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A barrage of bugs are attacking your home, and you need to defend it with potted plants!

You control your character at the top of the screen where there are six potted plants. These can be dropped on the bugs to destroy them as they make their way up from the sewer at the bottom. Just beneath the potted plants are six windows; you need to make sure you destroy the bugs before they can reach these windows. If six of the bugs make it into the windows, a layer of your house will be eaten. This will drop you one step closer to the bottom of the screen, making it more difficult to destroy the incoming bugs! There are four different color bugs in the game, each of which have a different pattern of movement. As the levels progress, bugs will keep coming faster and faster!

The game ends when six layers of the building have been eaten.


Crackpots Atari 2600 Bugs have almost reached the windows...
Crackpots Atari 2600 You become lower to the ground as the bugs eat layers of the building
Crackpots Atari 2600 Hit a bug with a pot
Crackpots Atari 2600 Here come the bugs!

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Woodgrain Wonderland Nov 16, 2016 B+ 83
Electronic Fun with Computers & Games Oct, 1983 3 out of 4 75
Le Geek 2012 3.5 out of 5 70
The Video Game Critic Sep 22, 2004 C 50


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Activision used to reward players by sending them a fabric patch if sent them proof that player achieved a certain high score on the game (ie. a photograph of the high score).

In this case: 75,000 points. Here is a picture of that patch at AtariAge.
Servo (57423) added Crackpots (Atari 2600) on Aug 15, 2003
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