Atari 2600 Friday’s #12 – Eggomania

This weeks game is a little thing called Eggomania, yes it’s a game and no it has nothing to do with waffles.

The Story: The player is trying to catch eggs in a hat so they don’t hit the ground and break. Also apparently from the box art, you are also a bear.

From the Manual: “Eggomania is a one to four player, full color game designed to be played on the Atari Video Computer System or the Sears Video Arcade. A strangely colored, feathered fowl is bent on bombing your bedeviled blue bear with dozens of even stranger colored eggs. Your only defense is catching those falling orbs in your hat before they break and cause a real mess! If you succeed in catching an entire wave, you get the delightful opportunity to get even and fire them back at that turkey ! You’ll be dazzled by his reaction. So go after that bird — if you can “bear” the pressure. Otherwise, the yolks on you !!”

From the Box: “Eggomania is a one to four player, full color game designed to be played on the Atari Video Computer System or the Sears Video Arcade. A strangely colored, feathered fowl is bent on bombing your bedeviled blue bear with dozens of even stranger colored eggs. Your only defense is catching those falling orbs in your hat before they break and cause a real mess! If you succeed in catching an entire wave, you get the delightful opportunity to get even and fire them back at that turkey! You’ll be dazzled by his reaction. So go after that bird – if you can “bear” the pressure. Otherwise, the yolks on you!!” Yes, I am aware the Manual and Box have the same text.

The Game Play: A very important first note is that this is one of the games that uses the paddles rather than the joysticks.  This is a rather simple game, you move the bear left and right with the paddles. If you manage to reach the end of the ‘level’ and hit the bonus stage, you get to fire the eggs back at the bird which can be done with the red button. speed increases with each stage. I wish there was more to it than that, but this is one of those standard early games about scoring points, not winning.

The Controls: Left right movement by turning paddles, fire eggs back with red button.

Post Review: Sometimes you learn more from playing a game than looking it up online. So the ‘eggs’ fall slowly and close together at first, but the more rounds you clear the faster and farther spaced apart they get. Each time you miss one, which happens immediately when they pass the hat (which looks more like a bowl) before they even hit the ground, the bird goes into a song and dance and the yolk fills up a little of the bottom of the stage. It will take a number of misses to fill the stage up to the top of the hat and get game over, so don’t worry about missing once or twice, especially since if you manage to pass to the bonus round a little gets cleared away. So it is possible to miss every now and then and still continue, you only have to worry about missing a lot in a row. On a last note, it is pretty easy to hit the bird during the bonus stage. so don’t fret to much about that.

The High Score: 8008

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Posted on November 8, 2013, in Atari 2600 Friday's, Blogroll and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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