Atari Flashback Classics

A compilation of 150 Atari games, encompassing arcade, Atari 2600 and Atari 5200 releases. Also available as three separate volumes on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.


Developer: Code Mystics
Publisher: Atari, AtGames
Available on: Nintendo Switch and others (see above)


Atari A to Z Flashback


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Atari A to Z Flashback: Air Raiders - Let’s check out what is regarded by some as one of the best flight simulators on the Atari 2600! To be fair, this isn’t a particularly high bar to clear or anything, but Air Raiders is a solid, enjoyable enough game, so long as you pay attention to its unusual structure and mechanics. It’s also historically noteworthy … Continue reading Atari A to Z Flashback: Air Raiders
Atari A to Z Flashback: Adventure II - One of the most interesting things about the retro scene is how these old, supposedly defunct platforms still have plenty of people developing for them. In some cases, these projects that began as homebrew affairs end up being official follow-ups to established classics, thirty or more years later! Such is the case with Adventure II, which … Continue reading Atari A to Z Flashback: Adventure II
Atari A to Z Flashback: Adventure - Hey! Listen! Do you like Zelda? If so, then take a moment to give thanks to 1979’s Adventure for Atari. Adventure is an early example of a top-down action-adventure, and has been cited as an important influence on the development of subsequent titles such as The Legend of Zelda. While it may look primitive today, its abstract … Continue reading Atari A to Z Flashback: Adventure
Atari A to Z Flashback: 3D Tic-Tac-Toe - One of my favourite things about working on this series is how I come across interesting bits of trivia during my research. Did you know, for example, that today’s game, 3D Tic-Tac-Toe, was the work of Carol Shaw, an immensely talented programmer perhaps best known for one of my favourite games of all time: River Raid? It’s not … Continue reading Atari A to Z Flashback: 3D Tic-Tac-Toe
Atari A to Z Flashback: Warlords - Pong and Breakout were winning formulae for Atari, so it makes perfect sense they would want to try and do everything possible with this style of game over the years. Warlords was one of the more interesting experiments, adding a healthy dose of theme, four-player competitive (or team-based) action and a couple of interesting additional mechanics. … Continue reading Atari A to Z Flashback: Warlords
Atari A to Z Flashback: Atari Soccer - Yes, yes, yes, I know the “A to Z” angle in this series is already questionable and this one following Tempest makes it even more so, but we only just managed to find time to have a two-player match! Indeed, today’s game is Atari Soccer, an arcade title which can only be played with two or four … Continue reading Atari A to Z Flashback: Atari Soccer
Atari A to Z Flashback: Tempest - Dave Theurer, creator of the beloved Missile Command, is back once again with another all-time classic: “tube shooter” Tempest. Tempest featured Atari’s then-new multi-coloured Quadrascan vector graphics display, plus an interesting feature whereby you could start later in the game based on how far you (or the previous player) had managed to progress on the previous … Continue reading Atari A to Z Flashback: Tempest
Atari A to Z Flashback: Super Bug - While a bit different from what we know today as the “arcade racer”, Atari’s early attempts in this regard were all rather enjoyable. Of the three included in the Atari Flashback Classics collection, Super Bug was the earliest and, consequently, the simplest. That doesn’t mean it’s worth your time, however — if anything it makes it a great place … Continue reading Atari A to Z Flashback: Super Bug
Atari A to Z Flashback: Sprint 2 - Back before makers of arcade games figured out how to do a vaguely convincing 3D effect, racing games tended to be strictly top-down affairs. Sprint 2, developed by Kee Games (actually Atari in disguise so as to get around contractual obligations) was one of several examples from this early era. Pitting either one player against a … Continue reading Atari A to Z Flashback: Sprint 2
Atari A to Z Flashback: Space Duel - How do you make Asteroids better in a more substantial way than just adding “Deluxe” to the name and making it look a bit nicer? Start by chaining two ships together and work from there. Atari’s Space Duel was designed as another successor to Asteroids after the aforementioned Asteroids Deluxe regrettably failed to replicate the success and popularity of its influential … Continue reading Atari A to Z Flashback: Space Duel
Atari A to Z Flashback: Pool Shark - It might be hard to imagine now, but there was a time in gaming history when it was considered to be a seriously impressive technical achievement to get more than two or three things moving simultaneously on a screen. Atari’s 1977 release Pool Shark is an early example of the company continuing to push the fledgling medium … Continue reading Atari A to Z Flashback: Pool Shark
Atari A to Z Flashback: Pong - It’s Pong! The grandaddy of them all. Well, okay, not the absolute first ever computer game ever EVER, but it was certainly the first widely successful one. If you have the slightest familiarity with gaming, surely Pong needs little to no introduction, but you might be surprised to know that it actually still holds up rather well … Continue reading Atari A to Z Flashback: Pong
Atari A to Z Flashback: Monte Carlo - Say the words “racing game” to someone these days and they’ll typically think of a game with at least a passing impression of a 3D perspective. Prior to titles like Namco’s Pole Position and Sega’s Out Run popularising this viewpoint, however, Atari was happily churning out top-down racers that were a lot of fun to play, beginning with Super Bug before … Continue reading Atari A to Z Flashback: Monte Carlo
Atari A to Z Flashback: Missile Command - Dave Theuer’s Missile Command is an absolute classic of the “golden age” of arcade games, and still puts up a formidable challenge today! Embodying the paranoia many people were feeling towards the Cold War and potential nuclear conflict in the early ’80s, Missile Command is a relentless, frantic affair. Despite that, it’s more important than anything to … Continue reading Atari A to Z Flashback: Missile Command
Atari A to Z Flashback: Millipede - Legend has it that in the Davison household, the usually entirely justified righteous fury of our matriarchal figure towards yet another example of silly men and boys doing silly men and boys’ things could only be quelled by one thing: Millipede. And for sure, Millipede makes for a great stress-reliever, with its frantic, non-stop blasting action not … Continue reading Atari A to Z Flashback: Millipede
Atari A to Z Flashback: Maze Invaders - This one’s a cool addition to the Atari Flashback Classics collection: a “lost” game from the Atari archives. Maze Invaders sadly never saw an official release either as an arcade machine or a home port, languishing in the archives until recently. The International Centre for the History of Electronic Games managed to acquire a whole bunch … Continue reading Atari A to Z Flashback: Maze Invaders
Atari A to Z Flashback: Major Havoc - Major Havoc is one of the more unusual games from Atari’s back catalogue of arcade titles, and it’s interesting from a historical perspective for being one of the first games Mark “PlayStation” Cerny was involved with. Making use of vector graphics to provide seamless transitions between three very disparate types of gameplay, Major Havoc challenges you to … Continue reading Atari A to Z Flashback: Major Havoc
Atari A to Z Flashback: Lunar Lander - I was extremely intimidated by Lunar Lander as a kid. Revisiting it today, I see that it’s not really anything to be scared by… but it still puts up a pretty stiff challenge, particularly on its harder levels! Providing one of the earliest examples of a completely non-violent arcade game — and one with significant … Continue reading Atari A to Z Flashback: Lunar Lander
Atari A to Z Flashback: Liberator - All right, Atarian. Are you man enough to join Commander Champion’s Atari Force and liberate the planets suffering under the oppression of the Malaglon army? Described by some as the opposite of Missile Command, Liberator sees you taking to the skies and firing orbital strikes on enemy missile bases… while attempting not to get hit by … Continue reading Atari A to Z Flashback: Liberator
Atari A to Z Flashback: Gravitar - We all know “harder than Dark Souls” is a cliche today. If you really want to show your hipster retro gaming cred, describe something as being “harder than Gravitar”. Gravitar is indeed monstrously difficult, at least partly because of its “turn and thrust” control scheme, but there’s an undeniably addictive quality that keeps you wanting to … Continue reading Atari A to Z Flashback: Gravitar
Atari A to Z Flashback: Atari Football - Well, I knew this time would come. Not only do I have to tackle a sports game again, but a sports game that only supports two players at once! Fortunately, while I may not have any friends, I did somehow manage to get married, so my wife Andie generously agreed to assist me in playing Atari … Continue reading Atari A to Z Flashback: Atari Football
Atari A to Z Flashback: Fire Truck - If, in 1978, you ever entertained any childish fantasies of being a fireman, then Atari had the video game for you! Fire Truck was an unusual spin on the top-down driving game in which you took control of a distinctly retro (even at the time) fire engine on its way to deal with some sort of … Continue reading Atari A to Z Flashback: Fire Truck
Atari A to Z Flashback: Dominos - Dominos, another black and white title from Atari’s early days, surprised me by not at all being what I expected. I was anticipating a fairly faithful adaptation of the tabletop game Dominoes — which wouldn’t have been altogether difficult to put together even with the rudimentary technology of the time — but instead I got … Continue reading Atari A to Z Flashback: Dominos
Atari A to Z Flashback: Destroyer - As we’ve previously seen with Canyon Bomber, sometimes all you need to make an addictive, enjoyable game is a simple concept… and perhaps some gimmicky controls. Such is the case with Destroyer, a game that featured some satisfyingly clunky physical controls on its original arcade release, which are obviously lost somewhat in this home translation. Interestingly, this … Continue reading Atari A to Z Flashback: Destroyer
Atari A to Z Flashback: Crystal Castles - Do you know what “trimetric projection” is? If not, take a good look at Atari’s Crystal Castles. That, dear reader, is trimetric projection at work. This 3D perspective take on the Pac-Man formula is a popular game from Atari’s early days, and enjoyed numerous home ports over the years, particularly on Atari’s own platforms. It’s a fun … Continue reading Atari A to Z Flashback: Crystal Castles
Atari A to Z Flashback: Centipede - Not every retro game has stood the test of time quite as well as others. But one I think we can all agree remains just as fresh today as it was back in the day is Centipede. Developed as a specific attempt to appeal to a broader audience than just the stereotype of young male … Continue reading Atari A to Z Flashback: Centipede
Atari A to Z Flashback: Canyon Bomber - Time after time in gaming, we’ve seen that the simplest concepts can be some of the most effective and addictive. Atari’s Canyon Bomber, originally released to arcades in 1977, is a prime example of this. You only need one button to play, and that button drops bombs. The concept is so simple anyone — even someone not … Continue reading Atari A to Z Flashback: Canyon Bomber
Atari A to Z Flashback: Black Widow - I don’t like spiders. I do, however, absolutely LOVE Black Widow, a delightful vector-based twin-stick shooter. In Black Widow, you play a spider trying to defend their web from all manner of incoming creepy crawlies. And, unfortunately, it seems that they are sick and tired of you doing your spidery thing, and as such are more than … Continue reading Atari A to Z Flashback: Black Widow
Atari A to Z: Atari Basketball - Basketball is another sport I know next to nothing about, but I know more about it than I do baseball, in that I understand how to win and what the players on the court are actually supposed to do. Therefore, I am much better equipped to comment on Atari Basketball than I was for Atari … Continue reading Atari A to Z: Atari Basketball
Atari A to Z Flashback: Atari Baseball - I don’t… really play sports games. I don’t generally like them, I don’t generally understand them and I am certainly not good at them. However, I have discovered over the course of the last few years or so that late ’70s/early ’80s sports games are about on a level I can understand for the most … Continue reading Atari A to Z Flashback: Atari Baseball
Atari A to Z Flashback: Avalanche - 1978 arcade title Avalanche is a game I’d not heard of prior to encountering it on Atari Flashback Classics for Nintendo Switch, and it’s entirely possible you might not have come across it either. The reason for this is that its official home port (developed by the creator of the arcade game, Dennis Koble) only … Continue reading Atari A to Z Flashback: Avalanche
The MoeGamer Podcast: Episode 16 – Welcome to 2019! - Pete and Chris see in 2019 in style with a discussion of their most anticipated games of the coming year. Plus the usual news and "what we've been playing" discussion.
Atari A to Z Flashback: Asteroids Deluxe - How do you make Asteroids better? Add the word “Deluxe” to its name, obviously. Okay, 1980’s Asteroids Deluxe adds a bit more to the basic Asteroids formula than that, but it’s still very much recognisable. The whole experience is a bit smoother than the original, the presentation is sharper and cleaner (and blue!) and there are some additional enemies … Continue reading Atari A to Z Flashback: Asteroids Deluxe
Atari Flashback Classics: Know Your Roots - Atari may be a shadow of a shadow of a shadow of its former self considering the number of hands the brand has passed through since the ’90s… but it’s fair to say that it still has a hold of my heart. The Atari 2600 was just slightly before my time — I grew up with the … Continue reading Atari Flashback Classics: Know Your Roots
Atari A to Z Flashback: Asteroids - Asteroids is a longstanding classic with good reason: it made a solid impact on the early video games industry, and it has influenced a great many subsequent games over the years ever since. There’s a beautiful simplicity to the sparse black and white vector graphics of the original arcade game, and it’s still enjoyable and … Continue reading Atari A to Z Flashback: Asteroids

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Full list of games

Because someone will ask. Thanks to D. Lambert on Amazon.com for taking the time to compile this list so I don’t have to.

Coin-Op Arcade Games: 
1. Asteroids
2. Asteroids Deluxe
3. Avalanche
4. Baseball
5. Basketball
6. Black Widow
7. Canyon Bomber
8. Centipede
9. Crystal Castles
10. Destroyer
11. Dominos
12. Fire Truck {* a.k.a. Smokey Joe}
13. Football
14. Gravitar
15. Liberator
16. Lunar Lander
17. Major Havoc
18. Maze Invaders
19. Millipede
20. Missile Command
21. Monte Carlo
22. Pong
23. Pool Shark
24. Red Baron
25. Sky Diver
26. Soccer
27. Space Duel
28. Sprint2
29. Super Breakout
30. Super Bug
31. Tempest
32. Warlords

Atari 2600 Cartridges (unless noted as 5200): 
33. 3-D Tic-Tac-Toe
34. Adventure
35. Adventure II
36. Air Raiders {* M Network prototype}
37. Air-Sea Battle
38. Aquaventure
39. Armor Ambush {* M Network: 2600 version of Intellivision’s Armor Battle}
40. Asteroids
41. Asteroids 5200
42. Astroblast {* M Network: 2600 version of Intellivision’s Astrosmash}
43. Atari Video Cube
44. Backgammon
45. Basic Math
46. Basketball
47. Blackjack
48. Bowling
49. Brain Games
50. Breakout
51. Canyon Bomber
52. Casino
53. Centipede
54. Centipede 5200
55. Championship Soccer
56. Circus Atari
57. Codebreaker
58. Combat
59. Combat Two
60. Concentration
61. Countermeasure 5200
62. Crystal Castles
63. Dark Cavern {* M Network: 2600 version of Intellivision’s Night Stalker}
64. Demons to Diamonds
65. Desert Falcon
66. Dodge ‘Em
67. Double Dunk
68. Fatal Run
69. Final Legacy 5200
70. Flag Capture
71. Football
72. Frog Pond
73. Frogs and Flies {* M Network: 2600 version of Intellivision’s Frog Bog}
74. Golf
75. Gravitar
76. Hangman
77. Haunted House
78. Holey Moley
79. Home Run
80. Human Cannonball
81. International Soccer {* M Network: 2600 version of Intellivision’s NASL Soccer}
82. Maze Craze
83. Micro-gammon 5200
84. Millipede
85. Millipede 5200
86. Miniature Golf
87. Miniature Golf 5200
88. Missile Command
89. Missile Command 5200
90. MotoRodeo
91. Night Driver
92. Off the Wall
93. Outlaw
94. Pong Sports {* Telegames: Sears-branded version of Atari’s Video Olympics}
95. Quadrun
96. Race {* Telegames: Sears-branded version of Atari’s Indy 500}
97. Radar Lock
98. Realsports Baseball
99. Realsports Baseball 5200
100. Realsports Basketball
101. Realsports Basketball 5200
102. Realsports Boxing
103. Realsports Football
104. Realsports Football 5200
105. Realsports Soccer
106. Realsports Soccer 5200
107. Realsports Tennis
108. Realsports Tennis 5200
109. Realsports Volleyball
110. Return to Haunted House
111. Saboteur
112. Save Mary
113. Sea Battle {* M Network prototype}
114. Secret Quest
115. Sentinel
116. Sky Diver
117. Slot Machine
118. Slot Racers
119. Space Attack {* M Network: 2600 version of Intellivision’s Space Battle}
120. Space War
121. Sprint Master
122. Star Raiders
123. Star Raiders 5200
124. Star Ship
125. Star Strike {* M Network: 2600 version of Intellivision’s Star Strike}
126. Steeplechase {* Telegames: Sears exclusive}
127. Stellar Track {* Telegames: Sears exclusive}
128. Street Racer
129. Stunt Cycle
130. Submarine Commander {* Telegames: Sears exclusive}
131. Super Baseball
132. Super Breakout
133. Super Breakout 5200
134. Super Challenge Baseball {* M Network: 2600 version of Intellivision’s Major League Baseball}
135. Super Challenge Football {* M Network: 2600 version of Intellivision’s NFL Football}
136. Super Football
137. Surround
138. Swordfight {* M Network prototype}
139. Swordquest: Earthworld
140. Swordquest: Fireworld
141. Swordquest: Waterworld
142. Tempest
143. Video Checkers
144. Video Chess
145. Video Pinball
146. Warlords
147. Wizard
148. Xari Arena 5200
149. Yars’ Return
150. Yars’ Revenge

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