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In Freeway, your job is to help the chicken cross the road! Each time you successfully guide the chicken across ten lanes of freeway traffic, you earn a point. Try to score as many points as you can by the end of the 2 minute 16 second time limit! In the two player game, whoever scores the most points by the end wins. Several game variations are included which can adjust the speed and amount of traffic on the freeway.


Freeway Atari 2600 A game in progress
Freeway Atari 2600 Plenty of traffic here...
Freeway Atari 2600 The game in black and white mode

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Alternate Titles

  • ""Das Verruckte Huhn"" -- German title
  • "Bloody Human Freeway" -- Activision prototype title

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User Reviews

Why Did The Chicken Cross The Road? Why, Indeed.... Guy Chapman (1997) 3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars

Critic Reviews

Woodgrain Wonderland Feb 15, 2017 B 75
The Atari Times Mar 06, 2006 75 out of 100 75
Game Freaks 365 2006 7.3 out of 10 73
neXGam Jun 27, 2013 6.6 out of 10 66
JoyStik Dec, 1982 6.3 out of 10 63
Allt om hemdatorer Dec, 1983 6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars 60
The Video Game Critic Mar 21, 2000 C+ 58
Tilt Sep, 1982 3 out of 6 50
The Game Hoard Mar 20, 2021 3 out of 7 43
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Feb, 1982 Unscored Unscored


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Before Freeway became a game about a chicken crossing the road, it was originally known as Bloody Human Freeway. While the gameplay was exactly the same, players controlled a human instead of a chicken. If the cars hit the person, he would explode into a little blood splatter instead of being bounced backwards. Bloody Human Freeway can be found in playable form on the Game Boy Advance version of Activision Anthology.


Players who were able to guide their chicken across the road 20 times or more on Game Three or Game Seven were eligible to receive the "Save the Chicken Foundation" patch from Activision if they sent in a screenshot to the company. Here is a picture of that patch at AtariAge.
Servo (57355) added Freeway (Atari 2600) on May 11, 2003
Other platforms contributed by Alaka (86671)
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