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The classic Atari game Missile Command has re-imagining out now

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Some of our older readers might have fond memories of Missile Command, an arcade game from Atari released back in 1980. It's recently been remade with Missile Command: Recharged and it's out now.

Missile Command is generally regarded as one of the big classics and this was made in celebration of the original, which will turn 40 next month. Developed by Nickervision Studios (with Atari as publisher), whose previous titles include Super Bit Blaster XL, it released late last month with Linux support so you can try out a re-imagining of the classic right now.

You can see the trailer below. Be warned: lots of flashing.

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  • Powered Up - Don’t just target missiles – take aim at all-new powerups to survive longer with defensive measures, silo repair, or a screen-clearing special blast.
  • Upgraded - New powerup system takes points earned and allows them to be used to upgrade all aspects of gameplay to get an edge and achieve the highest scores.
  • Shoot for the Clouds - Compete in global online leaderboards and aim to claim bragging rights as the top missile commander.
  • Achievements - Better yourself with each game played and work towards besting the toughest challenges!

You can find Missile Command: Recharged on Steam for some retro-inspired fun.

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justrag Jun 10, 2020
It's also out on Android for some time, and it works really great on a touchscreen. How's it gonna work on desktop, without the trackball?
vipor29 Jun 10, 2020
bought this the day it came out,its not a bad little update on missle command
hardpenguin Jun 10, 2020
Quoting: justragIt's also out on Android for some time, and it works really great on a touchscreen. How's it gonna work on desktop, without the trackball?
Yeah, I had a blast with the Android version :)

Btw, the developer, Nickervision Studios seems to have nearly all of their games available on Linux:

Spl-it Jun 10, 2020
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Quoting: justragIt's also out on Android for some time, and it works really great on a touchscreen. How's it gonna work on desktop, without the trackball?

I'm playing this thing with a trackball ;)
Doesn't help a damned thing with the score though
justrag Jun 10, 2020
vskye Jun 11, 2020
I just picked this up on Steam. Heck, for $2.99 why not. Thanks Liam!
slaapliedje Jun 11, 2020
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Quoting: justragThe real one, like this? https://quarterarcade.com/atari-4-track-ball-used-3
I have one of these; need to find a way to interface it to my PC.... https://duckduckgo.com/?t=ffab&q=atari+5200+trackball&iax=images&ia=images&iai=http%3A%2F%2Fgamester81.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2FAtari_5200_Trackball_controller.jpg

From what I recall, it did indeed use most of the same parts out of their arcade machine!
jarhead_h Jun 11, 2020
Didn't know it existed before this thread. Snagged it. Thanks Liam.

Project idea :

3 inch Arcade Game LED Color Changing trackball with USB and PS2 Interface

Last edited by jarhead_h on 11 June 2020 at 4:26 am UTC
Nod Jun 11, 2020
I once played Missile command on my Atari 2600 for 8 hours strait. I had blisters on my hands. It was a Saturday, I started in the morning. I had a friend with me and he stuck with me the whole time. Weird ... I think it was too easy, I was probably 10.

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