John, don't you mean "Atari emulator"? I don't think there are working PC-emulators for the Atari 8-bit computers. Also, aren't you aware that you can get USB digital joysticks for PCs? Besides, a keyboard is as good and sometimes better than a joystick, except when it comes to quick back-and-forth with diagonals.
To the actual review:
What a great, little gem! I am finding these wonderful Atari classics lately, and they are absolutely charming. I think I want to get myself a real Atari 8-bit computer - never owned one before, but now that I know so many exciting (in an esoteric, atmospheric, energy-shining-way that is so hard to explain, and that doesn't exist in modern games) classics exist for the Atari, and can really experience some of the charm, I really want to upgrade the experience to "authentic mode" and see what I was missing.
Besides, the emulators are not that good (for reasons I am not going to go into right now), unless you are content using a TFT monitor and a Windowed mode, and even still.
I had two long-ish sessions with this game, and found it fascinatingly charming. The sequel is just too hectic and non-unique for me (too 'platformy'). But this one reminds me of Berzerk (A2600), Berks III (C16) and Zodiac (C64), all of which have brought me great joy, so this one is great.
The Atari certainly has a charm that I can't get enough of, and my appreciation for it has grown a lot over the years. A wonderful game, with such an immersive, thick atmosphere that I seriously recommend it for everyone.