Retro Reviews – Pong


Today I'll be looking back at pong.

The object of Pong is get the ball past youropponents paddle.

The first one to score 11points wins.

And it's easy to keep score thanks to thegiant counters obscuring the the top of the screen.

There are tiny gaps on the top and bottomof the screen you want to aim for because the paddle can't reach but the ball can.

The game is best enjoyed with two players,but there are four difficultly levels if you wantto play with your self.

The original pong used a knob, and thanksto the crafty developement from Code Mystic, you can just your controller's analog stickas knob, this was really cleverly implemented and you wouldn't know it from jumping intoit and just using the thumbstick as you would normally, but the controls are good and workwhen held correctly.

The only thing that doesn't work is the cornerglitch, which would've been fine if it were a simple exploitation, but the problem isthat a new ball can appear already headed in the direction of this no fly zone thatcan continue of for several points in a row, which is gamebreaking.

But luckily this emulation comes with theability to remove that little gap, as well set the match points to 15.

But if I play without the gap, then I can'tscore even a single goal on the hardest setting, I'm pretty sure the artificial intelligenceis perfect at this point.

There's still a strange glitch that will bringthe ball around to the other side of the screen, but there just doesn't seem like a way toget past the computer.

Overall, Pong is fun distraction and a novelidea that started the gaming industry.

So let me ask, has anyone played the originalpong machine, how does it hold up today? And have you tried pong on Atari flashback classics volume 1? Start a dialogue in the comment section andvisit hte website http://www.