Many moons ago, at the dawn of gaming, kids filled arcades on every corner of the globe. Some of them also went home to an Atari Jaguar, Atari 2600, etc. To get lost in these magical pixelated landscapes. If you were once one of these kids, and you’re looking for a dose of nostalgia, then Atari has you covered with the launch of Atari 50: The Anniversary Celebration.
A Walk Down Memory Lane
Atari 50: The Anniversary Celebration is a massive collection of classic Atari games available on all platforms. Whether you’re a die-hard fan who grew up with these games or a disgruntled gamer who is tired of micro-transactions looking to relive the good old days. This game has a little of everything for you, and there’s over 100 games to play.
This is something I appreciate developer Digital Eclipse for, as you can tell they cared about preserving the legacy of Atari, both good and bad. Atari’s story is one of great triumphs, but also one of great disasters. Their story is a lesson for corporations, publishers, and developers to learn from, and preserving it is a necessity.
For All 8-Bit Gamers
In Atari 50: The Anniversary Celebration, developer Digital Eclipse went to great lengths to make a faithful collection of Atari’s past. Most notably, when you boot up the game, you’ll see menu options guiding you through each era of Atari’s history. From their rise in arcades, the birth of the console, and even the E.T Video game disaster.
Whichever era you explore, you’ll be presented with a timeline. This timeline is loaded with interviews from current game developers who were inspired by Atari, to Atari developers themselves.
There are detailed information pop-ups that help you learn about such things like the first arcade machine or the infamous pong. My personal favorite is old Atari commercials from the 70s and 80’s showcasing their products.
Digital Eclipse did a stellar job paying homage to Atari’s rise and fall. If you’re a classic gamer/Atari fan you’ll have a blast. Outside of that demographic, I worry the $50 price point is a little steep. Having not grown up in the 80’s arcades, I rarely had a good time with most of the games. I never went into this review with a mindset that I would, nor did it cloud my judgement.
Playing this game, I appreciated it for what it was. I love researching gaming, as a lover of the art form. Collections like this are important. For anyone wanting to learn about a pivotal era in gaming, check out Atari 50: The Anniversary Celebration.