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Unlike the Apple II and Atari 8-bit versions, the Atari 2600 version of Jawbreaker is not a Pac-Man clone. Instead, you have a screen with nine horizontal levels. There are dots, candies, if you will, on each level. You must eat all the candies to get a teeth brushing and advance to the next, harder, level. Also on the levels are happy faces. They are happy to knock your teeth out, which they will do if you touch them. This will lose you a life. When all lives are lost, the game is over.

Three times per level, a vitamin pill will appear in the center of the screen. If you eat this, the faces will turn red, allowing you to eat them for a short time. The faces will flash red and white, briefly, before returning to normal, as a warning. To move from level to level, there are moving openings on the levels or you can move to the far left or far right of the screen.


Jawbreaker Atari 2600 I lost all my lives. Game over.
Jawbreaker Atari 2600 Starting the game
Jawbreaker Atari 2600 I cleared the stage and am getting my teeth brushed.
Jawbreaker Atari 2600 I hit a face and am losing my teeth.

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Woodgrain Wonderland Apr 22, 2017 A 100
The Video Game Critic Aug 30, 2001 A- 91
TeleMatch Jan, 1983 2 out of 6 80
The Atari Times Feb 18, 2008 80 out of 100 80
Electronic Fun with Computers & Games Jan, 1983 3 out of 4 75
IGN Aug 04, 2008 7 out of 10 70
VideoGame Mar, 1991 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Tilt Mar, 1983 3 out of 6 50


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LepricahnsGold (141663) added Jawbreaker (Atari 2600) on May 11, 2011