Atari 50: The Anniversary Celebration may very well set the standard for retro compilations moving forwards, and not necessarily because of the content it includes. In truth, a significant number of the 100 or so releases included here are borderline impenetrable – appreciated inclusions, yes, but pretty much unplayable. It’s the way the package is presented, then, that sets it apart.
While you can jump straight to the games – organised by release year or platform – the compilation also features a museum-like interface that takes you from Atari’s origins all the way through to its latter years. This painstakingly presented gallery of the company’s highs and lows is absolutely fascinating, crammed with trivia, archive footage, photographs, and much more.
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