Like a lot of kids back in the late 70s, I owned an Atari "video computer system," which is what this early game console was called before being re-branded the Atari 2600 sometime in the early 80s. I have a lot of fond memories of the VCS, despite its limitations, but one game I don't remember particularly positively is this one, advertised in issue #72 (April 1983):
In general, I'm a pretty forgiving guy when it comes to looking back on the games of the past, but not in this case. Video game technology was limited in 1983, it's true, but there were plenty of people making excellent games for the Atari, like Activision's Pitfall (released in 1982) and Imagic's Atlantis (also released in '82), among others. Crypts of Chaos is simply awful and I have little doubt that seeing this ad in Dragon was a big part of why I dared to purchase it at all. Stupid weakness of will!