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Save the Whales (Atari 2600)

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Some whales are traveling from the Arctic Ocean to Baja to breed. The bad news is a whaling ship in the area is attacking them. You must use your submarine to shoot the nets or harpoons and radioactive debris to save the whales.

After you start the game, the whales will move from left to right along the bottom of the screen. The ship will start throwing down nets or harpoons, depending on the settings, to kill the whales. You must aim at the nets, in any direction and shoot them. After several nets/harpoons have been sent, radioactive debris will flow from the right side on the screen. This is up too high to hurt the whales but it can hurt you. You must shoot it as well. If your sub gets hit five times, the game is over. In a two-player game, one player is the sub and the other is the whaling ship.


Save the Whales Atari 2600 Radioactive waste that needs obliterating.
Save the Whales Atari 2600 Starting screen
Save the Whales Atari 2600 The setting so the ship throws harpoons.
Save the Whales Atari 2600 I need to destroy the nets thrown down by the whaling ship.

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The Video Game Critic Oct 30, 2002 C- 42
Woodgrain Wonderland Dec 13, 2017 D+ 33


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When 20th Century Fox was going to release this game on cartridge, the proceeds were to go to Green Peace. As the game was not released on cartridge in the early 1980s, no funds were raised.

This game was to have been one of three games to raise money for environmental groups. The other two games, which were never programmed, were to have been Dutch Elm Defender and Attack of the Baby Seals.

This game was eventually released, as a download only game, through Control Video Corporation's CVC GameLine. The game file was discovered in 2002, after being presumed lost forever, and a cartridge, box and manual were created in the style used by 20th Century Fox and the game was sold at the 2002 Classic Gaming Expo.
LepricahnsGold (128487) added Save the Whales (Atari 2600) on Jul 26, 2007