Here we have an Atari 2600 Variant that, in my opinion is the coolest version to have, as well as 2 games added to my collection, one of which is in my Top 10.

Moon Patrol – Atari 2600 (1983)

Released in 1983, Moon Patrol for the Atari 2600 is a side-scrolling action game set on the moon. You take control of a lunar buggy, patrolling a treacherous landscape filled with craters, rocks, and landmines. While navigating the terrain, you must also blast UFOs and other enemies that attack from above. Though the game lacks a detailed story, it throws you into the role of a brave officer keeping the peace in a lawless sector. The Atari 2600 version captured the essence of the arcade hit’s gameplay, offering a challenging and rewarding experience despite limitations in graphics and sound. It was well-received by critics for its faithfulness to the arcade experience and addictive action.


Pac-Man – Atari 2600 (1982)

Pac-Man on the Atari 2600 brought the chomping hero home, but with limitations. You still guided Pac-Man through a maze, gobbling dots and avoiding colorful ghosts. However, the ghosts lacked the distinct personalities and smooth movement of the arcade version. The maze itself was blocky and repetitive, with only one layout. Despite a surprising commercial success (it remains the best-selling Atari 2600 game!), critics slammed the port for its poor visuals, sound, and lack of faithfulness to the arcade experience.


This game forms part of my Top 10 Quest

Atari 2600 ‘Vader’

The Atari 2600 “Vader” wasn’t a major overhaul of the console, but it marked a turning point. Released in 1982, it coincided with the launch of the Atari 5200. This all-black variant of the classic Atari 2600, previously known as the Atari VCS, ditched the woodgrain design for a sleeker look. Nicknamed “Darth Vader” by fans for its resemblance to the Star Wars villain, it was also the first model officially branded as the Atari 2600.
Internally, the Vader offered no changes from previous Atari 2600 models. It played the same cartridges and functioned identically. The black design however, was a signifier of a changing market. Atari was attempting to give the 2600 a more modern look to compete with newer consoles and maintain its dominance in the home video game market.

Name/VariantAtari 2600 ‘Vader’
AccessoriesPower Cable, Joystick Controller