Firstly I'll say that I (mostly) knew what i was getting with this. This joystick is essentially an Atari 2600 home games machine (released in the last 70's) in a small joytstick. The joystick is exactly like those that originally shipped with the console, so no complaints there.
For me it was as simple as connecting it to my TV - it worked right away. Note that it requires batteries to operate (4 AA). A buddy and myself played with it all last night, the batteries lasted well. Total nostalgia trip - but I must say I think those who don't recall this system will be surprised at how addictive the games are. Fun, as you'll find out, has little to do with graphics and sound - it's the gameplay that counts.
The Atari 2600 played games from ROM's, and those ROMS were 128kb in size. That ought to give you an idea on what the graphics and sound is like. It's basic, but as I said, still fun.
I docked a point off my game rating. That's entirely down to the choice of games. I imagine everyone would have expected this to include Space Invaders and Pac-Man - they were THE games to have on the Atari 2600. Sadly, they're missing. I'd assume this was a licensing issue, but it's still a real pity. Of the games that are here I think I could have done without Pong (you can't even play against someone else), Breakout, and Volleyball. They're basically rubbish.
But how about focusing on the good? Missile Command is here, and that's fun. Asteroids is here too. But the one I was really surprised with - it's maddeningly addictive - is Circus Atari. Bouncing that little stick figure up to burst the "balloons" is terrific fun.
Emulation - which this is - is very good.
So that's about it, really. Other than the missing games we've had a blast playing what is here. I can see myself idly playing them some more, too. This is a solid bit of fun which I can't fault really. Recommended.