Classic games have been making a comeback lately with Microsoft recently partnering with Atari to bring arcade games to Internet Explorer. Now, today, another name from the past, Activision, announced a new mobile app for both Android and iOS that will bring 45 of the 80's games to a handset near you.
The app is a free download and comes with "Kaboom!", one of the greatest games of many of our youths (yes I am dating myself). For more games users will need to pony up $2.99 for an 11 pack, or $6.99 to get all 45 of the games, which include River Raid, Pitfall, Pitfall II, Barnstoming, Endura, and many others.
For game-play, there are multiple options, including control schemes so that gamers can choose a play style that suits them. In addition, the Activision Anthology also includes Game Center and Facebook integration, including leaderboards and achievements to share and compete with friends. Players can even earn digital versions of the renowned Activision game patches offered in the 1980′s, a real blast from the past.
Upon launch, the game has options for "Play", "Manual", "Scores", "Extras", and "Settings". The app has very quick responses to taps and cool retro-style sound effects for each click. Users can purchase other games from within the app. You can find download links for both Android and iOS posted below.
Gameplay also was very responsive is the few tests I did. Activision may be a bit late to the game, but they certainly seem to have got everything right. It's great to see the old classic arcade games making a comeback in today's world. Its an awesome way to relive our youth and introduce a whole new generation to some of the coolest games ever.
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