iOS Retro Gaming: Atari Greatest Hits

Following on from my previous Atari post, I thought I’d one again take a look at Atari’s retro gaming offerings for the iPad.

Atari Greatest Hits is a collection of 99 Atari hits from both the Atari 2600 home console and the coin-op arcade originals and are grouped together as packs of four themed games genres available to buy from the app store for Β£0.69.

Each game is presented in it’s original format but has been updated for ipad/iphone touch screen control (and hopefully soon with the Atari arcade joystick/iPad dock).

The app interface is very polished and divided into separate sections for arcade machine, Atari 2600 console games and a full index allowing you to browse fro games by genre.

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The arcade machine lobby is by far my favourite and displays all of the coin op cabinets on a rotating wheel that can be scrolled with a swipe on the touch pad. Gotta love the artwork on these cabinets, before the days of nondescript Jamma cabs and boring black boxes.

In this section, there’s a total of 18 vintage Atari Arcade classics which should cater for everyone’s taste and are some of Atari’s finest games they’ve produced. For crusty old gamers this is arcade nirvana πŸ™‚

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Selecting the info button provides game info and access to various screenshots.

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Downloading the app gives you access to Missile Command for free. The touch screen control takes a little while to get used but certainly on games like Missile Command I’d say is the next best thing to the arcade trackball.

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Over in the console section, there are 81 Atari 2600 games to play. As all of these are Atari produced, it’s a mixed bag of cracking games and…well, quite a few duff titles too πŸ™‚ but hey, is a great trip down memory lane.

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Likewise, clicking on the info button provides further game info and access to those wonderful screenshot…like this one from ‘golf’…..oh dear πŸ˜‰

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Which version to play?

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It’s a damn shame that there isn’t any Activision titles in this collection though, but then again it wouldn’t be called Atari greatest hits! Kaboom would be so cool with great touchscreen controls.

Although this collection does contain a few iffy titles, at 0.69 for four games it’s pretty good value. Even better, you can buy the whole 99 game pack in one go for a bargain price of Β£14.99….and even better news is that at the moment Atari have slashed the price down to just Β£6.99. At that price It’s worth it just to play the 18 arcade games so once I’ve finished typing this post I think i’ll take them up on their offer whilst it lasts.

Here’s the complete game list –

Asteroid Pack
1. Asteroid
2. Asteroid Deluxe
3. Asteroids 2600
4. Canyon Bomber – Bluetooth Multiplayer

Battlezone Pack
1. Battlezone
2. Red Baron
3. Air-Sea Battle – BLUETOOTH MULTIPLAYER
4. Submarine Commander

Centipede Pack
1. Centipede
2. Millipede
3. Centipede 2600
4. Millipede 2600

Black Widow Pack
1. Black Widow
2. Space Duel – BLUETOOTH MULTIPLAYER
3. Desert Falcon
4. Space War

Crystal Castles Pack
1. Crystal Castles
2. Crystal Castls 2600
3. Surround – BLUETOOTH MULTIPLAYER
4. Maze Craze

Gravitar Pack
1. Gravitar
2. Gravitar 2600
3. Radar Lock
4. Demons to Diamonds – BLUETOOTH MULTIPLAYER

Star Raiders Pack
1. Star Raiders
2. Liberator
3. Star Ship – BLUETOOTH MULTIPLAYER
4. Human Cannonball

Missile Command Pack
1. Missile Command
2. Missile Command 2600
3. Fun with Numbers
4. Flag Capture – BLUETOOTH MULTIPLAYER

Lunar Lader Pack
1. Lunar Lander
2. Sky diver – BLUETOOTH MULTIPLAYER
3. Video Pinball
4. Code Breaker

Super Breakout Pack
1. Super Breakout
2. Breakout – BLUETOOTH MULTIPLAYER
3. Off – the – Wall
4. Circus Atari – BLUETOOTH MULTIPLAYER

Tempest Pack
1. Tempest – BLUETOOTH MULTIPLAYER
2. Tempest 2600 – BLUETOOTH MULTIPLAYER
3. Outlaw
4. Atari Video Cube

Majar Havoc Pack
1. Major Havoc
2. Secret Quest
3. Sentinel
4. Yars Revenge – BLUETOOTH MULTIPLAYER

Warlords Pack
1. Warlords – BLUETOOTH MULTIPLAYER
2. Warlords 2600
3. Combat – BLUETOOTH MULTIPLAYER
4. Combat 2 – BLUETOOTH MULTIPLAYER

Adventure Pack
1. Adventure
2. Haunted House
3. Return to Haunted House
4. Save Mary

Tic-Tac-Toe Pack
1. 3d Tic-Tac-Toe
2. A game of concentration
3. Backgammon
4. Brain Games

Fatal Run Pack
1. Fatal Run
2. Dodge β€˜Em
3. Night Driver
4. Street Racer – BLUETOOTH MULTIPLAYER

Quadrun Pack
1. Quadrun
2. Slot Racers – BLUETOOTH MULTIPLAYER
3. Stellar Track
4. Math Gran Prix

Casino Pack
1. Casino – BLUETOOTH MULTIPLAYER
2. Slot Machine
3. Video Checkers
4. Video Chess

Sword Quest Pack
1. Swordquest Earthworld
2. Swordquest Fireworld
3. Swordquest Waterworld
4. Sprintmaster

Championship Soccer Pack
1. Championship Soccer – BLUETOOTH MULTIPLAYER
2. Golf
3. Double Dunk
4. Basketball

Football Pack
1. Football – BLUETOOTH MULTIPLAYER
2. Home Run
3. Miniature Golf
4. Bowling

Real Sports Basketball Pack
1. Realsports Basketball – BLUETOOTH MULTIPLAYER
2. Realsports Boxing – BLUETOOTH MULTIPLAYER
3. Realsports Tennis – BLUETOOTH MULTIPLAYER
4. Realsports Baseball – BLUETOOTH MULTIPLAYER

Real Sports Football Pack
1. Realsports Football – BLUETOOTH MULTIPLAYER
2. Realsports Soccer – BLUETOOTH MULTIPLAYER
3. Realsports Vollyball – BLUETOOTH MULTIPLAYER
4. Video Olympics – BLUETOOTH MULTIPLAYER

Battlezone Pack
1. Battlezone 2600
2. Super Breakout 2600
3. Super Baseball
4. Super Football

Hangman Pack
1. Hangman
2. Black Jack
3. Steeplechase

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