Many of us have a Pong system sitting in the attic or basement, gathering dust. The simple tennis game started out as an arcade game and soon made it into our living rooms in the form of Home Pong. Today, Pong turns 40. Though it's hard to believe the game has been around for so long, Atari isn't letting the milestone pass unnoticed. This week, the company is bringing Pong to a platform beloved by casual gamers: iOS.
To celebrate the game's 40th anniversary, Atari has released a Pong application for iOS. The app is free and compatible with both iPhone and iPad. It's not exactly same as the classic version. Atari has jazzed things up with paddle upgrades and 'paddle creatures,' and fans of the classic Pong probably won't even recognize the colorful artwork adorning the 'court.' Still, if you want to give it a shot, you can check it out here. It won't cost you a dime.
"Pong World introduces a new generation to the classic game of Pong with a dazzling unique twist and colorful new look," Atari says in the app description. "Explore Pong World by defeating opponents while collecting all five paddle creatures; Shaggy, Chompers, Sir Bouncelot, Razzle and Gnop to help you in your journey for domination. Each paddle is equipped with unique upgrades and powers. Unlock 4 different locations, each equipped with unique features -- summon a wall of energy to block your opponent’s ball, hinder your enemy’s vision and much more!"
In addition to the app, Engadget reports that Atari is giving away a portable Xbox 360, which is modded to include an LCD display and resembles the old Pong Home hardware. Hit up Atari's Facebook page for more information on how to win.