Retro Gaming Bliss: Atari 2600 Plus Review

Incredibly similar to the original.


These controllers were the most fun to play with.


The car game Night Driver is all about driving without crashing into the edges of the track.


Old game cartridges work

If you have old game cartridges for the Atari 2600 or 7800, they can work in this modern version as well. Atari has a list of compatible games here. Unfortunately, we couldn’t get ahold of any original games while we had the console in for testing. The Atari 5200 had a different type of cartridge and those games are therefore not available on the Atari 2600 Plus. Can we keep our fingers crossed that a cartridge with the best games from the 5200 will be released? Maybe not, but that would be fun!

Short cables and inadequate manuals

I wasn’t around when the Atari 2600 was launched, but still when I started gaming in the 80s and 90s you sat on the floor near the small TV and played. The cords on this modern Atari console are short and feel suited to just such an arrangement, but it’s not nearly as much fun to sit on the floor in front of a 65-inch TV and play. Sure, you can get extensions, but in 2023, maybe we shouldn’t have to.

Another thing that drags down the joy meter is the lack of instructions. There are no manuals included, except for a short guide on how to start everything up. If you haven’t played the games before, it’s almost impossible to understand what to do (for example, you pull the somewhat confusingly named Game Reset lever to start the games).


Product: Atari 2600 Plus
Manufacturer: Atari
Tested: November 2022Number of games: 10

Included games

Dodge ‘Afternoon
Haunted House
Maze Craze
Missile Command
Realsports Volleyball
Video Pinball
Yars’ Revenge
This review was translated from Swedish to English and originally appeared on