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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 and the game plays. 3.8
Graphics The visual quality of the game 3.3
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 3.4
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.2
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they are executed. This rating is used for every game except compilations and special editions which don't have unique game content not available in a standalone game or DLC. -
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.
Oldies Rising (Dec 16, 2014)
Un classique, je vous l’avais bien dit ! Joust, sorti en 1983 sur Atari 2600 est un jeu qui a beaucoup été apprécié à l’époque. Un tel engouement était rare pour un jeu estampillé Atari Inc., la plupart des louanges revenant à l'époque au studio Activision… Le bon vieux temps diront certains… Que vous aimiez ou non le scoring, je suis sûr que vous pourrez passer du temps sur Joust. Une recette parfaite pour un jeu addictif à souhait malgré son caractère simpliste aux premier abord. Je ne l’ai découvert que très tard, les cartouches en Europe étant très difficiles à trouver et pour cause : sur notre continent, il n’avait atterri qu’au Royaume-Uni. Si vous pouvez vous le procurer donc, foncez!
Tilt (Jan, 1984)
Le principe un peu répétitif est compensé par la technique du vol, fatigante pour le pouce mais amusante et très difficile à maîtriser au début.
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.
Retro Archives (Nov 25, 2021)
Joust avait beaucoup de choses à sacrifier pour arriver sur Atari 2600, mais il sera néanmoins parvenu à sauvegarder pratiquement tout ce qui comptait. C’est davantage une pièce de musée aujourd’hui qu’une réelle opportunité de découvrir le titre de Williams Electronics, mais si jamais vous deviez en exhumer un exemplaire dans le grenier de vos parents, vous devriez parvenir à tuer dix minutes avec votre petit-fils.
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.
Graphics aside, this simply makes the game become close to unplayable. Even with practice, controlling one's own mount is more a matter of luck than of skill. The two-player mode is also not really playable anymore because of that: Trying to play cooperatively will include all too much accidental (deadly) bumping into each other and trying to play competitively… well, let's say rolling dice is only marginally less exciting. Players would have to wait until a couple of years later, when a decent home conversion finally appeared on the much more powerful Atari ST.

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