The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (Atari 2600)

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Atari 2600 Title screen


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Rely on Horror
To summarize my feelings: Texas Chainsaw Massacre is not the most amazing Atari game (that title still goes to Mountain King), but it at least manages to entertain. I found the simple gameplay to be very amusing and replayable, even if some features seem to be broken. Visually it’s not very impressive, but at least it’s not as bad as the sound-department. If you can get this game somewhere for like ten dollars (you can’t) then I can recommend it, but due to this been a rare item, I would sooner recommend it to collectors only.
Defunct Games
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre movie was a ground-breaker for horror films, and the Atari game based on it broke ground for adult games. However, take out the developers' moxie and you're left with an absolute mess of a game. Being on the receiving end of a chainsaw would be less punishing than wasting Halloween playing this trash.
So while it certainly pushes the envelope in terms of content even by today’s standards, this massacre of good taste quickly runs out of gas both metaphorically and quite literally. Wizard’s stab at Halloween is actually surprisingly decent, but this one’s so bad it could probably give even that evil-smelling General Custer nightmares.
The Video Game Critic
Texas Chainsaw Massacre is a novelty item with minimal play value. Its pathetic ending shows a person kicking Leatherface in the butt! Please tell me when it's over!