Relive the Golden Age of Gaming with 100 of the most iconic Atari games from the 70’s and 80’s. Now with online multiplayer capability, this extensive catalog includes classic Atari titles like Asteroids, Centipede, Missile Command, and many more, paired with intuitive new controls.
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Release Date: Mar 24, 2016

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May 26

Atari Vault - Update #3 - Now Available on Steam OS!

Dear Fans,

Today, we are proud to announce that Atari Vault is Now Available on Steam OS! For the first time, players can experience these renowned games with the benefit of current technology, including global leaderboards, multiplayer modes, and full controller support on Steam OS.

With the release of Atari Vault on Linux-based SteamOS, players who purchased a Steam Machine or run a SteamOS powered machine can now play the game and relive – or experience for the first time – the titles that comprise the foundation of the modern gaming industry. Additionally, owners of the Windows version of the game will gain access to the SteamOS version through Steam for no additional charge via SteamPlay. Featuring games like Asteroids®, Centipede®, Missile Command®, Tempest®, Warlords®, and many more, Atari Vault combines the nostalgia of arcades and the Atari 2600 with modern gaming capabilities.

Check it out today by visiting Atari Vault's Steam Page Here:
http://store.steampowered.com/app/400020

Be sure to also take a look at our last update for the game to see what's been added and improved since launch across all platforms!
http://steamcommunity.com/games/400020/announcements/detail/826784835488661485

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April 26

Atari Vault - Update #2 - Version 1.0.2 Now Live!

Dear Atari Vault Fans,

Thank you for continued support of Atari Vault. While you’ve been battling for arcade High Scores and bragging rights, we’ve been busy gathering additional feedback and improving the game - and now we have another update for you all! This time around, we focused primarily on controls, but also improved a few other aspects of the game.

Thank you all for the incredible feedback and continued reviews! In this today’s Atari Vault 1.0.2 update you will find the following:

Improvements

  • Updated the game to use our own native controller code that supports XInput controllers (such as Xbox 360, Logitech F310, etc.) instead of Unity’s controller code. This will provide finer management of controller interactions between the game and Windows. It also resolves a number of bugs.
    • Note: Should you want to use the former Unity-based controller system simply Right-Click on Atari Vault in your Steam Library. Then Select Properties > General > Set Launch Options and enter “-use-unity-controls” in the box and Press Ok.
  • Rendering of vector games is cleaner, and a new setting called “Bright” has been added.
  • Improved the scanline effect (most noticeable on 4K desktops)
  • Lunar Lander, Race, and Sprint 2 controls have been improved (including the ability to fine-tune thrust in Lunar Lander when it’s assigned to a trigger)
  • Added the “Flicker: Authentic/Filtered” option to Atari 2600 games (under Options > Game)
  • Added the “Controls: Normal/Inverted” option to Tempest (under Options >
  • Improved game controller remap, and ESC can now cancel controller button assignment
  • Minor improvements to the UI
Bug Fixes
  • Fixed the “runaway” menu interaction users were experiencing on Windows 10
  • Fixed potential audio lag that could occur in Atari 2600 games on some systems
  • Fixed Steam and Generic Game Controllers not being able to used in the game Race

Be sure to continue to check out our Steam Community and Social Pages for news of contests and other events being run by our community team! Who will be crowned champion next!?

And a brief reminder - If you reviewed Atari Vault before the last batch of updates, please consider updating your review taking into account the latest tweaks and improvements. Thank you!

-Team Atari Vault

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About This Game

Relive the Golden Age of Gaming with 100 of the most popular iconic games from the 70’s and 80’s. Now with online multiplayer capability, this extensive catalog includes classic Atari® titles like Asteroids®, Centipede®, Missile Command®, and many more, paired with intuitive new controls designed to mimic what Atari fans remember from the glory days! The brand new additions of online and local multiplayer, along with Steam Leaderboards, allows you to challenge friends and compete with players from around the world like never before. And now with Steam Controller support, you’ll have unprecedented levels of precision control. Atari® Vault is the ultimate collection of classic Atari titles, and is guaranteed to provide hours of fun!

FEATURES:

  • 100 Classic Atari 2600 and Arcade Games – Play seminal Atari titles including Asteroids, Centipede, Missile Command, Tempest, Warlords, and so much more.
  • Online and Local Multiplayer and Steam Leaderboards – For the first time ever, battle for arcade supremacy online or at home and compare your high scores with players from around the world.
  • Steam Controller Support –Experience a new level of control playing your favorite games with the multi-functional Steam Controller.
  • Brand New User-Interface – New User-Interface designed to create the greatest classic arcade experience.
  • Original Cabinet and Box Art – Relive the glory days with period-accurate cabinet and box art.

FULL GAME LIST:
  • 3D Tic Tac Toe - 2600
  • Adventure - 2600
  • Air Sea Battle - 2600
  • Asteroids - 2600
  • Asteroids - Arcade
  • Asteroids Deluxe - Arcade
  • Backgammon - 2600
  • Basic Math - 2600
  • Basketball - 2600
  • Black Widow - Arcade
  • Blackjack - 2600
  • Bowling - 2600
  • Brain Games - 2600
  • Breakout - 2600
  • Canyon Bomber - 2600
  • Casino - 2600
  • Centipede - 2600
  • Centipede - Arcade
  • Championship Soccer - 2600
  • Checkers - 2600
  • Chess - 2600
  • Circus Atari - 2600
  • Code Breaker - 2600
  • Combat - 2600
  • Combat 2 - 2600
  • Concentration - 2600
  • Crystal Castles - 2600
  • Crystal Castles - Arcade
  • Demons to Diamonds - 2600
  • Desert Falcon - 2600
  • Dodge-Em 2600
  • Double Dunk - 2600
  • Fatal Run - 2600
  • Flag capture - 2600
  • Football - 2600
  • Golf - 2600
  • Gravitar - 2600
  • Gravitar - Arcade
  • Hangman - 2600
  • Haunted House - 2600
  • Homerun - 2600
  • Human Cannonball - 2600
  • Liberator - Arcade
  • Lunar Lander - Arcade
  • Major Havoc - Arcade
  • Maze Craze - 2600
  • Millipede - 2600
  • Millipede - Arcade
  • Miniature Golf - 2600
  • Missile Command - 2600
  • Missile Command - Arcade
  • Night Driver - 2600
  • Off the Wall - 2600
  • Outlaw - 2600
  • Pong - Arcade
  • Quadrun - 2600
  • Race - 2600
  • Radar Lock - 2600
  • RealSports Baseball - 2600
  • RealSports Basketball - 2600
  • RealSports Boxing - 2600
  • RealSports Football - 2600
  • RealSports Soccer - 2600
  • RealSports Tennis - 2600
  • RealSports Volleyball - 2600
  • Red Baron - Arcade
  • Return to Haunted House - 2600
  • Save Mary - 2600
  • Secret Quest - 2600
  • Sentinel - 2600
  • Sky Diver - 2600
  • Slot Machine - 2600
  • Slot Racers - 2600
  • Sword Quest Fireworld - 2600
  • Space Duel - Arcade
  • Space War - 2600
  • Sprint - Arcade
  • Sprint Master - 2600
  • Star Raiders - 2600
  • Starship - 2600
  • Steeplechase - 2600
  • Stellar Track - 2600
  • Street Racer - 2600
  • Stunt Cycle - 2600
  • Sub Commander - 2600
  • Super Baseball - 2600
  • Super Breakout - Arcade
  • Super Breakout -2600
  • Super Football - 2600
  • Surround - 2600
  • Sword Quest Earthworld - 2600
  • Sword Quest Waterworld - 2600
  • Tempest - 2600
  • Tempest - Arcade
  • Video Cube - 2600
  • Video Olympics - 2600
  • Video Pinball - 2600
  • Warlords - 2600
  • Warlords - Arcade
  • Yars Revenge - 2600

System Requirements

Windows
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7, 8.1, or 10
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9.0c or higher compatible
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Network Required for Online Play
    Minimum:
    • OS: SteamOS, Ubuntu 12.04+, or equivalent
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz, 32 or 64 bit
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Open GL 2.0
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Network Required for Online Play
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Overall:
Mostly Positive (165 reviews)
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Captain Fox
0.9 hrs
Posted: August 23
Game keeps crashing.
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TRIO
18.3 hrs
Posted: August 13
I love it! My favorite games from the Atari company. Important note is that this only includes games that Atari owns the rights to and includes no 3rd party games like Pac-Man. But it still includes a lot of Retro Classics!
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blackwolfforge
14.4 hrs
Posted: August 6
Atari Vault is awesome! All the games I remember from my youth. Now all I need to do is find a decent trackball and all the cans of Jolt Cola I left in my parents basement and I will be in business.
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fjk1138
1.0 hrs
Posted: July 30
This plays (barely) like a greatest hits of old classic Atari games, but it really lacks content. There are so many games left out (mainly due to rights/legal issues) that it's like (for those of us that remember) going to some kid's house who only had a few games in their collection:

Yar's Revenge?...................Sure.
Asteroids? ........................ You bet.
Video Pinball..................... One of my favorites.
Dodge em ........................ Yup... Another Favorite

But where is Superman? Star Wars? How about the old Imagic games? How about the old crappy arcade ports (even the dreaded Pac Man)?

And we all deserve to play the ultimate evil of retro gaming.... ET The Extra Terrestrial!

Buy it on sale. Otherwise, it's for purists only....
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drunkenkong
5.0 hrs
Posted: July 21
The best Atari compilation to date! The emulation is smooth, the controls are good, the games play great and the game selection is really good. The only problem is that there's no Battlezone but then again, Rebellion bought the rights to Battlezone so Atari can't use the IP anymore (which probably explains why Sprint 2 is in there instead). Overall, this game is definately worth the $20 I've spent on it and you should definately get it if it's on sale.
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Da Killah Genius
0.3 hrs
Posted: July 17
Full of the classics
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Rex Draco
0.3 hrs
Posted: July 15
Let me specify the obvious, this isn't for everyone. If you consider yourself a retro gamer, by what extent? Just because you like NES games, it doesn't mean you will like this. Atari is for those with nostalgia or with real appreciation of old school games.

This compilation is quite massive. If you were to try and collect them all in real life, it would definitely be a spendy investment of both time and/or money. On paper, that makes it worth the $20. However, ask yourself before buying this an important question, how often do you actually plan to play this?

While I feel majority of retro gamers prefer hard copies of the games they play since most of them are also collectors, I feel the few that don't care about having a hard copy also isn't above emulators. Illegal or not, lets not ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥t around, not a single god damn person on this planet is innocent of crimes. The real question comes down to whether or not you want this for the multiplayer or you're scared of lawyers knocking on your door. We all know if you really badly wanted to play these games on your PC, you were before they were officially sold on Steam. Don't lie.

While you keep all of that in mind, I will list the game's strengths and just its strengths. The truth is, there isn't a whole lot to improve. I mean, they could implement save states, but most of these games don't really call for them. We could toss ideas all day about what could have been in the game, but they ultimately don't impact the review or warrants discussion in one.

Truth is, this game is probably one of the best attempts on Steam when it comes to creating a playable collection of retro games. They did everything right, there is only nitpicks to be discussed. It has online play, it has steam features like trading cards and achievements (though the achievements is dreadfully lacking), and it has as many of each game versions as it possibly can (I wouldn't be surprised it has ALL of them, I don't actually know!). If you find yourself fancy of retro gaming, especially to this extent, and have some mates that also are down to some multiplayer, this is one of the best or even the best collections to date for old school Atari games.

Let me warn you though, not all the games have multiplayer in the traditional sense. I haven't tried multiplayer since I have no friends that would fall under the retro gamer category, but I'm confident a lot of them are either turn based, players look at different screens to play their own take of the game, or they don't have multiplayer at all. Some do have same time multiplayer though and are fun, so don't be too alarmed by that. However, I would have enjoyed they "modernized" some games to allow two players on screen with slight adjustments.*

Overall, despite the limited time I've played, I've seen enough to know it's a good purchase for the right people. I do not agree with the price tag, that was beyond ambitious. It is getting a thumbs up since it's a good game and delivered near perfectly on its goal. I suggest you wait for a sale or wait until you have a friend you know will binge through all the titles with you. It has local multiplayer, so perhaps you know someone in real life that will make the price tag more worth it.

I'd give it somewhere around 7 or 8 /10


Pros-
Possibly the largest collection of *legal* retro games I have ever seen.
Online capability
Steam Cards

Cons-
It could have been polished even better with more modern features as options
It's very pricey for what it really is. A lot of these games are not worth more than 10 cents anymore, so $20 for a hundred of them is a tad too ambitious.

* I did not play online, so I could be wrong about them not adjusting online gameplay to modern standards, however I speculate they didn't based on previous installments of games like this and my experience with them. Please comment if I'm right or wrong.
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DucktorWhocraft
1.6 hrs
Posted: July 7
I was not alive when the Atari was popular but these games are great. I haven't encountered any bugs. and you can adjust the game settings to your preference, which is really nice. There's already quite a few great games, but hopefully more will be added in updates! That would be awesome!
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5.1 hrs
Posted: July 7
I still despise Atari for their actions against Jeff Minter and TxK (seriously, you and Jeff would make a good partnership, given the correct circumstances. TxK really should be out on Steam by now, especially after the lack of quality games by Atari as of recent.).

But this, Atari Vault, is a very nice compilation of classic games regardless. Used to play the old collection on the PS1, but the controller made it hard for me sometimes. Using a mouse here probably is more comfortable, especially on games like Tempest, Centipede, and Super Breakout. (Shame that Battlezone didn't make it, but oh well.)

Worth getting during a sale.
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(LT1)ToyMaster
3.6 hrs
Posted: July 4
Love it :D best version of crystal castles ive found so far that plays like the real cab :) also finnaly being able to play tempest is nice :D
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
18.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 13
I love it! My favorite games from the Atari company. Important note is that this only includes games that Atari owns the rights to and includes no 3rd party games like Pac-Man. But it still includes a lot of Retro Classics!
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189 of 215 people (88%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Recommended
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 24
Wow, I am simple amazed.
ATARI has finally nailed it, the compilation is great, controls are very customizable for each title (mouse, keyboard or gamepad), including gamepad sensitivity.

I'm using a Razer Sabertooth and had no issues with controls on various games.
Ease to access a multitude of titles, including a fast access / recent played games list.
Some pluses as original boxes, manuals and other reliquia add value to the package.
Totally worth it!
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117 of 130 people (90%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 24
Why yes, I have played Atari today.

And it was amazing.

As a collection, it's a great value. Contained within the Vault are faithful emulations of the original Atari arcade games, such as Asteroids, Centipede, Missile Command, and my personal favorite, Tempest. It even introduced me to a few I'd never had the chance to play, before -- Crystal Castles, Black Widow, Liberator, and Major Havoc are great fun, and I'm happy to have had the chance to try them out. Heck, even the original Pong arcade cabinet is here.

Then you have a selection of perfectly-emulated Atari 2600 games, complete with 3D models of the original boxes and scans of the original manuals, to boot. (Even the aforementioned arcade games are represented with 3D recreations of their cabinets, too!) Many of them play best with multiple people, and thankfully, Atari Vault gives you the option for not only local multiplayer, but online multiplayer as well, on top of high score leaderboards.

Controls for each game are fully customizable, from a gamepad to a keyboard. Which is great, considering that a few of these games used to be controlled with a trackball or paddle. I used a Steam Controller for most of these games, and the touch-sensitive circle pads actually worked really well for paddle controller stuff. I found it could be somewhat over-sensitive at times, requiring me to adjust the settings a lot, but it wasn't a terrible inconvenience or anything. And -- I'm not sure if this is a bug or what, but -- on a few games in particular, pressing a button that is normally bound to an action (fire, special action, etc) causes it to open the game menu AND perform the action. That proved to be rather annoying, but it only happened a couple of times to me.

As for the overall game selection? Good, for the most part. While there's a few stinkers in there -- mostly a few of those sports games, painfully-boring "learning games" intended for very young children, and I'm not sure why an intriguing but nigh-unplayable prototype of Tempest for the 2600 is stuffed in there, but yep it's there too -- a lot of them are good, simple fun, which offsets the bad. Warlords is a blast, Yars' Revenge is a classic, Millipede is great fun, and Asteroids... well, it's Asteroids. It's hard to screw up Asteroids. The arcade versions of some 2600 games are obviously the superior version, but I like playing both of them, just to take note of and enjoy the differences. Though it's definitely missing a few 2600 games I would have liked to see (no Jungle Hunt? Battlezone? Berzerk, even?), it's a great collection on its own, even if most of the better 2600 games were produced by other companies or based on licensed properties.

Criticisms? Well... emulation quality is fine, sound is okay, the menus and options are fairly easy to navigate... I suppose some of the manual scans are a bit on the fuzzy, low-res side, so it makes them kinda hard to read at times. And the "soundtrack" isn't very prevalent anywhere except the menus, where you are bound to spend essentially 5% of your overall playtime in. It sounds fine, if a little forgettable. Maybe an option to include tunes (or your own personal songs) during gameplay would be welcome? (I for one like to play the Tempest 2000 soundtrack while I'm playing Tempest, but that's just me.) These aren't serious or grating issues for me, though.

Now, despite my glowing praise, I would have to say my recommendation is "conditional", in a sense.

By all means, these games are classics, and I believe it's important to preserve and remember them. Reintroducing these titles to the newer generation is also something I enjoy the prospect of. But, well... if you aren't nostalgic for these games, then you should be aware that these are from a very different period of videogame history. These games are very simple, both in concept and design. Reading the manual is usually required. They may confuse and frustrate you as easily as they can inspire and entertain. They can potentially offer hours upon hours of enjoyment, or you can play them for five minutes and get bored. Yet, at twenty dollars for a hundred games, there's not much risk involved. Why not give it a try? Set a few high scores while you're at it, too.

TL;DR, a great collection of Atari classics and an excellent value to boot. You really can't go wrong.
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135 of 175 people (77%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 27
Disappointing execution of some classic games. The biggest issue is, sigh, as always, controls for the trackball and rotary dial games like Tempest, Warlords, Centipede, etc. It's simple, right? Map the mouse to act as a trackball or dial? It shouldn't be that hard. It ISN'T that hard, seeing as how many other pieces of software manage to do this just fine. But not Atari Vault. Either the mouse can't be set to be sensitive enough to make the game playable (even at the highest sensitivity setting) or it just flat-out doesn't work.

That said, the joystick games work just fine, either mapped to a keyboard or with a variety of gamepads. Even there, though, you cannot turn v-sync on and so most games exerpience "tearing". Just really lazy execution here. The in-menu extras like manuals and PR documents are cool, but are scanned in low-res and sometimes aren't even legible. The overall presentation is slick enough, but there wasn't enough attention paid to detail and the result is that this product feels slapped together as just another lazy appeal to nostalgia.

When will game companies give us an alternative to legally questionable means of playing these classic games? And I don't mean packages thrown together with a few games (or even 100, which is still a fraction of the number of games available for the Atari 2600 alone), but a truly viable commercial option for playing classic games? If you were hoping Atari Vault would be the first one, no dice. Save your $20 and stick with alternative options - you know what they are.
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62 of 72 people (86%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 25
This is what I've been looking for, for a long, long time.

Lemme just make this short, as there are 100 of these games, that everything feels so spot on.

GRAPHICS: As I boot up the game, I'm treated to an organized menu of game right from the getgo. Each game is represented by a Cabinet, complete with the original art that you would find right on the real thing. Getting into a game of Black widow to check out the graphics of one of the games, It looks exactly like how I remember it from the good ol' arcade down memory lane. You can clearly see what represents what, and best thing is: It all runs clearly on your computer screen. I ran this on a plasma screen TV, and there was no quality loss on the resolution. For other things, you also getbonus Art from the original covers, and even the Manuals for the games for newcomers, Or if you're like me, for Nostalgia-driven Nerds. Loved looking through them then, and I still love looking at them now.

SOUND: Just like I was stuck with awe at the menu, the theme for it is fantastic. Something I will never get annoyed with. Going into black widow again, the sounds are spot on. All those beeps and blips from the good ol' days are back again, and they sound fantastic. Nothing to complain about!

Gameplay: Now here's the Shining Jewel on the Golden Crown: The Multiplayer Capabilities, and the Leaderboards. The Leaderboards are just what you expect: They show all the top scores out of your friends, AND in the world. Wanna be the best? Better get crackin' at those Top scores! There's 100+ of these games, so you're in for hours of fun and hard work! And the biggest, and greatest change, is that you don't even need to be at your friends house in order to whoop him at that game of Warlords! Yup, there's ONLINE MULTIPLAYER. Me and a buddy both got the collection and tried a game of Asteroids to see the lag issue, and I can safely say there were no problems on either end. It's seamless, and it works perfectly.

Controllers are no problem, either! like using a Mouse and Keyboard? GO ahead! Xbox One controller? No problem! I spent a few minutes testing a bunch of controllers I had, including the Keyboard, Mouse, Xbone controller, A U-TRAK Arcade Trackball for Missile Command (Just for that authenticity, and my Very own USB Arcade stick, and ALL WORKED FLAWLESSLY. No input lag, not even on the trackball which I was worried about the most!


OVERALL: Guys, even if you're a Gaming Veteran like me, or even a gamer starting fresh and new, this has fun to be had. It's One hell of a collection that I myself, am glad Atari brought over.
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75 of 93 people (81%) found this review helpful
16 people found this review funny
Recommended
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 24
AWESOMENESS HAS LANDED , Surround and Space War 2600 , (especially DOCKING aka Space Shuttle) , 2 of the greatest 2 player games ever made , YAY !!! YES !!! with online multiplayer ^^ are the icing on a HUGE cake ! Space War note : forward is thrust , left and right are for steering only . "Shared" option on Docking is by far the best NOTE: Getting the settings wrong can impair your 2600 game experiences / if you think you can think outside the box , try playing Surround with "wrap" on / Space War is mostly better with "wrap" on , and "sun" on can liven up simple battles. DEVS HAVE FIXED initial control issues so just buy it please to swell the numbers available for multiplayer - ok can we have Williams/Midway Vault next please ?
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43 of 47 people (91%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 24
Come to relive the classics, stick around for 3D Tic Tac Toe and Video Pinball!

No course in the history of video games would be complete without this collection of games. As you play each game you'll recognize bits and pieces that helped shape the games we play today. Personally, as an old fart gamer, I remember each and every one of these. I played them all for hours on end. I know for you young pups it's hard to understand how anyone could spend hours playing most of these games but in their time they were the most awesome games ever!!

So what do you get for your hard earned money here. Well you get 100 classic Atari games. A handful of them are Arcade versions but the greater majority of them are Atari 2600 games. Controls are a bit funky but they were with that Atari joystick that we had to keep taking apart and fixing all the time too. There's certainly some standout games like Asteroids, Centipede, Missile Command, Tempest, and Crystal Castles. There's some seriously retro ones for you game historians that want to say you've played the earliest of games like Pong, Breakout, Outlaw, and Combat. Then there's a host of ones that have been forgotten Yar's Revenge, Sword Quest, and Haunted House. I think there's literally something for everyone in this package, if you like seriously retro games.

Trouble is, most of them you'll end up playing long enough to remember the game or see what it was like, then never play it again because the new games have so much more shiny lights. There are however a handful of games on here that might keep you coming back. 3D Tic Tac Toe is an awesome game in concept. When I told my 20 year old son about it (he'd never even heard of it) and explained how to win he asked why nobody ever picked up that game again and remade it. For all you pinball fans out there you have to try Video Pinball. I think it was one of the very first video versions of pinball ever. I remember literally sitting for hours playing the same game. If memory serves me correctly I maxed out the score once. BTW pro-tip on that one, you can nudge the table and it's helps, a lot...... Checkers, Chess, and Combat might be fun to play online or locally with friends.

At the end of the day it really depends on who you are and what your gaming tastes are when determining if you should get this one or not. If modern graphics and depth of gameplay are super important to you then I'd say don't get this. If you hate grinding or repetitive gameplay then you probably shouldn't get this. However, if you love retro games, seeing where your modern games started from, or are an old fart like me that wants to relive a little of the old days of gaming this is a great gem and should be in your collection. Personally, I love it and recommend it. Your mileage may vary.
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32 of 38 people (84%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
34.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 24
Wow this is just what I needed, what we all needed. with digital downloading now we can keep these games forever. the control is fine, the sound effects are good, and the artwork is beautiful. The arcade game gallery's let you see old adverts flyers for the machine's. I bought it for pong, centipide, missle cammand, asteroids, and breakout. it was cheaper then I thought at only 21.99 CA$.
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26 of 31 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 24
If you enjoyed the classic Atari acrade games and the subsequent 2600 console cartridge games, you'll love this collection. It carries a lot of nostalgia with it and brings back a lot of great memories. Works perfect with both my Steam controller and my XBox 360 controller. Nice customization options under the hood. Hopefully, other publishers like Midway, Capcom, Techmo, Taito, and Activision will follow suit and release their classic arcade and console collections in a similar manner.

Note: Overall, I've found that the games in the collection work better with a Steam controller than an XBox 360 controller.
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28 of 35 people (80%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
12.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 26
Update

Edit: Since an update came out to issue black screen/control issues present on release for some, I have to mention that here. So if you read a review writing about control issues, be aware that most of them are patched already.

Ping

Ever wondered if could you play Pong against one of your friends online? Loved watching Sega Fanboy Mark of Classic Game Room playing Centipede and Missile Command and eagered to do the same? Well, now you can. And it would be a huge mistake not to do that.

Atari Vault brings you hours of fun. In the last two hours I realized how I suck at Breakout, still it's fun to suck at it. A great collection of Atari 2600 and Arcade cabinet games for a fair price.

The devs did a good job here. You can play two-player games online with a friend, however, you should know that there's not a large chance to just find an online game with some random folk to play with, so you have to discuss it in advance.

There are only a dozen of achievements, but when you get them you can feel like you really achieved something. Even if it doesn't seem so by just reading their description. Like "Clear a screen in Super Breakout". Doesn't sound too hard, does it? How hard can it be to clear a screen in a breakout game? Well, it is. So you'll find a good challenge here.

Pong

Pros:

  • A great collection with nice emulation and a lots of fun
  • No FPS-lock (sadly it has to be mentioned)
  • Steam Controller support!!! With different pre-set profiles for the games.
  • Leaderboards and achievements
  • Online play
  • Great menu music
  • It has a neon grid intro. Neon is the future! Or at least it was in the 80s!
  • You have an Atari logo on your screen when you start it. At that very moment you already feel it worth the price!

Be aware:

  • The graphics options are a little bit "barebone", all you have is resolution, bezel art on/off and vector emulation style. However, the latter is a nice touch!
  • The main menu is not too intuitive to navigate
  • Unless hundred thousands of people buys this, be aware that you need someone if you want to play online. I don't think there would be a great chance to just hang out and wait until someone plays Pong with you. It's sad, but multiplayer CoD is somewhat more popular than multiplayer Pong.

Bonus City

Sure, the graphics in the 70s and early 80s weren't that good, and the games looks simpler in today's standard. Still they give you a great challenge and hours of fun. Get it if you can enjoy a game without fancy 3D. Then feel rad when you spend hours playing Super Breakout on your $2000 gaming rig. :)
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