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Most folks who enjoy retro gaming are well aware that ATGames doesn't have the best reputation for the products that they produce. However, after nine previous attempts, they finally got it right. This mini console is visually more faithful to the original than the previous iterations. Gone are the yellow and red buttons on the console. They have been replaced with silver slide switches that resemble the original switches on the old VCS. The only gripe that I can bring up is that there is a blank spot on the left side of the console where the BW/Color switch would be. It throws of the aesthetic of the console a bit, but it is better than the previous buttons they used. This unit is truly a mini console being about the size of a 3.5" hard drive. The joysticks have the feel in the hand of the originals. However, the stick in use has a totally different feel. It is responsive and works fine, but be aware, if you grew up playing the original VCS, it will feel strange. The included games are the usual faire that we have seen on previous consoles. There is no SD slot to easily add your own games. However, you still can add your own games with a thumb drive and an OTG USB cable. Instructions on how to do this are on ATGames website. These instructions are extremely easy to follow and are quite good. You first have to update the firmware on the console before it will recognize the thumb drive. Be aware that you will have to remove four screws on the bottom of the console to access a switch on the motherboard to update the firmware. The update requires downloading drivers and an android toolkit. This looks to be only available to PC users as there are no download links for MAC users. Once the firmware is updated, you shouldn't have to open the console again. The firmware update instructions indicate that future updates can be performed through the thumb drive. While it is not perfect, I feel that this is the best flashback version of the VCS to date.
I specifically ordered this not only to bring back what I had when I was a kid to share with my own but was super excited to have trigger and pitfall. Spent this amount of money for those two games and it does not come with it although it displays it on the front cover as well as the game list in the back of the box. I’m beyond disappointed to say the least.
If you have never played an Atari 2600, this game will be fine for you. If you are an old schooler like me, the games look Atari like but the games aren't quite the same. The two examples I have is for Frogger and Space Invaders. In Frogger, the turtles do not follow the pattern that I remember. In the original game there was always one pair that stayed above water. On this one, all the turtles go under. I was looking forward to Space Invaders so that my wife and I could play together. I remember an option that allowed two players to play at the same time, not one after the other. This game does not have it.
I would have sent it back but by the time I paid shipping and the sellers 50% restocking fee (JMEGoods), it wasn't worth it.
This console is a huge improvement over my old Flashback 7 in virtually every conceivable way. It's much smaller, matching the size of the Nintendo Classics consoles, looks more like the original 2700 than other Flashbacks, has good audio and video quality through HDMI, an optional scanline feature, a save feature, a rewind button, and a great selection of games that can be played solo or with friends. The console's menu gives detailed instructions for how to play each game and lets you sort or favorite them games. And apparently, contrary to popular belief, you can add more games to this console like the recent previous iterations allowed through the use of a thumb drive and some software from AtGames' site, though I'm not 100% sure how to do that.
However, the fire buttons on both controllers tend to be non-responsive. Approximately 6 out of 10 times, the fire button results in nothing happening, even when pressed down quite hard. For a game where you might spam the button, like Space Invaders, this isn't much trouble. But for games that require precision, like Pitfall, failure to perform an action when the fire button is pressed results in instant loss of tries or game over. The rewind feature alleviates this somewhat, but I shouldn't have to use the rewind button to correct a hardware failure, making playing these games frustrating.
Also, minor thing, there is a glitch in Space Invaders on this console that will pop up sometimes, giving the player an instant score of 999,999 with the destruction of one enemy. Considering this is several times the world record high score, it's a little silly and annoying when playing with friends.
I really hope AtGames releases a Flashback XI that's virtually identical but with reliable fire buttons. And better scoring on Space Invaders. Then it would essentially be perfect, even without adding any more games.
It mostly does what it says, and is built well. The controllers do seem to have a slight lag on some games, but not all. And there are no paddles included, making the paddle games hard to play. The left controller has some additional switches on the side, so you don't have to use the switches on the console. Worked right out of the box with no issues.
The downside is it's easy to forget just how crude the graphics were, and that's amplified using a modern big flat screen tv. Much like re-watching some old tv show or movie that you loved as a kid, and realizing it's not as good as you remember it (and your kids think it's just lame....).
Perfect, updated the software, then added a USB drive with loaded games on it. I have over 1040 games installed on this. The games I tried seem to be working like they should. If ya grew up in the eighties then you may remember playing this console wit ha couple of others that this company makes.
Ended up returning the unit for poor functionality. Frogger, the game I really bought it for had a delay from controller to game play making you die almost every time you tried to cross pavement and water jungles.
This item was a gift so after having bought it for the recipient, I was absolutely very disappointed to find out the following: the item inside the shipment box had NO padding, thus, when it arrived, the box had a lot of wear, the inner box even torn, and contents out of their place. One of the joystick had scratches, it certainly didn’t look new, like it was a return item. The box was also labelled that it was from Sam’s Club, what was that about?!! Truly disappointing especially as it was presented as a gift.
The unit itself is actually pretty good. Delbel company (the seller) claims the unit is new but my box came opened and a portion of the box, where you open it, was badly ripped and clearly someone opened it before being shipped to me.