Atari is revivingMissile Commandwith a original game that the company calls “a contemporary take” on the arcade classic for cellular devices. The launch of the game, calledMissile Command: Recharged, coincides with this year’s 40th anniversary of the 1980 original.
Missile Command: Rechargedmaintains the same point of view of the original game, in which missile silos battle incoming rockets to provide protection to civilian structures.Rechargeduses a neon-colored visual design, a la classic arcade game re-imaginings appreciatePac Man Championship EditionandSpace Invaders Unsuitable. Gameplay has been remixed, with energy-ups, an upgrade plot, and an augmented reality mode that projects gameplay onto a “virtual arcade cabinet.”
Here’s a gape atMissile Command: Rechargedin action:
Missile Command: Rechargedis slated for release sometime this spring for iOS (iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch) and Android devices. Atari saysMissile Command: Rechargedshall be free to download with ads, and players can make a one-time purchase to play the game unobstructed and ad-free.
It’ll be a busy year for Atari, which is also planning to launch a original console, the crowdfunded Atari VCS, and break ground on a original line of Atari-themed accommodations in 2020.