Mixed or average reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 15
  2. Negative: 2 out of 15
  1. If you love retro throw backs, this is one of the best collections I've ever played. Atari Anthology is cheap, it is loaded with bonus features, and it comes packed with some of the biggest video games of all time!
  2. I'm really pleased to see the inclusion of a good selection of original arcade ports as well. [Jan 2005, p.119]
  3. Those who remember the days of the rollerball and paddle controller and have a deep yearning to return could happily fork out ten to twenty quid for this, but anyone with less than a burning desire to revisit their youth may not feel that their reddies went in the right direction.
  4. Not every game is a winner, as some selection and control issues get in the way. Still, this is a tremendous value with hours upon hours of replay, and it's a great history lesson for those who think everything began with Nintendo.
  5. Those who grew up playing these games and have forgotten how bad they look will be reminded, but will still enjoy the simplicity of the gameplay, coupled with a severe hand-eye coordination workout.
  6. 76
    Atari Anthology will prove two things to anyone who buys it; that Atari was truly an arcade force to be reckoned with, and that they had terrible problems developing titles for their own console.
  7. Many things: packed, fun, annoying, and humorously ironic. [Jan 2005, p.80]
  8. The problem is - here it comes - the painfully oversensitive controls mar the nostalgia. [Feb 2005, p.92]
  9. For $ 19.99 it certainly is worth the price as long as you remember the games are the way they were made and not enhanced versions.
  10. But if you know the difference between a Mame emulator and a Lame encoder, this could be right up your eight-colour alley.
  11. A great way to relive some of the high points of classic gaming. However, the less-than-perfect emulation tarnishes what would otherwise have been an incredible trip down memory lane.
  12. Gamers under about the age of 25 will frankly be utterly amazed at how basic things were back then, while those old enough to have owned (and who knows, maybe loved) a 2600, or hung around the arcades will have a few hours of curiosity sated before moving well and truly on.
  13. 60
    Any way you cut it, 20 bucks for 85 games is a pretty damn good deal. But it's more quantity over quality in this package, as the development team just scattered all of this good stuff into an unorganized mess of a classic compilation.
  14. Ninety-five per cent of these games are rubbish, but you just can't help a quick trip down memory lane.
  15. The way forward is to embrace the future, and let the games of old contained on this disc finally Rest In Peace. [Xbox World]

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