Activision Anthology

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Activision Anthology
ActivisionAnthologyBox.jpg
Cover art for Playstation 2 version
Developer(s) Barking Lizards (PS2)
Contraband Entertainment (PS2)
MacPlay (Mac)
MumboJumbo (Windows)
Aspyr (GBA)
Nikkō Europe (digiBLAST)
Code Mystics Inc. (iOS/Android)
Publisher(s) Activision
Platform(s) PlayStation 2, Microsoft Windows, Mac OS, Game Boy Advance, digiBlast, iOS, Android
Release date(s) PlayStation 2
  • NA November 19, 2002
Windows/Mac
  • NA October 6, 2003
GBA
  • NA December 8, 2003
DigiBlast
  • EU December 31, 2005
iOS/Android
  • NA August 30, 2012
Genre(s) Compilation
Mode(s) Single player, two player

Activision Anthology is a compilation of most of the Atari 2600 games by Activision for various game systems. It also includes games originally released by Absolute Entertainment and Imagic, as well as homebrew games. The Windows and Mac OS X versions are titled Activision Anthology Remix, and include the most games. The PlayStation Portable version is titled Activision Hits: Remixed.

The game features the original gameplay of the Atari 2600 emulated on modern systems. After achieving high scores in some of the games, the player can unlock special modes where the colors are distorted, or the game is projected on a rotating cube as added difficulty.

Activision Anthology features a virtual kid's bedroom as the main menu. The player can select several viewpoints to check highscores, choose a video game cartridge from a rotating stand, change the background music on a virtual tape deck, or change game settings while being zoomed in on a virtual Atari 2600. The virtual tape deck features several licensed 1980s music tracks. The music from the virtual tape deck can be mixed with the Atari 2600 game audio so both are audible to simulate playing the game on TV while having the tape running in the background.

Six Activision-produced Atari 2600 titles were not included in Activision Anthology, likely due to outside ownership of their respective licenses. The excluded games are Commando, Double Dragon, Ghostbusters, Ghostbusters II, Kung Fu Master, and Rampage, although Capcom did give Activision rights to put Commando in the PlayStation 2, Windows, and Mac OS X versions of Activision Anthology. Ghostbusters II was cancelled before Activision could release it, but Salu released it in Europe under their name in 1992. The Absolute Entertainment title Pete Rose Baseball was renamed Baseball, presumably due to licensing rights regarding Pete Rose's name, as well.

Portable versions[edit]

The Game Boy Advance version has the most games out of the portable versions, including several homebrew games that do not appear in any of the other versions. It does not include the Imagic games or Commando, nor does it play music during gameplay. It does have four custom 1980s-style songs that play in the menu screens, however.

The PlayStation Portable version includes the Imagic games (Atlantis, Demon Attack, and Moonsweeper), full-speed emulation, and the 1980s songs featured in the PlayStation 2 and computer versions, but does not include Commando, the Absolute Entertainment games, games exclusive to the other releases, or the homebrew titles.

There was also a version released on mobile phones with three titles. It included H.E.R.O., Pitfall, and River Raid.

Activision Anthology was released for Android and iOS devices on August 30, 2012. The game Kaboom! is offered as an initial free game, while the rest of the games were offered as an in-app purchase. These versions include the Imagic game Dragonfire, but do not include the homebrew games, the games by Absolute Entertainment, or Commando. These versions also do not contain any of the licensed 1980s music.

Song List[edit]

The following is the list of 1980s pop songs included in the PlayStation 2 and PlayStation Portable versions:

However, there was an entirely different collection of songs in the Windows and Mac OS X versions of the game:

In the Windows and Mac OS X versions, users had the ability to add directories with music files to the game via "Playlist" (.pls) files that could be created within the game's setup application, so that custom music could be played in-game.

Game list[edit]

There are a total of 76 games in each version combined. Some games do not appear in some versions, and are mentioned accordingly.

Titles included in the respective versions
TITLE Original Release Windows Mac PS2 GBA digiBlast Android iOS PSP Producer Comments
Barnstorming 1982 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Activision
Beamrider 1983 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Activision
Bloody Human Freeway N/A Yes Yes No Yes No No No No Activision Originally unreleased version of 'Freeway'
Boxing 1980 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Activision
Bridge 1980[1] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Activision
Checkers 1980[2] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Activision
Chopper Command 1982 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Activision
Commando 1988[3] Yes Yes Yes No No No No No Activision
Cosmic Commuter 1984 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Activision
Crackpots 1983 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Activision
Decathlon 1983 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Activision
Dolphin 1983 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Activision
Dragster 1980 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Activision
Enduro 1983 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Activision
Fishing Derby 1980 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Activision
Freeway 1981 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Activision
Frostbite 1983 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Activision
Grand Prix 1982 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Activision
H.E.R.O. 1984 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Activision
Ice Hockey 1981 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Activision
Kabobber N/A Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Activision Previously unreleased
Kaboom! 1981 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Activision
Keystone Kapers 1983 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Activision
Laser Blast 1981 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Activision
Megamania 1982 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Activision
Oink! 1983 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Activision
Pitfall! 1982 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Activision
Pitfall II: Lost Caverns 1984 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Activision
Plaque Attack 1983 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Activision
Pressure Cooker 1983 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Activision
Private Eye 1984 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Activision
River Raid 1982 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Activision
River Raid II 1988 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Activision
Robot Tank 1983 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Activision
Seaquest 1983 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Activision
Skiing 1980 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Activision
Sky Jinks 1982 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Activision
Space Shuttle 1983 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Activision
Spider Fighter 1982 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Activision
Stampede 1981 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Activision
Starmaster 1982 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Activision
Tennis 1981 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Activision
Thwocker N/A Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Activision Previously unreleased
Activision prototype #1 N/A Yes Yes No Yes No No No No Activision Unknown prototype
Activision prototype #2 N/A Yes Yes No Yes No No No No Activision Unknown prototype
Venetian Blinds N/A Yes Yes No Yes No No No No Activision Unreleased technology demo
Atlantis 1982 Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Imagic
Atlantis II N/A Yes Yes No No No No No No Imagic
Cosmic Ark 1982 Yes Yes No No No No No No Imagic
Demon Attack 1982 Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Imagic
Dragonfire 1982 Yes Yes No No No Yes Yes No Imagic
Fathom N/A Yes Yes No No No No No No Imagic
Fire Fighter N/A Yes Yes No No No No No No Imagic
Laser Gates N/A Yes Yes No No No No No No Imagic
Moonsweeper 1982 Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Imagic
No Escape! N/A Yes Yes No No No No No No Imagic
Baseball 1988 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No Absolute Entertainment Originally titled Pete Rose Baseball
Quick Step N/A Yes Yes No No No No No No Imagic
Riddle of the Sphinx N/A Yes Yes No No No No No No Imagic
Shootin' Gallery N/A Yes Yes No No No No No No Imagic
Sky Patrol N/A Yes Yes No No No No No No Imagic
Skate Boardin' 1987 Yes Yes No Yes Yes No No No Absolute Entertainment
Solar Storm N/A Yes Yes No No No No No No Imagic
Star Voyager N/A Yes Yes No No No No No No Imagic
Subterranea N/A Yes Yes No No No No No No Imagic
Trick Shot N/A Yes Yes No No No No No No Imagic
Wing War N/A Yes Yes No No No No No No Imagic
Title Match Pro Wrestling 1987 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No Absolute Entertainment
Tomcat F14 1988 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No Absolute Entertainment
Climber 5 N/A Yes Yes No Yes No No No No Homebrew
Okie Dokie N/A Yes Yes No Yes No No No No Homebrew
Oystron N/A Yes Yes No Yes No No No No Homebrew
Skeleton+ N/A Yes Yes No Yes No No No No Homebrew
Space Treat Deluxe[4] N/A Yes Yes No Yes No No No No Homebrew
Vault Assault N/A Yes Yes No Yes No No No No Homebrew
Video Euchre N/A Yes Yes No Yes No No No No Homebrew
TITLE Original Release Windows Mac PS2 GBA DigiBlast Android iOS PSP Producer Comments

Reviews[edit]

The game received generally positive reviews and was mainly praised on the internet because of its spirited homage to Atari 2600.[citation needed]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Atari 2600 Bridge release
  2. ^ Atari 2600 Checkers release
  3. ^ Atari 2600 Commando release
  4. ^ This is incorrectly listed as SpaceThreat Deluxe in some sources. Space Treat Deluxe is the correct title. Picture of cartridge label

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