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Came with no power cord. Had to pay $40 for one at London Drugs. Very complicated to actually press all of the right buttons and move the joystick to select a game. Most games are unknown. Audio does not work. Very underwhelming
I've had this for about a week now, so I've played some of the games, but not all of them. Here are the early results: I had the atari 2600 when it came out, and I had a ton of games, so I have a reference point to which to compare. First up the console--the switches have been replaced by buttons. Small disappointment, I would have preferred an exact replica of the original. I first saw this product in the store a few weeks ago(unlike the Nintendo retro games, these were actually in stock). Atari 8 flashback gold. Then a few days later, I saw online they were coming out with the deluxe version, which included paddles. I decided to go with the deluxe. Here is the review: Thumbs up: --the joysticks. Looser than the original, they work just as good. What's even better is they put some buttons on one of the joysticks so you don't have to get up and go to the console every time you want to change games, like you do with the NES. That is a HUGE plus. Also, the joysticks are wireless--another big plus. I have not had any lag problems. --menu layout. Every game is represented by its original cover art--love that idea! Nice touch. Thumbs down: --paddle controllers. One of them does not turn as smoothly as the other, comes across as cheap. Also, in the game Breakout and Super Breakout, the paddle flickers as you move it, there isn't a clear, smooth image of the paddle. This makes it pretty difficult when the ball picks up speed, as you try to hit the ball with a blurred, flickering paddle image. I wonder if the connection with the pins is bad. Another thumbs down with the paddle controllers--they are wired, and the wires are not long enough. Regarding the games, I've only played a few, here are the reviews: Space Invaders--I think they used the arcade version. Great! The 2600 version was always inferior. Frogger--They used the arcade version. Awesome! This game plays great. Once again, the 2600 version was considerably inferior. Breakout/Super Breakout--the most addicting game I've played in the bunch. However, it's hindered by the fact the wires are not long enough, and even more so, the paddle flickers when you move it, making it difficult to hit the ball as it picks up speed. The original 2600 always gave you a clear paddle image, so it can be done. Indy 500--virtually unplayable. They force you to use the joysticks for controls! There's a reason it came packaged with the special driving controls. Championship Soccer. Just like the original. A personal favorite back in the 1980s. Missle Command--2600 version. Would have preferred the arcade version. atari climber. Never played this one before. I thought it would be a knock-off of Crazy Climber, but it's actually a knock-off of Donkey Kong. So far, hits and misses. The menu layout is beautiful, but it's ultimately limited by the primitive games that the 2600 produced. There are a few that are still addicting--Super Breakout is the most addicting so far of the bunch. I will continue to add to this as I play more games.
I gave it 3-stars but that's the max it should earn. Here’s why.
For what it is I feel it’s the best it can be; a simple console with easy menus to access the early Atari lineup of games. Controllers worked well (wireless was a great addition) and HDMI was great.
Cons: most of these games really stunk, even when I played them as a kid. It’s just like I remember it... fumbling through a pile of cartridges and playing a game for a few minutes before getting bored.
I did the exact thing with this console (minus fumbly cartridges), play a game for a few minutes and move on.
Again, for what it is it’s probably as good as it gets for these games, but that’s only 3-stars in my book.
What I great idea - all the classic Atari and Activision games in one console with HDMI output. Too bad that the processor is so slow that even games like Breakout are nothing but a frustration because the paddle response is sooooooo slooooooow. So buy and enjoy if you want to play some of the strategy games, however if fast response is required, frustration may be the result.
The paddle controllers are unplayable because they shake and jitter, even when you aren't touching them. They have lag and lack precision. You won't like them. You can't play with them beyond the first level or two of a game. All of the paddle games can't be played.
The rest of the games, and the wireless joysticks, are fine.
The following games are not included: Pac Man, Space Invaders, Frogger.
This could be awesome, it has all the right games from my childhood. The biggest negative is it seems like the remotes kill batteries very quickly. I put in fresh batteries and within an hour the remote quits controlling the character, the button works but not the joystick. Put in fresh batts good to go again for 45-60 mins. Why not just make them corded like the paddle remotes? What a disappointment