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When was such a barbaric time? The late 1970s.
But into that age came a little game known as Adventure. It came out in 1979 and was made for the Atari 2600 home video game system.
By today's standards, Adventure would be a pretty dull game. Simplistic, blocky graphics. Next to no sound. Gameplay so easy it could be considered laughable.
But that's today. In 1979, Adventure was ... in a word ... awesome!
How do you play? You control a little blip on the screen that goes around castles and through mazes to find various objects that are needed in a quest to find a golden chalice and return in to the main castle. Such objects included a sword to fight off three dragons, keys to enter castles, a magic bridge and a magnet. The basic version of the game could be played in just a few minutes, a long, long way from today's RPG games that sometimes take weeks upon weeks to finish.
Adventure also goes down in history. For on thing, it is the very first video game to include an easter egg. What is this easter egg? In a secret room there are the words "Created by Warren Robinett," who was the creator of Adventure for Atari. How do you get to this secret room? I'm not going to tell! What fun would that be?
Another innovation with Adventure is that it is the very first action-adventure video game!
Being a simple game, once you've played Adventure a handful of times, you've done just about everything the game has to offer. But it's still plenty of fun.
I am so sick of it today but cant stop playing it. I became obsessed with atari and all there awesome games that i bought a 2600 and got over 80+ cartridges.
Adventure still beats them all, no doubt. I recieved the Illustrated version of the cart, but it plays the same. I love this game and even though its boring, it will always be the best game ever.
The Lack of music can really drag you down, But you still get occasional Bleeps and blurs to tell you whether you picked something up, or a dragon is trying to eat you. Did i just say Dragon? yeah, there in there too.
Roughly the Whole synopsis of the Game seems to spawn all down to one goal, Return the stolen gold Chalice to its rightful kingdom. Your the hero, You have to accomplish this task or die trying. The Evil wizard who took the Chalice, Never appears, But nonetheless, his presence is obvious seeing as how he created the dragons, the Evil Bat, and the darkness of the Kindgom.
You will spend a couple minutes, maybe a half hour on the first level if youve never played it before, Maneuvering around Dragons, trying to fight back all you can with your Sword, and getting lost in the Kindoms maze. The games fun if you dont know wat to do, figuring it out gives it a better challenge and letting you Learn on your own like what do Keys do? What does this ] [ shaped thing do? What does the Horseshoe shaped thing do? But the arrow looking thing is kinda obvious, its your weapon. You can really see sometimes, why this game is called The Zelda of the atari. IT REALLY IS.Read more ›
As the story goes, an unseen evil magician has stolen an enchanted chalice and hidden it. Your mission is to find it and return it to the Golden Castle. There are a total of three castles in the game, and some mazes between them you have to navigate to find what you are looking for. Stopping you are three dragons and a bat. While the dragons will eat you, stopping the game, the bat will steal something you are holding and trade it for something he has.
The controls for the game are very easy. You use the joystick and shove it in the direction you want to move. To pick up an object, like a key to a castle or a the chalice, just run into it. Since you can only carry one item at a time, hit the red button when you want to drop an item.
As with most early Atari 2600 games, the graphics are passable and that's about it. You are just a rectangular block. The dragons and bat are okay, although the bat is pretty laughable. The magic sword you can use to kill the dragons looks more like an arrow. Stuff like that. But it's still fun.
There are three game variations. The first is the easiest. The world is small, with only two castles and dragons and no bat. The second game introduces the bat and the third castle and dragon. For those of these games, everything starts in the same place. I'll use those to remind me of the game play if I haven't stuck this cartridge in for a while. But the third is the most fun.Read more ›
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1979.....19. 79. And somehow, this game existed then! Adventure is literally an adventure for the Atari 2600, and it's hard to imagine that the console was capable of such a thing. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Ryan Sil. (Gamer & freelance PC/Android indie dev)
Growing up, this was my favorite video game; and for a few dollars I was able to relive that experience.Published on August 12, 2013 by Victor
A friend of mine who lived next door had an Atari 2600 video game system back in the early '80s. One game that we played a lot was Adventure, which he got in 1981. Read morePublished on January 27, 2013 by Joker
I don't remember this game being so difficult. I'll have to give more credit to my ten-year-old gaming self. Video games today require far less imagination. Read morePublished on July 29, 2012 by Matthew C Jordin
This is another great classic Atari has to offer. The game play can be confusing though. I have passed this game but only about 3 times!Published on June 10, 2012 by Sue Metcalf
I wasn't around for the Atari age, but I've found that I really enjoy retro games. I scored an Atari from a friend not long ago, and I love it. Read morePublished on June 7, 2012 by jakobrl