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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.
If you find this casual discussion of murder and bloodletting (not to mention the portrayal of rampaging psychopaths as video game heroes) disconcerting, this is not a game for you. (If you do like this type of thing, we don't want to meet you in a dark alley.) Our personal objections to this kind of cartridge aside, we find it doesn't even work from a video game enthusiast's standpoint.
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.
Texas Chainsaw Massacre presents an interesting idea of letting you play as the protagonist, but the overall quality is so low, that facet does nothing for the game. The game control is as weak as it's premise. But do fire up the chainsaw - that's the best part (sound-wise) of this game.
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.
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!