What Games Can You Play on the Atari Flashback 5? Find Out Here!

The Atari Flashback is a unique way for you to relive the favorite games that were played by generations past in the classic Atari console. The best part about the Atari Flashback is that it comes with pre-installed games that don’t require you to purchase individual cartridges. And one of the most successful Atari Flashback consoles is the Flashback 5. But what games are available on the Atari Flashback 5?

The Atari Flashback 5 was first released in 2014 and had more games pre-installed on it than any of the earlier editions of the Flashback console. Its total was 92 games, most of which were old ones present on the earlier editions of the console, with some new games and some subtractions from the original list. 

In today’s article, I am going to give you a list of all the games available for the Atari Flashback 5 console, that came out in 2014. Although the original Atari Flashback had only 20 games, the number of pre-installed games increased with the years and I am going to bring you this list with some fan-favorite titles. Enjoy!

List of games available for the Atari Flashback 5

When the Atari Flashback 5 was released in 2014, it had more video games on it than any of the earlier editions of the Flashback console. The 92 games that you could play were:

  • 3D Tic-Tac-Toe
  • Adventure
  • Adventure II
  • Air Raiders
  • Air-Sea Battle
  • Aquaventure
  • Armor Ambush
  • Asteroids
  • Astroblast
  • Backgammon
  • Basketball
  • Blackjack
  • Bowling
  • Breakout
  • Canyon Bomber
  • Centipede
  • Championship Soccer
  • Chase It!
  • Circus Atari
  • Combat
  • Combat 2
  • Crystal Castles
  • Dark Cavern
  • Demons to Diamonds
  • Desert Falcon
  • Dodge ‘Em
  • Double Dunk
  • Escape It!
  • Fatal Run
  • Flag Capture
  • Football
  • Frog Pond
  • Frogs and Flies
  • Front Line
  • Fun With Numbers
  • Golf
  • Gravitar
  • Hangman
  • Haunted House
  • Home Run
  • Human Cannonball
  • International Soccer
  • Jungle Hunt
  • Maze Craze
  • Millipede
  • Miniature Golf
  • Miss It!
  • Missile Command
  • Night Driver
  • Off the Wall
  • Outlaw
  • Polaris
  • Pong
  • RealSports Baseball
  • RealSports Basketball
  • RealSports Soccer
  • RealSports Volleyball
  • Return to Haunted House
  • Saboteur
  • Save Mary
  • Sea Battle
  • Shield Shifter
  • Sky Diver
  • Slot Machine
  • Slot Racers
  • Space Attack
  • Space Invaders
  • Space War
  • Sprintmaster
  • Star Ship
  • Star Strike
  • Steeplechase
  • Stellar Track
  • Street Racer
  • Strip Off
  • Submarine Commander
  • Super Baseball
  • Super Breakout
  • Super Challenge Baseball
  • Super Challenge Football
  • Super Football
  • Surround
  • Sword Fight
  • Swordquest: Earthworld
  • Swordquest: Fireworld
  • Tempest
  • Video Checkers
  • Video Chess
  • Video Pinball
  • Warlords
  • Wizard
  • Yars’ Revenge

As you can see, the list is pretty extensive and offers different genres and types of video games for all types of gamers. There are some classic and some lesser known titles, but all in all, the Atari Flashback 5 was a good console when the pre-installed games were concerned. Now, let us discuss some of our favorite games from the list:

  • Dark Cavern (or Night Stalker): Robots, bats, and spiders chase the player through a maze in Night Stalker, which is similar to the Berzeck video game, albeit a little slower. Players must collect a gun that is randomly placed in the maze. The pistol has a certain number of shots, once empty it is put back in another part of the labyrinth. 
  • Gravitar: The player controls a small blue ship. The game begins in a fictional solar system with several planets to explore. If the player moves their ship to a planet, they will be taken to a side-view landscape. The player uses five buttons. In the side view levels, the player must destroy the constantly firing red bunkers, and can also use the tractor beam to collect the blue fuel tanks. Once all the bunkers are destroyed, the planet will explode and the player will get a bonus. Once all the planets are destroyed, the player will move to another solar system. Gravitar has 12 different planets. 
  • Hangman: Based on the popular game, Hangman sees the player guessing the letter of a hidden word, with each wrong guess resulting in a piece being added to a gallows, with the game ending either when the gallows is completed or when the word has been completely guessed by the player. The player can choose several levels of difficulty, ranging from first grade to high school. The words have a maximum length of six characters, never exceeding this limit.
  • Jungle Hunt (or Jungle King): There are four levels (or scenes), each with its own objective. In scene 1, the explorer has to jump from vine to vine. For this he only uses one button. If he fails, the explorer falls to the ground. In scene 2, the explorer goes swimming in a crocodile-infested river. The scout can attack them with his knife, unless the crocodiles have their mouths open. The explorer has to return from time to time to the surface to breathe, where he cannot attack the crocodiles. The bubbles push the explorer to the surface for a few seconds, which can cause crocodiles to devour him. In scene 3 the explorer climbs a slope full of rocks that are falling from a volcano. In the final scene, the explorer must dodge the blows of the cannibals and reach the cauldron where the princess is. After that, the word “Congratulations!” Appears. on the screen, after which the love message “I Love You !!!” appears, and finally, the princess kisses the explorer. The game repeats the scenes with more difficulty. 
  • Space InvadersSpace Invaders is a classic two-dimensional shooter. The player controls a cannon that can be moved to the right or left and a fire button. He has to destroy the invading aliens (of which there are three types: squid, crab and octopus) that are approaching the earth more and more quickly as the player destroys the enemies. The cycle can be repeated indefinitely. If the invaders reach the player controlled canyon, the game is over. Every so often a flying saucer appears on the screen, moving randomly from right to left or left to right, above the invaders, adding not a defined score, but extra points in random amounts. In addition, there are four ground protection shields (more similar to bunkers) that cover the player from the alien fire, but are gradually destroyed by the invaders’ shots and the player’s cannon. 
  • Basketball: The only objective of the game was to score with the ball, avoiding, as in real basketball, that the rival manages to take the ball from the player. At the beginning of the game, both players are located in the center of the game’s court. A ball jumps between them and at that point the game begins. The attacking player (the one who carries the ball) always has the goal of shooting to the basket and the defending player always faces his opponent. Each player can move in eight directions with the joystick; the player with the ball constantly bounces it. The defending player can steal the ball when it is separated from the opponent’s hand. The player with the highest score after 4 minutes is the winner. 
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Is the Atari Flashback worth it?

The question of whether you should spend money on an Atari Flashback console depends on your own gaming preferences. Modern gamers will probably have a hard time playing the Atari Flashback, as the concept of gaming was completely different then than it is now, and I am not just talking about the technological advancements that we have been witnessing since the 1990s. 

On the other hand, retro gamers and games who want to explore the history of video gaming will certainly have something to do with this console. The Atari Flashback is a fully functional piece of history that will allow you to experience how games were played back then, while not having to deal with old(er) parts and fixing up an old console.

Namely, if you have an old Atari console, good chances are that it’ll at least need a thorough cleaning, and that is if you’re lucky. Most people will have to fix it up to some degree, and not to mention that the cables and ports aren’t really compatible with modern television sets, which demands additional work from you. It can also get quite costly. 

The Atari Flashback series, on the other hand, offers the same gaming experience as the original Atari console, but it doesn’t ask for any interventions. It’s completely compatible with new televisions, and more recent editions of the console even offer HDMI support. The list of games has also increased and the overall price of the console is not that high. This is why I think that retro gamers will absolutely enjoy this console and would also recommend it to those who want to experience retro gaming at its finest.