the Atari BLAZE!
me personally looking at this portable retro mini console!
The Atari blaze is an officially licensed collectible retro mini arcades console featuring the original classic iconic retro as can be pixel game the legendary Centipede and 4 other amazing games! Adventure, Sprint Master, Gravitar and Yars' Revenge offer you true retro gaming from the start of a global revolution. Experience the classics and collect the whole range of games.
So straight out the plastic cover box, I cut open the boxes and it had an instruction sheet with details on all the games in crystal clear detail, you don't get that nowadays at all now the switch physical game cases are a total joke nothing in there but the mini switch game card .i guess got to protect the environment and save paper and all that.
Okay well, that is something it had clear and instructions on how to beat the games and what to do in them even though it is very straight forward basic stuff of course, but I guess for the 1980s it was fresh new times.
The cabinet is a faithful recreation of an Atari arcade cabinet if it was still alive and playing nowadays ive never seen an actual Atari cabinet in person before even though I visit arcades since the 90s I was born in 1995 so yea the Atari games are THAT OLD!.
The side art is a key attraction on all arcade cabinets it shows the characters and models in great detail that shows what your up against usually a character or a boss icon filling up the sides in glorious vivid detail and a bold title that draws that customer is ready to pour those quarters and pounds into that one game till the game is finally beaten gloriously.
For this cabinet, it is all the game arts of the five games built into the machine.at the top is Gravitar with a spaceship rocket taking off into space war I suppose. Next in line is sprint racer the only racing game on there more on that later, classic Centipede art showing a grotesque alien caterpillar bug thing that takes up the most space, then its the Yars Revenge a robotic butterfly bug all in a chromatic silver very eye-catching if it was in a full-scale cabinet, and finally ADVENTURE.
Well onto the 1st game then, I boot it up when I pop in three AA batteries it can also use a USB plug to power it to make it look like a mains-powered machine. 1st screen logo that pops up is the ATARI in clean white light pixelated detail.
Then the games list shows up to choose a game it says to load up the classic Centipede it is a vertically oriented fixed shooter arcade game produced by Atari, Inc. in June 1981. The game was designed by Dona Bailey and Ed Logg. It was one of the most commercially successful games from the video arcade's golden age the glorious golden age of amusements those were the days! loaded up it will then actually play off the attract mode of it all too which is a great nod, a little demo mode with flashing lights and sounds going off even though it is a one-time looped scene that will keep replaying itself off, I know it because ive made the top high scores at the top is always the same default number I know that ive added high scores on completion now but it doesn't seem to stay up I mean it does what its purposed to do straight-up play off an old 80s arcade game.
I move on to the Next game that pipped my most interest the Sprint Master it is a 2d top-down where you drive a dot of a red and blue car around an oval circuit you must stay on the track and use the analog stick to keep it dead straight on the road line go off course and the car makes a shuddering noise get back on track and beat the Ai opponent that will never change speed and always stay on course total scripted implementation all the time. fairly easy very straight forward casual racing game got good little fun out of this one.
Ah, Yars revenge! it is a video game that was first released for the Atari 2600 in 1982. It was created by Howard Scott Warshaw and is Atari's best-selling original title for 2600 also this one is weird you are in a space ship and you must fly in line with against this pixel face that you must break down all the pixels around it to get to the main target, it then fires off fast shots back and you've got to throw them back at him to win if not well it is then game over and inserts another quarter, please.
Adventure is a video game developed by Warren Robinett for the Atari VCS and released in late 1979 or 1980 by Atari, Inc. The player controls a square avatar whose quest is to explore an open-ended environment to find a magical chalice and return it to the golden castle also known as never-ending infinite looping rooms of things to get killed by and start at the beginning again hidden secrets that aren't instructed so you sit there and figure out each zone and randomly press all of the buttons to find a secret gap that opens up to progress on, this one the hardest I cannot seem to get past the first few rooms incredibly hard and seems to just never end line after line of rooms and blocks and jumping springy snake icons eating you up and restarting the level, again and again, im glad this ones over switch off this one, please.
Gravitar is a color vector graphics arcade game released by Atari, Inc. in 1982. Using the same "rotate-and-thrust" controls as Asteroids and Space Duel, the game was known for its high level of difficulty. It was the first of over twenty games Mike Hally designed and produced for Atari. I mean wow this one is asteroids incarnate a top competitor in the arcade games market. I love it just point shoot rocks alien space ships the works perfect straight forward space science fiction games.
So there we have it, the portable Atari BLAZE a trip down nostalgia lane adventure land perfect journey into the 80s again and a great little mantle piece reminder of the bygone retro arcade amusement fun times that were to be had I will never forget them and I hope they live on well into the future I hope USA and japan keep hold of these games for the future I don't want to see the arcade videogames to disappear the UK is around but its all been replaced by kids playing gambling games now so yes it is not looking good for arcades out there.
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