Yars' Revenge Reviews (Atari 2600)

Critic Score
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
User Score
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

Holds Up Just As Well Today. Guy Chapman (2001) 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars
Yars' Revenge is a fun twist on the Kill the Fortress-type games Droog (522) 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars

Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.1
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.5
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.8
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.5
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.4
Overall User Score (36 votes) 3.7

Critic Reviews

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Yar's Revenge is one of the few games that is truly bizarre while still garnering mass appeal from players. The whole premise is odd, but it's a ton of fun to play.
Atari HQ (2001)
2nd review As I stated previously, if I had one game to play on the Atari 2600, it would be Yars' Revenge. Once you try this game, the only thing you will be collecting with your N64s is dust.
The Video Game Critic (Apr 06, 2003)
Yars' Revenge provides a level of strategy and challenge you don't see in many Atari 2600 games.
Retrogaming.it (Jul 19, 2008)
Se non si tratta del miglior titolo del genere disponibile sulla macchina Atari, ci manca davvero poco. Se avete riflessi felini e nervi abbastanza saldi da non concedervi inopportuni rilassamenti, potreste apprezzare moltissimo Yars' Revenge
Game Freaks 365 (Jul 03, 2007)
If you are a fan of the Atari 2600 and you don't have this game, shame on you. Find it. It is common enough that it won't cost you much, and it will thus probably be worth whatever you end up paying for it. Yars' Revenge is to be highly recommended for any and all true fans of the Atari 2600.
Tilt (Nov, 1982)
C'est un jeu passionnant qui captive tant par son graphisme que par la petite mythologie qu'il suggère.
neXGam (May 27, 2014)
Yars‘ Revenge besticht vor allem durch seinen unverwechselbaren Stil, den man teilweise bei anderen Games etwas vermisst. Es fällt einem auch schwer ein vergleichbares Spiel auf dem System zu finden und eben das macht es so wertvoll. Deswegen solltet ihr euch dieses Modul holen, falls ihr das bisher noch nicht getan habt.
Atari HQ (2000)
All in all, Howard Scott Warshaw (the game's designer) did an excellent job salvaging a failed Star Castle game into one of the best VCS games ever. You can't help but wonder how this same person could do Raiders of the Lost Ark and E.T, but that's another story.
The fly simulator moves with a sense of urgency and precision, making this a fun and fast game. Full-screen explosions and a no-fire neutral zone (a colorful, glittering strip down the center of the playfield) give the game graphical flare, but an annoying buzzing sound grates on the nerves. Despite audio deficiencies and the lack of a two-player simultaneous mode (oh, what could have been...), this is a great game with a huge following.
I wouldn’t put Yar’s Revenge in my top ten, but it is definitely one of the true "quality" titles for the Atari 2600. It has stood the test of time, too. Recently I fired the game up on my home theater, with the sound on a high echo (I used the "stadium" setting on my system) and played like I did when my Sociology homework should have been done instead. For me personally, it also holds the honor of stealing away a fair portion of my youth, although why my guidance counselor never spoke to me about my hostility toward alien races is a mystery that will likely remain unsolved...