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Atari Retro Review

Developer: Mobile Wizardry Publisher: Mobile Digital Media
Release Date: October 11, 2003 Also On: None

With a lot of Zodiac games to review, I came to the conclusion that only one would be the best for a first review. While SpyHunter shows the strong graphical capabilities of the Zodiac, Atari Retro shows the love of classic gaming that the developers have. I’ve been reviewing classic compilations a lot lately anyway, so why not make it one more?

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Packaged within this MMC card, are seven classic Atari games, including Asteroids, Breakout, Yar’s Revenge, Missile Command, Centipede, Adventure, and Pong. Each game has it own small area on the start menu, where you select which game you want to play. Once you select a game, the game’s title screen comes up, where you can start the game, set the volume, go to a help menu, which displays information about the game, including possible history, controls, point system etc., along with a difficulty setting.

The controls are simple, since most of these games are what I call, “one button games�, usually consisting of just a fire button, which is pressed with the action buttons. The analog stick is used to control whatever you are in-game, whether a paddle in Pong or a square in Adventure. In Pong, I noticed that the paddle actually moved upwards, even when I wasn’t applying pressure, which meant that you needed to put more pressure while pressing down, in order to hit the ball, however, it might just be my Zodiac’s analog stick and not the game itself.

In the Dreamcast Atari compilation, Atari Anniversary Edition, it included promotional flyers and background information on games. Atari Retro does not have any content, aside from the slight amount of background information presented in the “Help� section of each game. For the price, $29.99, I can’t recommend this if you own a Dreamcast, in which you can purchase the Atari Anniversary Edition for a much cheaper price and a larger amount of games and historical value. If you would rather just own a portable version of your favorite Atari titles, this is worth the price, since it has unlimited replay value.

Graphics: 7
Sound: 5
Gameplay: 8.5
Creativity: 3
Replay Value/Game Length: 9.5
Final: 6.5
Written by Kyle Review Guide