The Cheapest Atari 2600 Games Worth Your Time

Best Cheap Atari 2600 GamesWhen you add a console to your collection, the first thing you want to do is get a handful of games to keep you busy with your new toy. However, most of us can’t spend afford to spend fat pile of cash for a few games. This budget-friendly list should help you quickly find which games will start you off well without emptying your wallet. (Prices listed are an average eBay price for US games, including shipping.)

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Original Atari 2600 Cartridges

Since there are a lot of popular 2600 games that are dirt cheap, and those that are actually interested in 2600 carts probably already know about the games, I won’t write anything about them this time. I’ll just provide your with the prices.

Atari Anthology Compilations

If you want to play some classic 2600 games on your more modern consoles, you can look into the Atari Anthology for the XBox and PS2. The Atari Anthology features a a ton of great games, so I won’t list them all here. But the complilation does include a number of Atari’s best games such as

The emulation for the 2600 games are spot-on. The only real emulation issues seem to be with some of the vector-based arcade games that are also included on the compilation

Price Point: Around $10

Atari Flashback 2.0

Atari Flashback BoxThe Atari Flashback 2 is probably the best compromise for those that want to have the authentic look and feel of the original Atari 2600 games without having to hunt down all their favorite cartridges, deal with old hardware, and ultimately pay a decent amount of change. Instead of that extra hassle and cost, the Atari Flashback is actually a new piece of hardware that is actually an updated version of the actual 2600 hardware with two controllers and 40 games included. Atari even gives instructions on how to hack the Flashback 2 in order to play real cartridges.

Reviews for the Flashback 2 have been very positive and is considered a great value for those wanting to re-live their early gaming experiences.


Additional Modern Atari 2600 Options

There’s always some new Atari 2600 options showing up in the market every now and then.  Take a look at some of the offerings at

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Abegreat says:

My cousin had one of the rarest 2600 games. he sold it for $2600 ironic XD

Garth says:

D’you see that Atari just bailed from the game development industry? Alas! While not wholly unexpected, this is terrible, terrible news.

Here’s a question for geekland: with Atari officially kaput (at least gaming-wise), what should I do with my old 2600? Use it as a doorstop? Any cool ideas for modern workarounds? Ways to MacGyver it into something (anything) usable?

This seems a bit like cryogenically freezing my dog…

Ramen Junkie says:

I don’t think I payed more than a buck for any of my Atari games.

River Raid was always my favorite back then.

markus says:

Many atari games are public domain.

ArcteOnline says:

omg a post on atari!!! i had the atari 2600 when i was little and i had so many games which i used to play all the night long 😛 really nice work of the atari now it a little old but still rock like hell ^^

Ryan says:

Yeah if you go to rummage sales or garage sales you can get them for 25 cents. Never pay more than $1, unless really rare

Morgs says:

The best Atari game by far has got to be H.E.R.O.
Man with a helicopter backpack and laser eye goggles, ring a bell anyone?

Oveneise says:

Wheres custer’s revenge? lol. Great list, I loved the game “Earth Dies Screming”.

Pensiltek says:

I wonder if theres a copy of “air raid” in the world… I’ve been hunting that game for 20 years now….

JamesMallow says:

Only joking.Its rare but even the collectors pass on it.
Its about £2 on ebay LOL

Karl says:

Anyone besides me ever play “Journey Escape” on the 2600? Is it just me, or does the music (which doesn’t sound very much like a Journey song) get really monotonous after 10 minutes or so of the same bars repeated over and over and over…?

Karl says:

I still think that the “Combat” cartridge (which originally came with the 2600 – before they started giving you Pac Man) is still one of my all time favorites. I loved playing the tanks with the bouncing bullets. Warlords was another one of my favorites – early multiplayer fun!

jeremy says:

I have a Atari model a. If any knows what its worth please. Email me at

Michael says:

Do u sell games or no any place that sells them cheap email answer to

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