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    Last Half of Darkness: Shadows of the Servants – PC

    Last Half of Darkness had a huge cult following in the 1990s, but many would be surprised to hear that the Willy Fischer never quit writing. In 2005, he essentially rebooted the franchise. But does it have the same flair as his original, which sent me to the funny farm in the early 1990s?

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    Haunted House – PC

    In 1982, a lone Atari programming genius used stone-age programming materials to create a creepy game on the 2600. In 2011, Atari remade the game, abandoning the less-is-more approach in hopes that “more” would be … well, even more than the amount of “more” that “less” was. You might see where this is going.

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    Donkey Kong – Atari 2600

    The first Mario game I ever owned. While all my friends were having a blast with Super Mario Bros. 3, I was knew the real party was here on the Atari 2600, the duct-taped console I had received. I cried myself to sleep most nights — totally unrelated. Anyway, this version of Donkey Kong, surprisingly, rocks.

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    Ghost Manor – Atari 2600

    It’s almost Halloween, and you want to play your Atari. But alas, you don’t know of any games themed appropriately for the impending holiday. Luckily for you, I do. Ghost Manor might not be the best shocks the Atari 2600 has to offer … or it may … In all the confusion, I sort of lost track myself. Better read this story so you know.

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    Robot Tank – Atari 2600

    There isn’t much you could call a first-person shooter on the Atari 2600, but with “Robot Tank,” Activision just manages to fill the criteria, with a game that stands up today better than most Atari fare.

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    Club Drive – Atari Jaguar

    Wrapping up Aprils’s Foolish games, may I present perhaps the most foolish game of all, Atari’s “Club Drive,” for the Jaguar. Oh, sure, it features ugly boxes for graphics, and it’s hard to control, but on the other hand … well …

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    Breakout 2000 – Atari Jaguar

    In this crazy world, it is even possible to get nostalgic about nostalgia. But is looking back on a 1996 relic which itself looks back upon a 1976 relic really going to cut your bacon? It depends on what kind of gamer you are.

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    Zool 2 – Atari Jaguar

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    Dragonfire – Atari 2600

    Dragonfire has more fire jumping, dragon evasion, and treasure collecting than ten normal games put together. If long, complex games that want to displace your real life have you ready to hang up your gamepad forever, you might give Dragonfire a try — it might just pull you back in again.

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    Dolphin – Atari 2600

    If you think Ecco was the first video game dolphin, you haven’t been to 1983. Activision’s Matt Hubbard loved dolphins so that he coded a game intended to inspire interest in marine life. Did it work? Did it? I mean, did it?

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    Haunted House – Atari 2600

    It was a dark and stormy night. A dark, four-story house filled with three pieces of a magical urn, a ghastly ghost with unfinished business, four tarantulas and a vampire bat loomed in the distance. Sound like a party? The bash is on your Atari 2600. But can any real sense of dread be culled from the rustic ole 2600? Enter the mansion and find out.

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    Strategy X – Atari 2600

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    Night Driver – Atari 2600

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