E.T. The Extra Terrestrial

Atari 2600 (1982)

Well, this is one game that I, fortunately, never owned in the 80s. But after watching this video you will see exactly why this was just about the worst video game ever made! Back in the day, all I can remember thinking was "Boy, this gives me a headache -what the heck is going on?".

The idea of the game was supposed to be to collect three pieces of an interplanetary telephone so that the loveable alien could, of course, phone home. I remember that the pieces were scattered randomly throughout various pits, and this is where the nightmare began! Knowing just where you were and where you were going to became a torturous process. To say that the game was ill-conceived is an understatement. Everything from the graphics to the plot was downright awful.

During 1982, after releasing the dreadful version of Pac-Man on its 2600 console, Atari then released possibly the worst video game ever - E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial. The rush to release the game in time for Christmas left the game's designer Howard Scott Warshaw with just 2 months (from July 27th to September 1st) to create something half decent. Well, it was always going to be a disaster and Atari never really recovered from two incredible blunders during 1982.

Despite changing hands many times, Atari was sold to the Hasbro toy company for just $5 million in 1998, less than a fifth of what Warner Communications had paid 22 years earlier! 

ET The Extra Terrestrial - Atari 2600 Screenshot

Is that ET's hand or is he just pleased to see him?

Three more screenshots from E.T. You just know a game is dire when you find yourself revisiting the title screen and the inlay card to get you excited!
E.T. The Extra Terrestrial Atari 2600 front sleeve artwork