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Cakewalk (Atari 2600)

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Description

You must catch pastries from six conveyor belts before they fall on the floor. Each pastry caught is boxed and put behind you. Sometimes, a knife and fork come down the conveyor belt. If you are hit by the utensils or miss a pastry, the janitor has to clean it up. If he has to clean up too many times, he gets upset and storms out and game over.

You can push the button to stop a conveyor belt for about four seconds but if you stop a second one, the first belt starts right back up. On games with belt speed up, you can push right on the joystick to speed up the belt you are in front of.

At the end of each level, you will have a cup of coffee come down the belt, but not fall off the end. When you grab the cup, you get and extra clean-up (life) and the next level begins.

Difficulty switches
Set the left switch to A to start at level five. Set to B to start at level one. The right switch is not used.

The are game variations that force the baker to pause when transferring boxes, making it harder, variations that allow belt speedup, variations with fast moving bakers and variations with all gingerbread men.

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Cakewalk Atari 2600 Whew! Time for a coffee break!
Cakewalk Atari 2600 Gingerbread men will sometimes move to the left.
Cakewalk Atari 2600 Game over. Here is my score.
Cakewalk Atari 2600 I missed one so the janitor is cleaning up

Alternate Titles

  • "Bakery" -- development title

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The Press Says

TeleMatch May, 1983 2 out of 6 80
Game Freaks 365 Jul 05, 2010 6.7 out of 10 67

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Trivia

Distribution

Cakewalk was released during the video game crash of 1983-84 and never made it into stores. The game was initially available through the Columbia House Video Club and later only available by request direct from a nearly-defunct CommaVid. It is very hard to find today.
LepricahnsGold (79804) added Cakewalk (Atari 2600) on Sep 16, 2006