Solar Fox for the Atari 2600 was a tough call for the inclusion in this book.  I love the game and still play it, but it has some of the most simplistic graphics of any cartridge produced in 1983 – a grid of squares, some enemy projectiles, and a trio of ordinary looking ships – and, more importantly, the play action lacks a key component found in Bally/Midway’s largely ignored coin-op game from 1981: shooting.

That’s right, an obscure maze shooter has been stripped of its firepower and still ranks as on of the greatest 100 console games of the era.  The reason lies in a simple, but all-important three-letter word: F-U-N.

Even though you can’t blast the enemies, Solar Fox for the 2600 remains a blast to play.  As the Video Game Critic ( said in his reviews, it’s an “interesting space game [that} combines elements of Pac-Man, Q*Bert, and Galaga.”

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A full-time freelance writer, Brett Weiss is the author of the Classic Home Video Games series, The 100 Greatest Console Video Games: 1977-1987, Encyclopedia of KISS, and various other books, including the forthcoming The SNES Omnibus: The Super Nintendo and Its Games, Vol. 1 (A–M). He’s had articles published in numerous magazines and newspapers, including the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Game Informer, Classic Gamer Magazine, Video Game Trader, Video Game Collector, Filmfax, Fangoria, and AntiqueWeek, among others.  Check him out at