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Atari recharges the arcades with new cabinets

Last Updated on March 19, 2024

Atari arcade machines will no longer be a thing of the past, thanks to a new partnership with Alan-1.

The Atari Recharged cabinets will be targeted at “family fun centers” and “barcades” (we think this means holiday resorts, retail parks, entertainment complexes, and places like NQ64) and will boast some modern, connected features.

Games in the Atari Recharged collection of updated, modernised titles so far are:

Atari Recharged TitleRelease Date
Missile Command: Recharged May 27, 2021
Centipede: Recharged September 29, 2021
Black Widow: Recharged October 28, 2021
Asteroids: Recharged December 13, 2021
Breakout: Recharged February 10, 2022
Basic Math: Recharged April 1, 2022
Gravitar: Recharged June 2, 2022
Yars: Recharged August 23, 2022
Caverns of Mars: Recharged March 9, 2023
Quantum: Recharged August 17, 2023
Berzerk: Recharged November 8, 2023

These titles are already available across a variety of platforms, including Atari VCS, PC, Google Stadia, Xbox, PlayStation, and Nintendo Switch, and physical versions were issued by Limited Run Games.

Luke Anderson, Chief Game Designer (CGD) at Alan-1, said “Our games will be new and fresh while providing nostalgic experiences. We have also created fun, innovative classic game mechanics combined with modern interactive mechanical effects that will delight players of all generations.

“We look forward to releasing several games in collaboration with Atari over the years and bringing them to many locations nationwide.  It is our hope that a new generation will experience the thrill and excitement of competitive location based hyper-casual arcade fun.”

There’s a term for you: “competitive location based hyper-casual arcade fun.” How do you make something “hyper-casual” that is also “competitive” – we don’t think you can.

But what we are impressed with is Alan-1’s eSports integration with these new units. Alan-1’s Video Arcade System includes iPhone and Android notifications about high score status, and invites players to return to the arcade machine where they played the game.

That’s a pretty nice feature, one that I’m interested to try out when these new Atari arcade machines start to appear.

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Gaming since 1984, retro gaming since 2004. Contributes to Linux Format magazine, TechRadar.com, and other publications.

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