Despite being hailed by its fans as the most underrated hand held ever, Atari's poor old Lynx was pretty much a flop from start to finish. It was a mighty powerful machine for its time, perhaps too powerful, as it sadly crippled the machine with a bulky size and woeful battery life. Due to this, few developers other than Epyx (the original designers of the machine) and Atari themselves actually released games for it, and what this means is that a large percentage of its back-catalogue is made up of arcade conversions. Thanks to that aforementioned power it managed most of them admirably though, and here are the very best ones:
5. Roadblasters (1990)
4. Pac-Land (1991)
3. Xybots (1991)
2. Toki (1989)
review of it! It also provided me with more than enough info to realise that this Lynx offering is very splendid. The Amiga and Atari ST versions are probably the closest to the arcade game visually – things are a bit blockier here, understandably – but this version features nice use of colour, decent audio, spot on stages, and has a 'feel' very close to the original. Toki's jump is a bit floaty but that's my only complaint. Not everyone likes Toki but if you do this is a stonking conversion.
1. STUN Runner (1991)
here), and during this time STUN Runner was one of my favourite arcade games. It featured a rather uncomfortable plastic seat you had to straddle but the control yoke was similar to the one from the Star Wars machine and therefore awesome, which not only allowed you to guide your red 'speed bike' down twisty, loopy tunnels at almost 1000mph, but you could also shoot stuff up with its trigger buttons too! Due to these insane speeds and the game's fancy polygon graphics, decent conversions were few and far between... until the Lynx version showed up. It may not look very nice in this, or indeed any screen shots, but it works a lot better than any other conversions of the famous tunnel racer that I've played and is consequently an amazing achievement.