One of the most important factors of a collector’s item is age. The older an item is, the more likely it is worth something. That is why some of the most expensive video game collectors items are from the Atari 2600. These are 10 valuable games from the Atari 2600 that could be sold for a pretty penny.
10 Most Valuable Atari 2600 Games: Tooth Protectors
Tooth Protectors is a rare game in which the “Snack Attack” throws crumbs at teeth and your job is to deflect the snacks. I wish these teeth protectors really existed. If I had something stopping snacks from entering my mouth I would have saved hundreds of dollars on dental work and wouldn’t have high cholesterol. Four out of five video game collectors recommend Tooth Protectors.
10 Most Valuable Atari 2600 Games: Out of Control
Out of Control had the misfortune of being released during a time considered the video game crash. Not many copies were produced of Out of Control and even less were bought. Nothing is particularly special about the game but it is a rare game.
10 Most Valuable Atari 2600 Games: Mangia
Mangia is a pasta eating game. You read that right. The player is served pasta and he must choose to eat it or give it to his pet. If he eats too much his stomach explodes. If the dishes stack too high then the table breaks. This is also a fun game to play in real life.
10 Most Valuable Atari 2600 Games: Eli Ladder’s
In Eli’s Ladder, Eli must climb a giant ladder so that he can get in his spaceship and go home. The player helps Eli up the ladder by answering math problems. Your teachers were right! You will use math in every day life. How could we ever climb ladders without math?
10 Most Valuable Atari 2600 Games: Gauntlet
This is not the Gauntlet game, but a different one. In this Gauntlet the player is trying to prove that he belongs to a tribe by jumping over obstacles. It sounds like the episode of Happy Days where the Fonz jumps the shark, except in this game the hero isn’t fortunate enough to be called “The Fonz”, his name is Sir Robert Whittenbottom.
10 Most Valuable Atari 2600 Games: Birthday Mania
Birthday Mania was a game that could be ordered and a personalized message was put on the front of the game. In the game itself the player would blow out candles. It was advertised as the “perfect gift” but I can think of a better gift. Like, oh, an Atari 2600. After all, if you don’t have an Atari 2600 then what good is Birthday Mania?
10 Most Valuable Atari 2600 Games: Gamma Attack
Gamma Attack is so rare that there is only one known copy. In auctions Gamma Attack has gone for somewhere between $5,000 and $10,000 but the owner of the sole copy says he has gotten even higher offers.
10 Most Valuable Atari 2600 Games: Atlantis II
Atlantis II might be the most expensive cheap sequel ever. At a special tournament for the game Atlantis the Atlantis II game was introduced. Atlantis II was just Atlantis I with a new sticker on the front and the speed and scoring of the first game were altered. Even though there was not much thought into the sequel it is valuable because it is rare.
10 Most Valuable Atari 2600 Games: Air Raid
Air Raid was the only video game produced by MenAvision. Air Raid is a pretty standard shooting game but has gained popularity among collectors solely for the strange cartridge. It is not known how many copies of Air Raid were made but copies have gone for over $3000.
10 Most Valuable Atari 2600 Games: Pepsi Invaders
Pepsi Invaders was a game created by Coca Cola for an employee celebration. Coca-Cola got Atari to make a version of Space Invaders where Pepsi were the evil invaders and when the player was victorious it would flash “Coke wins” on the screen. There were believed to be 125 copies of Pepsi Invaders but they were given out to Coke executives and not video game fans. It is likely most of these copies when then thrown out and that is why Pepsi Invaders is even more rare now.