Atari 50th anniversary bundle includes more than 90 games spanning six platforms

Shawn Knight

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In a nutshell: Atari is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a collection of more than 90 playable games spanning six platforms and generations. Atari 50: The Anniversary Celebration features a smattering of games that originally appeared on the Atari 2600, 5200, 7800, Atari 8-bit computers, Lynx, Jaguar and the arcade. It marks the first time that games from the Jaguar and Lynx will be playable on modern platforms.

A complete list of games is not yet available, although Atari said some of them have not been available "for ages."

The bundle is much more than your ordinary assortment of games. In addition to the originals, it'll include five interactive timelines filled with archival photos, behind-the-scenes content and over 60 minutes of exclusive interviews to explore. Digital Eclipse, the developer behind the project, has also created six new games that "revisit, mash-up and reimagine Atari Classics." Those new titles are as follows:

  • Swordquest: AirWorld – Yes, you read that right: After nearly 40 years of waiting, the team at Digital Eclipse has created the fourth and final entry in the legendary Swordquest series, inspired by the design concepts of original Swordquest creator Tod Frye. Who will be the first to solve its mysteries – and finally complete the quest?
  • Haunted Houses – The original "survival horror" game for the Atari 2600 gets a modern 3D voxel-based sequel, featuring more houses, more spooky situations, and more urns.
  • VCTR-SCTR – This mashup celebration of the vector era of gaming combines the gameplay from Asteroids, Tempest, and other vector-based arcade classics into a single, continuous challenge.
  • Neo Breakout – An amazing and addictive two-player competition that combines the best features of Breakout and Pong, with a modern graphic style.
  • Quadratank – The first new entry in the classic Tank series since 1978 combines features from the original games with four-player fun in team or free-for-all modes.
  • Yars' Revenge Reimagined – Howard Scott Warshaw's masterpiece for the Atari 2600 gets a whole new look – and you can swap between original and modern graphics at any time! Designed by Digital Eclipse studio head Mike Mika, who created the Game Boy Color version of Yars' Revenge in 1999.

Atari 50: The Anniversary Celebration is heading to most modern platforms including the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Atari VCS, Steam and the Epic Games Store in the fourth quarter of 2022.

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TheBigT42

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If you were a kid in the early late 70's/early 80's, you got to experience something that would never truly be repeated. Being young at the dawn of the computer age was something else.
You know it. I got my start on a TRS-80 Model I. I had an Intellivision first then the world opened up to me when I got my C64. Calling BBSs at 300, 1200, 2400 bauds was a thrill.
 

Uncle Al

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LOL .... I cut my teeth in the computer labs at U of L on a Western Union teletype running at the amazing speed of 150 baud ..... Oh those were the days when you could start a download then go out for a late breakfast, stay through lunch and pick up the finished product just before leaving to go home .......
 

Mugsy

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I had to go to the neighbor's house to get my Atari VCS fix.

The artwork on the cartridge boxes often bared little-to-no resemblance to game graphics. But the box got you to buy them anyway. Imagic's "Demon Attack" was amazing with all it's multi-colored aliens and speed ("NO flickering!")

Going to the video arcade to see the latest new hit game was how you spent every weekend. And I would have given my eye teeth for a "high resolution" 640x480 VGA monitor in the days before PC's.
 

bviktor

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Too bad all Atari games suck @ss from a straw. It was a novelty at the time, but other than that.... meh. Same goes for NES btw. They started getting enjoyable by SNES somewhat, and started to really shine with the PS1.