Atari Ramps Up iPad and iPhone Game Development With 5 New Titles

Atari is back in business (not that the gaming giant ever stopped) with a whole new lineup of games that will either make you grab your Joystick-It or curse the company’s name for ruining your childhood memories. Check out the list of mobile games that are set to be released over the next few months.

RolleCoaster Tycoon (Universal)

Atari’s upcoming iOS version of RollerCoaster Tycoon will be a brand new game, not just a port of the PC version fans have grown to love. Luckily, for fans of the original, the mobile version of RollerCoaster Tycoon will be a port and not a whole new vision. Players will be able to create their own theme park, design coasters and build attractions to generate new business. In addition to the traditional simulation game, players will be able to share their designs with others through social networking features.

Dungeons & Dragons: Warbands iPad Only)

This turn-based strategy role-playing game is the first official D&D game to hit the App Store. The story is set in the Forgotten Realms (if you don’t know what that is, you are too cool for this game. Players will be able to build up factions and fight others, PVP style. The game is set to launch in December for $2.99. This is sure to be a hit with RPG fans of games like the Avernum series.

Atari Casino (Universal)

This free game is Atari’s first attempt at social gaming. Players will be able to try their luck at the slots, blackjack and even some Atari arcade mini games. The game is scheduled for release in November and is sure to be one of those freemium games that sucks you in for hours of money-losing fun.

Outlaw (Universal)

Atari first released Outlaw in 1985, before there was such a genre as “first-person shooter.” This is one of those games that is sure to disappoint the diehard Atari games. The upcoming mobile version is not a port of the original, but a remodeled version for the new century. Players will be able to expand an arsenal of weapons and take down bandits in a gallery shooter style game. This free game will launch in November and will probably create a lot of outcry for being the type of game that is free to download, but will cost money to get anywhere.

Centipede: Origins v1.3 Update (Universal)

Atari’s revamped version of the classic was welcomed into the iOS community warmly. Even though it is a freemium game, players appreciated the new look and feel. The key is that Atari made the game better. They didn’t just change it completely (I’m looking at you, Zaxxon). The update, scheduled for November, will come with new content including new weapons, gadgets, maps, and player vs. player game challenges.

Keep an eye out for all of these fun new games and remodeled versions of classics this fall and early next year.