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The Video Game Critic (Dec 28, 2002)
As a huge fan of the original arcade game, it's hard to find fault with this 8-bit version. Knights with lances on flying ostriches - what's not to like about that? Joust may not look too exciting at first glance, but once you play, you experience a unique test of skill that's brutally addictive. I can play this game all day! The graphics would have been better if the lancers were multi-colored, and that three-fingered lava troll doesn't look so hot, but otherwise this version is identical to the arcade. The two-player simultaneous action is especially fun. The sound effects are superb, and there are several difficulty levels to choose from. I've never really seen anybody "master" this game. And by the way, the Pterodactyl can be defeated.
The Atari 8-bit conversion of Joust is very close to the original arcade game, the only thing that lets it down very slightly is the single colour sprites but this is a limitation of the system more than anything. Apart from that the graphics and sound are both very close to the original coin-op. Joust is a fantastic conversion and pretty much a must have game for the machine, especially if you want something to play with a friend!
Micro 7 (Apr, 1984)
Un jeu d'arcade qui est passé un peu inaperçu. La part de stratégie est plutôt plus importante que d'habitude, mais surtout la manipulation des autruches se fait sur un concept nouveau. Decor royal et animation somptueuse.