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E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

by Atari
Atari 2600
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)


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  • ASIN: B0002VK8YA
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 0.8 x 3.8 inches ; 5 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,556 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

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35 of 48 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars as bad as they say it is September 27, 2005
How could one game bring down a video game empire? Well, Atari paid TWENTY ONE MILLION DOLLARS for the rights to make videogames based on the 1982 summer blockbuster movie E.T., but Atari only gave game programmer Howard Scott Warshaw SIX WEEKS to come up with the final product so E.T. would be on store shelves in time for the 1982 holiday shopping season. Well, Warshaw simply was not given enough time to make E.T. a worthwhile product. Atari thought so many people would buy the E.T. game that they manufactured more E.T. cartridges than there were Atari 2600 systems already in households. Boy, were they wrong! People returned the game in DROVES. Here are the main gripes about the game :

FRUSTRATING DIFFICULTY! Getting all the phone pieces and calling the mothership was almost impossible while E.T. is being chased by a doctor (who returns E.T. to the "downtown" playfield) and an FBI agent who will confiscate all of E.T.'s phone pieces! Add to the fact that it was very easy to fall in those god-awfully-annoying pits, and you have a recipe for disaster.

E.T. was such a huge disaster for Atari that Atari had to put LOADS of unsold E.T. carts (along with other unsold carts like the dreadful Atari 2600 version of Pac-Man and unsold Atari consoles and computers) to a landfill in Alamogordo, New Mexico, have the merchandise crushed by a steamroller, and buried under several slabs of concrete. Crappy games like E.T. singlehandedly brought down Atari, the video game empire of the 1970s and the early 1980s.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars worst game ever made in history October 14, 2013
Fun: 1.0 out of 5 stars   
i am sorry to the people who got this during the Christmas of 1982. this is not fun one pit all you do is follow arrows to nothing ,pits that would cause you to get stuck.The game also has primitive graphics even for the time, terrible controls. do not get this game its a waste of time and money.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst game ever! February 3, 2012
Fun: 1.0 out of 5 stars   
A video game based off E.T. How bad could it be, right? Well if it was made today not very, aside from Steven Spielberg releasing a new "digitally enhanced version" every six months or so. But back in 1982...well let's just say that this video game killed atari. It was the final nail in their coffin. First, if you have the instruction booklet that came with it, throw it away. The game designer and instruction booklet designer only had one meeting. Everything the booklet designer was told to put into the booklet was changed by the time the game was released. The number of points for doing various things doesn't add up the way the booklet says it should and so on. Second, the entire game is nothing than E.T. walking around, falling in holes, collecting pieces of a telephone, and trying to avoid thieves who stole the pieces of the telephone causing you to start over. Huh? What does the thief have to do with the movie? I don't remember Wynona Ryder staring in E.T. lol Seriously though, once you collect all the pieces of the phone guess what happens? Does E.T. go home? NO! a flower appears with the game designers initials in the center of it. LAME! You run around collecting pieces of a telephone by falling in holes while avoiding thieves...yes, that's exactly what happened in the movie too, oh wait, it didn't. Thy should have titled the game Alien Phone...it would have sold better I'm sure, well at least people wouldn't have gotten their hopes so high just to be let down.

I own 50 Atari games and I'd gladly play ALL of them before playing this one again. I only own it because, for some reason, whenever I tell people I do they think it's cool to actually own a copy of it. Why?
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Terrible game, but a part of gaming history. December 6, 2012
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Fun: 2.0 out of 5 stars   
After spending about 5 hours on this game, I understand mostly what is going on. The back of the box says you are trying to build a phone to call home. OK, that is fine. I have never seen anything that resembles part of a phone in this game, just dots and indescribable objects. What you do is run around on the world map while avoiding holes that even if you get nowhere near them, you still fall in. Every step you take, your energy goes down by one. Every time you are in a hole fly out of it, your energy drains faster plus one per second you do not move. When the counter reaches zero, you "die", but a mailman (I guess is the boy from the movie) vibrates on you and you get 1/2 your life back and continue. You need to avoid police officers (I am guessing that is what they are), or they carry you to jail and you lose your dots sometimes. The same goes with the items you find. Never once have I completed the game, nor can I really tell if I did or not. So those are the rules of the game. There seems to be no penalty for "dying", being sent to jail, or doing anything wrong. You literally just wonder around aimlessly in a map with no consistency or reason until you get bored.

What does this have to do with the movie? Well, I read the back of the tape box and saw that yes, ET wants to build a phone to call home, so technically, I guess it does follow the movie in that regard, so there is no penalty for not following the movie at all like for example, Charlie's Angels. The thing that kills this game so much is the high confusion on what you are looking at, how dreadful the navigation is, and what exactly you are supposed to be doing. All this has to do with the fact that the game was programmed in 5 weeks (some say 6 weeks) and 5 million copies were printed right after with zero testing.
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2.0 out of 5 stars It Deserves Every Negative Thing Said About It.
This is one of the worst games I ever played. It is boring beyond belief and all you do is fall down pits to collect pieces for a phone. Read more
Published 4 days ago by DisneyVillain
5.0 out of 5 stars :-)
Thank-you Atari for not letting me down. It was what I had ordered, and as advertised exactly what I needed. I will miss you dearly, but your memories live on. :-)
Published 1 month ago by The Direct Beader
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing
This game moved the industry forward. This was far beyond its time. Best game on the Atari ever. Better than any Mario game created.
Published 3 months ago by Edward Nigma
5.0 out of 5 stars Phone Home!
While this game may not stand up to the big budget titles such as Strawberry Shortcake it certainly has its merits. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Chronic Mashedtater
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST GAME
This game is so fun, you have to help ET fix his ship or something like that. So you have to enter each pit to find pieces
Published 4 months ago by Stephanie
5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest story ever told...ever.
Words can't do justice to the pure magic that erupts from the games title screen right on through to the tear jerking ending. Read more
Published 6 months ago by O.G.2600
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone says it bad but I think It's great !
This was one of the first Atari 2600 games I played and it's great in my eyes anyways this and donkey kong are the best Atari 2600 games!
Published 7 months ago by KIM OLIVER
1.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly bad game!!!
Let me start by saying this game is absolutely fantastic! There are literally no words to describe how bad the graphics are! Read more
Published 7 months ago by Judith C. Sparks
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and adorable game. E.T. Phone Home !
E.T. Phone Home! The game is relativly nice game to play. The play is to evade the gangsters and find and collect phone pieces until E.T.s spaceship arrives. Read more
Published 9 months ago by GoGetter
5.0 out of 5 stars Best game I have ever played.
A truly remarkable achievement. Atari has created a beautiful game world and breathed life into it with puzzles, secrets, enemies, and loveable characters that will completely... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Michael Bragg
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