In addition, Atari’s press release promises “precision control” via the Steam Controller, which could be quite appealing if done correctly. Many classic Atari games like Centipede originally used a trackball controller, which few PC users today have access to. But the Steam Controller’s unique touch pads can mimic the feel of a trackball quite well, so they could be excellent for playing these classics.
So what do you get for your hard earned money here. Well you get 100 classic Atari games. A handful of them are Arcade versions but the greater majority of them are Atari 2600 games. Controls are a bit funky but they were with that Atari joystick that we had to keep taking apart and fixing all the time too. There's certainly some standout games like Asteroids, Centipede, Missile Command, Tempest, and Crystal Castles. There's some seriously retro ones for you game historians that want to say you've played the earliest of games like Pong, Breakout, Outlaw, and Combat. Then there's a host of ones that have been forgotten Yar's Revenge, Sword Quest, and Haunted House. I think there's literally something for everyone in this package, if you like seriously retro games.
Microsoft and Atari this morning launched the , where you can play eight classic Atari games, including Asteroids, Centipede, Combat, Lunar Lander, Missile Command, Yars Revenge, Pong, and Super Breakout. All the games have been completely remade in HTML5 and boast touch support as well as multi-player capabilities, letting you challenge your friends online. Though the Arcade is launching with eight games, Atari is striving to add additional titles from its library over time.
The thing is, classic Atari games such as Space Invaders, Pong and Breakout were, despite their visual limitations, much more complex than our modern minds give them credit for. Indeed, many of these games set in place the fundamental mechanics that modern titles are still utilising – and they are deceptively deep, even for a Deep Mind AI gamer.