31/08/2012 06:09 BST | Updated 30/10/2012 05:12 GMT

Atari Classics Remade For Browsers On 40th Anniversary

Get ready to stop working: Atari and Microsoft have released an 'arcade' of classic games for free.

Celebrating Atari's 40th birthday - and Microsoft's upcoming launch of Internet Explorer 10 - the collaboration sees eight games brought back to life with HTML 5.

The games are all playable on Atari's website - ad-free if you use Internet Explorer.

The games are:

  • Asteroids
  • Pong
  • Lunar Lander
  • Missile Command
  • Centipede
  • Combat
  • Yars' Revenge
  • Super Breakout

... with more planned for the future. All have touch screen features (if you're lucky enough to be running a new Windows 8 machine for instance) and can be played online with friends.

"Atari and Microsoft have had a long and successful history on Xbox Live and in the digital space,' said Jim Wilson, CEO of Atari.

"The reimagined Atari Arcade expands this partnership in a new direction, in keeping with our current digital strategy, making it easier than ever for gamers around the world to access our renowned franchises, through the power and flexibility of an HTML5 based platform."