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10-22-2020 at 10:24 AM
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Atari Flashback Games

Is there more than one version of the Atari Flashback? I just found one and started playing and I noticed that some of the games that are on it have no records listed on TG, and are games I would expect people to love. Breakout and Yar's Revenge for example. I also noticed games listed on here with records are not in the system such as Dragster.

Can I add games to the Flashback system, or does a different version of the system need to be added?

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  1. Snowflake's Avatar

    pretty sure there are multiple versions of both intellivision and atari flashback. pretty sure not 100% sure. i dont think we need a new platform for each one, i dont see a problem with treating the platform as covering all of them. if there are any fine differences between the same game on different versions then those games can have seperate tracks.

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  2. Rogerpoco's Avatar

    There are many flashbacks, as Snow stated-I *think* there are only a couple INT ones, but they seem to continually update the 2600 ones.

    The newer ones will actually run games from SD cards, so pretty much any game could be played on the "flashback" medium.


    Admin gave an opportunity for "free tracks" a while back, and @starcrytas made a comprehensive list of all the games included on the current Flashback, but somehow they never made it to the scoreboard, so there are only a few tracks.


    I DO think they should all be "lumped together", at least for now, because they...

    Well, they ain't too good.

    Haha, I'm excited for you, as a new user to the site-I came here with one intention in mind, and wound up playing things I NEVER thought I'd "go back to".

    With yur enthusiasm, I AM looking forward to you giving Atari a try, but the Flashbacks just don't "play the same", and it's just not as "fun".

    I'm sure they will improve them over time, but for "pixel perfect players", the differences are pretty easily noted.


    I am all in on the idea, however-one day, all the Atari's are "gonna be broken", and our Grandkids have to have SOME way to play it!!!


    (Dragster is in the Activision version, at least, BTW).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogerpoco

    There are many flashbacks, as Snow stated-I *think* there are only a couple INT ones, but they seem to continually update the 2600 ones.

    The newer ones will actually run games from SD cards, so pretty much any game could be played on the "flashback" medium.


    Admin gave an opportunity for "free tracks" a while back, and @starcrytas made a comprehensive list of all the games included on the current Flashback, but somehow they never made it to the scoreboard, so there are only a few tracks.


    I DO think they should all be "lumped together", at least for now, because they...

    Well, they ain't too good.

    Haha, I'm excited for you, as a new user to the site-I came here with one intention in mind, and wound up playing things I NEVER thought I'd "go back to".

    With yur enthusiasm, I AM looking forward to you giving Atari a try, but the Flashbacks just don't "play the same", and it's just not as "fun".

    I'm sure they will improve them over time, but for "pixel perfect players", the differences are pretty easily noted.


    I am all in on the idea, however-one day, all the Atari's are "gonna be broken", and our Grandkids have to have SOME way to play it!!!


    (Dragster is in the Activision version, at least, BTW).


    I am watching for an original as well. I am crazy cheap so I will wait until I find one at a garage sale or thrift store :-) Eventually though...

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    Yep, I requested many games for the Atari Flashback that got overlooked.

    They were pretty much copy and paste from the Atari 2600 tracks and I didn't check if the rules were any good or not, so they were mostly Game 1B with "default settings" aside from a few Game 1A or other variations.

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  5. Snowflake's Avatar

    atari carts the vast majoirty seem to be $1-$2. pretty cheap on that end. i havnet looked at a system for a while, but you've gotta be able to get them under $100.

    dont forget the 7800 can play 2600 games. and though i'm not a fan of this avenue, but colecovisoin does havec an atari 2600 adapter

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  6. Rogerpoco's Avatar

    Quote Originally Posted by JWillard



    I am watching for an original as well. I am crazy cheap so I will wait until I find one at a garage sale or thrift store :-) Eventually though...


    Might not be today, tomorrow, or even next week-you'll be surprised, they ARE out there.

    C/L is actually usually a not bad bet.

    I got my first one, after weeks of searching, woo, hoo, and all of a sudden, a couple months later I had, like 5, lol!

    (I'd offer one up, but all but my primary and backup need either a new RF cord, or an A/V mod)

    I'll be honest-to some small degree, I am a bit of a "purist", I like using the "actual" controller(I usually feel like anything else is a DISADVANTAGE), and tho I was and will likely be again in the future, the "flashcart King", my hard copy collecting has gotten stupidly out of hand, but if you have access to someone/lots of $/or even just the wherewithal to do so yourself, you may want to have your 2600 A/V modded.

    I personally prefer to play on an old-assed TV(Emerson, has the little yellow stick to adjust the contrast, etc), but a modded 2600 looks really nice on a modern TV.


    OK, since I decided to jump on you...

    "Cheap"

    Lol, I need to do a "room update" wall post soon, it's been a while(I'm an attention seeker, when I am active...)(can you tell?)

    Dude, you can do so much, with so little, if you just keep your eyes open.

    My Web looks more or less like a video game museum, tho I have seen MUCH more extreme, and it's amazing at the "nickel and diming" I have done to make it happen.

    I am "bad at life", likely won't ever own a house or anything like that, don't really "get ahead", but somehow on the games, by holding out, keeping my eyes open, making good Friends, and being especially nice to the Wife when I know there's something I "want"(don't judge me), it's, like I said, gotten out of hand, and I've never really "broke the bank" for anything, my most "ugh" purchase was H.E.R.O., CIB for 150$(I had to.). Even my Patch collection, I just wait to "strike", haha!

    For the most part, too, you don't really ever have to talk people down or anything-there are people on one end who think they are going to become ebay selling Millionaires, but you'll run into people who just have always liked to play games, have too many, and will be fair in their dealings.


    Yeah(this is getting long...I think "I'm back", for better or worse, lol), I really went from one extreme to the other on the collecting thing, when I started I actually teased people for "collecting", when I had "all the games" via flashcart, was an "anti-collector" almost, but now, if I like a game it's almost a guarantee i am going to at least try to buy it.


    2600 would be ideal, but keep in mind, if you don't know, you can play 2600 on a 7800, with a 2600 controller(or not)and it would be legal for scoring here, so you'd have two systems in one.

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  7. Barthax's Avatar

    The original Atari Flashback is a NES-on-a-chip which plays a small selection of Atari 7800 and Atari 2600 - notably there's no difficulty switches for the 2600 in this model. The Atari Flashback II was Atari 2600-on-a-chip and aimed for accurate replays but cost too much and got ditched in favour of the succession of Flashbacks from the current makers. Atari Flashbacks III-8 Gold (9 is probably around the corner) should all play the same as they're based on the same emulation tech but with a steadily expanding library (and presumably some bug fixes so "play the same" will never be a perfect description).

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