Phantasm
For the Atari 2600
Original Gameplay and Programming – David Weavil
Additional Programming – Fred Quimby (BATARI BASIC
Phantasm Title Music – Fred Quimby (BATARI BASIC
Produced by – Scott Dayton (NEO GAMES
Label Artwork Provided by – Ray Catuto (www.myspace.com/
raycatuto)
Released by NEO Games
Cartridge and Manual Services – AtariAge

Phantasm was originally made for a special autograph cartridge to be signed by the Tall Man (Angus Scrimm) at the 2008 Spookey Empire Screamfest in Orlando Florida. Scott Dayton has been getting Atari 2600 cartridges made and signed by several celebrities including Elvira, Freddy Kruger and almost the entire cast of Dawn of the Dead. Last year Scott opened it up to any programmers who wanted to get involved. David came up with the game for Phantasm. The original game only had one location (Morningside Cemetery). The new version has several new locations as well as a final battle against the Tall Man.

I have to honestly admit something right up front….even though I saw the original 1979 Phantasm back in the 80s(and some of its sequels), I didn‘t think much of it other than filling a couple of hours of entertainment and not looking back. Needless to say that when I heard of an upcoming Atari 2600 game based on the movie, I wasn‘t really excited at all. Let‘s face it….a lot of movie tie in video games are average at best, and usually fail in the game play department. I am here to say that I ready to eat my words about all movie tie ins, as Phantasm for the 2600 will shatter the stereotype of movie tie-in video games.

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