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I want ya'll to think about something. When Steeplechase came out on the Atari 2600 I was three years old. Steeplechase came out long before I was playing video games. It is neat for me to play and Steeplechase on the Evercade system on the Atari Collection 1 cartridge. I honestly did not expect much from Steeplechase based on the year it was released. This game surprised me in ways I was not expecting. Which is a really good thing.

My biggest issue with Steeplechase was figuring out how to start one of the six games that came with it. We race horses and have plenty of jumps in Steeplechase. Timing is really important when jumping over these different blocks in Steeplechase. Some are tall, and others are long and short. Up to two family members can race in Steeplechase. I noticed that the races can be a bit on the long side. Which is no big deal if you enjoy retro horse racing.

If you anyone asks you where the horse racing video games are you can easily answer them that Steeplechase is one of those games. I had fun playing Steeplechase on the Evercade. It was neat to see a piece of history that I did not see when I was younger. I doubt I would have been able to play Steeplechase when I was three years old. I don't think I started playing games until I was five or six. It has been some decades so it is hard to pin down anymore.

Steeplechase has some nice horse animations in it for the age of this video game. Steeplechase is still an Atari 2600 video game so it is not the most graphically intense project on the planet. The music and jumping special effect sounds are great in Steeplechase. As the player does really good jumps their horse will speed up. I even noticed some great speed right before the end of the race. Thankfully there was nothing to jump over near the end of the race in Steeplechase.

I would love to see more games like Steeplechase appear on the market in the near future. There is such a vast history within the video game industry. It is neat to see these older games and feel what they were like. It has been a real honor and a pleasure for me to play and review Steeplechase on the Evercade/Atari 2600. Steeplechase taught me to concentrate, avoid making mistakes, move on after making mistakes, plan, and to win.
- Paul


Graphics: 80%
Sound: 80%
Replay/Extras: 90%
Gameplay: 80%
Family Friendly Factor: 80%

System: Atari 2600/Evercade
Publisher: Atari
Developer: Atari
Rating: ‘NR’ - Not Rated

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