Atari offers 100 games free for its 40th anniversary

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Atari is giving away 100 of its most popular iOS games for free for just one day in celebrating their 40th anniversary ,all these games are in a single app called Atari’s Greatest Hits and available in Apple App Store, which normally costs $9.99.Normally users can download the app free of charge, but to get access to all 100 games there’s a fee. Today you can get them all for free.

Atari’s Greatest Hits app works on all Apple devices that have iOS 3.0 or higher and the app already reached over 5 million downloads in the Apple Store.The 100 games are based on the classic versions made for the Atari 2600,which are arranged alphabetically and are available within the app for separate download, appearing in original cabinet and box art design. The main menu screen offers a generic categorization of games.

Users can now download the app and unlock it for all devices that are synced to their Apple App Store account. Popular games such as Asteroids, Centipede and Pong, can be played with the original Atari joystick.

The Atari video-gaming company was founded on June 27, 1972.Atari may not be the biggest current name in gaming, but it has been around longer than most, and it has the titles to prove it. Pong, Asteroids, and Pac-Man all came from the minds at Atari.

“Over its 40 years of operation, Atari has become one of the most iconic and recognized brands around the world, responsible for mainstreaming video games with blockbuster franchises including Asteroids, Breakout and Centipede,” said Jim Wilson, CEO of Atari. “Today, we aim to keep the tradition alive through new and creative development efforts based on what made us great in our early days ? offering our devoted and growing fan base fun but challenging games on mobile and online platforms.”

The company most recently released Circus Atari, a circus-themed puzzle-platformer, and Centipede: Origins, where players defend their garden from invading insects. Additionally, Zynga announced yesterday that Atari has joined as one of its early partners for its new mobile publishing program, Zynga Partners for Mobile, with one new title coming soon. Other soon to be announced partnerships will allow Atari to continue to reach the broadest possible audience with new technology and innovation based on its popular library of game franchises.

In celebration of its 40th birthday, Atari is kicking off a full year of events and programs, starting with a “40 Giveaways in 4 Days” sweepstakes, where fans of the franchise can visit the company’s Facebook page for a chance to win awesome Atari branded prizes.

Also Atari released an infographic “40 Years of Fun!”, highlighting its many pivotal moments in video game history, as well as a sizzle reel with footage from a 1980s commercial and the company’s progression over the years to its recent mobile hits.

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