Obelix (video game)

Obelix is a 1984 video game developed and published by Atari for the Atari 2600. It is centred around the characters Asterix and Obelix created by René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo.[1][2]

Obelix
Obelix cartridge front cover.jpg
Cover art for Atari 2600 cartridge
Developer(s)Atari
Publisher(s)Atari
Programmer(s)Suki Lee
Dave Jolly
Andrew Fuchs
Jeff Gusman
Platform(s)Atari 2600
Release
Genre(s)Shoot 'em up
Mode(s)Single-player

DevelopmentEdit

The game was released shortly after a similar game called Asterix, and was developed on the same licence.[3] The game was programmed by Suki Lee, one of the earliest female games developers, as well as Dave Jolly, Andrew Fuchs, and Jeff Gusman.[4] Lee also worked on Math Gran Prix, also for the Atari 2600.[5]

GameplayEdit

The player controls Asterix whilst Obelix marches back and forth at the top of the screen carrying a menhir on his back. The player must temporarily stun Roman legionaries and centurions so that Obelix can throw a menhir at them to kill them.[2] If the menhir misses, the stunned roman may wake up, in which case the player can either attempt to escape to a lower level in the game or drink a magic potion to escape through the enemy soldiers.[6]

ReceptionEdit

A review in the February 1984 edition of the German magazine TeleMatch rated the graphics as good-to-satisfactory, praised the sounds, but also found the game overly similar to the (then recently-released) Atari 2600 game Asterix. They summed up the game as one that people would find enjoyment in playing.[2] A review in the January-February edition of the French magazine Tilt was generally positive about the game, praising particularly the graphics.[6]

Kieren Hawken reviewing the game in The A-Z of Atari 2600 Games: Volume 3 in 2018 praised particularly the innovative gameplay and sound, giving the game 8/10 overall.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Weiss, Bret (20 December 2011). Classic Home Video Games, 1972-1984 A Complete Reference Guide. McFarland, Incorporated, Publishers. p. 86. ISBN 9780786487554. Retrieved 20 February 2021.
  2. ^ a b c "Obelix". Telematch (2/84). February 1984. Retrieved 21 February 2021.
  3. ^ a b Hawken, Kieren (2018). The A-Z of Atari 2600 Games: Volume 3. Andrews UK. ISBN 9781785389092. Retrieved 21 February 2021.
  4. ^ "Atari 2600: Obelix". Atari Computer Museum. Retrieved 22 February 2021.
  5. ^ "Suki Lee". Moby Games. Retrieved 22 February 2021.
  6. ^ a b "Asterix". Tilt. January–February 1984. p. 46. Retrieved 21 February 2021. nb. - the title of the review is "Asterix" but by the description and the accompanying picture this is clearly the game "Obelix"CS1 maint: date format (link)