Halloween

Moby ID: 13659
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Protect the children and fight for your life "the night HE came home!"

Babysitting a group of children in a large two-story house, players assume the role of Laurie Strode as psychopath Michael Myers has escaped from the mental institution and has come back for revenge. Players must guide the children to safe rooms while avoiding Michael Myers and his knife.

The house is large and full of dangerous blackouts and dead-ends within its sixteen rooms. However, Laurie is not completely defenseless. There is a knife that can be found to protect herself once the familiar theme music begins to play and killer remains in pursuit.

Players will advance to the next level by either stabbing Michael Myers twice, or rescuing five of the children.

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Average score: 52% (based on 7 ratings)

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Average score: 3.0 out of 5 (based on 16 ratings with 1 reviews)

The Night He Came Home...

The Good
Halloween, is of course based on the indie horror film of the same name. As one of the most successful independent films of all time, and one of the few “slasher” flicks that is actually scary, it only seems natural to make a game based in it. Unfortunately it is an Atari 2600 game.

The goal of Halloween is to save the children from Michael Myers, and not get killed doing so. Pretty simple concept, from a bygone era of simple, and sometimes fun games. Yes old games can be fun too. And I must admit that when I occasionally play this game some twenty years later it is still fun, to a point.

The Graphics are about as good as one would expect from the Atari 2600. Very poor by today’s standards. Atari graphics are poor even compared to Tandy computers, and the NES.

An Atari version of the music, believe it or not, does not sound as bad as one might think. It is however very repetitive.

The Bad
Well it is an Atari game. So don’t expect to much. It is however, the best licensed game on the system, as most, I.e. ET, are beyond poor.

The Bottom Line
It would be interesting to see a Halloween game done nowadays. Horror games in which one killer stalks you is rare, aside from the Clock Tower series. But most of those games were never released outside of Japan.

Atari 2600 · by MasterMegid (723) · 2006

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Packaging

As Wizard Video was liquidating their inventory and trying to minimize costs, many copies of Halloween were sold with no label. The word "Halloween" is simply written across the cartridge in black marker (and often misspelled as "Haloween"). The cartridges with no label are believed to be more rare, but the label version is more sought after by collectors.

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Game added by Guy Chapman.

Additional contributors: LepricahnsGold, Psionic, Patrick Bregger.

Game added June 15, 2004. Last modified September 25, 2023.