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Steeplechase (Atari 2600)

Steeplechase Atari 2600 Starting screen

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Description

This is a hurdles horse race.

The horse's names, from bottom to top, are: Lucky Devil, Absent Mind, Just Missed and Little Dictator. You play as one of the jockeys and must reach the right side of the screen first. The horse runs and hurdles come at you from the right. To jump these hurdles, you turn the paddle to set the height of the jump, as indicated by the marker on the right. You press the button to jump. The better you jump, the faster your horse goes. After 3 minutes, if no one has gotten all the way to the right, the race ends and whoever was in the lead wins.

There are 6 game variations. In games 1, 2 and 3, the distance between the hurdles is uniform with the computer-controlled horse's racing ability being poor, good and excellent, respectively.
In games 4, 5 and 6, the the distance between the hurdles is random with the computer-controlled horse's racing ability being poor, good and excellent, respectively.
The difficulty switches are not used.

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Steeplechase Atari 2600 I missed a hurdle and my horse fell
Steeplechase Atari 2600 You can't see me but I won by getting all the way to the right, first.
Steeplechase Atari 2600 Starting screen
Steeplechase Atari 2600 Jumping a hurdle

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The Press Says

The Video Game Critic Jul 14, 2001 C+ 58
All Game Guide 1998 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40

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Trivia

This game was never released under any name by Atari. It was a Sears exclusive.
LepricahnsGold (68156) added Steeplechase (Atari 2600) on Nov 12, 2006