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Texas Chainsaw Massacre

published by Wizard Video Games in 1983-03-14, developed by VSS, running on Atari 2600 VCS
type: action/reflex
genre: Horror, Survival horror
perspective: side view other fixed camera
player options: single player
languages: eng

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Official description
Recreate the chilling climax of the most horrifying movie ever made! WIZARD
VIDEO GAMES presents THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE VIDEO GAME, on your ATARI
2600 or SEARS Tele-Game Video Arcade

Grab your joystick and become "Leatherface," the homicidal, chainsaw wielding
maniac of your nightmares! A group of hapless tourists have trespassed on
your property. One by one, they've been hunted down and eliminated. Now,
only a handful remain! So, oil up your chainsaw and find as many victims as
you can before your fuel runs out!
Zerothis - # 2008-08-17 10:12:34 - official description - instruction manual story
Description
1 Player. Use the joystick controller.
Play as the villain Leatherface. His goal is to chop up the trespassing young girls with his chainsaw. Bushes, cow skulls, fences, and wheelchairs will slow him down. These obstacles can be destroyed with the chainsaw. If he runs out of fuel, one of the girls will sneak up behind and kill him with a swift kick. How did she know that Letherface has an Achilles Butt? An idling chainsaw uses less fuel but doesn't cut very well. A kill is worth 1000 points, 5 kills is worth a refueling. Obviously Wizard Video Games intended to rack up sales based on shock value. Instead, stores voluntarily refused to carry this game over the counter. Further obscuring by fate, placed its release date on the cusp of the great videogame crash of '84. So difficult to buy, then and now, and such an outrageous idea (in its day), that some considered this game to be a myth for many years. Even further obscuring and mythic status was cause when descriptions by various players of this game didn't match. Turns out there is another Texas Chainsaw Massacre game for the 2600 developed for Wizard Video Games by a completely different company than Video Software Specialists (VSS, Inc).

Less than 6 weeks of development were used to come up with the idea and finish this title. The game was advertised as having gore. The 'gore' appears to pour from the victims skulls but is nearly the same color as their hair, so it merely looks like a bad hairdo.
(Zerothis) - # 2008-08-17 10:02:10
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Ed Salvo (programmer)
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