Play classic Atari games for free in your web browser with Atari Arcade

Like the classics? Miss Pong? Want Atari back? Atari Arcade may fulfill your cravings.

Atari Arcade is a new, free online joint-venture by Microsoft and Atari that brings classic Atari games to your web browser — any web browser, on any operating system. Hit up Atari Arcade and you can play eight classic Atari games…

  • Missile Command
  • Pong
  • Super Breakout
  • Yars’ Revenge
  • Asteroids
  • Centipede
  • Combat
  • Lunar Lander

…right from your web browser. The best part? Atari Arcade works in any modern web browser although they recommend Internet Explorer for the best experience (duh, Microsoft is the sponsoring party). Interestingly enough, Atari Arcade is “built for touch” so you can play it on a touchscreen device, tablet or smartphone; however, based on my experience of trying to play the games on my Nexus S, Atari Arcade isn’t very well optimized for a small screen. If on a touch-enabled device, you will play games use touch controls; if on a traditional computer, you will play games using your keyboard and mouse.

Take note Flash is required so whether you are playing on your desktop, laptop, or mobile device you won’t get very far if you don’t have Flash installed. Hit up the link below to get started with Atari Arcade.

Atari Arcade homepage

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  • @Ashraf:

    You’re probably right, however I do some web development and haven’t upgraded past IE8, because it’s found most commonly on my customer’s target audiences’ machines (and I use virtual machine testing environments for all the other versions).
    Still, IE8 is not that old, so for the Atari site not to load up without a hitch in that browser really leaves me scratching my head.

  • Ashraf

    @DoctorG: Before IE9, IE was trash.

  • Here’s a good one…
    You said:
    “Atari Arcade works in any modern web browser although they recommend Internet Explorer for the best experience…”

    Well, after reading your post I headed over to check out the site. The site’s main “game-selection” welcome screen loaded up perfectly in Firefox (v 14), but I got a black screen with the FF extension IE Tab 2. OK, I thought, there’s a problem with IE Tab. So I fired up Internet Explorer (v 8) proper and got the same black page, along with page errors. I’m not sure what’s wrong, but I’d be really annoyed if IE was my main browser. C’mon though– can you get anymore ironic?!?

  • Ashraf

    @DoctorG: Glad you like it!

  • DoctorG

    Nice find, Ashraf. Some nostalgia for me!