Sunday 19 May 2024

Atari Masterpieces Vol. 2 (Nokia N-Gage review)

Developer: Digital Eclipse
Publisher: Atari Interactive
Released: 2006

Atari Masterpieces Vol. 2 is a compilation of Arcade games and the follow-up to Atari Masterpieces Vol. I (2005, Nokia N-Gage).

+ Plenty of options to customise the controls and game settings, and features a video interview with Nolan Bushnell for historical context. 

+ Centipede plays surprisingly well and the fast-paced gameplay is entertaining with little in the way of compromise for the smaller screen.

+ Includes an excellent port of Tempest with awesome rapid-fire abilities and various playfield shapes to spice things up.

- Crystal Castles features an incredibly zoomed-out camera that makes it tough to accurately collect gems and turn corners with finesse.

- Liberator is barely functional, as it's almost impossible to see the minuscule enemies against the coloured backdrop.

- Pong and Warlords don't benefit from the transition to d-pad movement, as without a paddle, precision manoeuvres just aren't possible.

- Likewise, Asteroids Deluxe and Space Duel struggle with micro-control adjustments, and you'll often miss enemies right in front of you.

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