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Video Game / Shark Jaws

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Shark Jaws is a 1975 Atari Arcade Game, created to cash in on the success of the movie Jaws. Atari couldn't get a license from Universal, so they created a subsidiary, Horror Games, to protect them from a lawsuit (which never happened).

You control a diver, who chases after a fish, while avoiding a shark. Every time you catch the fish, you score a point. If you touch the shark, you die, but you have infinite lives. The game ends when time runs out.

Shark Jaws provides examples of:

  • Collision Damage: The shark.
  • Death Is a Slap on the Wrist: You respawn after a couple of seconds.
  • Scoring Points: The goal is to earn as many points as possible.
  • The '70s: Made to cash in on the movie Jaws, right down to designing the arcade cabinet so that the word "Shark" in the title was really small, so that people would think it was connected to Jaws at a first glance.


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