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The 103 classic games that did, and didn’t, make the Atari 50 anniversary cut

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The box art for <em>Atari 50</em> includes teases of various console designs and game box art images.
Enlarge / The field artwork for Atari 50 consists of teases of assorted console designs and recreation field artwork photos.

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Earlier this yr, information emerged about one more Atari classic-gaming compilation meant to have fun the corporate’s fiftieth anniversary. As we have seen fairly a couple of Atari-branded collections through the years, we puzzled precisely what form Atari 50‘s collection of “over 100 video games” would take forward of its launch on SteamXbox One, PS4, and Nintendo Switch on November 8.

Due to a European retailer listing that emerged over the weekend, we now have an apparently closing record of the Atari 50 collection of video games: 103 in all, as unfold throughout arcade cupboards, six console households, and a collection of “reimagined,” newly coded video games and ports. The decision: It is fairly good, but it is nonetheless a obtrusive reminder that the compilation would possibly higher be named “Atari Corp. 50.”

Lacking vowels and particulars about Vctr Sctr (for now)

We’ll break this text up into platform-specific lists, which every embody our personal notes and evaluation, and we’ll begin with the least-surprising record. This assortment’s stewards at Digital Eclipse (TMNT: The Cowabunga Collection) had already introduced plans to “reimagine” six video games past the unique code equipped by Atari’s archives, and these alone might be definitely worth the worth of admission for ’70s and ’80s gaming stalwarts.

Two of those, Haunted Home and Yars’ Revenge Reimagined, have been introduced as easy modern-graphic variations of their Atari 2600 counterparts, and whereas we belief Digital Eclipse’s monitor report, we have now but to see precisely how these two video games have been rebuilt, or whether or not they lean on basic pixel designs or new 3D property. Two extra video games sound like souped-up, fashionable remixes of their authentic counterparts: Quadratank (a four-player touch-up of the 2600’s Tank) and Neo Breakout (which mixes Breakout and Pong as a two-player versus recreation).

The final two reimagined video games within the assortment are probably the most intriguing. Vctr Sctr will mix “gameplay from quite a lot of vector arcade classics” right into a newly remixed expertise. It is unclear whether or not this new recreation will break classics up into mini-games or smush them collectively into a brand new recreation expertise, however both manner, the unique Atari arcade library was wealthy with vector-driven video games to select from. Moreover, Swordquest: Airworld is a brand new sequel to the 2600’s three-part Swordquest sequence.

This week’s leak doesn’t embody any beforehand unknown video games within the above “reimagined” class. For surprises, we should always transfer on to the compilation’s collection of arcade cupboard video games:

  • Akka Arrh (1982, unreleased)
  • Asteroids (1979)
  • Asteroids Deluxe (1980)
  • Black Widow (1982)
  • Breakout (1976)
  • Centipede (1980)
  • Cloak & Dagger (1983)
  • Crystal Castles (1983)
  • Hearth Truck (1978)
  • Meals Combat (1983)
  • Gravitar (1982)
  • I, Robotic (1983)
  • Liberator (1982)
  • Lunar Lander (1979)
  • Main Havoc (1983)
  • Maze Invaders (1981)
  • Millipede (1982)
  • Missile Command (1980)
  • Pong (1972)
  • Quantum (1982)
  • Area Duel (1982)
  • Dash 8 (1977)
  • Tremendous Breakout (1978)
  • Tempest (1980)
  • Warlords (1980)

Since these lists are alphabetical, this choice’s greatest shock is on the high. Akka Arrh is likely one of the uncommon few Atari arcade video games to be canceled and someway keep away from a wider on-line launch or leak within the years that adopted. That modified in 2019 because of a controversial dumping of a rare cabinet’s ROM chips, so this recreation’s inclusion is not essentially a world premiere for MAME fans. Nonetheless, Digital Eclipse and Atari Corp. deserve credit score for shaking arms and giving followers a reliable path towards buying and having fun with this unreleased recreation. (Atari Corp. had beforehand achieved this for the unreleased arcade recreation Maze Invaders, which launched on Atari Flashback Classics Vol. 3 in 2018.)

The gathering’s greatest concession is made clear by the date vary within the above record. Discover that no cupboards past the yr 1983 seem. That is no accident. Shortly after the early Eighties online game business crash, the corporate’s company masters at Warner opted to break Atari into parts and sell them. The hardware-focused division, Atari Corp., is liable for this yr’s anniversary compilation, whereas Atari Video games, Inc., went on to launch many unbelievable Atari-branded arcade video games earlier than ultimately being acquired by Halfway—which, this a few years later, is now controlled by Warner Bros. Discovery. (An opportunity corporate-gaming reunion, then!)

Thus, Atari Corp. and Digital Eclipse apparently haven’t licensed many notable “Atari” arcade classics from their present license holders at WBD. That record is kind of lengthy, however simply counting the yr 1984, that leaves out the megaton video games Paperboy and Marble Insanity, with the legendary likes of Gauntlet and 720 following a couple of years later. Equally, something with a big Hollywood tie-in, like 1983’s Star Wars, additionally does not make the reduce.

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