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Atari’s Greatest Hits Come to the iPhone and iPad

by Sean P. Aune | April 7, 2011April 7, 2011 2:00 pm PDT

Atari's Greatest Hits CentipedeClassic gaming has come to the iPhone and iPad in a big way with the release of Atari’s Greatest Hits (iTunes link).  While the app emulator itself is free, and comes with the classic game of Pong, additional games will cost you 99¢ for a four pack, or $14.99 for a whopping total of 100 games.  (you can see the full list at the bottom of this post)

The games are a mixture of some of the classic arcade titles from the company such as Asteroid, Battlezone, Red Baron, Centipede and so on, mixed in with games from the Atari 2600.  The title selection looks fairly similar to what we’ve seen for Game Room on Xbox Live, but at least these are portable and can go with you on a plane.  You have to give it to Atari, they’re certainly getting a lot of mileage out of these old games as of late.

In addition to the games themselves, you also get a bit of a museum with each game pack.  Additional materials include things such as scans of original manuals and pictures of the original arcade cabinets.  You also get to customize certain aspects of the games in ways you never could back in the old days.

Potentially one of the most amusing aspects of this release is that the app supports the iCade gaming add-on for the iPad.  Shaped like a classic arcade gaming cabinet, the iCade works over Bluetooth to allow to place your tablet in the device with no connectors, and then get your classic gaming fix with the feel of a real joystick and those classic action buttons.  (Although we hope your buttons stay cleaner than they ever did in the arcades.)

As someone who grew up in the time of the golden age of 1980’s arcades, I am all for this idea.  Now, excuse me while I go and get in some quality time with Red Baron.

What do you think?  Is classic gaming on modern devices a good thing or a waste of storage space and money?

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 ‘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


Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...

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