Big Bird's Egg Catch

Name:
Big Bird's Egg Catch
Company: Atari
Model #:
CX-26104
Programmer:
Christopher Omarzu
Year: 1983
Released?
Yes
Notes:
Part of the Children's Television Workshop Series

 

When Atari decided to create a children's series they needed several popular characters to slip into the games, naturally Sesame Street was one of the first places they looked.  Cookie Monster, Oscar the Grouch, Ernie, Big Bird, and Grover were all given their own games in the Children's Workshop Series (CCW).  A sixth CCW title called Count's Castle was also planned but never finished.

 

Being a children's game, the gameplay in Big Bird's Egg Catch is quite simple.  Using the large buttons on the Kid's Controller you must guide Big Bird around the screen catching the eggs as they fall down the slides.  Big Birds Egg Catch was suppose to teach children to focus their attention and anticipate which slide the eggs were going to fall down (good luck!).  Strangely the added benefit of teaching children that Atari is their master isn't mentioned in the manual.  Must have been an oversight...

 

Originally Egg Catch was supposed to star Ernie instead of Big Bird.  After marketing realized that this was exceedingly stupid (after all birds go with eggs right?), they put switched in Big Bird and gave Ernie his own game (Alpha Beam with Ernie).  It's unknown if Big Bird was supposed to be the original star of Alpha Beam or not.

 

Version Cart Text Description
12/8/82 Big Bird 12-8-82 Very Early Version
5/2/83 Big Bird 5-2-83 Mid WIP
5/17/83 Big Bird 5-17-83 Mid WIP
6/13/83 Big Bird 6/13 Final Version

 

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