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Crackpots is a real hoot. Even though the game contains the expected quality of most Activision games of the time, it’s not one you hear about very often in Atari fan circles.
When we first heard about Crackpots we thought it sounded like a Kaboom! clone. Why would Activision clone one of its own most popular games, we wondered. Imagine our surprise when we played Crackpots and found it was a Kaboom! clone. But at least we discovered why they did it. It's still a lot of fun.
The crisp, colorful graphics and refined gameplay make Crackpots easy to recommend and one of the better Activision games on the system. The one thing that keeps it from true greatness is the somewhat simple, repetitive nature of the concept.
It's a shame Crackpots only has one skill level, because once you get the hang of it, the game tend to run long. Still, sharp graphics and thoughtful gameplay make this one worth a look.