DescriptionE.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
is a licensed adventure game, based on the movie. The adventure takes place on several screens with pits scattered about. The object of the game is to find pieces of E.T.'s phone. Once all pieces are found, E.T. calls home and the spaceship arrives to pick him up. E.T. can collect Reese's Pieces scattered around in order to regain energy which is constantly depleted with time.
The phone pieces are in some of the pits, and E.T. must jump in to get them; sometimes there's also a dead flower in the pit which provides extra points if brought back to life. Once E.T. has done his business in the pit, to get out he must levitate his way out, though he must watch out not to fall into the pit again after leaving.
Evil scientists and agents wander around the area, trying to capture E.T. and steal the parts he's carrying.
- "E.T. The Game" -- Informal slang title
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Howard Scott Warsaw, the programmer of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
, only had six weeks from July 23, 1982 to program the game and ready it for a September 1 release date.
Atari produced 5 million E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
cartridges. Most of the units that were sold were returned, and eventually Atari dumped the millions of useless copies still on hand into a New Mexico landfill.
On the 1st of December 1982, after it became clear that Atari would never sell the six million cartridges it had manufactured, executives announced that they were cutting their '82 revenue forecasts from a 50% increase over '81 levels to a meager 15%. In the end, the price of Warner (owners of Atari) stock dropped almost a third from 52 to 35. It was so bad Atari President Ray Kassar unloaded 5000 of his shares before announcing the cuts to the public.
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- Issue #4 - #1 Worst Video Game of All-Time
- Gamers Europe
- January 2005 - Worst Game Ever Produced On Any Platform Nominee
- December 31, 2002 - #7 on the "Top Ten Shameful Games" list ( "Lots of people bought it at first, but gradually the word spread that the gameplay consisted mainly of E.T. falling into an endless series of pits, and the game was much too frustrating for the young kids for whom it was intended. The game is sometimes accused (not altogether without justification) of single-handedly causing the "crash" of the video games market in the mid-'80s.")
- November 17, 2006 - #2 Worst Videogame
- PC World
- October 23, 2006 - #1 Worst Game of All Time ("Everyone I spoke to who singled out particular gripes mentioned the pits that the player, as E.T., fell into and would then have to slowly levitate out of, which led to horrendously monotonous game play.")
This entry to the MobyGames database was contributed by -diabolik- (291)
on Apr 12, 2003.