Big Bird's Egg Catch
|Big Bird's Egg Catch
|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
If you look hard enough, there are some interesting
variations that can add a little more excitement to this decidedly
simply game (to be fair, this *IS* a children's game). The
slides can cross in complex patterns making it harder to determine
where the egg will land. There's a variation that only shows
the egg when it's coming out of the chute making it extra hard to
catch it in time (you actually need to watch the chickens stand up
and down when they lay their eggs). There's also a golden
egg feature that has make a golden egg appear once a level and is
worth five points if caught. Some variations also
automatically move Bird Bird to the next chute when the button is
pressed while others (for older children) make it so you must
manually line up Bird Bird under the chute.
Originally Egg Catch was supposed to star Ernie
instead of Big Bird. After marketing realized that this was
wasn't the brightest idea (after all birds go with eggs right?),
they switched in Big Bird and gave Ernie his a different game
called Alpha Beam with Ernie (it's unknown if Big Bird was
supposed to be the original star of Alpha Beam or not).
Wait… Ernie doesn't lay eggs right? Maybe Atari knew
something we didn’t?
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