/3/6: Atari XEGS: Downhill, King Tut's Tomb

Postby GameOfThrones » March 12th, 2018, 7:05 pm

pacman000 wrote:
GameOfThrones wrote:Fabulous, thanks for sharing this review. Please review rescue on Fractulous. One of my fave games on the 800xl and on cartridge. it is like a 3d defender.

He did review Rescue on Fractalous for the Atari 5200: http://videogamecritic.com/5200mr.htm#rev542

Is the XE version much different? The 5200 was based on Atari's 8-bit computers too.

Sorry the 5200 was never released in the UK. I was so desperate for one back in 1983. It never came out. Though I guess you are right and it is price prohibitive at the present time to buy it. Will check out the 5200 version and just watch it jealously on you tube.

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Re: 2018/3/6: Atari XEGS: Downhill, King Tut's Tomb

Postby pacman000 » March 14th, 2018, 8:39 pm

I'm sorry; I would've been disappointed too. The XEGS sounds like a better setup than the 5200 anyways.


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