Retro gaming junkies, you may want to sit down for this. In a launch that's sending pixellated shockwaves across the App Store, Atari has just released Atari's Greatest Hits [NZ App Store], a Universal app that brings 100 (yes, one hundred) Atari games, along with the original cabinet and box art, to your iPhone and iPad.

[ UPDATE: This title is now available globally, and our full review can be found here. ]

The app is a free download that comes bundled with PONG, with the additional titles -- 18 classic arcade games, 92 Atari 2600 games -- available as in app purchases. The additional titles can be downloaded as 25 separate game packs at $0.99 each or at a price of $14.99 for all 100. Some titles have been enhanced to provide Bluetooth multiplayer modes.

This news is made even sweeter considering our earlier report that Atari and Ion have teamed up to bring forth the $99 iCade iPad-based retro game cabinet, which should be available shortly. We had only heard a few titles specifically mentioned, but the indication was that Atari would be publishing "a huge suite" of classic games with support for the device. We're gonna go ahead and call the 100 titles in Atari's Greatest Hits' "a huge suite," indeed.

The available game packs include:

  • Asteroid Pack
    • 1. Asteroid
    • 2. Asteroid Deluxe
    • 3. Asteroids 2600
    • 4. Canyon Bomber – Bluetooth Multiplayer
  • Battlezone Pack
    • 1. Battlezone
    • 2. Red Baron
    • 3. Air-Sea Battle – BLUETOOTH MULTIPLAYER
    • 4. Submarine Commander
  • Centipede Pack
    • 1. Centipede
    • 2. Millipede
    • 3. Centipede 2600
    • 4. Millipede 2600
  • Black Widow Pack
    • 1. Black Widow
    • 2. Space Duel – BLUETOOTH MULTIPLAYER
    • 3. Desert Falcon
    • 4. Space War
  • Crystal Castles Pack
    • 1. Crystal Castles
    • 2. Crystal Castls 2600
    • 3. Surround – BLUETOOTH MULTIPLAYER
    • 4. Maze Craze
  • Gravitar Pack
    • 1. Gravitar
    • 2. Gravitar 2600
    • 3. Radar Lock
    • 4. Demons to Diamonds – BLUETOOTH MULTIPLAYER
  • Star Raiders Pack
    • 1. Star Raiders
    • 2. Liberator
    • 3. Star Ship – BLUETOOTH MULTIPLAYER
    • 4. Human Cannonball
  • Missile Command Pack
    • 1. Missile Command
    • 2. Missile Command 2600
    • 3. Fun with Numbers
    • 4. Flag Capture - BLUETOOTH MULTIPLAYER
  • Lunar Lader Pack
    • 1. Lunar Lander
    • 2. Sky diver - BLUETOOTH MULTIPLAYER
    • 3. Video Pinball
    • 4. Code Breaker
  • Super Breakout Pack
    • 1. Super Breakout
    • 2. Breakout - BLUETOOTH MULTIPLAYER
    • 3. Off – the - Wall
    • 4. Circus Atari - BLUETOOTH MULTIPLAYER
  • Tempest Pack
    • 1. Tempest – BLUETOOTH MULTIPLAYER
    • 2. Tempest 2600 – BLUETOOTH MULTIPLAYER
    • 3. Outlaw
    • 4. Atari Video Cube
  • Majar Havoc Pack
    • 1. Major Havoc
    • 2. Secret Quest
    • 3. Sentinel
    • 4. Yars Revenge – BLUETOOTH MULTIPLAYER
  • Warlords Pack
    • 1. Warlords - BLUETOOTH MULTIPLAYER
    • 2. Warlords 2600
    • 3. Combat - BLUETOOTH MULTIPLAYER
    • 4. Combat 2 - BLUETOOTH MULTIPLAYER
  • Adventure Pack
    • 1. Adventure
    • 2. Haunted House
    • 3. Return to Haunted House
    • 4. Save Mary
  • Tic-Tac-Toe Pack
    • 1. 3d Tic-Tac-Toe
    • 2. A game of concentration
    • 3. Backgammon
    • 4. Brain Games
  • Fatal Run Pack
    • 1. Fatal Run
    • 2. Dodge ‘Em
    • 3. Night Driver
    • 4. Street Racer – BLUETOOTH MULTIPLAYER
  • Quadrun Pack
    • 1. Quadrun
    • 2. Slot Racers – BLUETOOTH MULTIPLAYER
    • 3. Stellar Track
    • 4. Math Gran Prix
  • Casino Pack
    • 1. Casino - BLUETOOTH MULTIPLAYER
    • 2. Slot Machine
    • 3. Video Checkers
    • 4. Video Chess
  • Sword Quest Pack
    • 1. Swordquest Earthworld
    • 2. Swordquest Fireworld
    • 3. Swordquest Waterworld
    • 4. Sprintmaster
  • Championship Soccer Pack
    • 1. Championship Soccer - BLUETOOTH MULTIPLAYER
    • 2. Golf
    • 3. Double Dunk
    • 4. Basketball
  • Football Pack
    • 1. Football - BLUETOOTH MULTIPLAYER
    • 2. Home Run
    • 3. Miniature Golf
    • 4. Bowling
  • Real Sports Basketball Pack
    • 1. Realsports Basketball - BLUETOOTH MULTIPLAYER
    • 2. Realsports Boxing - BLUETOOTH MULTIPLAYER
    • 3. Realsports Tennis - BLUETOOTH MULTIPLAYER
    • 4. Realsports Baseball - BLUETOOTH MULTIPLAYER
  • Real Sports Football Pack
    • 1. Realsports Football - BLUETOOTH MULTIPLAYER
    • 2. Realsports Soccer - BLUETOOTH MULTIPLAYER
    • 3. Realsports Vollyball - BLUETOOTH MULTIPLAYER
    • 4. Video Olympics - BLUETOOTH MULTIPLAYER
  • Battlezone Pack
    • 1. Battlezone 2600
    • 2. Super Breakout 2600
    • 3. Super Baseball
    • 4. Super Football
  • Hangman Pack
    • 1. Hangman
    • 2. Black Jack
    • 3. Steeplechase

Atari's Greatest Hits can currently be had in the New Zealand App Store, and should be available in the U.S. store late tonight. We're digging into this pile of retro goodness right now and will post a close look, in a bit.

Update: Now available worldwide.

  • AndyM

    YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Toxiccheese

      YES!!!!!!!!! is correct! I grew up on the original 2600 and later the 3200 and ColecoVision and Intellivision! I am most looking forward to the Adventure Pack! I played Adventure over and over and still remember the excitement over finding the programmers easter egg. Awesome!

      • Soul of Wit

        5200, but it was a grand old battleship of a console. Bigger than the PS1!

  • Evan

    I'm curious as to whether purchasing the DLC downloads more content, or just unlocks data already stored in the original app. Either way I can't wait to have this in my hands!

    • brian

      The ROMs for these games run some small multiple of 4k apiece. I suspect the emulator's title screen JPG is larger than all the games put together.

      • Evan

        Thanks! That's what I figured, just making sure.

      • TKO

        Purchasing the content definitely does download more data. (Fifty-something megabytes if you grab the whole lot.) Given that Apple doesn't allow executable data to be downloaded to iOS apps, I'm assuming it's all graphic assets. ie: box-art, instructions, the impressive gallery, etc. The original game-data itself probably makes barely a dent on the size of the App.

    • http://toucharcade.com blakespot

      The additional games do download. It was a total of 63MB or so, to pull down the lot at once, I noticed.

      • brian

        Wow! That has to be a load of artwork that they're throwing in. Do they have full scanned manuals and cabinet artwork? Better still, do they have a GUI to flip through the hundreds of "variations" in games like Combat?

      • Jason

        Yes, full scanned manuals and artwork.

      • TKO

        Lots of cool stuff in the gallery for arcade titles. Scanned promotional-material (with phone-numbers and addresses blurred) :), cabinet photo(s), cabaret/cocktail promo-sheets .. Pong has info on Quadra-Pong and a handheld Pong unit. Missile Command, Centipede, and Asteroids seem to have photos of badges or fridge-magnets. Centipede has photos of a plushy-toy and a badge too.

        Atari2600 titles tend to have the full scanned manual, and the Atari2600 manual itself too. No box-art in the gallery, but the manual is neat -- and scanned at a good-ish resolution.

  • DotComCTO

    Blake - I think you may have this backward, "...18 classic arcade games, 92 Atari 2600 games...." As I look at the list, it seems the other way around; 92 classic arcade games and 18 Atari 2600 games.

    • DotComCTO

      Errr...you had it right the first time, Blake. My bad.

  • Theorioles33

    Now this is awesome!!! The 2600 was my very first video game system back in the day. Brings back lots of memories.

  • Razoric

    ok, THIS is awesome.

  • DotComCTO

    ...and most importantly...

    MAJOR HAVOC ON iOS!!!!

    Yeah, baby!!!

    • http://www.buzzabit.com/aaron Aaron Sullivan

      But, no real spinner. :( They really need iCade to have a spinner for games like this. There is just no substitute. Tempest, Major Havoc, Tron and Discs of Tron, Blasteroids, Warlords, they just aren't the same without a physical spinner.

      • Anonymous

        Yeah, I've played Tempest on a PC with keyboard and it's REALLY hard -- left and right switch depending on cursor (?) position.

        It could be great on a touch screen, though.

  • Anonymous

    Ok, this is pretty awesome. I'm definitely up for some of these packs. I hope they play well, especially tempest. Looks like it has a rotating wheel interface? That might work.

  • http://www.casinobulldogs.com casino bulldogs

    This is sweet, but where's "Ice Hockey"? That was my favorite! I also loved Spiderman and Frogger but i suppose big licenses getting in the way.

    • Dave

      Atari themselves didn't put out those three games, so they have no rights for iOS versions of them. Ice Hockey was Activision, and the other two were put out on 2600 from Parker Bros.

  • Anonymous

    Good LAWD!! Capcom led the way, Atari has picked up the baton! Over to you Sega!

    • Anonymous

      Sega tried and faceplanted.

      • TKO

        Yeah, I don't like Sega charging us crazy prices for individual games. Do a full emulator and (cheap!) game-packs like the ZX-Spectrum, C64, and now Atari crowd have done. That's the way I wanna play 'em! :)

  • Anonymous

    I notice that iPad screenshot shows the game running in its native resolution... is that just because it's in landscape orientation or are all the games native on iPad? They're certainly not on the iPhone version so this could be a real swinger...

    • http://toucharcade.com blakespot

      That's an iPhone 4 screenshot (of Tempest) -- and a vectorscope has no native resolution.
      :-)

      • Adams Immersive

        Wow, single-pixel retina-quality lines AND anti-aliased. I think they may need to thicken those lines!

      • Anonymous

        I feel slightly owned. So there's no native res, but that landscape image appears a lot sharper than the portrait images in the app thread. The geek in me gets real picky about retro games looking the way they should so I like to get to the bottom of inconsistencies like these :-)

      • Anonymous

        I feel slightly owned. So there's no native res, but that landscape image appears a lot sharper than the portrait images in the app thread. The geek in me gets real picky about retro games looking the way they should so I like to get to the bottom of inconsistencies like these :-)

  • poutini

    O.o my brain just exploded. definitely getting this and a couple game packs (assuming the controls are good)

  • EastsideStompers

    *Assumes kneeling position*
    "Oh Atari Lord, please let the controls for thine Greatest Hits be flawless, that we may enjoy and revel in its awesomeness, and not cast it aside into the trash. A-tari-men!"

    *Gets up*

  • Anonymous

    Why are there two Battlezone packs?

    • Anonymous

      both contains different games so I dont see anything wrong here.

      • Anonymous

        You don't see anything wrong with having two completely different packs having the same name? You think it's okay to call something the "Battlezone pack" but only have one Battlezone game on it, with the other one for some reason lumped together with baseball and football games?

      • Anonymous

        Oh, you were just talking about the Pack name. I assumed you meant the whole packs (ie the games were the same too). Ya, thats definitely weird. Should have titled the other pack differently.

      • TKO

        One is the Arcade BattleZone .. the other is Atari2600 BattleZone. ..I'm not so familiar with the Atari titles, so I'm not sure which is which .. and I just bought the whole lot outright :) .. but there didn't seem to be any double-ups in the packs -- just the names.

  • Anonymous

    I've been dying for Tempest, or a Tempest clone. This will do!

    I wonder if these are all going to work with the iCade. Atari is backing that project...

  • Anonymous

    I've been dying for Tempest, or a Tempest clone. This will do!

    I wonder if these are all going to work with the iCade. Atari is backing that project...

  • Anonymous

    My big question: will games like Warlords allow multiplayer on one iPad (simultaneous)? If Warlords doesn't support that, that's going to be a disappointment. Bluetooth multiplayer is good for iPhones, but the iPad could easily support that with up to 4 players on one iPad.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JWMR5DSATTJX7T6WSUPOVDRQ64 TheWatcher

    My pants feel tighter ...

  • Anonymous

    Now all I need is Earthbound.

    • http://twitter.com/Inaba_kun Phil Baxter

      Earthbound is a Nintendo game...

      • Anonymous

        I know, I meant generally speaking regarding old games I'd love to have on iOS.

  • TheVlad

    Where is mountain king?

    • Dave

      Mountain King for the 2600 was released by CBS Electronics, so Atari has no rights to make an iOS version of it.

      • TheVlad

        Damn! >.<

  • Robotron2084

    Being an old arcade rat, I'm very interested in this.

    The iCade is what really intrigues me, because these old arcade games are best played with real controls. However, lack of a trackball on the iCade, and no apparent ability to rotate it to landscape, make it less than ideal for many of these old games. But for $99, I guess they can only offer so much.

    Plus, it raises the possibility that other games could add iCade support in the future. SHMUPs, like Cave's for example, would be brilliant on the iCade.

  • http://twitter.com/NeuroticNomad Gerald

    I would buy 4 iCades: Portrait, Landscape, Trackball Landscape (Missile Command!), and Steering Wheel Portrait ...especially if they worked with more than just the Atari games. Marble Madness! Spy Hunter! Gauntlet! Joust! Defender! Super Mario Bros. (Arcade Version)! Dragon's Lair! Space Invaders! Galaga! Street Fighter! Cliff Hanger! Donkey Kong Jr.! Ms. Pac-Man! More! More! More!!! And can we get the 5400/400/800/1200XL/1400XLD Versions of games, too?!?!

    Oh, and Combat. How can you release an official 2600 emulator without including the cartridge that came with the system?

    And someone call Activison! We need Spider Fighter, Pitfall, and... [gets dragged away by the nice men in white] ... And that horrible E.T. game!!!!

    • http://profiles.google.com/niceguybill William Aviles

      They should release wallpaper for iOS that looks like the initial Combat battle burned into your device :)

  • http://twitter.com/FortyRock Lang

    Hope they include the comics for the Swordquest games. Even better if someone would finish Airworld.

  • Anonymous

    Holy Bushnell, Nolan!
    And these types of releases are the reason why my consoles have fossilized on my entertainment deck. Time to send them to a museum. If you grew up with this type of gaming, then you know the feeling. In my "old" world....big budget games like 'Mafia" could not compete against these antique pixels which house more soul.

  • Chad

    $14.99 for 100 Atari games - Done.

    Just hope I don't end up paying for them twice if they come bundled with iCade.

    • Anonymous

      Same here, going for the full deck. I Like 3/4 of what I see, so buying individual packs would come out to be the same or more!

      • Chad

        I like that Atari is offering a genuine deal on the full package as opposed to knocking off a couple of bucks compared to purchasing all the packs separately.

      • TKO

        In retrospect, this is good. At the time I just hunted out the buy-all option (which wasn't obvious), and hit it.

  • Macbear

    Xybots FTW

    • http://www.buzzabit.com/aaron Aaron Sullivan

      Yes, Xybots and Blasteroids were two of my favorite one quarter diversions during college. Super fun and one of the earliest arcade games with "rpg elements" to make progression addictive. :)

    • http://twitter.com/drelbs drelbs

      Xybots would be fantastic linked.

      Until they decide to add it I'll just have to keep playing my cabinet in the garage. ;)

      (That's right, Xybots, Power Drift, a 6-slot Neo Geo MVS and TRON!)

      (And I've got my 2600 as well. Combat, Space Invaders, Maze Craze and Haunted House were my first games - too bad Space Invaders isn't here...)

    • http://twitter.com/drelbs drelbs

      Xybots would be fantastic linked.

      Until they decide to add it I'll just have to keep playing my cabinet in the garage. ;)

      (That's right, Xybots, Power Drift, a 6-slot Neo Geo MVS and TRON!)

      (And I've got my 2600 as well. Combat, Space Invaders, Maze Craze and Haunted House were my first games - too bad Space Invaders isn't here...)

  • Anonymous

    Wow --- just noticed "Star Raiders" was on that list. Man I soooo do hope that's the Atari 400/800 computer version. That's the game that began it all for me as far as computer gaming goes. The game alone sold Atari computer systems; there was nothing like that for its time.

    • Anonymous

      If you like Star Raiders, get the iPhone game "Star Rangers." It uses ouch and tilt controls but is otherwise very faithful to the old game, without the limitations of the VCS.

      • Anonymous

        Thanks for the tip! I'll certainly look this up now!

  • Dave

    Love that i can play Tempest, Major Havoc, gravitar, Haunted House, Adventure on my Phone! Now if only Activision would follow with their 2600 games!

    • Anonymous

      That would be awesome -- Activision have done a classics pack in the past, so that would rock mighty hard if they did.

  • http://profiles.google.com/mindfield1 Eric March

    OH. BLOODY. HELL. YES.

    • Anonymous

      And somehow that got posted under another of my profiles. Weird.

  • Vtrevi

    black widow yeahhh a few steps to have robotron in ios my dream

  • Mike D

    Why only NZ store?? (USA is missing out on all the fun) ;-(

    • Anonymous

      Cause they're many hours ahead of us - we get it tonight - no big wait at all.

  • EastsideStompers

    Bought the lot. Played a few. Stylishly put together. Controls are responsive, although I'd welcome lefty modes for some. The manuals are a nice touch, although the text is not always readable. Landscape mode on some would have been nice. Feels a bit cramped in portrait on the iPhone.

    I'm going to enjoy messing around with these. Should keep me busy for quite some time: )

  • Franky

    Argh! if this had River Raid by Activision then that would have been perfect. But i understand its not in there.

  • http://twitter.com/coolpowers Simon Windmill

    Despite my obvious affection for some of Atari's games (hello, breakeroids is the obvious love-child of two of these titles!) this just doesn't grab me. It's an awesome pack, and great value, I just have no real love for the 2600 stuff. I was an Intellivision kid.

    If they added some of the early 80s arcade stuff though, that's another matter. I Robot, 720, Gauntlet, Marble Madness (god I would love a new MM game), Paperboy, Super Sprint..

    • Anonymous

      HUH. I Robot with tilt control to manipulate view would be cool - and that's a game that deserves wider exposure.

  • Anonymous

    Has anyone yet determined whether the easter egg's in Adventure?

    • Anonymous

      This is an emulator, so I don't see why the initials wouldn't be in there.

  • DotComCTO

    The link is up:

    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ataris-greatest-hits/id422966028?mt=8

    ...but I can't seem to download it yet (getting the temporarily unavailable dialog box).

    • DotComCTO

      Ah! It's working now. Yay!

  • Dmarcoot

    The controls are just miserable to use on an iPhone and the game screen are too small. Just try playing gravitar for example (one of my all time favs) I dare you. The screen is so small on an iPhone 4 that it is unplayable.  Yet there are several gravitar clones which don't compromise screen size or playability, they spent the time to design controls that work.  This is true for most if games in this collection. It is apparent Atari didn't Put in  time, or love into these games to do the same.  Never mind such modern incites as game center.
    For $14 we should all expect better.

    • Axlines

      I'm not sure why they even released this for the iPhone. It ROCKS on the iPad.

  • Wondering

    I don't do much in the way of in-app purchases. I got this on my iPad and got a couple of packs. I installed the app on my ipod touch. If I make the in-app purchases on that device am i charged again?

    • Anonymous

      No, you can easily and effectively share your apps across multiple IOS devices. I have an ipod touch and an iphone, my partner has an iphone and an ipad, and getting anything on the others is usually just a matter of logging in with your itunes account and choosing the 'restore purchases' option most IAP apps have.

      Just launched the app the first time, and it immidiately asks if you want to restore. Just choose that and your're golden.

      • Wondering

        Thanks, I will give it a shot. At worst I will re-spend 99 cents.

  • Axlines

    Space Duel! Yessssss!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Axlines

    Now if someone could just get that Vectrex emulator going......

  • Anonymous

    Wow, OK that looks like it might jsut work. Wow.

    http://www.anon-tools.no.tc

  • http://dr9r.com Sæn McDye

    cool... NOT! Where is Joust??? ;p

    • Wondering

      Is Williams going to do this? Do they still exist? I hope whomever owns their catalog does a similar thing. Joust would be great. So would Defender!

  • http://twitter.com/paynomind JR Francis

    Android or GTFO

    • http://twitter.com/sicmx SicMX

      Would you guys really buy it? Be honest now :D

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GTV44UKNIZYLJARU66KLRW43DE disasta from alaska

    the old atari arcade games were ok - i loved tempest and missile command, etc., but the atari 2600 games suck and people need to stop pretending otherwise. if you liked them then it was because you didnt know any better at the time, so thats fine. if you like them now, you're pretending. dont believe me? go try and play the flash versions on ataris site. youll get bored or frustrated in 2 minutes.

    • LS650

      Have you ever actually owned a 2600?

  • Mac

    Where's Mappy? Best game ever

    • TKO

      Mappy was by Namco, so won't be in this collection. Namco seem to have concentrated on their biggest franchises, releasing single games and keeping them a bit too expensive than IMHO they should be.

      And, upon checking.. ohmygosh! Mappy is there! Silly Namco decided not to use the retro icon, so I didn't recognise it at first. It's here:
      http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mappy-by-namco/id410516206?mt=8

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