Last week I talked about the Texas Chainsaw Massacre on the Atari 2600. Of course, it sucked. However, Wizard Games also made another Atari game based on a horror franchise… none other than John Carpenter’s Halloween! Let’s take a look.
So I guess you’re playing as Laurie Strode. Pretty much right off the bat you’re chased by Michael Myers, and I must say that they did a much better job on him than they did with Leatherface. The gameplay is split between two floors, and your goal is to rescue the children.
When you encounter a child, you need to hold down the button to make them follow you. The goal is to lead them to either the far left or far right rooms, which are safe zones. The doors in the safe rooms also let you switch between the floors.
Also, if he manages to reach you, he cuts off your head and your body runs off, spurting blood hilariously as it goes. ‘Cause you know, if there’s one thing the Halloween series is known for, it’s slapstick humor.
All in all, that’s really all there is to say about the game. Being an Atari game, the only real goal is to rack up as many points as possible before Michael kills you. You’re given three chances, cleverly represented by the Jack-o-Lanterns at the top of the screen.
Like the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, it was highly controversial at the time and didn’t sell well. Both games are now pretty rare and considered valuable collector’s items. Are they any good? Well, no. However, I’m glad they exist. They may not be masterpieces, but they have a charm to them that just can’t be replicated today.