Excerpt: Longtime game fans may have fond memories of Yars' Revenge , an esoteric and experimental game that was one of the Atari 2600's original hits. As unusual as the original game was, this brand-new reboot of Yars' Revenge is perhaps even stranger. Rather than being a 2D shooter that features an insectoid hero, this reimagining transforms the titular Yar into a young four-armed female warrior wearing wasp-inspired body armor in a game heavily inspired by on-rails shooters...
Pros: Fantastic setting and visual design, Creative reimagining of a retro classic
Cons: Irritating control scheme, Lots of cheap damage, Stages are long and dull
Excerpt: Yars’ Revenge was one of the best selling games on the Atari 2600, making it somewhat of a puzzle why it has taken so long to come back. To the modern player of games it would appear very simple and, of course, being from that era it is just that, but for some reason it found an audience. The goal was to take out your enemy, an alien known as Qotile, which involved getting through its shield using the weapons at your disposal.
Summary: Yar's Revenge is a finely crafted on-rails third person shooter with a wonderful art style. It's light on content and may not have much to do with its source material, but it's still an enjoyable, albeit fleeting experience.
Pros: Weapons are fun to use, Smooth controls, Looks fantastic
Cons: Not enough types of environments and enemies, Too short, Story is poorly told
Excerpt: Atari were once one of the biggest names in the console market, and Yars’ Revenge by Howard Scott Warshaw was one of their most original titles for the Atari 2600 console – released way back in 1981, and accompanied by a sci-fi comic book. The character names and a reproduction of that comic book are the major link between the 1981 game and this 2011 incarnation. So does it live up to the original game?
Excerpt: If you haven't heard, new Atari is rummaging through old Atari's closet for long-forgotten hits, with Yar's Revenge joining Haunted House and the upcoming Star Raiders as re-imagined relics from the past. Instead of adding modern visuals to the original gameplay, the updated games use their predecessors merely as inspiration.
Excerpt: It’s been nearly 30 years since an abstract Atari 2600 game sent a space-faring insect to chew on enemy shields. You can find that classic in Xbox Live’s Game Room, but on Xbox Live Arcade, Yar’s Revenge (now with an apostrophe before the “s”) is a 3D rail shooter that bears little resemblance. As a sort of armored alien fairy, you blast through gangs of Qotile baddies across six stages, and vanquish bulky bosses at the end of each.
Cons: - Only six stages, without branching paths to make each playthrough feel different., - Eye-catching outdoor vistas disappear midway in favor of endless industrial scaffolding., ? Why make us read dialogue during do-or-die battles?
Conclusion: Concept: Fly through strange alien landscapes while blowing up insect-like opponents
Graphics: Pretty visual effects and a unique animation style help the game to look quite striking
Sound: The expected mix of sci-fi sounds and music fit the bill
Playability: It takes a while to get used to juggling the different weapon types, but the controls come together quite nicely
Entertainment: A fun little journey, especially if you can find a buddy with whom you can enjoy co-op...