Atari and zGames have unleashed a new Pong game for Apple devices.
Atari isn’t dead yet. The troubled game publisher is making the most of its rich library of classic IP. The company has released Pong World for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The $50,000 grand prize winner of the PongIndie Developer Challenge developed by zGames, Pong World is a reimagined take on the pop culture classic and the first-ever official Pong game for smartphones and tablet devices.
In the game, players choose one of many Pong paddles and battle against opponents on various themed boards, experiencing the game in either classic mode or all-new gameplay modes including Blitz and Hotseat. Pong World is available now as a free download on the App Store at http://itunes.apple.com/app/id553946340.
In commemoration of Atari and Pong’s 40th anniversary, one of the first video games to garner mainstream cultural appeal, the Pong Indie Developer Challenge, which concluded in summer 2012, called on developers to create their own vision of the legendary game for mobile devices. First place winner zGames was awarded $50,000 and top honors as the first official Pong title to be launched by Atari on iOS. Details on the remaining finalists will be revealed at a later date.
"We were impressed with the creativity and original vision of indie developers in the Pong contest, and the grand prize winner receives full honors as the marquee release for the title’s 40 year anniversary,” said Giancarlo Mori, EVP Product Development, Atari. “Pong World is an excellent tribute to one of our company’s legacy titles, giving players a fresh new look and the classic gameplay they know and love."