|Mr. Do!'s Castle|
Like many other games in the 5200 library, Mr. Do's Castle found its way onto floppy discs for the Atari 800. This was an excellent conversion, and the best game in the Mr. Do series. Very fun, very colorful, and very challenging. And, hey, it's free!
OOps...wrote that I bought this game in '82.
Make that 1983. It wasn't out in '82.
This is one of those games that is an excellent port of the Arcade version, and a hell of a lot of fun to play.
But I remember passing this one by when it was originally on the store shelves because I had never played the game in the Video Arcade and at the time I never bought games for my 5200 that I hadn't played in an Arcade. (Stupid of me. That isn't the case these days).
Have since bought it for my Atari 800 and my 5200 and when I play it today I see just how much fun it is. I prefer the 5200 version for speed and graphics but hate the control of the 5200 controllers. I love playing the game on my Atari 800 because of the better controller, but don't like the graphics as much.
But either way, this game is a gem and worth picking up. And it's very easy to find sealed 5200 versions.
Underappreciated but a must-own game.
As Ransom mentioned in his review, this 5200 cart pretty much nails the Arcade version of the game. Great sounds and really nice graphics make this a delight to play...and the 5200 controllers are actually fun to use with this game and work quite well.
Interestingly, this game is also available for the Atari 400/800 computers, but that version is much slower and missing a component of the 5200 port of the game, so this is the superior version of the home-version of the game. The 5200 has better sounds, graphics and speed.
Fun to play and a nice change from shoot-'em-ups and racing/baseball/soccer stuff on the Atari 5200.
Centipede on the Atari 5200....good stuff!
I bought this game at the same time I got my Atari 5200 from Macy's in San Francisco in the early 1980's and played the heck out of this game.
Back in the day it was a REALLY big deal to have the Arcade games you loved play the same at home as they did in the Arcade, (that was the whole point of buying your favorite game to paly at home, actually) and this port of Centipede fit the bill perfectly. To me it looked and played the same as the Arcade version that I loved. Great graphics and sounds and just one fun game in general.
I never had the Trackball accessory, so played this with the awful 5200 joysticks. The game is really a lot more fun with the Trackball, but really shines on the 5200 no matter what controller you use.
A real gem!
Man, what memories - ane what a great game. I remember so clearly walking into Record Factory (a now-defunct record store in San Francisco) in 1982 and seeing this game and thinking it had the coolest box art I had ever seen. I bought the game (still have it!) and spent countless hours playing it.
It's incredibly frustrating playing it with 5200 controllers, but really fun on an Atari 800. (They're the same game codes, so both games are identical.)
Again, hell of a great game....one of the best for the 5200. Love it!
This is a very good game especially if you have a digital joystick interface for your Atari 5200 as that really helps in certain jumps where you have to jump from the edges and onto another edge. It's one of the reasons I made a digital joystick adapter so I can use a digital joystick with the PC and Atari 5200 to play games like this and Pengo, Joust, Pac-man, etc.
Very good graphics, sounds, and collision detection.
In the arcades, this game was all about the novelty of its controls and its periscope-style viewport. Other than that, it didn't have much. As a home game using one joystick, it has even less.
this version really give you the feel of flying(thanks to the analog stick) having 2 buttons one for fire and the other for copter orientation makes this perfect
ive never been able to save all the little fellers but i'll keep trying
This game is different, and the play action is interesting. But it's not terribly compelling and doesn't take advantage of any of the 5200's features versus the Atari 8-bit computer.