Spent the Weekend in San Antonio (Outlaw)

Genre:  Shooter
Platform:  Atari

I spent the weekend in San Antonio with family, which is why there’s a few days without a post.  We watched my brother-in-law graduate from the Air Force boot camp.  We also wandered around San Antonio a bit.  Everyone knows that the Alamo is there, so I thought Outlaw would be a good game to showcase on my site today.

This was a fun little game.  You and a friend squared up against one another and simply tried to shoot each other.  There were obstacles in the way such as cacti, wagons or a wall.  Sometimes those obstacles would move.  Sometimes you could only shoot straight, or other times you could ricochet off the walls.  When you were shot, you ended up on your butt:


It was fun for its time, but it would probably only be fun for about 5 minutes today.  I still remember it fondly, though!

Oldies but Goodies – Combat

Genre – Shoot ’em Up
Platform – Atari 2600

We’re going way back today, folks.  Most everyone who had an Atari 2600 played Combat at some point because it was the game that came with it.  It is a collection of 27 “different” games, although it’s really only different versions of two main modes – tanks and planes.  As expected from such an early console game – it was simple, but this one was a lot of fun.  Let’s call it World of Tanks 1.0.

My grandma actually had an Atari 2600 and we would play this game together when I would spend the weekend there.  I had a cool grandma.  We would laugh for minutes on end while we played the tank mode where the bullets ricocheted off the walls and made funny noises.  We didn’t care about actually shooting each other, it was more about the funny noise and I guess a time and place thing.  I will forever have fond memories of this game because of that.