Fabled Atari 2600 Release 'E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial' Bug-Fixed & Restored To A Playable State

Fabled-Atari-2600-Release-ET-The-Extra-Terrestrial-Bug-Fixed-And-Restored-To-A-Playable-StateThe game which supposedly caused the video game crash in the United States has gained a overwhelmingly negative reputation for more reasons than one. Although based on the blockbuster hit, the programming behind E.T. for the Atari 2600 left a lot to be desired - something one enthusiast has begun amending in style.

recompile, the individual behind Neocomputer.org, recently posted up a long write up regarding the faults and flaws of this iconic title, and how they can be fixed. This clear understanding of the thirty year old title doesn't come from nowhere though. recompile is quick to state that although he might be alone, E.T. was and is still one of his favourite games.

Within his write up is a list of identified issues, all accompanied by hexadecimal values to edit in the Atari 2600 E.T ROM file to address these problems. Amongst these lie a fix for the 'broken' collision detection, incorrect colour for E.T.'s sprite, adjustments to the unfair loss of health and several other adjustments, all of which refine the fabled experience.

These edits have also been provided in a straightforward downloadable ROM file for those hoping to just enjoy this repaired classic without the hard-work. Having said that though, the entire article and manual hacking is worth considering, especially to get your head around how such changes are made to a classic video game ROM file.

Despite seeing such prominent efforts to create a now playable version of E.T, the question still remains whether or not the burial of thousands of Atari 2600 cartridges in the desert is fact or fiction.

Link: Download Bug-Fixed ROM of E.T. The Extra Terrestrial for Atari 2600

Last Updated ( 03 April 2013 )  


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(Link to this comment) handfulofbits 2013-04-04 02:45
Hooray! now we get to play the entire crappy game :P
(Link to this comment) PageVGP 2013-04-05 18:11
Ugh, even WITHOUT the bugs the game was awful, the poor bloke only had a few weeks to code this (remember this was back in the day when it was done in Machine Code on bits of paper) Good games (Like Pitfall!) took over 1000 man hours to write just 4k...

That said, there was an equally awful game called Raiders of the Lost Ark (yeah that one with Han Solo in it) that required you to use two joysticks, but once you got the hang of things and under stood what it was you were actually doing it was reasonably playable. Hell, I even worked out how to navigate and finish Superman on the 2600 (I really should get a medal for that one!)

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