is an Activision
game that was created and released for the Atari 2600
in 1981. It was programmed by David Crane, the developer of Pitfall!
. In the game, you and a second player control a chicken that you must get safely across a busy highway as many times as you can before the time runs out.
This game provides examples of
- Chicken Joke: Literally done as a video game, preceding the mobile game Crossy Road.
- Clucking Funny
- Difficulty Levels: Eight. Games 1 to 4 have traffic of increasing levels of intensity but always moving at a constant speed. Games 5 to 8 have the cars randomly speeding up or slowing down.
- Everything Trying to Kill You: Or at least knock you down a few lanes.
- Expy: It's the home game version of Frogger, developed and released around the same time as the arcade original, before the latter game was even ported to the consoles.
- Family-Unfriendly Death: Averted, as the chicken is merely knocked down a few lanes (or to the bottom of the screen) when hit by a car.
- In the original prototype version called Bloody Human Freeway, your on-screen character would turn into a streak of blood when hit.
- In the reskin for the Sega version of Action 52, the dog gets smushed into bloody pieces.
- Made of Iron: The chicken merely gets knocked around instead of dying.
- Player Versus Player: All eight game variations can be played by either one or two players. If only one person plays, the other player's chicken doesn't do anything
- Real Life Writes the Plot: David Crane came up with the game during the SCES in Chicago, when he observed someone attempting to cross Lake Shore Drive on foot.
- Scoring Points: One point is scored for each successful crossing of the road.
- Timed Mission: Each game lasts two minutes and sixteen seconds.