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  • Summary: Retro Atari Classics features 10 original Atari games, including Pong, Missile Command, Asteroids, Breakout, Centipede, Tempest, Warlords, Gravitar, Lunar Lander and Sprint. Each title is playable in its original form as well as in the all new "Tagged" mode, featuring brand new looks from some of today's most popular graffiti artists, including REAS, Delta and Obey Giant. The game takes advantage of all the technical innovations the Nintendo DS brings to gaming including touch screen functionality for tighter game controls, up-to-four player wireless multiplayer, dual screen gameplay for larger game environments and the ability to play head-to-head against another player on the same Nintendo DS in classic arcade fashion. [Atari] Expand
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 17
  2. Negative: 9 out of 17
  1. Those with good stylus support (particularly "Centipede" and "Missle Command") are an absolute blast. [May 2005, p.128]
  2. The graffiti probably could have had a bit more work done to it but they probably wanted to retain the same character and feel of the original games.
  3. Touch control is spotty for certain games, but the Control Pad is a reliable backup. [May 2005, p.91]
  4. The few games even available aren’t faithfully recreated, are mostly on the dull side, and feature remix styles that will mostly make you want to puke.
  5. 45
    If you're dying to relive the classics, buy the actual Atari system and all the games - it can hardly set you back more than $20. At least you'll play the original, and won't have to face the travesty of the remixed modes.
  6. An average package by anyone’s standards, especially given that most people’s mobile phones can play a mean version of most of the games on the cartridge for a similar cost per title.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 3 out of 4