We’re big fans of retro takes on our favorite franchises. The toughest ones to envision, however, have to be in stripping down a modern franchise into its Atari 2600 pieces. That’s where the charm of Halo 2600 really shines. That era of gaming required a different type of skill and imagination to play. What is the bare minimum you have to leave in a game like Halo to still make it recognizable as Halo. I see Master Chief, I see Elites, I see guns, and I see exploration. That works for me.
Halo 2600 starts out feeling dangerously similar to what me the worst game of all time, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial. After one quick death, I figured out there’s some adventure/exploration involved in this title, and soon I was off running-and-gunning as fast as these pixels could handle. I also really enjoyed the simplified Halo theme that plays on the title screen.
The game was playable at the Classic Gaming Expo in Las Vegas last week. They even made 500 working Atari 2600 cartridges! You have to love that level of dedication and workmanship. Don’t worry even though you weren’t in Vegas, you can give the flash version of the game a try at Halo2600.com.