Freeway (video game)

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Freeway
Freeway Cover.jpg
Box art
Publisher(s)Activision
Designer(s)David Crane[1]
Platform(s)Atari 2600
Release1981
Genre(s)Action
Mode(s)1-2 player simultaneous

Freeway is an action video game written by David Crane for the Atari 2600 and published by Activision in 1981.

One or two players control chickens who can be made to run across a ten lane highway filled with traffic in an effort to "get to the other side". Every time a chicken gets across a point is earned for that player. If hit by a car, a chicken is forced back either slightly, or pushed back to the bottom of the screen, depending on what difficulty the switch is set to. The winner is the player who has scored the most points in the time allotted.

Development[edit]

Gameplay screenshot

Patch[edit]

If a player scored 20 or more points on either Road 3 or Road 7 and sent in a photograph of the television screen, Activision would send the player a cloth "Save The Chicken Foundation" patch featuring the Activision logo and the stylized "running chicken" image from the game package.

Reception[edit]

Freeway received an Honorable Mention for "Most Innovative Game" in 1982 at the Third Annual Arkie Awards.[2]:28

See also[edit]

  • Frogger, another 1981 video game with an animal crossing a road concept

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Giant List of Classic Game Programmers".
  2. ^ Kunkel, Bill; Laney, Jr., Frank (January 1982). "Arcade Alley: The Third Annual Arcade Awards". Video. Reese Communications. 5 (10): 28, 76–77. ISSN 0147-8907.

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