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Retro Atari Classic

 

 

SCORE: 76

 

Retro Atari Classic 

 

Retro Atari Classics on the Nintendo DS is an interesting attempt to bring some classic video games into the current age with some fascinating tweaks. Atari picked some of the better games from that era; including Centipede, Missile Command, Asteroids, Pong, Breakout, Sprint, Tempest, Warlords, Gravitar, and Lunar Lander. Not only are the classic versions available, there are also remix versions which have better graphics. These are the classic games where each level gets a little harder than the previous one, and the high score is the goal.

Graphically these ten classic games range, but all of them certainly do show their age. The remix is interesting on most of the games, but does not add much to it in this reviewers opinion. These kinds of games can be fun for a few minutes, but ultimately there is not enough of a remix done to bring this game up to speed with other games on the Nintendo DS. The Gameboy Advance might have been more this titles speed. Some of the graphics on the remix modes were so loud they caused a headache.

The sounds are crisp, and clear; but like the graphics they are very ancient. The Nintendo DS has a lot more capacity for the sounds/music than the old Atari systems did. Sadly Atari did not take advantage of said improvements, and unless the player is really into retro gaming - well they will be disappointed. The sounds never made it to the level of being annoying, just lacking.

The true genius to these older games is they were designed with replay in mind. The player plays for a high score, and works hard through a plethora of levels to beat that high score. Some of these games could be flipped over (score reached as high as it could go and then reset to zero). If you are into retro gaming then you will get your money's worth. If you are not into retro gaming, then passing makes more sense.

The controls for these games work pretty well, although a few of the games take a little getting used to. The touch screen is used nicely for the different menu screens. Aside from that, there is no reason for this game to be on the Nintendo DS. In fact the control scheme leaves a lot of the different controls of the Nintendo DS alone. Most of the games are easy to figure out, but ones like Lunar Lander are down right difficult.

There are very few lessons in a game compilation like this one. Missile Command has the player using missiles to defend the city from missiles raining down from enemies. Most of the rest of the games teach perseverance, concentration, and improving upon past performances. Older games like this one are generally safe for the entire family, and can teach young people how to cope with failure. The reason for that is, the games get tougher and tougher, until eventually it catches up with almost every player eventually. The down side is people can get addicted to doing just a little better next time. I really wish that Atari would work on some improvements to these classic games to bring them closer to the technology they are being currently played on. They have released these compilations on so many different machines in recent years, that just porting these old games is getting old (pun intended).
- Yolanda

 

Graphics: 67%
Sound: 77%
Replay/Extras: 82%
Gameplay: 75%
Family Friendly Factor: 81%
System: Nintendo DS
Publisher: Atari
ESRB Rating:
'E' for Everyone
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