Digital Media, Price: $29.95
Reviewed February 2004
Gamers who were born in the last couple
of decades might wonder what's so great about this bunch
of games that don't look like much compared to today's state
of the art video games. But for loyal followers of the Atari
games, Atari Retro will be like a homecoming. Developed by
Mobile Wizardry and published by MDM, Atari Retro brings
back the 7 most popular Atari titles that pioneered many
game genres and inspired countless clones. The best thing
about it is that you can go down this memory lane without
using any emulator.
The 7 titles in the Atari Retro include
Asteroids, Breakout, Centipede, Missile Command, Yar's Revenge,
Adventure and Pong. For those of you who spent your entire
childhood playing these arcade classics, you should be happy
to know that this package is a true port of these games,
and you can enjoy them just the way you remembered them.
Although playing these games on the Tapwave
Zodiac provides the closest feeling to the arcade experience,
the Atari Retro runs very well on other Palm and Pocket PC
devices. Most of the games have very simple controls and
it's very easy to get into them regardless of your skill
level. The game can be played in Easy or Difficult levels
and there are some very nice title pages where you can navigate
through all the titles, set sound volume and read help files.
The graphics stay true to the original
arcade games. Since it's a direct port to the PDA, these
games keep much of the original graphics, which include a
black background, and simple graphics. Because these graphics
are very simple, these games feel very zippy and responsive
on PDAs. The game includes a nice launch screen that ties
all the games together, a nice touch from the developer.
The sound effects are also in keeping with
the originals, and seem very simple compared to today's rich
music, voice dubbing and special effect capabilities. It
will help to re-create the arcade experience for Atari fans,
but it might annoy some of today's young gamers. The game
plays well on all supported devices, which include Tapwave
Zodiac, Treo 600, PalmOne
devices, Pocket PC 2002 and 2003 and even the Nokia N-Gage,
6600 and 3650.
If you're wondering whether these
games which seem graphics and feature-poor can do well,
just consider the number of emulators and their great popularity!
PDA owners seem to love retro games. Thanks to the game
developer and MDM, these golden oldies can be played on
your PDAs without an emulator. So, what's next? NeoGeo?
Series 60 phones