Pong, Crystal Castles, Millipede … no, this isn’t some bizarre word association game, nor have I finally cracked. These are just three of one hunded games being released as part of the Atari Flashback Classics collection.
The compendium of Atari 2600 Video Computer System and arcade games came out yesterday in Europe for the PS4 and Xbox One and has been released in two volumes containing fifty classic titles in each.
All of the games have been remastered in HD and as with many of these classic collections are boasting some rather nice extra features to boot. Not only will players receive an archive of artwork from each game but also be able to play online, compete for achievements and attempt to climb global leaderboards. This is something excellent in itself. Back in the day you found yourself trying to fit ten of your friends into your tiny bedroom while you all craned your necks over a 12 inch screen and argued over who got to be player one. Now you can put your feet up and rack those all important scores from afar and never even have to see your friends while you’re doing it.
“We are glad to bring these games to PS4 and Xbox One in Europe with our partners,” said Frederic Chesnais, CEO of Atari. “These games have been released more than 45 years ago, but there is always something new and exciting about them, and I am sure all players with enjoy them.”
Andy Pearson, Head of Marketing (Hardware and Tech) at distributors PQube said, “With reto gaming increasing in popularity, it’s great to see more classics get a new lease of life on two of todays best-selling consoles. Both games offer fantastic value for money and will help bring popular Atari 2600 games like Asteroids to a new generation of gamers.”
Volume one of the series will contain games such as Centipede, Stunt Cycle and Tempest. Volume two boasts titles such as Adventure, Double Dunk and Secret Quest. Either volume would be a great addition to a collection, especially for those gaming historians out there. If you rather like a bit of retro gaming, 50 (or even 100) games will keep you going for a good long time and with them coming from one of the more memorable early gaming systems, there is little reason for them to disappoint. Regardless, the 80s is getting another massive re-boot and you’re all invited; why not come along for the ride?