• Publisher: Atari
  • Release Date: Dec 19, 2007

Mixed or average reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. Having reviewed multiple compilations, I find that Atari Classics Evolved definitely stands out as one of the best in quite some time. The care taken in presentation and adaptation to a portable format is impressive, with only minor flaws to hold it back.
  2. Atari Classics Evolved is a tight, concise little value-priced collection of honest-to-goodness great retro games. It's well worth the asking price and even offers a little more than you'd expect.
  3. If you're up for the challenge, and you want to trace the lineage of some of your favorite games of all times by exploring their heritage, you simply can't afford to pass up Atari Classics Evolved.
  4. There's also a challenging award system to work through, with over fifty unlockable Atari 2600 games once you earn them all.
  5. Overall, this game's got more than you might expect for the price, but it's still missing things that serious retro gamers on the go are looking for.
  6. Many of the games - including a few of the unlockable classics (like Yar’s Revenge) - fit wonderfully on the PSP. Then there are games like Centipede where the control scheme is not very well suited for Sony’s handheld and thus will become the games you will avoid.
  7. 70
    Fans of old school games will find something to like here, so check it out if you're a classic gaming nut.
  8. 70
    My consoles are where I play the big, "important" games like BioShock, Uncharted, and Super Mario Galaxy. For the PSP, which I use while in transit on a flight or on a long, not-so-great vacation, this collection may have its fair share of flaws, but it fits my needs more or less to a tee.
  9. 70
    Though some games are more fun than others, they're all classics, and always worth revisiting.
  10. 65
    Of the 11 included games, every version of Asteroids is awful; Centipede and Millipede are physically uncomfortable; Pong is neat -- in one game mode, anyway -- but like Super Breakout, the controls have been lost in translation; Missile Command and Lunar Lander are good games revamped to somehow look worse than the originals; and Tempest, Battlezone, and Warlords just might be worth buying.
  11. A pretty standard classics collection. On its own it's exceedingly average, but if you've got a soft spot for one or more of these games, the awards might make it worth your time.
  12. These are some of gaming's all-time classics, and they still deliver. It's just that, like a swimsuit model who just happens to be wearing muddy, chicken crap-encrusted overalls over her bikini, some of the magic of the original games is concealed by adjustments that were made but not needed or needed but not made.
  13. The "evolved" angle isn't worth much, unless you really want the ultimate Warlords experience (which is admittedly awesome).
  14. But the good news is that Tempest, Pong and Warlords are all very good fun.
  15. Atari Classics Evolved might be more cynical cash grab than fan service, but its sheer game count and variety make up for a lot if you find yourself with a nostalgic twitch. [Feb 2008, p.86]
  16. This collection of classics and their updates is a frustrating mix of old-school fun and dumb design choices.
  17. On the one hand, there are more than sixty games available in portable form. Some of them have even been genuinely enhanced, if you're interested. Unfortunately, many players probably won't have the patience to unlock the full library of classics and will be stuck with the eleven that are available from the start.
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  1. Jun 8, 2012
    As an old school gamer, who spent many-a-quarter in arcades on all of these games, I am happy with this collection. I'm happy with theAs an old school gamer, who spent many-a-quarter in arcades on all of these games, I am happy with this collection. I'm happy with the game=play, I'm happy with the choice of games, I'm even happy with the updates and changes made. I like these updates better than the updates on the PS One collection. The reason I don't give the game a better score is because the unlock to get to those juicy original 2600 games, That I bought the bloody disk for is.....

    I can't think of a term that isn't vulgar.

    Imagine being a given a game system, and every game that was made for it, the only trick is you have to parkour (yes that is spelled correctly no matter what the idiotic spell checker says, what does it use an Alabama dictionary?) Anyway, you have to parkour naked through the entire city of San-Francisco and you have exactly 4 minutes to accomplish it.

    I don't want to have to be a bloody master of Warlords to be able to play the 2600 version of Warlords! I'm old now! These games are for us old farts who are wasting time looking back at all the time we wasted! Who ever came up with the idea that you had to get every achievement in the game to unlock the games that are, by proxy of age the crappiest games on the disk, needs to be made to graduate from the Marine Corps Boot Camp, and given a blanket party on a nightly basis!

    If you love Arcade Classics and have a PSP, then you owe it to yourself to get this version. Just don't expect to see the Atari 2600 games unless your some sort of hardcore-retro-masochist that doesn't want to make time for modern game that are hundreds of times better looking, and just as fun to boot.
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