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Infamous; merely dull Ashley Pomeroy (233) unrated
Not very good, but definitely not the worst. Servo (57358) 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 (423) 2.4 Stars2.4 Stars2.4 Stars2.4 Stars2.4 Stars
E.T., you're in the pits again! Katakis | カタキス (42446) 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 (6937) 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

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Critic Reviews

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Tilt (Jan, 1983)
Complexité, graphisme excellent, rapidité d'action, et thème désormais populaire : une cassette qui devrait connaître un très gros succès !
VideoGame (May, 1991)
O simpático — e bem feio — E.T. , que encantou as crianças e adultos do mundo inteiro no cinema, continua sua aventura neste "game".
Young players won't be let down by this adaptation, as often happens when a character is translated from one medium to another. And though the holidays are over, this game is still one way of wishing for Reese's Pieces on earth and good will toward humankind.
This game suffered from being rushed out to coincide whit the film release. You may love ET but there are far better adventure games available for the VCS than this.
Woodgrain Wonderland (Jan 07, 2017)
Essentially, my opinion of E.T. hasn’t changed much over the past three decades. I found it an enjoyable if unspectacular game back then and I feel the same today. What it is definitely not is the worst game of any time, any console or any genre.
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial isn't a great game, but it was a commercial success & offers more complexity than you'll ever see in the average "hated it" review. Give it a try and I'll bet you'll be surprised by it. If nothing else you'll have gone further than most reviewers!
Oldies Rising (Sep 01, 2013)
Le Retrogaming, entre autres choses, c’est cela : déterrer des jeux vidéo oubliés ou alors tenter de donner goût à la découverte ou redécouverte pour certains softs d’une autre époque. Certains n’ont pas pris une ride tandis que d’autres ont très mal vieilli, et c’est le cas pour ce fameux E.T The Extra-Terrestrial proposé par Atari Inc sur « la 2600 ».
Overall, this is a game to own for collection purposes only. It is one of two games I have bought since resurrecting my old Atari 2600, bought because I was curious whether it was as bad as I’d heard. Maybe it isn’t the absolute pile of crap it is made out to be, but, at any rate, it isn’t worth playing. I recommend steering clear of actually playing this game.
40 (Jan 26, 2009)
Per concludere, una piccola curiosità: a questo gioco è legata una sorta di leggenda metropolitana secondo la quale la Atari, per liberarsi delle tantissime cartucce invendute, abbia seppellito in un deserto messicano tantissime copie di E.T. in quanto uno smaltimento ufficiale sarebbe stato eccessivamente oneroso. Peccato per lei e per noi, l'attuale mercato collezionistico le avrebbe certamente gradite.
While complexity can often be a good thing, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial offers little reward for the hard work it takes to understand the game. After all, video games are supposed to be fun, and in the end, E.T. is more frustrating than challenging. It has its merits -- like a nice theme song and recognizable graphics -- but it's just the type of unimpressive game that helped usher in Atari's ultimate demise.
neXGam (1999)
Unglaublich das es sich wirklich um ein Scott Warshaw Spiel handelt - ein Mann der beispielsweise den Hit Yars Revenge geschrieben hatten! Spielerisch fährt das Modul absolute Sparflamme, übt aber trotzdem aufgrund der vielen Legenden die es umranken einen gewissen Reiz aus. Sammler sollten das Spiel auf jeden Fall in ihre Sammlung aufnehmen, Zocker hingegen machen besser einen Bogen darum.
The Video Game Critic (Apr 30, 2014)
E.T. is not as much bad as it is disappointing, and to say it tarnished Atari's reputation would be an understatement. Atari actually included an extra piece of paper offering hints, but it might as well have been a written apology!
SwankWorld (Jul 15, 2005)
ET is just a mess all around, though it is by no means the programmer’s fault, but the fault of Atari attempting to set the standard of what game companies of the future have tried to do, just in a more obvious way. Make a mediocre game in time for the holidays or the release and watch the monkeys who work for a living buy it based off of the name alone while the fat cats take time off of the tennis court to count the cash that’s rolling in. Stepping off of my soapbox, I hope that this can teach someone that despite the fact that there’s a game out there with a title named after the big movie of the time, it doesn’t mean it’s actually any good. Though I feel that I’m preaching to the choir right now, let us remember that Enter The Matrix was a top selling game a couple of years ago. The folks who instigated this travesty got what they deserved.
Bad Game Hall of Fame (Feb 03, 2016)
In summation, E.T. is a totally playable game, even with its handful of technical hiccups and more tedious mechanics. The fact it was developed in record time for the time is honestly incredible, as the presentation really doesn’t do much to give away that it was effectively a rush job. That being said, it’s not exactly a stand out game in the 2600 library, in spite of its attempt at pushing mechanics forward in the form of the button-context functionality.
Good Game (Oct 06, 2008)
They clearly thought that people would buy it purely because it was E.T., and unfortunately this started a trend of lazy movie tie-ins, where it's all about the cheap action figure, the cheap fast food meal toy, and the cheap video game to go a long with the blockbuster movie. Credit is due for coding it in 5 weeks, but when applying a rating, all that matters is the end product. I can't recommend spending money on this game, at all, not one bit. 0/10.