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E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (Atari 2600)

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Description

E.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.

Screenshots

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial Atari 2600 Uh oh, in trouble here...
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial Atari 2600 Found something in a hole!
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial Atari 2600 Title screen
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial Atari 2600 Exploring a bit...

Alternate Titles

  • "E.T. The Game" -- Informal slang title

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User Reviews

Infamous; merely dull Ashley Pomeroy (233) unrated
Not very good, but definitely not the worst. Servo (55897) 2.2 Stars2.2 Stars2.2 Stars2.2 Stars2.2 Stars
this is why a 9-year old child from 1982 can beat up a 9-year old child from 2008 lasttoblame (393) 2.4 Stars2.4 Stars2.4 Stars2.4 Stars2.4 Stars
E.T., you're in the pits again! *Katakis* (37493) 1.8 Stars1.8 Stars1.8 Stars1.8 Stars1.8 Stars
Great beer coaster. Majestic Lizard (655) 1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars
Move your E.T. around the screens looking for phone parts. gametrader (229) 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars
It's a KID'S game, people!---A .9-out-of-5 review is too harsh for this game. Jacqke (966) 3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars
Oh hell, no! They did this to Batman and Chuck Norris, but why E.T. ? Arejarn (609) 0.8 Stars0.8 Stars0.8 Stars0.8 Stars0.8 Stars
E.T.: 30 years later and still resides in a landfill. Kadeem Gomez (35) 1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars

The Press Says

Tilt Jan, 1983 5 out of 6 83
Game Freaks 365 2000 4.1 out of 10 41
Retrogaming.it Jan 26, 2009 4 out of 10 40
All Game Guide 1998 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
neXGam 1999 3.3 out of 10 33
SwankWorld Jul 15, 2005 1 out of 10 10
Good Game Oct 06, 2008 0 out of 10 0
The Video Game Critic May 15, 2001 F 0

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Trivia

Development

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.

Reception

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.

Awards

  • FLUX
    • Issue #4 - #1 Worst Video Game of All-Time
  • Gamers Europe
    • January 2005 - Worst Game Ever Produced On Any Platform Nominee
  • GameSpy
    • 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.")
  • GameTrailers
    • 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.")
Information also contributed by Big John WV, CaptainCanuck, Scaryfun and Sciere

Related Web Sites

  • Matt Chat 70 (Video interview with Howard Scott Warshaw about the development of Yars' Revenge and E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial)
-diabolik- (291) added E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (Atari 2600) on Apr 12, 2003