User Reviews

There are no reviews for the Atari 2600 release of this game. You can use the links below to write your own review or read reviews for the other platforms of this game.

Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.8
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.3
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.4
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.2
Overall User Score (19 votes) 3.4

Critic Reviews

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The Video Game Critic (Apr 19, 2000)
Atari had to take a few liberties to shoehorn Joust into the Atari 2600, but it still offers the same addictive brand of gameplay.
Although quirks and concessions abound in this Atari home version of Joust, it stands, nonetheless, as one of the best coin-op to cart translations in recent memory.
The Atari Times (Dec 06, 2005)
Admittedly, this is not the best port of the game out there (see "Lynx - Joust" for that, in my opinion). Then again, this is the 2600 and if you are looking for a game of Joust that is pure fun whether it is arcade perfect or not, this is a fine port of it.
Le Geek (2012)
The best home port (unless you crave the true arcade challenge, you masochist!) is on the Atari 7800, which keeps the home play difficulty, but is much closer to capturing the graphic detail and added bells and whistles that are missing on the 2600. Still, this is a fine version and I have no problems giving it a high recommendation.
Joust is somewhat scarce on grahics, but the game play brings back the arcde challenge. Inclusion of the 2 player do-op mode makes this a really fun game for 2.
Woodgrain Wonderland (Apr 28, 2017)
The gameplay differs from other ports in that the eggs actually float in mid-air, adding an extra dimension of challenge. Joust has never been a huge favourite of mine – I find the controls difficult on virtually every version I’ve played – but I like it well enough.
Game Freaks 365 (Jul 03, 2007)
The aesthetic values of this game are low for their time, but compared to the earliest Atari 2600 games, they are good. This long after the initial release, the Atari 2600 gamer can't afford to be bogged down in questions of aesthetics, but should rather be concerned about how fun a game is. If that is your concern, then Joust has a lot going for it and can easily be recommended. If you're looking for a game that can show off what the Atari 2600 is capable of graphically, though, this isn't it.
TeleMatch (Nov, 1983)
Joust ist als Arkadenspiel zweifellos eines der grafisch beeindruckendsten der letzten Zeit. Mit Spannung konnte man der VCS.Version entgegensehen. Um es gleich zu sagen: Sie ist fraglos originell, erreicht aber nicht — beinahe könnte man sagen: ansatzweise — die Arcade-Fassung, wie sollte sie auch.
Joust is a good translation of the arcade game. If you enjoyed this one in the arcade then you will like the Atari 2600 version as well.
Atari HQ (2000)
Joust is a poor conversion of a great game. Some players may overlook its weaknesses and find some enjoyment, but I'm not making any such promises since there are better ports out there.
neXGam (Jun 27, 2013)
Und wieder mal eine Spielhallenumsetzung eines legendären Atari Klassikers. Leider haben gerade diese Portierungen in der Vergangenheit selten Grund zum Jubeln gegeben und auch Joust macht da keine Ausnahme.