Freeway Reviews (Atari 2600)

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Category Description User Score
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.5
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.3
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.0
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 2.9
Overall User Score (22 votes) 3.2

Critic Reviews

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Woodgrain Wonderland (Feb 15, 2017)
Programmed by the always-dependable David Crane (Pitfall!, Fishing Derby, Dragster), Freeway is an audiovisual delight. Setting the brightly-coloured vehicles against the grey highway makes the colours really pop, and the traffic sounds are surprisingly realistic. Analyzing the vehicle patterns to determine the fastest and safest way to cross the road is the true pleasure of this game. If I have one complaint, though, it’s that once you master those patterns the game doesn’t have much more to offer. However, Freeway offers plenty of challenge up to that point to keep you busy.
The Atari Times (Mar 06, 2006)
All in all, this isn't a bad game, but it does seem very unnecessary when the superior Frogger is available. Frogger is one of the better games available for the 2600, and it isn't exactly hard to find, either. Still, this is a pretty good two-player game featuring good graphics and a good amount of challenge. If you can find it for a decent price, grab it. Otherwise, just stick with Frogger and you probably won't feel too bad about not having a copy of Freeway.
What then is my conclusion? This game has excellent aesthetics for its time, and it has a gameplay that is entertaining in short bursts periodically. My recommendation is this: if you can find this game cheap, buy it. But I'd hesitate to recommend paying more than about $3 for it, both because it's very common and because you won't get your money's worth out of it at much more than that.
While the chicken looks a bit sickly, the graphics are otherwise crisp and clear, and the constant din of engines and horns sounds realistic. Though lacking a variety of obstacles, Freeway is enjoyable, especially in two-player mode, yet it is not as versatile as Frogger since the chicken cannot move horizontally or jump.
neXGam (Jun 27, 2013)
Ihr würdet doch auch einem armen, einsamen Huhn über die Straße helfen oder? Nein? Was seid ihr doch für Unmenschen!All die anderen, die ein Herz für Tiere haben, dürfen ruhig weiterlesen und bekommen eine kleine Anleitung wie das genau geht, denn David Crane von Activision hat für solche Fälle eine kleine Simulation auf dem Atari 2600 entworfen.
Allt om hemdatorer (Dec, 1983)
Freeway betyder motorväg och faktiskt, hur konstigt det än kan låta, framför allt ett spel för barnen. Själv skulle jag vilja jämföra det med "Frogger". Spelidén är densamma, men det här spelet är enklare fast i gengäld inte lika färggrant i grafiken.
The Video Game Critic (Mar 21, 2000)
The graphics look terrific and the vehicles are varied, colorful, and detailed. Unlike Frogger, you can only move your chicken up and down. This is quite a bit of fun with two players playing at once.
Tilt (Sep, 1982)
Un jeu tout à fait dans le style d'Activision : graphisme et thème originaux voire humoristiques, rapidité et simplicité d'action !