Platform: Atari 2600
The Atari 2600 was one of the most important products in gaming history. Unfortunately, it also had its fair share of absolutely, inexcusably terrible games, including Jedi Arena. Supposedly based on the Episode IV scene where Obi-Wan teaches Luke lightsaber combat with the help of a hovering blaster droid, the game pits two “Jedi” against each other. With one player controlling a blue lightsaber and the other a red one, players are tasked with swinging their lightsabers back and forth to deflect blasts from the droid, in a mechanic similar to that of Pong. The game featured four difficulty levels, the highest of which made the blaster droid invisible, but the gameplay was too simple, the games themselves over too quickly, and the graphics and sound poor, even for the era.