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Atari Flashback Classics
Genre(s)Arcade, Various
Developer(s)Atari, Code Mystics
Publisher(s)Atari
Platform(s)Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation Vita

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Atari Flashback Classics is a series of compilations of old video games released by Atari from the early '70s to late '80s, consisting of many of Atari's games released in the Arcades, on the Atari 2600, and on the Atari 5200. The series was first released on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in late 2016, and later was released on the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation Vita in late 2018. There are 3 volumes in the series on Xbox One & PS4, but there is only a single collection for the Switch and Vita, combining the 3 volumes game libraries together. This is also the console version of the PC game, Atari Vault, available on Steam for Microsoft Windows, Apple's macOS and Linux, which contains 100 games from the first 2 volumes, even though Atari Vault predates Atari Flashback Classics by about 8 months, releasing in March 2016.[1]

Atari Flashback Classics Vol. 1[edit]

Atari Flashback Classics Vol. 1
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Developer(s)Atari, Code Mystics
Publisher(s)Atari
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Platform(s)Xbox One, PlayStation 4
ReleaseXbox One
  • NA: November 2nd, 2016[3]
  • PAL: January 31st, 2017[2]
PlayStation 4
  • NA: October 13th, 2016[5]
  • PAL: January 18th, 2017[4]
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Atari Flashback Classics Vol. 1 is the first game of the series released for the Xbox One in late 2016, and for the PlayStation 4 in both late 2016, and early 2017. The collection contains 9 arcade games released by Atari, alongside 41 games released on the Atari 2600. The game also supports online play for the Arcade titles, and includes the manuals for every Atari 2600 title, including the original Atari 2600 owner's manual.[6]

List of Games in Vol. 1[edit]

The following is a list of the games included in the first volume.[6]

Arcade Games:

  • Black Widow (1982)
  • Centipede (1981)
  • Liberator (1981)
  • Lunar Lander (1979)
  • Millipede (1982)
  • Pong (1972)
  • Space Duel (1982)
  • Tempest (1981)
  • Warlords (1980)

Atari 2600 Games:

  • 3D-Tic-Tac-Toe (1978)
  • Air-Sea Battle (1977)
  • Backgammon (1979)
  • Basketball (1978)
  • Blackjack (1977)
  • Bowling (1979)
  • Canyon Bomber (1978)
  • Centipede (1982)
  • Circus Atari (1980)
  • Combat (1977)
  • Combat Two/Combat 2 (1984)[lower-alpha 1]
  • Desert Falcon (1987)
  • Dodge 'Em (1980)
  • Fatal Run (1990)
  • Football (1978)
  • Home Run (1978)
  • Human Cannonball (1979)
  • Millipede (1984)
  • Miniature Golf (1978)
  • Pong Sports a.k.a. Video Olympics (1977)
  • Quadrun (1983)
  • Radar Lock (1989)
  • RealSports Boxing (1983)
  • RealSports Football (1982)
  • RealSports Soccer (1983)
  • RealSports Volleyball (1982)
  • Save Mary (1990)[lower-alpha 2]
  • Slot Machine (1979)
  • Slot Racers (1978)
  • Sprintmaster (1988)
  • Star Raiders (1982)
  • Steeplechase (1980)
  • Stunt Cycle (1980)
  • Super Baseball (1988)
  • Super Football (1988)
  • Swordquest: EarthWorld (1982)
  • Swordquest: FireWorld (1983)
  • Swordquest: WaterWorld (1984)
  • Tempest (1984)[lower-alpha 3]
  • Warlords (1981)
  • Yars' Revenge (1982)

Atari Flashback Classics Vol. 2[edit]

Atari Flashback Classics Vol. 2
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Developer(s)Atari, Code Mystics
Publisher(s)Atari
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Platform(s)Xbox One, PlayStation 4
ReleaseXbox One
  • NA: November 2nd, 2016[8]
  • PAL: January 31st, 2017[7]
PlayStation 4
  • NA: October 13th, 2016[10]
  • PAL: January 18th, 2017[9]
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Atari Flashback Classics Vol. 2 is the second collection in the series, which like the first, released in late 2016 to early 2017 for the Xbox One & PlayStation 4. Also like the first, this collection contains 9 arcade titles, along with 41 Atari 2600 releases. Much like the first entry, this game supports Online Multiplayer for the arcade games, as well as the manuals for every game on the Atari 2600 included, including the 2600 owner's guide.[11]

List of Games in Vol. 2[edit]

The following is a list of the games included in the second volume.[11]

Arcade Games:

  • Asteroids (1979)
  • Asteroids Deluxe (1981)
  • Crystal Castles (1983)
  • Gravitar (1982)
  • Major Havoc (1983)
  • Missile Command (1980)
  • Red Baron (1980)
  • Sprint 2 (1976)
  • Super Breakout (1978)

Atari 2600 Games:

  • Adventure (1979)
  • Asteroids (1981)
  • Atari Video Cube (1982)
  • Basic Math (1977)
  • Brain Games (1978)
  • Breakout (1978)
  • Casino (1978)
  • Championship Soccer a.k.a. Pelé's Soccer (1980)
  • Codebreaker (1978)
  • Concentration a.k.a. A Game of Concentration (1978)
  • Crystal Castles (1983)
  • Demons to Diamonds (1982)
  • Double Dunk (1989)
  • Flag Capture (1978)
  • Golf (1980)
  • Gravitar (1983)
  • Hangman (1978)
  • Haunted House (1982)
  • Maze Craze, fully known as Maze Craze: A Game of Cops and Robbers (1978)
  • Missile Command (1981)
  • Night Driver (1978)
  • Off the Wall (1989)
  • Outlaw (1978)
  • Race a.k.a. Indy 500 (1977)
  • RealSports Baseball (1982)
  • RealSports Basketball (1983)[lower-alpha 4]
  • RealSports Tennis (1983)
  • Return to Haunted House (Unreleased)[lower-alpha 5]
  • Secret Quest (1989)
  • Sentinel (1990)
  • Sky Diver (1979)
  • Space War (1978)
  • Star Ship (1977)
  • Stellar Track (1981)
  • Street Racer (1977)
  • Submarine Commander (1983)
  • Super Breakout (1978)
  • Surround (1977)
  • Video Checkers (1980)
  • Video Chess (1979)
  • Video Pinball (1980)

Atari Flashback Classics Vol. 3[edit]

Atari Flashback Classics Vol. 3
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Developer(s)Atari, Code Mystics
Publisher(s)Atari
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Platform(s)Xbox One, PlayStation 4
ReleaseXbox One
  • NA: December 13th, 2018[13]
  • PAL: December 13th, 2018[12]
PlayStation 4
  • NA: December 13th, 2018[15]
  • PAL: September 4th, 2018[14]
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Atari Flashback Classics Vol. 3 is the third volume, and currently the latest in the numbered collections. This title is different in the way that it has more arcade games than previous titles, but also includes Atari 5200 games in the collection. A significant amount of games available on this collection (Mainly 2600 Titles, along with a few 5200 Games) are prototypes, or unreleased games for the system(s). A couple of these games were made available through the Atari Flashback 2 Plug & Play system, released in 2005. Also, a significant amount of the 2600 Titles included in this collection are actually branded by M-Network, which is a division of the company Mattel, who made ports of certain Intellivision games to the Atari 2600.[16] Much like Vol. 1 and Vol. 2, this game includes online multiplayer for every arcade game, and also includes both the game and console manuals for the Atari 2600 and 5200 games.[17]

List of Games in Vol. 3[edit]

Like previous titles, there are 50 games included in the collection, with a multitude of Arcade, Atari 2600, and Atari 5200 games in the package.[17]

Arcade Games:

  • Avalanche (1978)
  • Baseball a.k.a. Atari Baseball (1979)
  • Basketball a.k.a. Atari Basketball (1979)
  • Canyon Bomber (1977)
  • Destroyer (1977)
  • Dominos (1977)
  • Fire Truck (1978)
  • Football a.k.a. Atari Football (1979)
  • Maze Invaders (1981)[lower-alpha 6]
  • Monte Carlo (1980)
  • Pool Shark (1977)
  • Sky Diver (1978)
  • Soccer a.k.a. Atari Soccer (1979)
  • Super Bug (1977)

Atari 2600 Games:

Atari 5200 Games:

Atari Flashback Classics (Switch & Vita)[edit]

Atari Flashback Classics
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Developer(s)Atari, Code Mystics
Publisher(s)Atari
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Platform(s)Nintendo Switch, PlayStation Vita
ReleaseSwitch
  • NA: December 13th, 2018[19]
  • PAL: January 24th, 2019[18]
Vita
  • NA: December 19th, 2018[21]
  • PAL: January 17th, 2019[20]
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Atari Flashback Classics is the full experience of the series, available for the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation Vita, releasing in early December or 2018. This compilation includes every game from Volumes 1, 2 and 3, making the total game count add up to 150 games included.[22][23] AtGames helped in distributing the game for the two systems.[24]

The Switch version was announced by Atari & Code Mystics as a game to be released on the console in 2017, but news about the game rarely spread and it wasn't until the game officially released on the Nintendo eShop that many saw the game officially.

The Vita version was actually secretly in development, only hints were given out by the developers, Code Mystics, on their Twitter page, stating that they knew people found trophies that were similar to the trophies for the PS4 Atari collections, before they said it was in development officially to Atari. They then tweeted out what they were working on just before it released.[25]

Reception[edit]

Aggregate review scores
As of November 18, 2019.
Game GameRankings Metacritic
Vol. 1 72.50%[26] 70[27]
Vol. 2 70.00%[28] 68[29]
Vol. 3 72.50%[30] TBD[31]
Switch 67.50%[32] 67[33]
Vita 80.00%[34] TBD[35]

The series has received "generally favorable" to "mixed" reviews according to review aggregator Metacritic. They state that the series is hard to suggest to people who haven't played these games before, unlike other compilations like the NES Classic Edition, while also stating that the novel of enjoying the past generation of gaming on the Atari 2600 was mostly the point of the collections.

Critics praised the Nintendo Switch & PlayStation Vita versions, stating that the large game library along with being portable made the collections worth it, praising the Vita version for it's lower price point as well.


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Flashback Classics for PS Vita. The game currently being played is Missile Command (Arcade) in Arcade section.

Notes[edit]

  1. Combat 2 never originally released, but was planned to in 1982, then cancelled. The code for the game still existed, and was eventually released first on the Atari Flashback 2.
  2. Save Mary never originally released, but was planned to in 1990. The game was first available in later Atari collections.
  3. Tempest for the Atari 2600 is only a prototype, and was never actually released due to the Video Game Crash of 1983.
  4. RealSports Basketball was developed, but never actually released. This game would only be made available in Atari collections.
  5. Return to Haunted House is actually an unofficial sequel to the original Haunted House, and was never released until the Atari Flashback released with this game included.
  6. Maze Invaders was originally unreleased, failing field tests for play in arcades. Only 2 real cabinets exist for the game.
  7. Aquaventure was never finished, and is only a prototype.
  8. Frog pond is a prototype, first released on the Atari Flashback 2, with little information about it existing.
  9. Holey Moley is a prototype.
  10. Saboteur is a prototype, being first released on the Atari Flashback (1).
  11. Sea Battle was finished, but never released.
  12. Known as "Baseball" on the original Intellivision release.
  13. Known as "NFL Football" on the original Intellivision release.
  14. Swordfight is a prototype game, but was released by Intellivision developers in 2000.
  15. Wizard was originally never released, making it's playable debut on the Atari Flashback 2.
  16. Yars' Return was never released, but was made playable on the Atari Flashback 2.
  17. Asteroids was never released for the Atari 5200, but was for the Atari 2600, and the Atari 7800
  18. Final Legacy is only a prototype.
  19. Micro Gammon never released, and is only a prototype build.
  20. Millipede was never released for the Atari 5200, only recently in 2017 being released on the AtariAge store, and this collection.
  21. Miniature Golf was never released for the Atari 5200.
  22. Just like RealSports Basketball on the Atari 2600, this game wasn't ever released.
  23. Xari Arena was finished, and ready to release, but didn't due to the Atari 5200 failing in the console market.

References[edit]

  1. "Atari Vault on Steam". store.steampowered.com.
  2. "Buy Atari Flashback Classics Vol. 1". Microsoft Store (Europe).
  3. "Buy Atari Flashback Classics Vol. 1". Microsoft Store (US).
  4. "Atari Flashback Classics Vol. 1". PlayStation™Store (Europe).
  5. "Atari Flashback Classics Vol. 1". PlayStation™Store (US).
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Atari Flashback Classics Vol. 1". Atari Website.
  7. "Buy Atari Flashback Classics Vol. 2". Microsoft Store (Europe).
  8. "Buy Atari Flashback Classics Vol. 2". Microsoft Store (US).
  9. "Atari Flashback Classics Vol. 2". PlayStation™Store (Europe).
  10. "Atari Flashback Classics Vol. 2". PlayStation™Store (US).
  11. 11.0 11.1 "Atari Flashback Classics Vol. 2". Atari Website.
  12. "Buy Atari Flashback Classics Vol. 3". Microsoft Store (Europe).
  13. "Buy Atari Flashback Classics Vol. 3". Microsoft Store (US).
  14. "Atari Flashback Classics Vol. 3". PlayStation™Store (Europe).
  15. "Atari Flashback Classics Vol. 3". PlayStation™Store (US).
  16. "AtariAge - Companies - M Network". www.atariage.com.
  17. 17.0 17.1 "Atari Flashback Classics Vol. 3". Atari Website.
  18. "Atari Flashback Classics". Nintendo of Europe GmbH.
  19. "Atari Flashback Classics". www.nintendo.com.
  20. "Atari Flashback Classics". PlayStation™Store (Europe).
  21. "Atari Flashback Classics". PlayStation™Store (US).
  22. "Atari Flashback Classics (Switch)". Atari Website.
  23. "Atari Flashback Classics (Vita)". Atari Website.
  24. Inc, Code Mystics (2 November 2018). "AtGames is the distributor of Atari Flashback Classics, but we are the developer".
  25. Inc, Code Mystics (16 November 2018). "People have been asking, so... yes, we had a little "spare time" so our team took it upon ourselves to make an Atari Flashback Classics for Vita... for fun, for the fans. (We love Vita!) We turned over the finished product to Atari, so we'll see where they take it from here..."
  26. "Atari Flashback Classics Vol. 1 Ratings". GameRankings.
  27. "Atari Flashback Classics Vol. 1 Ratings". Metacritic.
  28. "Atari Flashback Classics Vol. 2 Ratings". GameRankings.
  29. "Atari Flashback Classics Vol. 2 Ratings". Metacritic.
  30. "Atari Flashback Classics Vol. 3 Ratings". GameRankings.
  31. "Atari Flashback Classics Vol. 3 Ratings". Metacritic.
  32. "Atari Flashback Classics (Switch) Ratings". GameRankings.
  33. "Atari Flashback Classics (Switch) Ratings". Metacritic.
  34. "Atari Flashback Classics (Vita) Ratings". GameRankings.
  35. "Atari Flashback Classics (Vita) Ratings". Metacritic.

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The Atari Flashback Classics Volume 2 on the PS4. The first place you'll land is in the arcade section with Asteroids, Asteroids Deluxe, Crystal Castles, Gravitar, The adventures of Major Havoc, Missile Command, Red Baron, Sprint 2 and Super Breakout, all made by Atari.


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