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720°

Developer: Atari Games Publisher: Atari Games
December 1986
720° - cover art
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#46 for 1986
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1987 Atari Games Tiertex  
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GB DE FR ES IT 5 013442 536582
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1989 Atari Games Mindscape  
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XNA 0 50047 10315 8 NES-72-USA
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XNA 0 31719 19820 7 DMG-AA7E-USA
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One of the few arcade games that just couldn't be replicated well at home (the other standouts being Tempest and Tron, two of the machines I own), so it's a case of unless you play it on the original hardware, you're not getting a great sense of what 720° was. Sure, modern analog sticks can do 360° (and thus, 720°) rotation well enough, but the machine had a long controller that rested on the outside of the arc (as opposed to center-returning) designed precisely for swinging it around rapidly. This was key to pulling off tricks and scoring points, no question about it.

720° was quite a sensation when it first came out; BMX took off a few years before and now it was skateboarding's turn to have its first renaissance since the long-boarding '70s, everyone I knew had a board and a few copies of Thrasher Magazine, so the time for this type of game was ripe. Frequently mobbed in the arcades for at least its first five years, not just by players and those waiting to play, but people happy enough to just watch experts ring up incredible tricks. There's a direct line to be drawn between 720° and the Tony Hawk games of the '90s and it's high ceiling for skill.

I hate to pull this card, but this is one of the few cases of "you had to be there" to really get it.
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Arcade
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3.5
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ColdVein 720° 2022-12-12T05:25:40Z
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1.0
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Regal_Throes 720° 2021-12-06T21:34:03Z
Arcade
2021-12-06T21:34:03Z
5.0
1
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hazardintherain 720° 2021-03-25T18:45:51Z
Arcade
2021-03-25T18:45:51Z
1.0
In collection Want to buy Used to own  
LieutenantRoastABotch 720° 2020-06-17T20:08:41Z
Arcade
2020-06-17T20:08:41Z
2.5
In collection Want to buy Used to own  
warioman 720° 2018-01-10T05:54:34Z
Arcade
2018-01-10T05:54:34Z
In collection Want to buy Used to own  
arcade OPC
EJ_082887 720° 2017-11-25T14:30:36Z
Arcade
2017-11-25T14:30:36Z
6.6 /10
In collection Want to buy Used to own  
Nostalgia Las Vegas
Revolution666 720° 2017-05-24T17:39:33Z
Arcade
2017-05-24T17:39:33Z
6.0
In collection Want to buy Used to own  
low fantasy skateboarding
letmetrythisname 720° 2016-06-01T02:01:06Z
Arcade
2016-06-01T02:01:06Z
2.0
In collection Want to buy Used to own  
VALIS666 720° 2016-04-07T19:24:23Z
Arcade
2016-04-07T19:24:23Z
4.0
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1-2 players
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Hotseat, Local

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