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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.
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.
The author did a great job describing all the old Atari games that have shipped on the Flashback units and filling in details on their historical significance. It's a nice read even if you don't have one of the systems, as long as you're interested in the games that made the Atari 2600 great.
Well done retro guide that looks great, is informative and doesn't cost much. Good book for anyone that likes classic Atari.
Not too much is specific to the flashback which is both good and bad. The flashback specific section is very general and feels more promotional than informative. The games covered are mainly Atari published games. I would have like some of the prototype, homebrew, and hacks to be covered. But, that makes the book work even if you don't have a flashback.
There's a lot covered but the game list has a lot that could have been skipped. The versions of casino and board games especially and some of the sports games.
Despite some issues with the game list what is in the book is really well done and informative. The presentation is excellent and well formatted. Mix of overviews, history, tips, and detailed breakdowns of the different modes the games have. You could read through everything or refer back to it when playing the games covered.
Some room for improvement in what's covered but a really good guide to the Atari 2600 and many of its games.