Platform: Atari 7800 ProSystem, Windows PC
Genre: Puzzle / Action
Release Date: December 26, 2018
When the Atari 7800 ProSystem was released in 1986, following the video game crash of 1983, and original release announcement in 1984, it had improved graphics over the Atari 2600 console. Despite the better graphics, the new system used the same audio chip as it's predecessor. After the launch of the ProSystem, additional legal and market issues caused rocky times for the console, and Atari fans never got to see the true potential of the beloved system. That is until now.
Playing as the Hero Rikki, Heroin Vikki, or both per multiplayer, the story begins with Rikki and Vikki waking up to a loud shriek from their children, and finding a "dragon in a cheap suit", who calls himself the Misery Dragon, took their children captive. The Misery Dragon then gives Rikki and Vikki an exclusive invitation to his secret base at the center of the earth.
As the story unfolds, you find yourself on a solo or team mission through six levels of caves, solving puzzles, and defeating evil bosses along the way. Don't dismiss this as a simple game however, as the level of difficulty solving each boards puzzles, as well as defeating the end level bosses it enough to make the game enjoyable for all levels of gamer's.
Each of the six caverns (levels) in "Misery Land" offer similar but still unique challenges that require not only great logic, but quick reflexes to solve each puzzle while avoiding enemies. The levels consist of patterns that must be determined in order to solve each board, as well as the final boss in each cavern.
Whether you take on the challenge alone or with a friend, Rikki & Vikki provides hours of retro style puzzle action that rivals any 8bit type game released on modern gaming systems. It is hard not to think about what this game would have done for the Atari 7800 ProSystem in 1986. With the upcoming release of the Atari VCS, and the most recent information released during E3 2019, gamer's should have an opportunity to play Rikki & Vikki on Atari's new system via "Sandbox Mode", which allows users to boot into Linux, Windows, etc., and should provide the ability to play Rikki & Vikki through Windows Steam accounts. It would be nice to see this recent Atari 7800 game released for the Atari VCS, and playable as a download purchase within Atari's system.
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