Parachute (video game)

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Parachute
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Screenshot from Parachute.
Developer(s) Gem International Corporation
Publisher(s) Home Vision/VDI
Platform(s) Atari 2600
Release date(s) 1983
Genre(s) Action
Mode(s) Single-player
Distribution Cartridge

Parachute (aka Von Himmel durch die Hoelle) is a video game released in 1983 by Homevision for the Atari 2600. The game puts the player in the role of parachutist who is falling gently from the sky.

In order to land safely, the player must evade aeroplanes, helicopters, birds and hot air balloons. After successfully navigating several screens that progressively increase in speed, the parachutist finally emerges near ground level. In order to achieve a safe landing, the player must simultaneously avoid touching the pacing guard at the bottom while positioning the parachuter on the ground. A higher point bonus is awarded if the parachuter lands near the center of the screen. After landing, the game begins again at an increased difficulty level.

Parachute was one of a few Atari 2600 games to employ in-game background music. The main theme loops throughout the game while occasionally changing pitch.