This guide covers 65 games released for the Atari consoles, it provides a brief history of the game, along with control instructions, hints and tips.
It does not cover space invaders, tank command and probably many other popular games. Yes centipede, years revenge and dozens of games you have heard of are covered, ET? No not mentioned.
There are a couple of double page pictures but not enough, no single page game cover recreations either, which would of been nice considering how bad the graphics were the art work sold the games.
I have various iterations of the Atari classics. This feels like half a book. Hence half the the score. Bought the paper back did look for hard back version but couldn't find it. Would of preferred being disapointed in hardback.
There is Prima download code for tablets and smart phones included.
Atari Flashback: The Essential Companion Paperback – 21 November 2017
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- Publisher : Prima Games; Pap/Psc edition (21 November 2017)
- Language: : English
- Paperback : 240 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0744018862
- ISBN-13 : 978-0744018868
- Dimensions : 19.89 x 1.07 x 27.56 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 655,725 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ok(ish)Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 6 December 2017
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Has marks .. looks second handReviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 June 2019
This was bought as a birthday present . It has some marks down the side , which I have tried to get off but cant ..
Great Atari Flashback GuideReviewed in Mexico on 9 January 2018
Goosebumps when you start to read this book-magazine kind. Provides great information about the games and it comes sortes by year of games launched. If you like atari age you'll love this one!
The guide also goes into great detail about the different game modes and options (some ...Reviewed in the United States on 3 December 2017
Sometimes these guides or companions amount to opportunistic filler with lots of graphics but little meaningful content. This guide however is very well done and thoroughly researched. In addition to some history and information about Atari and the VCS/2600, as well as the newest Atari Flashback 8 mini consoles from AtGames (particularly the new Gold editions), this guide provides in-depth surveys of about 65 games. Now the new Flashback Gold consoles come with 120 or 130 games, depending on which version you get, but the focus here seems to be only on Atari first-party games. For each game their are about 2-4 pages of information including original box art, back story, game development history, objective, and basic rules of play. The guide also goes into great detail about the different game modes and options (some games having up to 60 or more), the effect of the difficulty setting switches, single and multi-player modes, controls, scoring and features. There are interesting historical "fun facts" and snippets of original game reviews scattered throughout, as well as tips and tricks for most games. This guide can really give you an appreciation for the intricacy and sophistication of some of these early video games in spite of their oftentimes primitive and austere graphics. There are also plenty of screenshots of game play graphics and what often appears to be original artwork from game manuals and early Atari marketing and magazine materials. I suppose a lot of this information could be searched for online, but the work done here to collect it in a single place and provide it in such an appealing presentation is well worth the modest price. Early Atari games are not always the most user-friendly and intuitive as to what their options are and how the game mechanics work, so this information can be very useful. It would be great if there could be a second volume covering some of the licensed Activision and M-Network games that appear on the Flashback consoles, but for what is here it is still voluminous and well done. Well worth it if you appreciate classic Atari gaming and want to re-experience or experience it for the first time on the Atari Flashback 8 series of mini consoles.
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