26 Apps For Atari 2600 Fans
Atari 2600 was my first home console gaming experience. I'm still pretty nostalgic for those simpler games in the early 80s and if you are too, there are many apps available in the iTunes and Google Play stores to feed your 8-bit needs. I recently set out on a treasure hunt that I think Pitfall Harry would've been proud of. My app quest initially involved just games, but along the way I also managed to find apps for sound effects and even a guided tour inside an Atari 2600 console hosted by a gaming legend.
I've compiled 26 apps for Atari 2600 lovers to experience for themselves. Now, RD80s isn't exactly IGN and I don't have any minions on the payroll to test and rate each app I've noted below. So I'm leaving some of the leg work up to you and would love to hear your comments on any of the apps listed below. Most are free to download with add-ons or ad-free pay options available. I'm providing links below each description to iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon stores when available (Game pricing as of 5/24/13.) Here is the list in no particular order...
The official Activision app for 45 classics like Pitfall, River Raid, Decathlon, Barnstorming, Stampede, Demon Attack, and more. This app "offers the entire Activision 2600 catalog in one app, with controls designed and optimized for each game. Each game is presented alongside the original box art and manuals for retro lovers, and features the ability to earn digital versions of the famous game patches!" RD80s: Kaboom! is free, but you'll have to pay $2.99 for 11-game packs or $6.99 for the complete collection.
Atari's Greatest Hits (free iTunes/Google Play/Amazon)
The official Atari app featuring 100 classics like Asteroids, Centipede, and Yar's Revenge. "This extensive catalog pays homage to each of the originals, with controls designed to mimic what Atari fans remember from 30 years ago!" Bluetooth multiplayer available on Tempest, Warlord, and others. RD80s: Missile Command is free, but you'll have to pay $.99 cents for 4-game packs or $9.99 for the complete catalog
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