Atari Turns 40 Years Old - 100 Games Free on iOS App Store
Originally Posted by Slashdot.org
"On June 27, 1972, a startup called Atari filed its papers of incorporation. A few months later, it released its first game, Pong. The rest is video game history. I celebrated the anniversary over at TIME.com by chatting with the company's indomitable founder, Nolan Bushnell. From the article: 'Like everyone else who grew up in the 1970s and 1980s, I played them all: Pong, Breakout, Asteroids, Centipede, Millipede, Battlezone, Pole Position, Crystal Castles and my eternal favorite, Tempest. The first computer I bought with my own money was an Atari 400. So when I chatted with Bushnell this week to mark Atariís 40th anniversary, I felt like I was talking with a man who helped invent my childhood.'"
As an added bonus, today only you can download the Atari Classics app from the iOS app store, and download any game available in it for free. The games you download will remain free as long as they are installed on your iDevice in celebration of the 40th anniversary. Can't argue with free right?
this deal is not working and is not on slickdeals so how are you managing this?????
I got an email directly from Atari about it, and I noticed various tech news sites like Slashdot were reporting on it.
You basically download their "Atari Classics" app, which is free. And normally you'd purchase Atari games from inside the app, but for the 40th anniversary you got complete access to 100 of their games to download for free. They would remain free on your iDevice until you either deleted them, or the Atari Classics app from the iDevice.
If the deal is no longer working, then it is probably over. I found no time limit mentioned anywhere but if I had to venture a guess I'd say it was for about 24 hours. I operate on a very late night "schedule" so I didn't hear about this until around 9pm EST when I woke up for the day. I'm sorry if you missed out on the free games
Really if you are going to play these, you need to get the iCade. They still only last a few minutes at best due to the nostalgia factor, but it's a much better control system. Plus you can have it up at parties and wow your guests (it's actually pretty popular).
That said, many of the arcade games they feature had non-joystick controls (ex, Missile Command, Centipede, Tempest, Crystal Castles, etc), and using a (single) joystick with them just isn't the same...
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