Atari offers 100 greatest hits for free to commemorate 40th anniversary

Atari's 40th anniversary is this week, and to celebrate they're offering their catalog of classic games on iOS for free. Normally the 100-strong collection goes for $9.99, and even then, most of the titles still required in-app purchases. The version available now offers all of 'em for free, so long as you keep the arcade app installed, but it will be reverting back to its original pricing sometime tonight, so old-school gamers will want to hop on this deal soon. The list of included games include all of the big name titles:

  • Asteroids
  • Centipede
  • Pong
  • Missile Command
  • Warlords
  • Tempest

For the next 4 days, Atari will also be giving away some sweet swag on their Facebook page. If you're looking for something a little more modern, Atari recently released a cutesy remake of Centipede for iOS.

Hey, Steve Jobs worked at Atari for a spell, y'know. Someone, for some reason, actually paid $27,500 for an original memo from Jobs in 1974 on how to fix a bug in an arcade game called World Cup.

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Atari offers 100 greatest hits for free to commemorate 40th anniversary

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It took like 4 tries to get the app to DL at all for me, but now that I have it, I've DL pong, battlezone, asteroids and the casino games. But I have no idea if Ill be charged if I don't DL them all.

The app store text only talks about Missile command, but a pop-up message in the app says all games will remain free until you remove or reinstall it.
Whoo-Hoo

Do you have to go in and download each one after the game is on your phone to keep it free?

after some research, I found out this offer was only good yesterday 6/27. Way to make the post about it a day late

I saw the date too, but am still able to download and play the games for free today. I'll reach out to Atari to see what's up.

from within the app store it looks like you have to pay, but from within the app the downloads are free... Tempest on the iPhone rocks.... now just waiting on nintendo for Donkey Kong

If you have already downloaded the Atari app before, as I had, update it.
It shouldn't require any more effort than that. From then on, whenever I selected a game, it would begin downloading it.
I hope that helps.

I downloaded the app earlier today and all went well. As I select a new game it is downloaded. Lots of old style games for free as long as you do not delete the game. Not bad for free gift.