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Q*bert offers a nice rendition of the arcade quality graphics and the game play is good. The 2-step maneuver to jump detracts from it, but you get used to it fairly quickly. This is a great game to have since it's unlike most games of it's era and everyone remembers their Q*bert-crush and how much fun that game was. And it still is.
This 5200 game is one of the best-looking versions of Q*bert I've seen. The screen looks almost arcade-perfect, and there seem to be a lot more baddies than usual bouncing around the pyramid. But, leave it to the Atari 5200 controller to throw a monkey wrench into the fun! Because its non-centering joystick could be troublesome in a game like this, you have to move the joystick AND push a button (in concert) to jump! That means you'll be holding down the fire button for most of the game -- which is not comfortable. Even with this fail-safe mechanism I still found myself heading in the wrong direction, especially when trying to escape from Coily the snake. Still, I think Parker Bros did the best they could with this. There are three skills levels.