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Gremlins (video game)

Gremlins is a 1984 video game developed and published by Atari, Inc. for the Atari 2600 system.[2][3] It is a tie-in to the 1984 film Gremlins. Atari released another, substantially different game based on the film for the Atari 5200.[4]

Gremlins
Gremlins (Atari 2600) gameplay screenshot 1.png
Gameplay screenshot
Developer(s)Atari, Inc.
Publisher(s)Atari, Inc.
Designer(s)Scott Smith[1]
Platform(s)Atari 2600
Release1984
Genre(s)Action
Mode(s)1 or 2 players

DevelopmentEdit

Gremlins, directed by Joe Dante, was the center of a major merchandising push in the months surrounding its release. Atari developed video game tie-ins for both of its contemporary consoles, the Atari 2600 and the Atari 5200. The game was also the final game released for the 5200. Atari intended to release both along with the film in 1984, but the company stopped shipment of all its games after its reorganization that year.[5] Atari first previewed the 2600 version of the game at the 1984 Consumer Electronics Show in Chicago.[6] It was released in limited numbers later that year, and became moderately rare.[5]

GameplayEdit

The 2600 game consists of two playable screens and can be played by one player or two players alternating turns. The first screen is similar to the 1981 game Kaboom!. The player controls protagonist Billy Peltzer, who runs side-to-side across the screen catching falling Mogwai to prevent them from eating hamburgers. In the second screen, similar to Space Invaders, the player moves Billy back and forth across the screen and shoots waves of descending gremlins.[7]

ReceptionEdit

Video game writer Brett Wiess called it "derivative" and lacking in originality in its game play.[7] Humorist Seanbaby criticized it for its premise of defending hamburgers from gremlins as "clumsily rearranged Hamburglar game, or maybe the developers never expected it to be scrutinized by someone with my knowledge of where cheeseburgers are stored."[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2600 Gremlins". Atari Mania.
  2. ^ "Gremlins". GameFAQs. Retrieved March 21, 2011.
  3. ^ Einhorn, Ethan (November 1, 2003). "History of horror games: With Halloween upon us, we've decided to take a look at horror's history in videogames". GameNOW. p. 86.
  4. ^ Weiss, p. 139.
  5. ^ a b Edward J. Semrad (August 31, 1985). "You might have a rare game in your collection". The Milwaukee Journal. Retrieved March 21, 2011.
  6. ^ Mace, Scott (July 9, 1984). "Games Exhibit Innovations". InfoWorld. pp. 35, 37. Retrieved March 21, 2011.
  7. ^ a b Weiss, p. 67.
  8. ^ "Seanbaby's I Hate The 1984s from". 1UP.com. Retrieved 2011-03-23.