Old School Atari Made New! {plus a #giveaway!}


I’m about to show my age. I was an atari FANATIC as a kid. Pitfall was MY JAM! I even found a pitfall t shirt at Target earlier in the year and may have shrieked and embarrassed my kids. may have. It was a no brainer when I was asked if I wanted to review the new Duo powered Atari Arcade for the iPad.

Remember these? Oh yeah, I could kick my mom’s booty at pitfall! (At least that’s how I remember it.)

pitfall atari old school

When I showed my kids pictures of what gaming used to be like, they blinked at me. Then I told them how if the game didn’t work, you would take out the cartridge and blow on it, then put it back in. MAGIC! They blinked again. Then I said, well, Duo sent us an atari system for the iPad and then they decided to care what I was talking about.

We downloaded the app, hooked up the iPad and the fun began.

Atari ArcadeAtari Arcade Duo

Some of the games that come with the app are free, then you can purchase a few more for around $5 and all of them for only $10. Because the holidays are just around the corner, I told them to enjoy the free games and wait until they get an itunes card for Christmas to download the rest. 😉 Love the system, the app and the games, but thought more of the games should be included when you purchase a $50-$60 device.

Thomas, being the gamer that he is, proceeded to beat every game, scoring high scores no one can touch and brushed his shoulder and dropped his mic. Okay, so the last two didn’t happen, but if he were on a TV show, it would have! He was that good.

Carter was off for winter break a couple of days before the others so he got to play it the most when the boys were at school. He told me to wake him up early so he can try to beat Thomas’ scores on Asteroids. I woke him at 7 as instructed and then found this by 10am.

Asleep at the Atari

I couldn’t resist snapping a pic as he slept next to my desk. Every once in a while, in his sleep, he’d still click a button. I was giggling the entire nap.

So now I bet you are saying to yourself, “Emily! You always give away toys and games, can I have one too?!” And the answer is YES!

To win your own Atari Arcade simply tell me, in a comment below, what your favorite Atari game was as a kid. If you want to learn more about the Atari Arcade Duo Powered, simply visit their website! Contest is open through Friday, December 28 2012. Read our full rules here.

So what are you waiting for?! Enter now! 😉

disclosure: I was sent this product in return for my review as part of a promotional program with MomSelect. Giving one away to you guys was icing on the cake! All opinions are my own. No monetary compensation was made, yadda yadda, you know the drill by now. 



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Emily is a mom to three very active boys. Her youngest is autistic so she is passionate about advocating for children and families on the spectrum. She attends more concerts than is humanly possible and takes some pretty amazingly blurry photos of said shows to prove she was there. Also, #hashtags are her favorite. #totes #noreally


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Emily is a mom to three very active boys. Her youngest is autistic so she is passionate about advocating for children and families on the spectrum. She attends more concerts than is humanly possible and takes some pretty amazingly blurry photos of said shows to prove she was there. Also, #hashtags are her favorite. #totes #noreally


144 thoughts on “Old School Atari Made New! {plus a #giveaway!}”

  1. Michelle says:

    My favorite was PAC-man and Donkey Kong also Pitfall and Jungle Hunt. This is awesome! Ty!

  2. carol y l says:

    Frogger! Actually it was my kids because I am older, but my grandkids would have loved it, too!

  3. Beth Palacios says:

    Hahaha! Kid’s don’t know how good they have it now! I looooved Atari and this brought me waaaay back. I too loved Pitfall and remember it vividly. How awesome they are bringing it back so I can share this with my daughters. “See what Mommy used to play when she was your age…” 😉

  4. pat alston says:

    Basically all. I miss that game. I cannot play the 3D games that well. I remember beating and getting high score on some. Ping Pong was my favorite, hitting all those blocks to music.

  5. Michelle Tucker says:

    PacMan. I remember fondly getting that game and my dad and me sitting in front of the game for hours. It was extra cool because my dad was a farmer and you just didn’t expect him to do it.

    michelletucker at baconnation dot net

  6. Alexia Miller says:

    My favorite was Burger Time. I actually played it so long once at Chuck E Cheese that I peed my pants. No lie!

  7. Ted Scheck says:

    Battle Tank. I can’t remember the name exactly. A friend of mine got an Atari for Christmas somewhere in the mid-70s and about every game Atari had. We spent hours playing those games! The tank game would go off-screen and then come back on the other side. It was either impossibly easy or really difficult to play.

  8. J Baker says:

    My favorite Atari game was Adventure. I also remember E.T. … wish I could forget that one!

  9. I loved Donkey Kong, but my absolute fave came later toward the end of our Atari’s life. It was called Q-Bert. It was ridiculous fun!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

  10. Monica Young says:

    I always loved pacman (and tetris thought i am not sure if tetris is atari?) thanks for the chance to win. Merry Christmas!

  11. Austin Baroudi says:

    I’m going to go with Centipede on this one! It’s just so fun! I used to play it on the laptops they give you at school!!!

  12. Debbie F says:

    I wouldn’t say it was my favorite but I remember playing one called plaque attack…you were toothpaste shooting at food before it hit the teeth and ate them. I also was a big Donkey Kong player.

  13. jodi lasher says:

    My favorite one as a kid was Donkey Kong i think.. But Pitfall was pretty good also. I never did very well at it though HAHA

  14. Donna Cheatle says:

    I loved Atari! So much so that when I came across an old system at a garage sale when my kids were little I bought it. They loved it too and I enjoyed showing them the games we played! I rocked Donkey Kong and Pac Man!

  15. Kylie says:

    Hi when I was a kid I loved Pac-Man! I would play it every day 🙂 It would be so cool to win this! Also I played Space Invaders almost as much :3

  16. Alexander Clark says:

    My favorite were and still are Pac-Man and Pitfall! Thank you for the awesome giveaway!!

  17. Sarah C says:

    I was such the PacMan or Donkey Kong player. 🙂 My kids might even be getting that on Nintendo for Christmas so Mom can play!

  18. Madonna says:

    I have been trying to find an original atari console because a friend in NC game me a game cartridge. My very favorite game which is odd because its Pitfall and here you have pitfall showing here 😉 I rocked in pitfall.

  19. Megan Parsons says:

    I didn’t have a favorite since I’ve never played, so this will be a new fun experience for all of us if I win. My son would love it for sure! makeighleekyleigh at yahoo.com