My Atari Lynx Birthday 2015
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I was surprised with a little retrogaming gift for my 29th birthday. I am only slightly older than this system. I was given a first generation Atari Lynx game system with a bunch of games and a carrying case, power cable, and some batteries. I was a Game Boy kid, so exploring these titles that were made even earlier or around the same time that were in full color with a backlit LCD display has been a trip.

Though released around the same time as the Game Boy from Nintendo, it had a backlit LCD full color screen. It could not compete with Game Boy on price or portability and as a result lost market share and third party support.
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1. Video Game: Outside the Scope of VGG [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
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Here is the case that everything came in.
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2. Video Game Hardware: Atari Lynx
Video Game Hardware: Atari Lynx
This picture is actually of the more compact Lynx II. Mine is the original.
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3. Video Game: Outside the Scope of VGG [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
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The mighty haul of games- all with their original rulebooks which I was thrilled to find included many posters with the game art on one side and stylized rules, instructions and game info on the other. I am going to order these in roughly ranking order after playing them a bit. Starting off with the best....
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4. Video Game: Rampart [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:2199]
Video Game: Rampart
A gem of a game. It may be one of the earliest tower defense type games. It seems to be a tower defense/puzzle combination as you must rebuild your walls within a short timeframe in between cannon rounds where you attempt to shoot your cannons and sink enemy ships. You must rebuild your walls with constantly changing pieces that remind me of Tetris blocks and must fully surround at least one of your castles to stay alive. Very very addicting.
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5. Video Game: Awesome Golf [Average Rating:6.50 Unranked]
Video Game: Awesome Golf
This game is DIFFICULT! I am hacking and slicing and hooking all over the place.
 
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6. Video Game: Rygar (NES) [Average Rating:6.30 Overall Rank:3314]
Video Game: Rygar (NES)
A neat sidescroller with solid gameplay all these years later.
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7. Video Game: Warbirds (Lynx) [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
Video Game: Warbirds (Lynx)
This is a blast and would be even better if I was able to link up with others and dogfight multiplayer!
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8. Video Game: Ninja Gaiden (1988 / NES) [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:1290]
Video Game: Ninja Gaiden (1988 / NES)
A classic to be sure.
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9. Video Game: Paperboy [Average Rating:5.60 Overall Rank:6515]
Video Game: Paperboy
The classic!
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10. Video Game: Blue Lightning [Average Rating:5.81 Overall Rank:6835]
Video Game: Blue Lightning
Combat flight game.
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11. Video Game: Steel Talons [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
Video Game: Steel Talons
Seems like a combat helicopter game where you can lock on with machine guns or fire missiles. Not really sure who I am shooting at...
 
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12. Video Game: Todd's Adventures in Slime World [Average Rating:6.53 Unranked]
Video Game: Todd's Adventures in Slime World
Seems like your typical sidescroller with acid goop that splashes up on you from the ground and enemies you explode that slowly kills you if you don't get it off.
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13. Video Game: NFL Football [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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I keep tossing interceptions!
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14. Video Game: California Games [Average Rating:5.92 Overall Rank:4211]
Video Game: California Games
Did everyone in the late 80s and early 90s think all us Californians ride BMX, Surf, Skateboard in half pipes , and kick Hackey Sack year round? I guess we could do those things year round... Anything below this I didn't care for after a few plays.
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15. Video Game: Checkered Flag [Average Rating:3.50 Unranked]
Video Game: Checkered Flag
Seems like Pole Position never really died from the early 80s and it was repackaged as Checkered Flag. Not a big fan of trying to push the pedal to the metal and constantly look at the map to see when the turn is suddenly going to pop up.
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16. Video Game: Scrapyard Dog [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
Video Game: Scrapyard Dog
Not sure what to think of this one yet. Side scroller. Some mean guy steals your dog and you have to get him back. According to the rules you can buy guns but you start off throwing crumpled up soda cans at rats shooting guns at you...
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17. Video Game: Prophecy: The Viking Child [Average Rating:5.25 Unranked]
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Another sidescroller. Not sure what to think of this one.
 
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18. Video Game: Gauntlet: The Third Encounter [Average Rating:4.50 Unranked]
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So far I am a little cold on this one. Seems outdated. The health meter counts down and you have to hack and slash your way through the game's set number of levels in time picking up keys and finding secret passageways. Enemies swarm all over you from every direction. This version is odd. You can choose to be a wizard, Samurai, Pirate, or Punkrocker, among other equally weird choices.
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19. Video Game: Outside the Scope of VGG [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
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Now I am ready to retrogame on the go!
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