MANUFACTURER: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS
PRODUCT NUMBER: PHM 3125
ORIGINAL RETAIL PRICE: $39.95*
|TOUCAN'S TRIVIA: As can be seen from the screen shots, this game is a clone of Frogger. The actual licensed arcade adaptation of Frogger was later put out by Parker Brothers.|
|TOUCAN'S TRIVIA: This was the first E.T. title developed for the TI-99/4A under the contract signed between Steven Speilberg and Texas Instruments. There are 7 known E.T. titles to have been in the works back around 1983, this being the only title done in-house at TI. The other titles were contracted out to Looking Glass Software and Western Technologies.|
|TOUCAN'S TRIVIA: According to Patrick King (who programmed another E.T. game on the 99/4A while with Western Technologies) there may be a reason why E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial is so hard to find today or possibly never hit the market. According to him, "when Steven Spielberg walked into a room in Northern California and saw our line of E.T. 99/4A games on monitors running alongside the Atari 2600 E.T. game, he went ballistic & ordered the plug pulled on the Texas Instruments license and their 3 million dollar license fee refunded. We suspect this happened because we had used the full powers of the TI 9918 chip (same chip used in Colecovision system) to make our games really look great and the Atari 2600 game on the old Intel 6502 chip looked pretty sad by comparison. Common sense told him that the line of TI-99/4A games should NOT be better looking and more interesting that the market leader 2600 version."|
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