Atari announced today their development of Pridefesta social-sim game for tablets and mobile devices. This is the first LGBT-themed game from Atari. With Pridefest, players can build their own personalized pride parade and march it through a city of their choosing.
Players can customize their own parade floats with festival supplies and other bonuses they receive by completing quests. They can unlock new parade and festival supplies, or receive other bonuses. Pridefest also allows players to chat with friends, visit each other’s city and create avatars.
Todd Shallbetter, Chief Operating Officer, Atari Inc. said, “We are excited to be developing Atari’s first LGBT-themed game that will give players of all backgrounds the chance to play a fun and unique game that represents a passionate cause. We will continue offering a variety of games that are inclusive for all Atari fans and Pridefest is another example of how we are doing that.”
Posted by Rob Rich on June 20th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
It seems as though Atari managed to sneak an update to Alone in the Dark onto the App Store while nobody was looking. Perhaps under the cover of… darkness?
The new update addresses my (and everyone’s, really) biggest complaint about the game: the controls. The interface has been tweaked to the point that it’s actually possible to play the game properly, make progress, and even (dare I say it?) have fun! Fun in a nostalgic sort of way, of course. It’s still somewhat awkward and clunky to play, certainly, but now it’s due to the game being so old instead of a totally borked control scheme. In fact, it makes so much of a difference that we’ve even updated our review!
The update to Alone in the Dark is live now, and the game will set you back $0.99 if you don’t already own it.
The classic Survival Horror game that predates the term “Survival Horror” (seriously, it’s over 20 years old) is now available on the App Store, for real this time. No, really, it’s totally up there. This isn’t some bizarre demonic trick or anything, honest.
You can download this little piece of gaming history right now for $0.99.
Posted by Ellis Spice on May 15th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Last night, Atari released a re-imagined version of Haunted House, turning the game into a free-to-play endless runner. Developed by Kung Fu Factory, who also developed Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Rooftop Run, the game drops players into the shoes of a boy lost in a scary place. In order to help him on his way home through a creepy mansion and its graveyard, players will need to a clear a path for him as he runs, jumps and maneuvers around traps.
Fred Chesnais, Chief Executive Officer of Atari, had this to say of the re-imagining:
From enthusiasts of the original Haunted House to today’s on-the-go mobile gamers, players of all ages and generations are in for a completely new and fun gameplay experience. As we look to celebrate and refresh classic titles like Haunted House and RollerCoaster Tycoon, we will continue to extend fan-favorites to new PC, digital, social and mobile versions, as well as expand the Atari brand to online gambling and other gaming platforms.
Haunted House is available now and is free to play.
Prepare yourself, AppSpy reports that something Lovecraftian is set to sneak its way onto the App Store tonight. The original 1992 version of Alone in the Dark, widely seen as the game that inspired the survival horror genre, is set to launch tonight – allowing players to take on the role of Edward Carnby or Emily Hartwood once more.
For those unfamiliar with the game, your role is to explore the mansion of Jeremy Hartwood, now deceased. Along the way you’ll need to outwit or overpower supernatural enemies and solve puzzles in order to discover the truth behind Jeremy Hartwood’s death.
Survival horror fans should prepare for the witching hour, when the clocks strikes twelve, as that is when Alone in the Dark is set to arrive tonight for $0.99.
Posted by Ellis Spice on May 8th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Three weeks ago RollerCoaster Tycoon 4 Mobile arrived on the App Store, bringing the beloved theme park series onto iOS. Now the game is set to get its first major update, bringing with it some improvements and new features.
Whilst the game is playable without spending a single penny on in-game coins or tickets, changes have been made regarding micro-transactions – meaning that buying in-game currencies will cost less for the next few weeks. In addition, wait times for building and construction have been reduced.
Alongside this, new attractions and features are set to arrive in the next update. Using a Flyover Plane, players will be able to send customized messages to the parks of other players. The Flyover Plane can also be used to promote your park, resulting in a bonus in coin production whilst the plane is launched. Some of the new attractions set to arrive include a Stadium, the Flying Jumbo Ride and the Gold Rush Mine.
RollerCoaster Tycoon 4 Mobile is available to purchase now for $2.99.
RollerCoaster Tycoon, a game that has long captured the hearts of game players everywhere, is coming to the App Store for the first time via a new game called RollerCoaster Tycoon 4 Mobile. In the game, you’ll be able to construct and destruct plenty of roller coasters, customize your theme park to your liking, and share your amazing creations with friends.
One of the app’s most exciting new features is the addition of Facebook and Game Center support, which will allow players to invite friends to visit their parks “and exchange roller coaster blueprints.” Additionally, players can go to the RollerCoaster Tycoon website and register to receive news about the game as well as a free in-game gift. Be sure to check out the game’s official announcement trailer below.
RollerCoaster Tycoon 4 Mobile is being published by Atari and developed by start up game studio On5, and is set to release on the App Store in “early spring” for the price of $2.99.
Pong World introduces a new generation to the classic game of PONG® with a dazzling unique twist and colorful new look. Explore Pong World by defeating opponents while collecting all five paddle creatures; Shaggy, Chompers, Sir Bouncelot, Razzle and Gnop to help you in your journey for domination. Each paddle is equipped with unique upgrades and powers. Unlock 4 different locations, each equipped with unique features — summon a wall of energy to block your opponent’s ball, hinder your enemy’s vision and much more!
Posted by Rob LeFebvre on November 8th, 2012 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Centipede: Origins now has friend challenges, saved progress via iCloud, iPhone 5 support, and iOS 6 and Facebook integration. Oh, and it’s now free. Woot!
- Now the levels’ leaderboards are focused around your friends. Invite them via Facebook or GameCenter to see how you rank! Is your iOS 6 device linked in to Facebook? See all your contacts and Facebook friends right in the game.
- Win more coins by challenging another player! An awesome coin reward goes to the winner!
- Earn more coins by connecting with your Facebook profile.
- Now Centipede: Origins is integrated with iCloud. You are now able to save earned/bought currency and play on your iPad, and then load it from the iPhone or vice versa!
- For those with iPhone 5, we improved the resolution so you can slay some bugs in vivid detail!
Posted by Rob LeFebvre on October 25th, 2012 iPad Only App - Designed for iPad
Red Ronin, a studio composed of former Atari and King.com executives, today released their first game, Amazing Flying Machines, exclusively on iOS. Check out their video blog after you download their free blimp-piloting title, available now for iPad 2 and up.
Amazing Flying Machines is a 3D puzzle-flying game that uses the Unity engine. The player pilots a blimp through a variety of thrilling and hazardous environments; control is maintained by quickly adding and subtracting weights, balloons, and rockets from the blimp’s frame. In addition, each Pilot has their own set of special abilities, which further expands the types of aeronautical stunts players can pull off.
Posted by Rob LeFebvre on October 11th, 2012 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Veteran game company, Atari, teams up with new giant on the block, Zynga, to bring us all Super Bunny Breakout, a variation on the classic Breakout franchise with that special Zynga sauce.
In Super Bunny Breakout, players control Rodney – a daredevil rabbit with an appetite for revenge – launching him from a laboratory platform as he bounces around to destroy different structures and cages. Players can either collect or purchase coins via in-app purchase to feed critters and restore energy. Coins can also be used to purchase additional power-ups, food and cosmetic goods.
Posted by Jeff Scott on August 29th, 2012 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Touch Arcade has the first word on a release from Activision with 45 classic Atari 2600 games. It should further help me fill out my video game memory lane on iOS. Including classics like Pitfall, River Raid, Kaboom, Demon Attack, and Barnstorming. Wow. It will cost you $9.99 to unlock all 45 games, but Kaboom is free. Way cheaper than a retro Atari 2600 and 45 cartridges would cost you!
• Get the action classic KABOOM! for FREE
• Access to 45 classic Activision and Imagic games including PITFALL, RIVER RAID, THE ACTIVISION® DECATHLON, BARNSTORMING™, STAMPEDE™, PITFALL II, ENDURO™, DEMON ATTACK, and many more!
• Choose from multiple control schemes to play as you like to play
• Enjoy full Game Center integration including leaderboards and achievements!
• Earn digital versions of the renowned Activision game patches offered in the 1980′s
• Features original cartridge and box art, original game manuals, tips and strategies from the original game designers, and more
• In-app game purchases unlock across devices associated with the player’s account
• Taunt your friends by showing off your high scores on Facebook
• Buy once, play any time!
It’s a tiny bit depressing that many of us here are older than Atari. Still as OG’s (original geeks) most of us equate the name with our and their glory years of gaming. Recently the former giant has been reinventing itself, having previously released their VCS catalog and a few arcade hits in a Greatest Hits package for iOS, and with more recent forays into the App Store like CircusAtari and Centipedes Origins. They are also winding up a contest for indie developers who took their original, maybe the original video game, PONG and remade it for iOS. The finalists have been announced and can be found here. The company turns 40 today and much of the recent flurry of activity is to celebrate the occasion.
The company was founded back in 1972 with PONG making their presense known to a new generation. Asteroids, Breakout, Centipede, Dig Dug,Paper Boy and dozens of other arcade games became quarter-gobblers through the 70’s and 80’s, while the Atari 2600 defined the home console market.
The company is using the big day to announce a new partnership with Zynga to make mobile titles, freemium games we presume. That’s a dubious partnership, but one that should be interesting to follow. They are also holding a big giveaway, “40 Giveaways in 4 Days” which is open to US residents only, with details on Atari’s Facebook page.
We wish Atari many happy returns of the day, and look forward to a new generation getting to know them on iOS. Check out the nostalgic trailer and peek in the gallery to see a cool infographic on Atari’s history.
Each of these developers is guaranteed a three-year revenue-sharing publishing agreement along with a cash price, which will be awarded based upon their final ranking. The first place winner is set to gain $50,000 for their contribution.
Here’s the line up of games competing:
RetroPong from PegPeg
Up to four players can compete in this Pong game with each player starting with a number of lives. Single player brings with it a history mode.
Pong Tournament 2012 from Delusions
Offering crisp graphics, retro themed arenas for its round robin style tournament mode and multi touch functionality, this game should bring Pong to the 21st century.
Pong Evo from Island Officials
Introducing an unique power up system, 5 game types and visual flare, Pong Evo looks set to be quite a reboot.
Pong 4033 from Fishbowl Productions Pong 4033 uses gestures rather than a paddle to control movement, along with a selection of power mods.
Pong World from zGames
Supplying new game modes, levels and upgradeable paddles with active and passive boosts, all added to the original game’s core mechanics.
Fong from Eppy Game
No longer restricted to a sharp edged screen, Fong offers the Pong expeirence in a circlular arena with goal targets to aim at and emoting paddles.
Pong Tournament from MadRuse Games
Steal energy from your opponent to buy defensive upgrades and special abilities to help succeed in this Pong remix.
The winner will be announced August 2, having been selected in part by a celebrity judging panel made up of Atari founder Nolan Bushnell, Dave Castelnuovo, David Whatley, and Mike Schramm. All of the finalists will enjoy a commercial release.
Atari has come a long way over the last forty years. The once storied console manufacturer has gone through several different permutations over the past four decades, finally settling into the role of publisher. As of late the company has taken a significant amount of flack from independent iOS developers that have had their games yanked off of the App Store due to similarities to classic Atari franchises like Battlezone and Breakout. While the company was completely within their rights to have the titles in question removed, they have extended an olive branch to the independent developer scene in the form of their ‘Pong Indie Developer Challenge.’
The competition encourages independent App Store developers to come up with their own re-envisioning of the Pong franchise, for a chance at winning a share of over $100,000 in cash prizes. If that isn’t enough to pique your interest, Atari has sweetened the pot, promising revenue sharing for the winning developers for up to three years. With prizes like that on the line, it may be time to brush up on those iOS development skills. Be sure to hurry, though, submissions are due by April 15th!
For those who like Atari’s modernized iOS remakes, such as Asteroids: Gunner, but would rather just buy an app once and have all the content unlocked, they are now in luck. Asteroids: Gunner+ is now available from the App Store. This is the same gameplay as Asteroids: Gunner, which is the classic Asteroids gameplay reimagined as a dual-stick shooter, but now with all content unlocked upon purchase of the app, instead of having to unlock through in-app purchases. This includes 8 ships, 3 galaxies, and a total of 150 waves of enemies. The game is still universal, and still has consumable IAP for buying crystals for ship upgrades. Note that this may not be a pass for future content as well; the similar Breakout: Boost+ recently received an IAP level pack, but as this game has launched at $4.99, and Breakout: Boost+ at $0.99, the strategy for future content may be different between each. For fans of Asteroids: Gunner who are also wary of purchasing content through IAP, this may be a viable option for them.
Love is in the air and so is block-busting retro fun thanks to Breakout: Boost‘s Valentine’s Day level pack that’s just been released.
Priced at $0.99, the Valentine’s Day pack adds 50 new romance-themed levels to the existing package, along with candy heart sayings and cute pictures to add that sweet touch. Alongside that is the addition of a Cupid’s Arrow power up. This sets out to make breaking up bricks much quicker. For the competitive gamer, new leaderboards and an original set of achievements continues the romantic theme.
Here at 148apps, we rated Breakout: Boost and Breakout: Boost+ quite highly at launch so this themed pack is bound to extend the fun for fans. After all, what better way to celebrate the time of romance than through this arcade classic? Couples can compete via the leaderboards and singletons can focus on the achievements.
The Valentine’s Day themed pack is available through Breakout: Boost and Breakout: Boost+, priced at $0.99.
Back before there was such a thing as high definition visuals, there was a little green frog that hopped its way into the world’s heart. All this poor little overgrown tadpole wanted to do was get back home to his quiet pond, but some jerk decided to construct a road and lumber mill while he was taking a nap. What jerks! By now it is pretty obvious that thirty years later, he is still trying to get home, so why not lend him a hand?
Commemorating the thirtieth anniversary of the Frogger franchise, Konami just released Frogger Free for iOS. As the name implies, this is a free game that is available for all iOS devices, and is meant to revitalize a game that has been stuck in the Atari era for far too long. Three new game modes will help to keep things fresh for veterans of the brand, so give it a download and help usher Frogger into the new decade.
Atari has sent us a rather disturbing email today. A cluster of asteroids are propelling their way towards planet Earth! Uh oh! Fortunately, the ship that saved us all back in 1979 in the original Asteroids has had a few upgrades in the past 30 years and it’s back again.
Coming soon will be free-to-play, dual-stick shooter Asteroids: Gunner. It’ll offer three galaxies to explore with 150 waves of asteroids and aliens to wipe out. Three different spacecrafts will also be available: the Miner, the Bomber and the Dart and plenty of upgrades are on offer. New galaxies and upgrades will be purchaseable with Space Bucks, while leaderboard fans will enjoy the all-important Game Center and Open Feint support.
For now, we’ve just got a selection of screenshots of what’s to come, but I strongly suggest keeping an eye on the Asteroids: Gunner Facebook page as well as here for more information as and when we get it.