Retro Atari Classics DS

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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 fromRetro 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. What game would include a version of Pong as part of its compilation? That has to tell you something. I can live with Breakout - but Pong? That's digging to the bottom of the barrel.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 3 out of 4
  1. TylerQ.
    Mar 19, 2005
    8
    The games just as fun as they ever were...some of them suffer from poorly inplemented/translatd touch screen..aslo would make things easier ifThe games just as fun as they ever were...some of them suffer from poorly inplemented/translatd touch screen..aslo would make things easier if you could reconfigure the buttons. all and all this is probaby my most fun ds game. Expand
  2. AB
    Apr 5, 2005
    3
    The idea of having portable classic Atari games is great. The idea of having only ten ridiculously translated, nearly unplayable portable The idea of having portable classic Atari games is great. The idea of having only ten ridiculously translated, nearly unplayable portable Atari games with corny graphics is not. Expand
  3. A.W.
    Dec 21, 2006
    3
    Right, I'm trying to think of a polite way to describe this, but I'm having a hard time. I love retro games, and I adore MAME, but Right, I'm trying to think of a polite way to describe this, but I'm having a hard time. I love retro games, and I adore MAME, but this compilation... No. I hate it. The remixes are dire, every time you lose a ball in arkanoid you're told "You Suck!" - actually no, if anyone sucks that'll be the developers, testers and graphicians ;) However, I could live with the nastiness of the remixes, if it weren't for the damage they've done on the originals as well... Breakout is a prime example - the play area is split across both screens, sounds good in theory, right? Wrong! Why? Well, the playfield alignment assumes there's no gap between the two screens... I've got news guys - there is a gap! This means that the ball suddenly seems to jump when it's halfway up or down the screen. Did anyone even playtest this on a real DS?!? Expand
  4. DukjinI.
    Dec 1, 2007
    0
    0 Absolute 0, well deserved. I can't believe critics rated this anywhere close to 50. If you look at the review list, you'll notice 0 Absolute 0, well deserved. I can't believe critics rated this anywhere close to 50. If you look at the review list, you'll notice all the REPUTABLE reviewers put it in the red, low scores. Given that there are ports of these games out there, I figured, "how bad can it be?". None of these games appear to be emulations of the originals in any way. They are each shoddily written games that sort of look like the original visually... until you play them. Then you find that the controls are bad, the movement doesn't match up... it's all incredibly annoying, because these are LICENSED! Why can't they just put the original code in? (and the remixes are even worse) I bought this for $10, and I want my money back. I only bought it because I figured if even ONE of the games was good, I'd enjoy it... DEFENDER, TEMPEST... CENTIPEDE... but they ALL look like the original, and play HORRIBLE (This is SHOVELWARE. Do not buy at any price. I would not take it for free. Categorically inferior to any PC emulator version. Horrible controls for several of the games (tempest is unplayable) ) Publisher should be ashamed. Expand