Posted by Adam Brower on Oct 10, 2012

Adventure: and the First Video Game Easter Egg, the Gray Dot : Atari 2600 : RetroReview

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Adventure box front for the atari 2600Adventure for the Atari 2600 was an epic 8-bit game. It came out Christmas of 1979 and went on to sell 1 million copies making it one of the Atari’s best selling games. Not only was it the dawn of the RPG, it contained video games first easter egg – the legendary gray dot (or black dot).  In the video below, we explore the realm that makes up Adventure as find the gray dot and reveal what it does.

Adventure is still engaging to play today.  The limited graphics offer the imagination to take over much like reading a book, rather than going into mindless oblivion in comparison to today’s games.  The multiple levels and difficulty settings can still make it a challenge.  And the amazing thing is, after 25 years since I played it, I still knew how to navigate everything.

When I was young, I really thought there were more hidden secrets, or easter eggs, in the game. And I spent hours on other games searching for other hidden items.

HippoBytes ratings:

  • RetroReview Score: 9 of 10
  • Still fun today: yes

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