Wasn`t Joust on Atari? Indiana Jones, too?
Intellivision...their war series Tank/Naval Battles, TRON (Discs of), F1 Racing (not the good name)...SNAFU was cool too.
All had that far better
playability (for lack of a better word) than today`s games. You concentrated on the action, not 24 key sequences to kick-ass.
Somewhere, Fatware just made things worse.
Just for fun, I tried a Nintendo emulator with the original Final Fantasy. For one of the rare times, I was actually afraid I could not make it back to town (no easy exits, save where you want, no hacks, etc.). In short, CHALLENGE.
And, bizarrely, I prefer the sprite/icon look too (a la upper image, or even lower definition). The less defined, more abstract, iconic look, for some reason, gets me imagination/projection/immersion with the characters going far more. (I know a guy covered this in
Understanding comics, and he was dead on right).
Long live low tech. I probably am coming a geezer right now ehehe.