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89

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 0 out of 15
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  1. Nov 15, 2022
    100
    I’ve believed for a long time that the games industry doesn’t value its history the way other media does, and collections like this serve as a shining light that perhaps this attitude may change in the future.
  2. Nov 14, 2022
    100
    Can a retro game compilation get by solely as an educational look into gaming history? Atari 50: The Anniversary Celebration offers the most compelling evidence yet that yes, they can. The nice thing about this set is that it doesn’t have to get by on that alone. There is a nice mix of games here that is worth diving into. That being said, the outstanding walk through history is the most impressive and fascinating part of this endeavor, bringing new life into the games it talks about. An essential work for all fans of gaming history.
  3. Nov 14, 2022
    100
    To say that the Atari 50: The Anniversary Celebration is jam packed with content is an understatement. Atari and Digital Eclipse really did a great job with this release and you can tell a lot of work went into making it. Despite some of the odd game choices and the inclusion of terrible Atari XE games this is a fantastic collection overall and should not be missed by anyone. Even if you find Atari rather primitive, you owe it to yourself to take this collection for a spin. The tons of informative interviews, promotion material and superior game list makes this release worth every penny. Highly Recommended!
  4. 100
    Not every Atari game stands up today as a playable masterpiece, and that’s just fine. Atari 50: The Anniversary Celebration provides just about the best contextually driven system for playing and appreciating classic retro games that I’ve ever hit, and it’s an absolute must-have for any gamer of any age. I mean, Tempest 2000 is worth the price of admission alone, but along the way, you’ll learn a lot about gaming history, gaming development and even the weird and wonderful deals and dodgy antics that Atari got up to in its golden age.
  5. 95
    As an interactive timeline and a virtual exhibit, Atari 50 is unparalleled. No other historical collection comes close to how awesome this is as a context-rich story (the only ones that do are also from the same developer). I hope that this style of giving historical context and not just presenting a list of 40-year-old games without any explanation is the trend going forward for packages like this. Even if I’m not chomping at the bit to play some RealSports Football, I’m thrilled that I now know its place in the grand history of Atari.
  6. Nov 13, 2022
    95
    Atari 50: The Anniversary Celebration isn’t just a treasure trove of hard-to-find titles, it’s a love letter to gaming’s history. Besides simply playing these classics — some of which have been updated with improved graphics — you get a rich history lesson about the company. Candid interviews provide a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at what it was like working at the company and give you insight into the development of these older games. This context allows you to view these classics in an entirely new light.
  7. Nov 17, 2022
    90
    Atari 50: The Anniversary Celebration offers a completely new, very fun way to explore several decades of Atari arcade machines, consoles, handhelds, and PCs.
  8. Nov 14, 2022
    90
    Whether you’re looking for a nostalgic kick, curious to check out rare titles, or looking to bone up on games of a bygone era, Atari 50: The Anniversary Celebration has you covered. Yes, some odd omissions, seemingly from something other than licensing, leave you wondering. And there are numerous redundant and “one time is enough” games. But the rare gems are worth finding, playing, and replaying.
  9. Nov 14, 2022
    90
    This is not a collection of fantastic games, but a fantastic history lesson about gaming's most important company. Atari 50: The Anniversary Celebration is a journey that begins from the distant '70s, with Pong and the 2600, goes through the 7800 and Jaguar eras, and actually concludes… today, as besides all the classic titles, small documentary-like videos, and so on, this even includes reimagined titles, plus unreleased prototypes - and more. Digital Eclipse crafted a rightful tribute to a legendary pioneer.
  10. Nov 13, 2022
    80
    Atari 50: The Anniversary Celebration offers a comprehensive interactive history that meticulously chronicles the company’s remarkable beginnings and eventual sell-off. But due to licensing issues, expect to see some series gaps in the package’s collection of playable games.
  11. Nov 11, 2022
    80
    Atari 50: The Anniversary Celebration is a monument to the gaming industry, and with new titles is an easy recommend for Atari and Video Game history fans.
  12. Nov 11, 2022
    80
    Fifty years is a long old time to remain even slightly relevant in the games industry, and whilst this package probably wont win too many new fans, it gives retro fans a great walk down memory lane.
  13. Nov 11, 2022
    80
    More than just a retro compilation, this is a fascinating attempt to create an interactive history of Atari, that goes above and beyond in terms of trawling the archives and creating new remakes.
  14. Nov 11, 2022
    80
    That it’s called 'The Anniversary Celebration' rather than 'collection' is a substitution of phrases that couldn’t be more apt. With its smooth, fast, and perfectly-pitched interface, and rich, thoughtfully created content, Atari 50 really is an honouring of the company that founded the industry. It’s true that its content is going to have a greater appeal to an older generation of gamers, to today’s parents (and grandparents) who grew up in the whirlwind of the '70s and '80s arcade scene. For them, reliving moments and experiences that used to cost a pocketful of coins will be joyful. For others, understanding the appeal of a lot of these games will take work, and few of the titles outside of the Lynx and Jaguar catalogues are easy to pick up and play for the uninitiated. At the same time, Atari 50 is so thorough and engrossing a retro gaming tunnel, akin to exploring a virtual museum, that it transcends its target audience somewhat. For those interested in video gaming’s history, the unearthing of the past, and for gamers not afraid of what today is considered rudimentary, there’s a great deal of enjoyment to be had in this trip down memory lane.
  15. Nov 16, 2022
    75
    Atari 50: The Anniversary Celebration is about as definitive an Atari celebration as you can get. It doubles as both a game collection and an extensive history lesson on one of gaming's forefathers. Not every title is a winner, but in the end, younger players will gain a better appreciation for Atari's contributions and how far gaming has come.
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  1. Nov 14, 2022
    It’s so detailed and sprawling that it feels like a history lesson told in a way that’s completely native to video games. The biggest compliment I can give it is that I now want this for every retro collection.
User Score
8.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
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  1. Nov 15, 2022
    10
    "Atari 50: The Anniversary Celebration" is a unique and amazing look at the dawn of the video game industry, with Atari at the forefront. This"Atari 50: The Anniversary Celebration" is a unique and amazing look at the dawn of the video game industry, with Atari at the forefront. This is no collection unlike any other... 103 games, emphemera, photos, video interviews, flyers, promo materials, top secret files & more! This collection includes games from the Atari 2600, 5200, 7800, 8 bit computer line and YES, Jaguar and Lynx games (for the first time!) Digital Eclipse built an emulator for the project, even! This is the NEW standard for how all such collections should be in the future, and even though it took 50 years to get there, I'm glad that Digital Eclipse was at the help. Mike Mika & Stephen Frost and team have done a great job here with this amazing game! Digital Eclipse also created 5 new 'Reimagined' games from the ground up, which are amazing! These are: Quadratank, Haunted Houses, VCTR-SCTR (my favorite), Yars Reimagined, Neo Breakout (so fun!) and SwordQuest: Airworld (which was never completed over 40 years ago!) The videos includes are on an 'interactive timeline,' which begs you to explore the highs and lows of Atari's stellar 50 year history, from the arcade origins to the 90's and beyond! It's pretty amazing stuff. Check out my full review on my website ballistikcoffeeboy or on YouTube under the same name. Grab your copy today! Available for: Switch (standard and steelbook edition), PS4, PS5, Xbox, Steam, and soon also on the Atari VCS! Price is $39.99 for standard, $49.99 for the steelbook edition! A++ Full Review »