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Retro Atari video games are now an iPhone app

Thursday - 4/7/2011, 8:41am  ET

pong app (WTOP Photo/Neal Augenstein)
The Atari Greatest Hits application is a free download in the App Store. (WTOP Photo/Neal Augenstein)

UNDATED - A just-released iPhone application can transport you four decades into the past -- to the time when Atari games were king.

With games such as Pong, Asteroid, Battlezone, Centipede and Warlords, Atari was a pioneer in arcade games and home video game consoles from the early 1970s through the mid-1980s.

The Atari Greatest Hits application is a free download in the App Store, but that only includes Pong, the first Atari hit.

Once the application is downloaded, iPhone users can purchase other games in groups of four for 99 cents or buy all 99 games for $14.99.

Joysticks are replaced by touch-screen paddles in the app, and digital versions of sound effects approximate the originals.

WTOP's Neal Augenstein contributed to this story. Follow Neal and WTOP on Twitter.

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