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‘Atari Flashback Classics’ Review: Relive History

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Atari Flashback Classics isn’t new. It has been released over the years on multiple platforms. Recently this collection was released on PS Vita and Nintendo Switch. Knowing how many of the 150 games in this collection I hold dear to gaming history, I wanted to carry that in my pocket. If you are over 35 you likely hold these games close to your heart as well, but is it worth owning? If you have a Switch or PS Vita, yes, yes it is.

Atari Flashback Classics doesn’t do much to change anything from previous releases, and that’s ok. Why mess with success? You will find pretty much everything from classic arcade to Atari 2600 console games, many unreleased in any other format since the original. Atari does a nice job of adding fun little side screen graphics to completely fill the screen, but honestly not much else is done to these classics, for good or bad, sometimes even bringing over known glitches unfortunately.

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Graphics are to be expected, dated yet classic. Most ports came over looking great. The only exception would be some of the Atari 5200 titles, but generally I would avoid most of these anyway, there was a reason this system bombed and was the start of the end for Atari’s home console business. Attention to detail was key in bringing all these titles over and Atari did a fantastic job with it.

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Audio and music also made the transition very well, porting all the bloops and bleeps you would ever want along with classic tunes you know and love. Controls when set to default left much to be desired, as I found the analog sticks to be very very sensitive until adjusted in the options menu. Thanks to CJ at UberStrategist for the tip, as many games were unplayable until I adjusted that.  

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Here is the full list of games included in Atari Flashback Classics:

  1. 3-D Tic-Tac-Toe 2600
  2. A Game of Concentration 2600
  3. Adventure 2600
  4. Adventure II 2600
  5. Air Raiders 2600
  6. Air-Sea Battle 2600
  7. Aquaventure 2600
  8. Armor Ambush 2600
  9. Asteroids 2600
  10. Asteroids Arcade
  11. Asteroids 5200
  12. Asteroids Deluxe Arcade
  13. Astroblast 2600
  14. Atari Baseball Arcade
  15. Atari Basketball Arcade
  16. Atari Football Arcade
  17. Atari Soccer Arcade
  18. Atari Video Cube 2600
  19. Avalanche Arcade
  20. Backgammon 2600
  21. Basic Math 2600
  22. Basketball 2600
  23. Black Widow Arcade
  24. Blackjack 2600
  25. Bowling 2600
  26. Brain Games 2600
  27. Breakout 2600
  28. Canyon Bomber 2600
  29. Canyon Bomber Arcade
  30. Casino 2600
  31. Centipede 2600
  32. Centipede Arcade
  33. Centipede 5200
  34. Championship Soccer 2600
  35. Checkers 2600
  36. Chess 2600
  37. Circus Atari 2600
  38. Code Breaker 2600
  39. Combat 2600
  40. Combat 2 2600
  41. Countermeasure 5200
  42. Crystal Castles 2600
  43. Crystal Castles Arcade
  44. Dark Cavern 2600
  45. Demons to Diamonds 2600
  46. Desert Falcon 2600
  47. Destroyer Arcade
  48. Dodge ‘Em 2600
  49. Dominos Arcade
  50. Double Dunk 2600
  51. Fatal Run 2600
  52. Final Legacy 5200
  53. Fire Truck/Smokey Joe Arcade
  54. Flag Capture 2600
  55. Football 2600
  56. Frog Pond 2600
  57. Frogs and Flies 2600
  58. Golf 2600
  59. Gravitar 2600
  60. Gravitar Arcade
  61. Hangman 2600
  62. Haunted House 2600
  63. Holey Moley 2600
  64. Home Run 2600
  65. Human Cannonball 2600
  66. International Soccer 2600
  67. Liberator Arcade
  68. Lunar Lander Arcade
  69. Major Havoc Arcade
  70. Maze Craze 2600
  71. Maze Invaders Arcade
  72. Micro-gammon 5200
  73. Millipede 5200
  74. Millipede 2600
  75. Millipede Arcade
  76. Miniature Golf 5200
  77. Miniature Golf 2600
  78. Missile Command 5200
  79. Missile Command 2600
  80. Missile Command Arcade
  81. Monte Carlo Arcade
  82. MotoRodeo 2600
  83. Night Driver 2600
  84. Off the Wall 2600
  85. Outlaw 2600
  86. Pong Arcade
  87. Pool Shark Arcade
  88. Quadrun 2600
  89. Race 2600
  90. Radar Lock 2600
  91. Realsports Baseball 5200
  92. Realsports Baseball 2600
  93. Realsports Basketball 5200
  94. Realsports Basketball 2600
  95. Realsports Boxing 2600
  96. Realsports Football 5200
  97. Realsports Football 2600
  98. Realsports Soccer 2600
  99. Realsports Tennis 5200
  100. Realsports Tennis 2600
  101. Realsports Volleyball 5200
  102. Realsports Volleyball 2600
  103. Red Baron Arcade
  104. Return to Haunted House 2600
  105. Saboteur 2600
  106. Save Mary 2600
  107. Sea Battle ™ 2600
  108. Secret Quest 2600
  109. Sentinel 2600
  110. Sky Diver Arcade
  111. Sky Diver 2600
  112. Slot Machine 2600
  113. Slot Racers 2600
  114. Space Attack 2600
  115. Space Duel Arcade
  116. Spacewar 2600
  117. Sprint Arcade
  118. Sprint Master 2600
  119. Star Raiders 5200
  120. Star Raiders 2600
  121. Star Strike 2600
  122. Starship 2600
  123. Steeplechase 2600
  124. Stellar Track 2600
  125. Street Racer 2600
  126. Stunt Cycle 2600
  127. Sub Commander 2600
  128. Super Baseball 2600
  129. Super Breakout 5200
  130. Super Breakout 2600
  131. Super Breakout Arcade
  132. Super Bug Arcade
  133. Super Challenge Baseball 2600
  134. Super Challenge Football 2600
  135. Super Football 2600
  136. Surround 2600
  137. Sword Fight 2600
  138. Swordquest: Earthworld 2600
  139. Swordquest: Fireworld 2600
  140. Swordquest: Waterworld 2600
  141. Tempest 2600
  142. Tempest Arcade
  143. Video Olympics 2600
  144. Video Pinball 2600
  145. Warlords 2600
  146. Warlords Arcade
  147. Wizard 2600
  148. Xari Arena 5200
  149. Yars’ Return 2600
  150. Yars’ Revenge 2600

Atari Flashback

Overall, Atari Flashback Classics is a must own for those who want to relive the past either for the first time or older players like myself looking for a huge collection of games to have available on the go. If you own a PS Vita or Nintendo Switch, do yourself a favor and pick up Atari Flashback Classics for hours and hours of enjoyment on the go!

Atari Flashback Classics is available now for Nintendo Switch and PlayStation Vita. This review is based on a PS Vita copy provided by the publisher for that purpose. 

Atari Flashback Classics

7.5

Graphics

8.0/10

Audio/Music

8.0/10

Gameplay

6.0/10

Entertainment Value

8.0/10

Pros

  • TONS of games!
  • Many classics everyone must play!

Cons

  • Controls are touchy until adjusted in options menu.
  • Some really crappy games were included.
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