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

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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.... Atari 2600 Guy Chapman (2001)

Critic Reviews

The Atari Times Atari 2600 Mar 06, 2006 75 out of 100 75
Woodgrain Wonderland Atari 2600 Feb 15, 2017 B 75
Game Freaks 365 Atari 2600 2006 7.3 out of 10 73
All Game Guide Atari 2600 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
neXGam Atari 2600 Jun 27, 2013 6.6 out of 10 66
Allt om hemdatorer Atari 2600 Dec, 1983 6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars 60
The Video Game Critic Atari 2600 Mar 21, 2000 C+ 58
Tilt Atari 2600 Sep, 1982 3 out of 6 50


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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.
Contributed to by Alaka (59104) and Servo (57415)