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E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial is a licensed adventure game, based on the movie. The adventure takes place on several screens with pits scattered about. The object of the game is to find pieces of E.T.'s phone. Once all pieces are found, E.T. calls home and the spaceship arrives to pick him up. E.T. can collect Reese's Pieces scattered around in order to regain energy which is constantly depleted with time.

The phone pieces are in some of the pits, and E.T. must jump in to get them; sometimes there's also a dead flower in the pit which provides extra points if brought back to life. Once E.T. has done his business in the pit, to get out he must levitate his way out, though he must watch out not to fall into the pit again after leaving.

Evil scientists and agents wander around the area, trying to capture E.T. and steal the parts he's carrying.


E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial Atari 2600 Exploring a bit...
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial Atari 2600 Title screen
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial Atari 2600 Found something in a hole!
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial Atari 2600 Beginning the game

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Alternate Titles

  • "E.T. The Game" -- Informal slang title

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User Reviews

Infamous; merely dull Ashley Pomeroy (233) unrated
Not very good, but definitely not the worst. Servo (57355) 2.2 Stars2.2 Stars2.2 Stars2.2 Stars2.2 Stars
this is why a 9-year old child from 1982 can beat up a 9-year old child from 2008 lasttoblame (424) 2.4 Stars2.4 Stars2.4 Stars2.4 Stars2.4 Stars
E.T., you're in the pits again! Katakis | カタキス (42793) 1.8 Stars1.8 Stars1.8 Stars1.8 Stars1.8 Stars
Great beer coaster. Majestic Lizard (676) 1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars
Move your E.T. around the screens looking for phone parts. gametrader (233) 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars
It's a KID'S game, people!---A .9-out-of-5 review is too harsh for this game. Jacqke (1007) 3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars
Oh hell, no! They did this to Batman and Chuck Norris, but why E.T. ? Arejarn (7069) 0.8 Stars0.8 Stars0.8 Stars0.8 Stars0.8 Stars
E.T.: 30 years later and still resides in a landfill. Kadeem Gomez (38) 1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars
My review on the horrible E.T. video game OmegaPC777 (7987) 0 Stars0 Stars0 Stars0 Stars0 Stars

Critic Reviews

Tilt Jan, 1983 5 out of 6 83
VideoGame May, 1991 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Electronic Fun with Computers & Games Jan, 1983 2.5 out of 4 62
Woodgrain Wonderland Jan 07, 2017 C+ 58
Oldies Rising Sep 01, 2013 9 out of 20 45
Game Freaks 365 2000 4.1 out of 10 41
All Game Guide 1998 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
SwankWorld Jul 15, 2005 1 out of 10 10
Bad Game Hall of Fame Feb 03, 2016 Unscored Unscored
Good Game Oct 06, 2008 0 out of 10 0


Topic # Posts Last Post
The legend was true after all: buried copies found 2 formercontrib (158051)
Apr 27, 2014



Howard Scott Warsaw, the programmer of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, only had six weeks from July 23, 1982 to program the game and ready it for a September 1 release date.

Movies made about the game

  • Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie was a science fiction comedy movie dealing with this game as the main focal point. The movie features a review by the Angry Video Game Nerd: (James Rolfe) of the actual game.
  • Atari: Game Over was a documentary where a landfill in Alamogordo, New Mexico is excavated to find out if the rumors of a mass burial of unsold video game cartridges, consoles, and computers was true. The documentary also deals with the video game crash of 1983, and features an interview with Howard Scott Warshaw.


Atari produced 5 million E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial cartridges. Most of the units that were sold were returned, and eventually Atari dumped the millions of useless copies still on hand into a New Mexico landfill.

On the 1st of December 1982, after it became clear that Atari would never sell the six million cartridges it had manufactured, executives announced that they were cutting their '82 revenue forecasts from a 50% increase over '81 levels to a meager 15%. In the end, the price of Warner (owners of Atari) stock dropped almost a third from 52 to 35. It was so bad Atari President Ray Kassar unloaded 5000 of his shares before announcing the cuts to the public.


  • FLUX
    • Issue #4 - #1 Worst Video Game of All-Time
  • Gamers Europe
    • January 2005 - Worst Game Ever Produced On Any Platform Nominee
  • GameSpy
    • December 31, 2002 - #7 on the "Top Ten Shameful Games" list ( "Lots of people bought it at first, but gradually the word spread that the gameplay consisted mainly of E.T. falling into an endless series of pits, and the game was much too frustrating for the young kids for whom it was intended. The game is sometimes accused (not altogether without justification) of single-handedly causing the "crash" of the video games market in the mid-'80s.")
  • GameTrailers
    • November 17, 2006 - #2 Worst Videogame
  • PC World
    • October 23, 2006 - #1 Worst Game of All Time ("Everyone I spoke to who singled out particular gripes mentioned the pits that the player, as E.T., fell into and would then have to slowly levitate out of, which led to horrendously monotonous game play.")
Information also contributed by Big John WV, CaptainCanuck, Scaryfun and Sciere

Related Web Sites

  • Fixing E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial for the Atari 2600 (A serious effort to analyse and correct the bugs in the game, some 30 years after the release, complete with ROM code modifications for the NTSC version.)
  • Matt Chat 70 (Video interview with Howard Scott Warshaw about the development of Yars' Revenge and E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial)
wanax (338) added E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (Atari 2600) on Apr 12, 2003
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