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Hard Hat Mack is a platform game similar in concept to Donkey Kong. The player controls a worker who must complete specific objectives in a construction site while avoiding enemies and trying not to run out of time. The game has three vertical levels consisting of simple paths, springboards, conveyor belts, and elevators. The goals involve replacing holes in the floor, catching a moving jackhammer to secure plates, collecting lunchboxes, and dropping wares into a processor. The titular hero loses a life when hit by falling bolts or tagged by wandering vandals or OSHA representatives. The game is over after the player character loses three lives. Completing the three unique levels brings the player back to the beginning, with the game cycling through the same levels at a faster speed.


Hard Hat Mack PC Booter Title screen (CGA Composite patch)
Hard Hat Mack Apple II Hard Hat Mack Level 2: Collect the Lunchboxes
Hard Hat Mack Amstrad CPC Title screen.
Hard Hat Mack PC Booter That strange elevator (in the middle) looks unstable...

Promo Images

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User Reviews

Fun, But Tough Apple II ETJB (480)
Donkey Kong is Over Rated PC Booter Yeah Right (57)
A good game for us nostalgic gamers. PC Booter Tomer Gabel (4634)
Frustrating Little Platformer Apple II Game22 (42)

Critic Reviews

TeleMatch Apple II May, 1984 1 out of 6 100
TeleMatch Atari 8-bit May, 1984 1 out of 6 100
Electronic Fun with Computers & Games Apple II Sep, 1983 3.5 out of 4 88
Atari Gamer - XL-XE Game Review Edition Atari 8-bit Dec, 2013 8 out of 10 80
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Commodore 64 Jun, 1984 7.8 out of 10 78
Amstrad Action Amstrad CPC Oct, 1985 66 out of 100 66
PC Magazine PC Booter Aug 07, 1984 10.5 out of 18 58
The Video Game Critic Atari 8-bit May 05, 2013 D+ 33
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Apple II Apr, 1984 Unscored Unscored
Happy Computer Commodore 64 Jan, 1984 Unscored Unscored


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One of the villains in the game is a OSHA agent. OSHA enforces Federal Health and Safety rights within the workplace and at least one California State Senator publicly accused the game of being anti-worker for depicting OSHA agents as villains, which prompted some retail stores to pull the game from their shelves.

Cover art

The front cover illustration, like most of the first Electronic Arts games, has the EA logo (not so) hidden in the photo. But it also appears more cleverly in the inside photo of the two developers; look for it as part of the falling lunchbox.

CGA Composite patch

The PC Booter version of the game only supports CGA 4-color graphics, but in 2012 an amateur patch was released which allowed the game to use the CGA Composite 16-color mode. The patch can be found here.


One of the four large meeting rooms on the first floor of the "Mission Control" building of Electronic Arts Redwood City, CA campus is named Hard Hat Mack. The four meeting rooms are named after EA's first four games.

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