MacSoft Brings Breakout, Centipede, Pong to OS X

MacSoft has announced a three-in-one pack of Atari arcade games that have been redeveloped for Mac OS X. The three titles are Breakout -- a game originally developed by Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs* for Atari -- Centipede, and Pong.

"Each game in Atari Arcade Classics gives you a nostalgic game redone in a whole new way," said Al Schilling, general manager of MacSoft, in a statement. "This collection makes for great family fun and weire delighted to make it available in time for the holidays."

From the descriptions, all three games are updated versions from the original games that came out in the 1970s and early 1980s, though MacSoft has not yet posted screen shots for the collection. Those descriptions:

  • Breakout
    Blast through pyramids, castle walls, barnyard obstacles and much more in this all-new edition of the arcade classic. Use your paddle to aim the ball and blast your way through dozens of new levels. Itis great fun and competitive action for fans of the original and newcomers alike!
  • Centipede
    Meet Wally. Heis your alter ego. The ultimate everyman, a simple bean counter chosen to fly the shooter. Wallyis mission is to defend the Wee village against an onslaught of Centipedes, spiders, scorpions, fleas and other creepy-crawlies. Your mission... Help Wally destroy the Queen iPede and save the world!
  • PONG
    The first and best video game of head-to-head competition is back and better than ever! This is Pong on a whole new level with stunning 3D graphics, one of a kind game environments and multiple new worlds of fast-paced action. Expect the unexpected and hours of fun with Pong!

Centipede and Breakout require a Macintosh computer running Mac OS X v10.1.5 or higher, 400MHz or faster processor, 256MB RAM, 16MB video card, and a CD-ROM drive. An internet or LAN connection is required for on-line play. Pong requires Mac OS X v10.2.8.

The collection is available now for US$19.99 ($18.88 - Amazon), and you can find more information at MacSoftis Web store. The main MacSoft site has not yet added information about the game.

* According to Owen Linzmayeris Apple Confidential 2.0, Mr. Jobs got the gig for developing Breakout with his then-employer Atari, while Steve Wozniak did most of the actual engineering. For the full story on how Breakout was developed, check out the book. As noted above, however, the version of Breakout included in this collection appears to be newer than the one included with this collection, but we thought many of our readers still might appreciate knowing the pedigree of the original game