If you were a child of the late 70s or early 80s then you very well might have come across board games based upon arcade games. The likes of Berzerk, Defender, Frogger, Pac-Man Popeye and Zaxxon would allow you to play your arcade favorites in a way that only board games could do – which may or may not have translated the arcade action in a way you enjoyed. In fact, Centipede already received that honor as a part of Milton Bradley’s series.
Now, the current Atari (which is mainly Atari in name only at this point) has licensed out three of their classics to board game developer IDW Games to become board game titles. This presently includes Asteroids, Centipede and Missile Command. For the most part, the cover art on each box captures the action of the originals, touching on the Atari 2600 art while changing it up. Hopefully that means that the boards themselves will look great:
These three are slated for a release this Fall sometime with Centipede coming out first. If they prove successful then Atari will certainly bring more to the table. I won’t hold my breath for Major Havoc, I, Robot or Starship I though.
Geek & Sundry has a few more details including finding out from the designers what they hope to capture with these new games although specifics on how these games will play are under wraps for now.
What you do think? Do board versions of your favorite arcade classics appeal to you?