If you've read my blog on NERG 2014 Blog (North East Retro Gaming) I've managed to play one of the worst video games of all-time for quite a while I was at NERG during the Sunday of that weekend. No idea why I wanted to play the game in the first place when I saw an Atari 2600 on one of the tables plus heard about this game recent thanks to Angry Video Game Nerd and the recent news on digging up the unsold copies of E.T. this year back in April.
Hearing the music right now in my head brings a cold chill down my spine and how bad the game is til today since its release back in 1982, would admit that it’s a decent family movie to watch if you've seen it as a child on TV or VHS or want to show future children how a good family movie is made. Don't show them the Atari 2600 or even play the game for that matter if you weren't around in the 80's during the Video Game market crash even other popular video games like Pac-Man got ported to the Atari and then knock-off titles started to come in and this lead to the poor sales of video games.
In September 1983, the Alamogordo Daily News reported in a series of articles that between ten and twenty semi-trailer truckloads of Atari boxes, cartridges, and systems from an Atari storehouse in El Paso, Texas were crushed and buried at the landfill within the city. It was Atari's first dealings with the landfill, which was chosen because no scavenging was allowed and its garbage was crushed and buried nightly. Atari officials and others gave differing reports of what was buried, but it has been speculated that most unsold copies of E.T. are buried in this landfill, crushed and encased in cement.
But what did I think of the gameplay you may ask? Was it as bad as people say it would be? The answer would be yes it was bad for an Adventure game based on a movie-title game. You play as E.T and the objective of the game is to collect three pieces of an interplanetary telephone, the pieces are found scattered randomly throughout various pits. You are provided with an on-screen energy bar, which decreases when E.T. performs any actions including moving, teleporting, or falling into a pit, as well as levitating back to the top. To prevent this, E.T. can collect Reese's Pieces, which are used to restore his energy or, when nine are collected, E.T. can call Elliott to obtain a piece of the telephone, or the player can save the candy pieces for bonus points at the end. After the three phone pieces have been collected, the player must guide E.T. to an area where he can use the phone, which allows him to call his home planet just like in the movie. That's how far I've managed to get within that time but the game had a ton of bugs and issues and half the time didn't even know what I was supposed to do in the game but managed to get through most of the annoying parts of the game itself. Would admit this is one of the worst video games I've ever played during my life time on gaming and still remains as one of the worst games of all time in gaming history.
Did you ever get the chance to play this game anywhere? Or have a story to tell about E.T.?
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