Atari 50: The Anniversary Celebration

  • Couch Co-Op: 2 Players
  • + Co-Op Campaign
  • + Co-Op Modes
Atari 50: The Anniversary Collection Is Out Now, Complete with Classic Co-op Games
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Atari 50: The Anniversary Collection Is Out Now, Complete with Classic Co-op Games

This amazing collection of over 100 Atari games spans the arcade and multiple consoles.

If there's one thing retro gamers love, it's a good compilation of classic games. As it so happens, Atari and Digital Eclipse have recently released exactly such a game with Atari 50: The Anniversary Collection for consoles and PC. This one collects a staggering array of titles from Atari consoles and arcades past, plus offers some new games to boot. It's a wild mix of games that, thankfully, includes more than a handful of local co-op games.

The Atari 50 collection includes a whopping 100-plus games for these platforms:

  • Arcade
  • Atari 800
  • Atari 2600
  • Atari 5200
  • Atari 7800
  • Atari Handheld
  • Atari Jaguar
  • Atari Lynx
  • Atari Reimagined (new games)

Atari 50

Additional features include:

  • Expert Insight Through Storytelling: The collection is outfitted with a handful of various never-before-seen interviews with past-and-present Atari leadership as well as other prolific names in the games industry; complemented, of course, by the video game developers who helped raise Atari to become an industry icon. 
  • Playable History: The massive selection of over 100 games spans seven different platforms: Arcade, 2600, 5200, 7800, Atari 8-bit computers, and, for the first time ever on modern consoles, Atari Lynx and Jaguar! Play the classics like Tempest 2000Asteroids, and Yars' Revenge, or dive into some deeper cuts.
  • Reimagined and Revisited: The team at Digital Eclipse created six new games for the collection that reimagines some of the most beloved Atari classics or put a twist on classic game themes, including Haunted HouseNeo BreakoutYars’ RevengeVctr Sctr, and the infamously never-finished Airworld.

Atari 2600 collections are commonplace, but Atari 50 offers so much more than that. Atari Jaguar and Lynx games have never been collected or re-released anywhere else, especially not consoles, so this will be many gamers' first chance to legally experience those titles. Sure, the collection is missing a ton of interesting Lynx and Jaguar games, but maybe it will get a sequel someday that brings back even more lost classics.

Haunted Houses Atari 50

As for co-op games, the cooperative games that we've identified in Atari 50 include:

  • Fire Truck (arcade)
  • Space Duel (arcade)
  • Dark Chambers (arcade)
  • Asteroids (Atari 7800)
  • Basketbrawl (Atari 7800)
  • Dark Chambers (Atari 7800)
  • Tempest 2000 (Atari Jaguar)
  • Haunted Houses (Atari reimagined)
  • Quadratank (Atari reimagined)

That's a cool little mix of co-op games (in addition to a huge ocean of single-player and competitive titles that we're not listing here). When I get to try the collection out for myself, I'll be sure to look for more.

Atari 50: The Anniversary Collection sells for $39.99 on Xbox, PlayStation, Switch,  and Steam.