In fact, there was far more to the Atari 2600 than simply playing host to one terrible game.
Indeed - here are another 10 games that could easily challenge E.T.'s position atop those Worst Games Ever Lists. Goodbye, father.
Still, it was an odd choice for a video game - which played like a cross between Choplifter and the board game Operation. Who remembers the M*A*S*H theme tune?
"'Cause suicide is painless,
It brings on many changes"
That's a bit of a weird lyric, when you think about. It manages to be simultaneously inaccurate and profoundly understated.
As was their way at the time, rather than put the time and effort into creating something new and good, they simply modified the graphics of another, almost complete, title called Saboteur. The aim of the game? To help Mr T and everybody's favourite PTSD sufferer, Howling Mad Murdoch, stop a bunch of nuclear terrorists.
Didn't the TV show usually just have them defeating Mexican ranch owners?
This Rubik's Cube game was a rebranded rerelease for Video Cube, an existing Atari puzzle game - something which seemed to happen a lot back then.
This unlabelled Space Invaders rip-off was given away at a trade fair, and saw players shooting at the Pepsi logo - victory being met with the legend "Coke Wins!". History would suggest that neither Coke nor Pepsi has won, given the decline in fast food sales over recent years.
Its chief achievement is that it's the first product in the Alien franchise to feature more than one xenomorph.
"Revenge is sweet - and the objective of this game is to 'get it'. Your task is to help Pee Wee blow up Porky's bar and obtain as many points as possible."
At the 1983 Super Bowl two representatives of publisher Fox Games, dressed as giant tomatoes and sat in the stands holding signs that read "Beefsteak Tomatoes Demand Revenge". Wacky!
The blurb in the manual would appear to back this up:
"The year is divided into 635 days, 12 months and 4 seasons. During each season there are two screens, an income screen and an investment/shelter screen. During the income screen, you must accumulate as much income "$" as possible while avoiding the costly governmental red tape. To reach the various bureaucratic levels, you must catch the elevator in the center of the screen. This takes you to the various levels, slowly like normal governmental action. Approximately half way through the season, you are switched to the second screen which allows you to obtain varoius Tax Sheltered Investments. Here, you are being pursued by a character who is consistently moving into and out of the private enterprise system and governmental employment. This is symbolized by color changes; black, pink and green. In the black mode he is Eggie, an IRS Revenue Agent trying to chatch you for audit. When caught, you are audited and ALWAYS lose. You are then taxed at the maximum rate of 50% and sent back to work in the income screen. There are no appeals to tax court. In the pink mode he is Waggie, a CPA who is soliciting your business. If he catches you, or you go to him, he charges you $1,000. You will find his fee, though expensive, is worth paying because he will always provide a more valuable Tax Sheltered Investment than the one previously available. In the green mode he is Toodles, a Registered Investment Advisor who can help you maximize your income by providing the best Tax Sheltered Investment available. When green, it is to your benefit to catch him. Depending on the amount of time left before your taxes are due (the end of the season) it may or may not be beneficial to wait for the IRS Agent to become the Investment Advisor. At the end of the season your taxes are collected through automatic quarterly withholding. The amount of tax collected depends on which Tax Sheltered Investment you have in your portfolio. You are then sent back to work (screen 1) to earn more income."
No. This was essentially just a sort of Pac-Man clone.