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Atari Flashback 4 Console (Electronic Games)

by Atari
Not Machine Specific
 Ages 3 and Over
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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  • Classic ATARI Flashback Game Console
  • Plug & Play On Any TV
  • User Friendly Wireless Controllers with Extra Menu Button
  • Preloaded with 75 Games Including: Space Invaders, Jungle Hunt, Front Line, Polaris, Adventure, Asteroids, Centipede
  • Includes Limited Edition Asteroids Poster
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  • Platform:   Not Machine Specific
  • PEGI Rating: Ages 3 and Over
  • Media: Console
  • Item Quantity: 1

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  • ASIN: B0094H8H6O
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 7.6 x 20.3 cm ; 454 g
  • Release Date: 15 Nov 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,608 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

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The Classic is Back - this time with even more great games and wireless controls! Atari Flashback 4 is the return of the ever popular Atari games inside a classic game console. Features 75 Atari games built-in that defined a generation and two wireless Atari Flashback 2600 classic joystick controllers. The Atari Flashback 4 fully supports Plug & Play on ANY TV (AV cable included) and has an AC adapter included to power the console. From Asteriods and Missile Command to Space Invaders and Yar's Revenge - the classics are all here!

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ATARI FLASHBACK 4

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great fun! 24 Dec 2013
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bought as gift for my brother's birthday - he loved it! exactly as box says enjoys some games more than others but lots of childhood memories - my younger children had great fun too!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Retro game play 20 Jan 2014
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Nice little Atari, as I remember it! How far we have come since the 70's. The controllers are the only thing I don't like! Infra red is good as long nothing gets in its way! Locking up occurs! Shame, but overall a reminder of my childhood!
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382 of 391 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Full List of Games 13 Nov 2012
By D. Hentze - Published on Amazon.com
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I already own the original Flashback, and Flashback 2. My Flashback 4 is on the way. Anyone that grew up in the 80's and owned the original Atari 2600 will want to own the the Flashback 4 which now has wireless controllers and even more games. My review is basically to provide the complete list of games included since I had a hard time finding it, and I'm sure many others are looking for it too. I'll update my full review when my Flashback 4 arrives.

The full list of games includes:

3D Tic-Tac-Toe
Adventure
Adventure II
Air·Sea Battle
Aquaventure
Asteroids
Backgammon
Basketball
Battlezone
Black Jack
Bowling
Breakout
Canyon Bomber
Centipede
Championship Soccer
Circus Atari
Combat Two
Combat
Crystal Castles
Demons to Diamonds
Desert Falcon
Dodge 'Em
Double Dunk
Fatal Run
Flag Capture
Football
Frog Pond
Front Line
Fun with Numbers
Golf
Grand Prix
Gravitar
Hangman
Haunted House
Home Run
Human Cannonball
Jungle Hunt
Maze Craze
Miniature Golf
Missile Command
Night Driver
Off The Wall
Outlaw
Polaris
Realsports Baseball
Realsports Basketball
Realsports Soccer
Realsports Volleyball
Return to Haunted House
Saboteur
Save Mary
Sky Diver
Slot Machine
Slot Racers
Solaris
Space Invaders
Space War
Sprintmaster
Star Ship
Steeplechase
Stellar Track
Street Racer
Submarine Commander
Super Baseball
Super Breakout
Super Football
Surround
Tempest
Video Checkers
Video Chess
Video Olympics
Video Pinball
Warlords
Wizard
Yars' Revenge

Edit 11/14/2012:
I have my Flashback 4, and it is pretty much as expected with a couple of minor annoyances. I'm slightly disappointed in the wireless controllers. First, you need a screwdriver to install the batteries (not included). The battery covers do snap in place, so I didn't bother putting the screws back in. Second, the controllers require you to be pointing them directly at the console, and holding them level. The controller's range is good, but if the controller is even slightly tilted up or down, it doesn't respond. The player 1 controller has the console's buttons on it, which is a great feature. You can also use wired controllers (not included) if you'd like. I tried my Flashback 2 controllers, and they work fine. As for the games themselves, they are what they are. From what I remember as a kid, they seem exactly the same. I haven't noticed any glitches or bugs. My 61" HDTV makes the 8-bit graphics look even worse than they are. But that is the charm of these games. I'm gonna connect the game to an old 19" color TV I have in storage just for nostalgia, and keep it in my basement. The Atari Flashback 4 is definitely meant for the older crowd looking to bring back memories. Today's kids would laugh at this console. They can laugh all they want. I give it 5 stars for bringing back a lot of memories.
211 of 219 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Almost Awesome. 13 Nov 2012
By T. Madigan - Published on Amazon.com
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
Hello! I found the Atari Flashback 4 on sale for $39.99 at a Rite Aide in Los Angeles, day of its release on 11-12-12. If it were $49.99, as is the suggested retail, I would not have bought it. Overall, I'd say a new one is worth between $20 and $30.

It comes with the FB4 unit, power cable, yellow and white AV cable, two wireless remotes (batteries not included), instruction manual and poster.

It has 75 built in games, including some good ones like Jungle Hunt, Space Invaders, Missile Command, Centipede, Asteroids, Battlezone, and Atari Circus, and several sports games. I also have a Flashback 2, and unfortunately, the Flashback 4 does NOT have Lunar Landing, Pitfall, or Atari Climber (as the FB2 does). Also, the FB4 does NOT have an Atari 2600 cartridge slot. (Why not, at this point?)

Strike one came when attempting to unscrew the tiny screw on the wireless controller in order to load the batteries. This took some time and consternation as you need a tiny phillips head and plenty o' torque!

The controllers, nicely, have the "select" and "start" buttons on them on the back (in addition to the standard "fire" button on top), as well as a button the calls up the main menu (so you don't have to get up and press the button on the system itself--a much appreciated design upgrade).

Strike two came when I first plugged in the system. I sat the FB4 unit on top of a book in front of my HD TV, the book sitting on a carpeted floor. Them menu came up just fine, but there was immediately a harsh static-like "scratching" noise coming from the TV speakers, as if the unit was accepting some kind of interference. Turning off the unit and back on again didn't help. But turning off the unit and moving it up to the TV stand, then turning it back on did alleviate these noises.

The menu is nice, and the games seem to load and play fine. The wireless remotes are nice, and the joysticks are intentionally looser than the originals to give the sticks more "play" room. A nice touch. However, if you point your controller up or down just a bit too far, the unit will NOT pick up the sensor and you won't be able to move your sprites on screen. So the wireless remotes do have a caveat, in my opinion, as they need to be lined up correctly at all times--plus they require batteries.

However, you CAN hook up wired Atari controllers (sold separately). There are two ports on the front of the system that allow for wired controllers. (Side note: though I haven't tried Genesis controllers myself, I heard form another review on youtube that the left/right directional controls on the Genesis controllers won't work correctly [or at all] on the FB4).

Games Test: Jungle Hunt played well. Save Mary played well too, but it was hard to see the mechanism at the top of the screen (very washed out, even on different picture settings). I haven't tried all of the games yet, but the ones I did seemed to play just fine.

Fatal Run, funnily enough, crashed and locked up the first time I played it. It went to a black screen with black and gray bars. I don't remember if I turned the system off completely or just used the menu button on the remote, but I had to reset the game back to the main (game select) menu. I played it again and it didn't lock up on me that time.

What I find IMPROVED on the FB4 over the FB2 is HDTV compatibility. Yes, you can only hook up through your AV cables (not S-Video or HDMI). But the FB2 had resolution problems on the HDTV's (for example, in Asteroids on an HDTV, you'd either see the ship, or the asteroids, but not both on screen at the same time). The FB4 seems to have all of the graphics on the screen at the same time on my HDTV. (Asteroids works fine). The sound in all of the games, upon initial trials, seems fine too.

Note: it seems so far that a few of the games require two players.

Overall, the unit seems fine. I'd still love to see a more solid unit that runs flawlessly, with ALL of the Atari classic built in (like Lunar Landing and Pitfall), as well as a 2600 cartridge slot.

UPDATE: 11-29-12:

I have found the "wireless" controls not very useful. They just don't work if the are not lined up EXACTLY. I tend to tilt my controller in my hand while I play, so this doesn't work for me. I have been using my Atari controllers from my Flashback 2, (which I got for free earlier).

In addition, after my purchase of the FB4 at Rite Aid for $39.99, the price went down to $29.99 at the same store, with the Rite Aid card (as of November 26th, 2012). I returned my original FB4, also concerned with the audio scratching/feedback i was getting from my HD Samsung TV with the FB 4 plugged in. I bought a new FB4 for $29.99.

I tested out the new FB4 unit. Same audio crackle problems. To be fair, I hooked it up to another, smaller HD TV and did not notice the audio distortions. So perhaps that was my set-up, but that still seems to be a QC issue that would have been tested out and fixed prior to launch. (I also noticed the small clear wireless receiver window on the unit had tiny scratch or crack marks in the inside--so I'll return this one as well).

To reiterate the positive part of the review, the BIGGEST plus of the FB4 over the FB 2 is HDTV compatibility. This they got right! (minus the audio crackles I was getting!)

I also neglected to mention that the FB4 also does not include "River Raid," one of the best games on the FB2, nor "Caverns of Mars."

Lastly, I tested the Genesis controllers for myself on the FB4, and indeed the left/right directions do not function during game play (only on the main menu).

So here is my wish list for the Flashback 5, if it ever comes to fruition:

1) All popular Atari 2600 games, including the 75 on the FB4, plus: River Raid, Lunar Landing, Pitfall, Ms. Pac-Man, Frogger, Kaboom!, Caverns of Mars, and Solaris, and whichever other popular games I forgot to list.
2) An Atari 2600 cartridge slot.
3) NO "wireless" controls, but rather, classic Atari 2600 joysticks with extra long cords, as well as the additional menu/select/reset buttons on the back of player 1.
4) Include smoothly working, wired paddles (and INDICATE which games are paddle or track ball games in the manual, and even better, on the game menu!)
5) Full compatibility with all old Atari controllers AS WELL as Genesis controllers.
6) Fix the potential audio crackle (more robust testing and quality control on various HD TV set-ups).
7) Indicate on the game menu which games require 2 players.

Fulfilling these above seven, well thought out upgrades would have you one SPECTACULAR video game machine worth buying!
47 of 52 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun 21 Nov 2012
By Wesley Davis - Published on Amazon.com
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
This atari is fun if you're into the old school stuff. It's nice to be able to play Adventure, and some of the other games from my childhood. The wireless controllers are not great, and if ANYTHING steps in front of them, you lose connection. The controller must be pointing DIRECTLY at the system at all times. It's not very easy when you have a 2 year old that's running back and forth in the living room.

However, Amazon's price for this system is ridiculous. I paid $35 at the Dollar General for mine. Walgreen's had it on sale for $29 (if you can find it) and Rite Aid carries these also. I'm sorry, but this thing is NOT worth more than $50. I'd be willing to pay that extra $$ if it had Pitfall though.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!! 14 Feb 2013
By matt - Published on Amazon.com
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This game works great! I just received it from my wife today 2/14/2013 for Valentines. She knew I had been looking at it. I was a little leery about buying after reading some of the reviews. A LOT of people complained that you had to be sitting 2 feet from the console and had to have the wireless controllers pointing right at it. I found this to be NOT true. I got as far as my room would allow me to which is about 15 feet, pointed the controller in all kinds of directions and it worked perfect! Maybe its because I had fresh brand new batteries in the controllers?

Anyways, having played this some 35 years ago it brought back a lot of memories! Funny that this was the bomb back then compared to today's games and graphics. My favorite is space invaders!

UPDATE: Ok, I see why some people say you have to sit close to the console and point the controller right at it. This happened to me when the batteries started wearing down. So I got some rechargeable batteries and problem solved.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not nearly as bad as its made out to be. 4 Nov 2013
By bobbyknightmare - Published on Amazon.com
The much-discussed problems with the wireless controller are far overstated. As long as you are sitting in front of the console and not jumping around while you play, they work fine. I would recommend getting the paddle controllers for some games, though, as joysticks of any kind don't work well with games like Pong and Circus Atari. I wish the unit included a few Activision games, but overall it was a good purchase.
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