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List of the best Atari games with images, including any well-known Atari made games for any platform and console. This list may not contain every game made by Atari but definitely features the best ones. This greatest Atari games list features box covers and additional information such as the game's publisher and release date. The most popular Atari video games are listed by how many votes they received, so the best ones are at the top. If you're looking to find a list of best games developed by Atari then you're in the right place. Think the top game developed by Atari isn't as high as it should be? If yes then be sure to vote it up so that your opinion counts, since this is a community-based opinion list.

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This list is the perfect resource for those looking to find out the names of acclaimed games made by Atari. Ranker has a similar list for every other significant video game developer so don't forget to check those out as well. (61 items)
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Centipede is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Atari Games List
1980 Centipede is a vertically oriented shoot 'em up arcade game produced by Atari, Inc. in 1981. The game was designed by Ed Logg and Dona Bailey. The player defends against centipedes, spiders, ...more

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Asteroids is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Atari Games List
1979 Asteroids is an arcade space shooter released in November 1979 by Atari, Inc. and designed by Lyle Rains and Ed Logg. The player controls a spaceship in an asteroid field which is periodically ...more

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Missile Command is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Atari Games List
1980 Missile Command is a 1980 arcade game by Atari, Inc. that was also licensed to Sega for European release. It is considered one of the most notable games from the Golden Age of Video Arcade

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Pong is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Atari Games List
1972 Pong is one of the earliest arcade video games; it is a tennis sports game featuring simple two-dimensional graphics. While other arcade video games such as Computer Space came before it, Pong ...more

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Adventure is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Atari Games List
1980 Adventure is a video game for the Atari 2600 video game console, released in Christmas 1979 or 1980. In the game, the player controls a square avatar whose quest is to hunt an open world ...more

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Combat is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Atari Games List
1977 Combat is an early video game by Atari, Inc. for the Atari 2600. It was released as one of the nine launch titles for the system in September 1977, and was included in the box with the system ...more

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Breakout is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Atari Games List
1976 Breakout is an arcade game developed and published by Atari, Inc. It was conceptualized by Nolan Bushnell and Steve Bristow, influenced by the 1972 Atari arcade game Pong, and built by Steve ...more

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Millipede is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Atari Games List
1982 Millipede is a 1982 arcade game by Atari, Inc. and is the sequel to the arcade hit, Centipede. The objective of the game is to score as many points as possible by destroying all segments of the ...more

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Tempest is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Atari Games List
1980 Tempest is a 1981 arcade game by Atari Inc., originally designed and programmed by Dave Theurer. The game is a tube shooter, a type of shoot 'em up where the environment is fixed and viewed from ...more

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Q*bert is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Atari Games List
1982 Q*bert is an arcade video game developed and published by Gottlieb in 1982. It is a 2D action game with puzzle elements that uses "isometric" graphics to create a pseudo-3D effect, and ...more

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Yars' Revenge is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Atari Games List
1981 Yars' Revenge is a video game released for the Atari 2600 in 1982. It was created by Howard Scott Warshaw. Yars' Revenge is Atari's best-selling original title for the 2600, although it was ...more

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Night Driver is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Atari Games List
1976 Night Driver is an arcade game developed by Ted Michon and licensed by Atari Inc for release in the United States in October, 1976. Originally licensed by Atari from German firm Micronetics whom ...more

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Video Pinball is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Atari Games List
1978 Video Pinball is a dedicated video game console released in 1978 as an Atari Inc. coin-op-to-standalone home console translation, by bringing the game Breakout to home players. Bumper ...more

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Crystal Castles is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Atari Games List
1983 Crystal Castles is an arcade game released by Atari, Inc. in 1983. The player controls a cartoon bear by the name of Bentley Bear, who has to collect gems located throughout trimetric-projected ...more

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Circus Atari is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Atari Games List
Circus Atari 1981

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Warlords is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Atari Games List
Warlords 1980 Warlords is an arcade game released by Atari, Inc. in 1980. The game resembles a combination of Breakout and Quadrapong in the sense that not only can up to 4 players play the game at the same ...more

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Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Atari Games List
1983 Star Wars is an arcade game produced by Atari Inc. and released in 1983. The game is a first person space simulator, simulating the attack on the Death Star from the 1977 film Star Wars. The ...more

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Space War is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Atari Games List
1978 Space War is a video game cartridge for the Atari 2600, released in 1978 by Atari, Inc.. Space War was made available on Microsoft's Game Room service for its Xbox 360 console and for ...more

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Toobin' is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Atari Games List
1989 Toobin' is an Atari Games video game originally released as an arcade game in 1988 and is based on the recreational sport tubing. It was later ported to systems such as NES, Commodore Amiga, ...more

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Cloak & Dagger is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Atari Games List
Cloak & Dagger is an Atari video game based on the 1984 film of the same name. The video game was critical to the film's plot. This collaboration was part of a larger phenomenon at the time ...more

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Asteroids Deluxe is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Atari Games List
1980 Asteroids Deluxe is a video arcade game released in May 1981 by Atari Inc. and is the sequel to Asteroids. It was later followed by Space Duel in 1982 and Blasteroids in 1987.

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Battlezone is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Atari Games List
1980 Battlezone is an arcade game from Atari released in November 1980. It displays a wireframe view on a horizontal black and white vector monitor. Due to its novel gameplay and look, this game was ...more

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Dodge 'Em is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Atari Games List
1981 Dodge 'Em is a 1980 Atari 2600 video game, a driving game based on a single screen of four concentric roadways. The player controls one car and has to drive counter-clockwise, avoiding ...more

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Red Baron is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Atari Games List
1980 Red Baron is an arcade game developed by Atari, Inc and released in 1980. A first-person flight simulator game, the player takes the role of a World War I ace in a biplane fighting on the side ...more

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Black Widow is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Atari Games List
1982 Black Widow is a vector arcade game developed by Atari released in 1982. The player takes the role of a Black widow spider defending a web from invading bugs. The player must move the spider ...more

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Off the Wall is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Atari Games List
Off the Wall is an arcade game produced by Atari and released in North America in 1991. A modern remake of Breakout, this game introduces many new gameplay features to the bat-and-ball genre, ...more

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Taz is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Atari Games List
1983 Taz was released by Atari in 1983 for the Atari 2600 and features the Looney Tunes character the Tasmanian Devil in a food frenzy. Within the game, Taz only appears as a tornado. The same game ...more

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Lunar Lander is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Atari Games List
Lunar Lander is an arcade game released by Atari, Inc. in 1979, which uses a vector monitor to display vector graphics. Although not particularly successful, the vector-graphics generator of the ...more

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Gauntlet: The Third Encounter is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Atari Games List
1990 Gauntlet: The Third Encounter is an arcade-style action game by Atari, that was released on the Atari Lynx handheld in 1990. The game can be played by one to four players simultaneously. It ...more

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Dungeons & Dragons: Heroes is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Atari Games List
2003 Dungeons and Dragons: Heroes is a hack and slash video game with RPG elements. It was released by Atari exclusively for the Xbox in 2003. It is set in the Dungeons & Dragons universe and is ...more

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Micro Machines is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Atari Games List
2003 Micro Machines is a series of computer and video games featuring toy cars, developed by Codemasters and published on several platforms between 1991 and 2006. The series is based on the Micro ...more

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Midnight Magic is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Atari Games List
Midnight Magic is a video game released for the Atari 2600 video game console in 1986, although on-screen it displays a copyright of 1984.

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Peter Packrat is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Atari Games List
1989 Peter Pack Rat is a 1985 platform game developed and released by Atari Games for the Atari System 1 arcade hardware. The game was programmed by Peter Thompson, with graphics by Debbie Hayes and ...more

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Star Wars: Return of the Jedi is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Atari Games List
1989 Star Wars: Return of the Jedi is a 1984 Atari arcade game, and the follow-up to the first Star Wars arcade game. The game utilizes raster graphics, rather than vector graphics, which were used ...more

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Memory Track is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Atari Games List

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Slot Racers is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Atari Games List
1978 Slot Racers is a 1978 video game cartridge for the Atari 2600 video game console. It was developed by Warren Robinett, who also went on to develop one of Atari's most successful games for the ...more

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Swordquest is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Atari Games List
Swordquest 1982 Swordquest is an unfinished series of video games produced by Atari, Inc. in the 1980s as part of a contest. Each of the games came with a comic book that explained the plot, as well as ...more

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Air-Sea Battle is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Atari Games List
1977 Air-Sea Battle is a game developed by Atari, Inc. for the Atari 2600, and was one of the nine original launch titles for that system when it was released in September 1977. It was also released ...more

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Superman is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Atari Games List
1992 Superman is an Atari 2600 game designed by John Dunn and published by Atari, Inc in 1978.

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Space Duel is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Atari Games List
1982 Space Duel is an arcade game released in 1982 by Atari Inc. It is a direct descendant of the original Asteroids, with asteroids replaced by colorful geometric shapes like cubes, diamonds, and ...more

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Tournament Table is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Atari Games List
Tournament Table is a 1978 arcade game released by Atari. The Atari 2600 version is called Video Olympics.

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Video Olympics is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Atari Games List
1977 Video Olympics is a video game cartridge programmed by Joe Decuir for Atari Inc. for the Atari 2600. It is one of the nine original launch titles for that system when it was released in ...more

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Gotcha is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Atari Games List
1973 Gotcha is a 1973 arcade game manufactured by Atari Inc.. It was Atari's fourth game after Pong, Space Race, and Pong Doubles. It is a two-player maze game where the objective is to catch the ...more

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Pelé's Soccer is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Atari Games List
1981 Pelé's Soccer is an Atari 2600 game based on the famous football player Pelé, and published in 1980. It features basic graphics, realistic ball-handing and goal-keeping techniques ...more

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I, Robot is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Atari Games List
1983 I, Robot is an arcade game designed by Dave Theurer and published by Atari Inc.. It was developed in 1983 and released in June 1984. Atari originally intended to release the game in 1983, but it ...more

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Slave Zero is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Atari Games List
1999 Slave Zero is a 1999 Infogrames video game for the Sega Dreamcast and Microsoft Windows. The game was originally designed to work with Windows 95 and Windows 98. A fan following has developed a ...more

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Major Havoc is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Atari Games List
1983 Major Havoc is an upright cabinet vector-based arcade game made by Atari in 1983. Developed by Owen Rubin with some levels designed and tuned by Mark Cerny, who joined the development team ...more

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Crashday is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Atari Games List
2006 Crashday is a destruction derby/racing/car stunts game co-developed by Replay Studios, Moonbyte Games and published by Atari. It was released in February 2006.

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Realsports Football is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Atari Games List
1982 Realsports Football is a 1982 football video game made by Atari for the Atari 2600, Atari 5200 and Atari 8-bit computer platforms. Realsports Football presents a greatly simplified version of ...more

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Space Race is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Atari Games List
Space Race Space Race is the second arcade game created by Atari. It was released in July, 1973. The two players each control a rocket ship; the object of the game is to make it from the bottom of the ...more