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May 20, 2011 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Atari's Yar's Revenge Gets a Reboot and Facebook Debut

Atari Yars Revenge facebook logo If you've ever played Atari's Yar's Revenge on the 2600, you know its one of the best (and strangest) games for that console. A reboot of the 1981 favorite is available as a Facebook game. Perhaps this will give me reason to hate Facebook a little less - but only a little.

You can play the original Yars Revenge on Atari's site or give it a whirl with the Yar's Revenge reboot on Facebook.

I dig the reboot version, Yar's Revenge: First War with the updated 2D screen. That abysmal crap on Xbox as a 3D rail-shooter takes it too a level where the intrigue of the original game is all but lost in a game that isn't much fun and seems like every other rail-game. Even the swirling Qotile looks awesome in the 2D version.

In my opinion, this is the way to update a classic video game. Too many reboots invent a completely different experience and slap a classic title on it for recognition. Those playing this Yar's Revenge reboot should experience fond memories of the 2600 original surge through them... and even get an urge to slap that old cart into their 2600!

Atari's Yars Revenge First War facebook game screenshot

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