Pickaxe Pete

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Pickaxe Pete (Europe)
Pick Axe Pete! (US)
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Publisher(s) Philips, Magnavox
Platform(s) Philips Videopac (Europe)
Magnavox Odyssey² (US)
Release date(s) 1982
Genre(s) Action

Pickaxe Pete is cartridge number 43 in the official Philips line of video games for the Philips Videopac. In North America, it was released as Pick Axe Pete! for the Magnavox Odyssey² console.

Pickaxe Pete is similar in many ways to Donkey Kong. You play a miner named Pickaxe Pete, and you start off in the middle of the screen with a pick-axe. There are three doors from which boulders are coming, bouncing down the mine-shafts; every time Pete destroys one of these he gains 3 points, although the axe wears out after a while and disappears. When two boulders collide, they explode, and out comes either a pick-axe which floats to the bottom of the screen, a key which floats to the top, or nothing. If Pete has no axe, you can either jump over boulders (gaining him 1 point), or get to the bottom of the mine to retrieve a new axe (gaining a 5-point bonus). If he collects a key then he can enter the doors, which lead him to the next level.

In Brazil, Pickaxe Pete was re-branded as Didi na Mina Encantada for Odyssey (Brazil's version of the Philips Videopac).[1]


  1. ^ Didi na Mina Encantada. Odyssey Mania (in Portuguese).