Atari Flashback 2+ Plug-in-Play
- All-in-1 TV compatible gaming system
- Wood grained updated console case, approx 2/3rd the size of the original 1977 release of the Atari 2600
- Play all your classic favorites, from Pong and Centipede to Breakout and Missile Command
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What an improvement this machine is over the original "Flashback" console! The Atari Flashback 2.0 uses updated Atari 2600 VCS hardware, joysticks with the original "classic" feel, and 40 games built in. The joysticks aren't as nicely rubberized as the originals, but they feel similar, and if you had one of these systems in the 1980's, they'll immediately feel familiar to you.
The hardware is well built and is quite faithful to the original controls. A nice touch: the included joysticks are compatible with vintage computers and consoles from the era, too. Hardwired AV cables provide cleaner video than the original system did, and allows you to attach this toy to any modern TV set, and an AC adapter lets you play without running out of battery power like similar toys. Modern users might be annoyed with the crude graphics and sound, plus the fact that you need to get up and turn the thing off and then on again to change games. There's no pause button should you need a bathroom break. That's the way things were in the 1980's, and that's the price we pay for fidelity to the source material.
The console's built in 40 games are separated into "Adventure," "Arcade," "Space," and "Action/Skill" categories. There's enough variety here for everyone. Many of these games are "homebrews" and unreleased prototypes, meaning that unless you are a die-hard collector of Atari trivia, you haven't played these games elsewhere. Not even on an emulator running ill-gotten ROMs.Read more ›
The game graphics are exactly the same as they were on the original Atari games. I loved playing Atari games as a teenager, and this game contains not 1 but 40 great games. The price is what makes this game such a great value. For about $30, you get 40 games. When the Atari 2600 was first introduced, a single game cost upwards of $30.
I highly recommend this great game unit. With the fast and easy set-up, you'll be playing your game in a matter of minutes. The games are exactly as they were years ago, and they are just as much fun now as they were then. My children especially like this game, but I enjoy it as much as they do. Pick up this great game value and enjoy a "blast from the past" from Atari.
Others have complained about the manual not being well detailed. If you memory is fuzzy on these old games you can to this page on Atari's site.
You can view it online or download a PDF file for printing. The PDF version is 110 pages and goes over each game in great detail.
For $30 this Atari product is a steal.
From what I have heard, there are also two "hidden games" that can be unlocked through a series of joystick movements. Apparently these two games require paddle controllers though, so I am not sure most people will care anyway. (I doubt many people out there have old 2600 paddle controllers on hand anymore.)
I only have two complaints about this system. One is the sparse instruction manual included. When you have 40 games included, you would think the manual would be more than a few pages. How in the world are we supposed to know which game options in Asteroids, for instance, gives us "shields" instead of "hyperspace" when we pull back on the joystick? Again, a little more detail would have been helpful here. Either you have a REALLY good memory or just go through trial and error until you figure it out.
The other complaint is the lack of a cartridge port on it.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The boys (husband and son) love it! It's great for my husband because he gets to relive his childhood, and it's great for my son who has fine motor skill issues and this... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Serena C
Am not happy with this purchase. Game does not work right. Will never buy anything used again.Published 8 months ago by Pam Heath
Plugged it in and it worked for less than a minute before giving up - in that minute Pong looked awesome. But sadly this unit was a dud.Published 9 months ago by grover g grover