Halloween (Atari 2600)

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.

Halloween (1983) (Wizard Video Games)_3 2So 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.

Halloween (1983) (Wizard Video Games)_4 2The various rooms are pretty much identical, with the only differences being the placement of windows and doors as well as the colors.

Halloween (1983) (Wizard Video Games)_5 2Also, certain rooms have flickering lights, causing the room to periodically go black. It’s surpisingly creepy for an Atari game.

Halloween (1983) (Wizard Video Games)_6 2When 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.

Halloween (1983) (Wizard Video Games)_16 2If you let Myers get to a child, he murders them! Pretty edgy for an Atari game, I must say.

Halloween (1983) (Wizard Video Games)_8 2Sometimes you’ll find a knife, which can be used to fend off Michael Myers.

Halloween (1983) (Wizard Video Games)_9 2When you stab him, he runs off and you get some points. You can only use the knife once, and they’re pretty rare.

Halloween (1983) (Wizard Video Games)_14 2Also, 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.

Halloween (1983) (Wizard Video Games)_13 2All 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.

Halloween (1983) (Wizard Video Games)_2 2Like 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.



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2 Responses to Halloween (Atari 2600)

  1. fringevoid says:

    I had no idea this or the TCM game existed, but I’ve gotta say, it looks like something I’d play.

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