Nov 06 AT 4:51 PM Sean Riley 23 Comments

Atari Greatest Hits brings 100 retro classics to Android


If I were to construct a Venn Diagram of retro gaming aficionados and Android lovers would you find yourself in the creamy center?

If your answer is yes then I’ve got some excellent news for you. Atari Greatest Hits is now available in the Android Market for all the official 70s and 80s Atari gaming you can handle. (If your answer is no then why did you click on this post in the first place? Regardless, go watch the Modern Combat 3 trailer or something.)

The app itself is free and comes with Missile Command, but additional games will cost you $0.99 for one of twenty-five game packs (four games per pack). Or ,you can have all 100 games for $9.99. I’ll leave you to do the math on whether at least 10 of the offered packs tickle your buying bone.

Obviously the graphics are atrocious and the sound effects don’t rise to the level of something you’d consider using for a ringtone these days, but that’s not really the point here. In terms of the sights and sounds, Atari has managed to capture everything exactly as I remember it on the faux wood encased Atari we had hooked up to an ancient TV in my basement as a kid. The big difference is the controls. It’s entirely possible that it’s just me or my Thunderbolt, but I wasn’t really happy with the responsiveness of the controls in Missile Command. This is definitely something that would benefit from the game controller support that’s coming in Android 4.0. Put this on a tablet with a real controller and you’d have yourself a really fun arcade setup.

I’ll drop the full list of game packs under the press release button below. Personally I was an Asteroids junkie, so I can definitely see picking that up. Maybe Centipede, too. I’d be interested to hear what your favorites are on this list; I probably missed out on some good ones as a kid, since I just inherited my older brother and sister’s collection.


Show Press Release


Asteroids PK
2.Asteroids Deluxe
3.Asteroids 2600
4.Canyon Bomber — MP

Battlezone PK
2.Red Baron
3.Air-Sea Battle — MP
4.Submarine Commander

Centipede PK
3.Centipede 2600
4.Millipede 2600

Black Widow PK
1.Black Widow
2.Space Duel — MP
3.Desert Falcon
4.Space War

Crystal Castles PK
1.Crystal Castles
2.Crystal Castles 2600
3.Surround — MP
4.Maze Craze

Gravitar PK
2.Gravitar 2600
3.Radar Lock
4.Demons to Diamonds — MP

Star Raiders PK
1.Star Raiders
3.Star Ship — MP
4.Human Cannonball

Pong PK
2.Pong — MP
3.Missile Command 2600
4.Fun with Numbers
5.Flag Capture MP

Lunar Lander PK
1.Lunar Lander
2.Sky Diver MP
3.Video Pinball
4.Code Breaker

Super Breakout PK
1.Super Breakout
2.Breakout MP
4.Circus Atari MP

Tempest PK
2.Tempest 2600
4.Atari Video Cube

Major Havoc PK
1.Major Havoc
2.Secret Quest
4.Yars’ Revenge

Warlords PK
1.Warlords MP
2.Warlords 2600
3.Combat MP
4.Combat 2 MP

Adventure PK
2.Haunted House
3.Return to Haunted House
4.Save Mary

3D Tic-Tac-Toe PK
1.3D Tic-Tac-Toe
2.A Game of Concentration
4.Brain Games

Fatal Run PK
1.Fatal Run
2.Dodge ‘Em
3.Night Driver
4.Street Racer — MP

Quadrun PK
2.Slot Racers — MP
3.Stellar Track
4.Math Grand Prix

Casino PK
1.Casino MP
2.Slot Machine
3.Video Checkers
4.Video Chess

Swordquest PK
1.Swordquest Earthworld
2.Swordquest Fireworld
3.Swordquest Waterworld

Championship Soccer PK
1.Championship Soccer MP
3.Double Dunk

Football PK
1.Football MP
2.Home Run
3.Miniature Golf

Realsports Basketball PK
1.Realsports Basketball mp
2.Realsports Boxing mp
3.Realsports Tennis mp
4.Realsports Baseball mp

Realsports Football PK
1.Realsports Football mp
2.Realsports Soccer mp
3.Realsports Volleyball mp
4.Video Olympics MP

Super Breakout 2600
1.Super Breakout 2600
2.Battlezone 2600
3.Super Baseball
4.Super Football

Hangman PK
2.Black Jack

Via: Engadget

Sean has been with Android and Me for over 8 years and covering mobile for the last 9. He occasionally muses about gadgets and tech outside of the Android universe at Techgasms.

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    • Larry Bank

      Agreed – quite lame. Atari 2600 is several generations too old to matter. The “meaty” games that would be worth putting on Android are the coin-operated titles. Marble Madness would be perfect using the G sensor in a phone.

      • Sean Riley

        As I said in the post, if you are worrying about the graphics or any technical aspect of it then you are not the target for this one. This is for those Android users that grew up playing these games.

      • jay

        But this does include arcade versions of some games as well as 2600, install the free trial. Middle Command is the arcade version in the trial.
        Also u can in the trial go thru the catalog which lays out the home and arcade games available.

      • mike

        Lame? It’s a great way to play classic video games. Did you nor read the post? Geeze. Some people bitch about anything they can find

    • Rick

      Yes, you are

  • tp

    Spark for yourselves… This is epic news for those of us the wrong side of 30 wanting a but of a return to classic gaming and relive a bit of our youth

    • thel0nerang3r

      Sadly my (our?) memory of those old games is horrible. Our memories are way, way better then the actual games. Some memories are better left untested.

      • Jon Niola

        I don’t know dude – some of the old side-scrollers from the NES era are still a hell of a lot of fun. I recently pulled out the old NES and played some Metroid and Kid Icarus and while their graphics may not hold up, the gameplay is still quite fun and enjoyable.

  • Julio Chavez

    Does anybody know if there is an Atari 2600 emulator on the Market?

    • Sean Riley

      Unfortunately all the ones that I was familiar with were killed in the big emulator massacre this Summer. If you do a search for Ataroid you can probably find it in one of the 3rd party markets.

  • shiftylock

    Meh, Why is it a 40 some MB download? For Atari games? That’s bigger than Dungeon Defenders .___.

  • mikeyDroid

    Whether you’re a fan of this or not it’s just good to see more titles coming out for Android

  • joey

    sign me up : )

  • CTown

    Wait… didn’t Kongregate get kicked out of the Market (untill they revised their application) for operating similarly to an app store ? So, isn’t this app going to be banned for also acting like an app store?

    • Steven Nutt

      Don’t know the Kongregate story, but this is run by Atari for Atari games, not sure I can see a problem there.

  • Fechhelm

    What are the requirements for this app? Says it’s not compatible with my galaxy s (vibrant).

    • astralbee

      It doesn’t appear to be compatible with the Galaxy S, probably because the games don’t have touchscreen controls. The HTC equivalent models have a little trackerball controller on them. It’s a bit of a shame because the Galaxy S has more than enough processing power to run it, but it is completely reliant on the touchscreen. My experience of emulators has always been that on-screen touch controls take up a big chunk of the screen and you can’t see what is actually going on in the game. I’d stick to original games designed for Android and keep emulators and retro gaming strictly on your PC and console!

    • Sean Riley

      That’s odd, are you on stock 2.2?

      I don’t see any reason why the Vibrant would be incompatible and the reason stated by astralbee doesn’t work as there are touchscreen controls and it works just fine on my Thunderbolt.

  • 4cent

    Doesn’t work on ThinkPadTablet :-(

  • CactusCat

    The author states that he wasn’t impressed with the responsiveness of the controls when playing Missle Command. One note here, when I had my Nexus One with the trackball, there was/is a Missle Command clone available from the Market and it was PERFECT with the trackball. So indeed, an external controller would help this along greatly. Of course the original used a big ol’ trackball, so that makes sense I guess.

  • KatSelezneva

    Looks quite interesting, maybe I’ll try it. But my favorite Android apps and games are these:

  • pritams

    It’s really a nice effort…