For those of you with fond memories of the Atari 2600–the granddaddy of home video game systems–this retro collection of first-rate titles from Activision is a must-have. This comprehensive disc features a whopping 30 games, including hits such as Pitfall, one of the best games ever made for the Atari 2600, and lesser-known (with good reason) titles such as Cosmic Commuter. As an added bonus, you can listen to audio CDs during gameplay. We recommend music from the early 1980s for the full “turn back the clock” effect.
But if your video gaming experience doesn’t date back to the early Reagan era, you should probably take a pass on A Collection of Activision Classic Games for the Atari 2600. By today’s standards, the Atari 2600 is about as technologically dated as you can get, and the rudimentary gameplay and primitive graphics and sounds of its games aren’t likely to win over any new fans. –Joe Hon
Comprehensive collection of first-rate Atari 2600 games
Ability to listen to audio CDs while playing games
Little to no appeal outside of older fans of video games