Also available on Xbox 360 and Windows via Game Room; and in arcades
For today's Throwback Thursday review, I dusted off Canyon Bomber on Atari 2600. This has been in my collection for years, but I've never spent much time with it. I went in with fairly high expectations because the game uses the 2600 paddle controllers, and I'm a huge fan of that controller. Unfortunately, the game didn't quite live up to my expectations despite the paddle controllers.
Canyon Bomber boasts eight games, but truthfully, there are really only two variations. You've got your expected gameplay where you use an aircraft of some sort to blow up colored blocks in a canyon for a score, but I found this game mode to be exceptionally boring. It's like Breakout but reverse but not fun. The other game type, however, is Sea Bomber, and I actually did enjoy that somewhat. It's not a groundbreaking game, and it gets boring pretty quickly, but it's moderately fun. You actually use the paddle for that mode because you have choose the depth at which your depth charge will detonate to destroy the ship that you're targeting. It's good for a score attack sort of competition with a friend, but it didn't hold my attention for more than two or three games.
The visuals, for an Atari 2600 game, aren't terrible. The ships are defined, and you can tell what each of the aircraft are supposed to be. The paddle controllers, at least in Sea Bomber where they're actually used, are extremely responsive. Sound leaves some to be desired, but given the age of the game and limits of the system technology, it's reasonable.
Canyon Bomber is yet another dime-a-dozen Atari 2600 games. They go for like a dollar or two cart only, and even complete in box copies only run you about $10. Don't got out of your way, though. You're really not missing much.
My Rating - 2 Neps
I'm a teacher.
And I like to play video games. I like to collect video games. I like to talk about video games, and I like to write about video games. During the day, I teach high school history; during the night, I spend my spare time gaming. Then I write about it.