Snoopy and the Red Baron
|Snoopy and the Red Baron
Richard Dobbis (programmer) & Sam Comstock
|The other game in
the Peanuts series, Good Luck Charlie Brown, was never
For a game that's supposed to for children, Snoopy and the Red
Baron is alot of fun for adults as well. You play the role
of Snoopy in one of his Red Baron fantasies. You must fly
around in your dog house and shoot down the Red Baron whenever he
shows up. The concept sounds simple, but it's actually alot
of fun once you get going. Every time you shoot down the Red
Baron he drops a bonus item which you can catch for extra points.
After shooting him down four times your taken to a status
screen where all your "kills" and bonus items are added up.
Snoopy has the dubious honor of being the game
that canceled Bugs Bunny. According to programmer Bob
Polaro, Snoopy and the Red Baron playtested better than his game
Bugs Bunny so Snoopy got the green light and Bugs got shelved.
It may sound harsh, but video game market was highly
competitive and many a good game never got released. Did
Atari make the right decision? The answer really depends
on your own personal preference.
Snoopy and the Red Baron is definitely the best of
Atari's children's titles, but as is the case with most children's
games it gets old really fast. The difficulty level never
really increases, and other than a few new bonus items to catch
there's nothing to keep the player wanting to go on. The
addition of some new enemies or at least a few obstacles would
have improved the gameplay of this title immensely, but then again
this title wasn't exactly geared towards adults...
Finally, a game that both kids and adults can
enjoy. And who doesn't enjoy sending the Red Baron to a
||Early version, all the counters
to 2600 Software