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Title: Atari Flashback Classics Vol. 1
Manufacturer: AtGames
Platform: Sony PlayStation 4
Release Date: 2016
Part #: 2101984
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
ESRB Rating: Everyone

Rating: AtGames' Atari Flashback Classics Vol. 1 Classic Retro Video Game Review Rating ESRB Classic Video Game Rating
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When you hear the term Atari Flashback, you may imediately think of the mini consoles from AtGames that appear each holiday season. AtGames too their Flashback concept to modern consoles. While they updated the Atri Flashback in 2016, they also released a portable unit with an SD slot for adding additional games. To top that, thet brought 100 Atari retro games to the PS4 and Xbox One!

This review focuses on the first of the two volumes. Each release features 50 games comprised mostly of Atari 2600 games, but also featuring a handful arcade versions. Often both home and arcade versions are included.

Atari Flashback Classics Vol. 1 Game Play

Most retro gamers will agree that classic games are best played on original consoles. I agree with that, but I think it's also important for amazing games from the 70s and 80s to be on retail shelves with modern games. So, from a point of view of exposure, I think compilation discs showcase part of video game history in a remarkably enjoyable manner.

As for control and game play, the PS4 controller does a great job bringing these games to life. While modern games have frequent cut-scenes and feature less twitch, we forget how manic and insane early 8-bit games really were. With this in mind, I'm very happy with the control aspects of these games. The manic frenzy of despair really set in as you frantically try to save the world against incoming alien invaders.

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This is the first software release by AtGames. They are known for the Atari, Coleco Sega, and Intellivision Flashback mini consoles. Containing between 60 and 100 games,
these devices easily connect to your TV and play the built-in games. Bringing Atari VCS and arcade games to modern platforms is a terrific leap forward!

If you love retro games and want to experience some great Atari arcade and 2600 games, this is a great game! We loved all the arcade games and many of the 2600 games. Where a bit of frustration settles in focuses on the selection of home-released 2600 games.

Compilation games used to be a familliar sight at game stores. These days, most retro games are only available via download. This taints these classic gems as "games for Dad" while the kids enjoy the recent blockbuster titles. Having physical releases of these two games is an imoprtant step toward retaining the history of the video game industry and it's future legacy.

Atari Flashback Classics Volume 1 Game List:

  1. 3D Tic Tac Tow
  2. Air Sea Battle
  3. Backgammon
  4. Basketball
  5. Black Widow (arcade)
  6. Bowling
  7. Brain games
  8. Canyon bomber
  9. Centipede
  10. Centipede (arcade)
  11. Circus Atari
  12. Combat
  13. Combat 2
  14. Desert falcon
  15. Dodge-em
  16. Fatal run
  17. Football
  18. Homerun
  19. Human cannonball
  20. Liberator (arcade)
  21. Lunar lander (arcade)
  22. Millipede
  23. Millipede (arcade)
  24. Minigolf
  25. Pong (arcade)
  26. Quadrun
  27. Radar lock
  28. RS Volleyball
  29. RS Boxing
  30. RS Football
  31. RS Soccer
  32. Save Mary
  33. Slot machine
  34. Slot racers
  35. Space duel (arcade)
  36. Sprint master
  37. Star raiders
  38. Steeplechase
  39. Stunt cycle
  40. Super baseball
  41. Super football
  42. Sword quest EW
  43. Sword quest FW
  44. Sword quest WW
  45. Tempest
  46. Tempest (arcade)
  47. Video Olympics
  48. Warlords
  49. Warlords (arcade)
  50. Yars' revenge
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Final Judgement:

AtGames' Atari Flashback Classics Vol. 1

puts favorite arcade games next to their home console versions. We loved playing these games at home, but we all knew the arcade was the real deal. This compilation is a great look back in time and will let you play a great selection of games from the history of video games.

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