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Gentlemen, start your ostriches. If you can figure out how to do that, you're well on your way to playing one of the finest arcade adaptations of this or any other season. The controllers are perhaps the only thing about this otherwise fine game that is disappointing and, when you come right down to it, even they aren't that bad.
It sounds overly simplistic, but it works remarkably well. Two players can cooperate to clear each wave together (the best way to play), or engage in cutthroat competitions. There's not much to criticize about this version (which is identical to the Atari home computer version, by the way). It delivers all the sights and sounds of the arcade, plus four levels of difficulty as well. The hand of the lava troll only has three fingers, but now I'm nitpicking. The 5200 controller is the only drawback, with slow response and a fire button that's not conducive to constant tapping. Overall this is a rock-solid translation of an old arcade favorite.
Joust offers a unique gaming experience, jousting on a flying Ostrich is the way to go and Joust on the Atari 5200 does a nice job with it.