Andy henriques 122 544 views. In addition to being the first graphical adventure game on the atari 2600 console it is the first video game to contain a widely known easter egg and the first to allow a player to use multiple portable on screen items while exploring an open ended environment making it one of the first examples even as small and primitive as it is of an open world game.
The easter egg was first talked about in video game magazines the following year.
Adventure atari 2600 easter egg. This simple video first demonstrates winning the game and then shows the. So he added his own credit in the form of a hidden room gaming s first easter egg. Created by warren robinett.
In 1979 atari programmer warren robinett was frustrated that he wasn t credited in the games he designed. Adventure s easter egg requires a player to find a single hidden pixel in an otherwise unremarkable room then carry this secret item to a specific location near the player s home base. The term used in this manner was coined around 1979 by steve wright the then director of software development in the atari consumer division to describe a hidden message in the atari video game adventure in reference to an easter egg hunt.
Atari 2600 adventure was created in 1980 and released in 81. While not the first easter egg in a video game this is probably the most important. If another item is on screen at the time a previously impassible wall will disappear allowing the hero to enter a secret room containing two lines of flashing text.
Easter egg is a term used to describe a message image or feature hidden in a video game film or other usually in electronics medium. Atari vcs 2600 adventure easter egg duration. 0 36 atari 2600 final de pitfall pitfall ending 4 4 duration.
When atari found out about the secret message which took up a good chunk of the game code they decided it would be too expensive to go back and remove it so they left it intact.