Scarrrrrrry Video Games: Sssnake (Atari – 1982)

To quote Twilight Zone: The Movie…….do you wanna see something reallllllly scary?  Well, I will make you wait a little bit because that’s what I do.  Wayyyyy back in 1982 when I was a 6-year-old boy trying to find my way through life – my parents bought me an Atari gaming system.  It blew my mind at first.  And I remember one of the first games I got besides Yars’ Revenge was Sssnake.  Not to be confused with the 70’s horror movie of the almost identical same name.


Frightening!  Just look at that snake.  He definitely means business.  It kind of looks like him and the guy on the cover were playing a game of Kerplunk before the guy decided to shoot a big laser load into the snake’s mouth.  But enough about the cover art – how is the gameplay and will you need to sleep with the light on tonight after you see it?  If I do remember correctly, this game is not for the faint of heart – so please use caution when viewing it and please send the smaller children out of the room:

Yeeesh.  The only thing frightening about that is that it could possibly give you a seizure.  This game should have been called Sssnore.  Ok – my work is done here.

Dirty Horror Memory Lane: ‘The Entity’ Atari Video Game

Ooooooh – I remember getting so excited as a 7-year-old boy when Atari would come out with different games with terrible graphics that at that time, amazed me to no end.  I even remember saving up Kool-Aid packets to send in so I could receive a limited edition Kool-Aid game!  Yes, I’m serious….that really happened.  Look it up.  But anyway, as a horror fan I was shocked to recently find out that there was an Atari game based on the 1982 supernatural flick, The Entity.

This is somewhat shocking for two reasons.  One:  as far as I know, The Entity didn’t do well at the box office.  Two:  if you’ve seen the movie, then you know that it pretty much centers around a ghost cock that stalks a woman. Yeah, a ghost cock.  Not exactly Atari friendly subject matter if you ask me. Then again, they did release Custer’s Revenge around the same time (look it up for some fun pics).  The Entity video game didn’t have any ghost cock involved, but it did involve a boring set up where you were supposed to get ‘The Entity’ to the highest place on the screen by knocking down walls.

Well, as much as I would love to try and get a Chinese star looking thing to the top of the screen while breaking down some walls, it just doesn’t do it for me. But who knows, it may have back then.  I did play the E.T. Atari game after all. Bottom line is that The Entity game never came out and remains in the Atari graveyard for now.  It could be resurrected one day if enough people start taking it to the streets and to social media demanding it.  Don’t count on it though unless that ghost cock makes an appearance.