Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Pick Axe Pete - Fight your way through homocidal boulders to unlock doors to progress deeper into hell!


Ladies and gentleman, I present to you the oldest game to be discussed on my humble little blog.  Thanks to AP0976 for suggesting this little treasure to me.  Pick Axe Pete was released in 1982 for the Magnavox Odyssey 2 and it's very awesome!  Be warned though, this game is NOT for babies.  You know who you are!

Welcome to hell.
If you ever played Nintendos' Donkey Kong you have a similar idea of how Pick Axe Pete works. As the titular hero, Pick Axe Pete, you destroy oncoming boulders with your mighty pick axe while trying to find the key that opens the door to the next level. The pick axe gives Pete the strength that gods would envy as you make short work of any boulder coming your way, but such power is fleeting as your pick axe would disappear before your very eyes leaving you only to your wits and athletic ability as you jump or duck under any boulder coming your way to avenge their fallen boulder brethren.  Luckily, Pick axes respawn, but often enough they would be too far away leaving you to make a complex decision: Do you stay where you are and wait for the possibility of a key spawning nearby? Or do you climb all the way down for that pick axe to forsake what may be your last opportunity to escape the mine?! This is one game that forces you to think on your feet for sure.

I'M COMING FOR YOU SATAN!
In case you can't tell, Pick Axe Pete is a man. A man for a manly game, a game that doesn't need "good graphics", or "online multi-player". Make it to level 5 and then suddenly die? WELL IT'S BACK TO LEVEL 1 FOR YOU, SCRUB! Extra lives? Check Points? What the heck is that pansy crap? Screw you, go back to playing Call of Duty 4 that your mom probably bought you, you stupid baby. Pick Axe Pete is too much game for you.

All ribbing aside, this game has aged incredibly well for me to find it fun despite the ancient hardware. Find a way to give this game a shot, see how far into madness you can delve into before a boulder appears and ends your life. Also, here's a little challenge to my commentators: Try leaving a comment without using the words "Old-school", "Retro", "Nostalgia", or any synonym for the word "old".  Not too difficult, right?!

14 comments:

  1. i don't think this one is for meh :)

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  2. Now this is what I call high definition graphics

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  3. man, even the name is funny. "pick axe pete" that is some good alliteratio right there

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  4. many games for many gamers! Looks like a game that can easily eat away many hours of my life, for that reason I think I'll avoid it sadly. Terrific idea for a game though, especially for a game back in 1982, tough, many and smart, I'm regretting my decision to stay clear already.

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  5. Its minecraft meets Donkey Kong! Also the person in the video did a terrible job at playing. Then again, this game is REALLY HARD. I heard you did rather well playing it :D

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  6. It looks nice, reminds me to check for new avgn.

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  7. this reminds me of that olllld donkey kong and mario game.

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  8. @ChazWellington YOU LOSE!

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  9. Hahaahahhaah awesome game ! It did cracked me up a lot !

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  10. My headphones were still on when I played the vid. When I pulled out the plug; for a second I thought my pc speaker had broke.

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  11. This game is surprisingly detailed for its age. I was amazed at how advaced it was when watching the youtube video. the spinning door?walls? whatever they were made me laugh.

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  12. not as easy as it looks

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