Sunday 30 October 2022

Pick Axe Pete! (Philips Videopac G7000 / Magnavox Odyssey 2 review)

Developer: Ed Averett
Publisher: Magnavox, Philips
Released: 1982

Pick Axe Pete! is an action game that's exclusive to the Philips Videopac G7000 / Magnavox Odyssey 2 console.

+ Various layouts on offer to encourage repeated play, and you can even program your own mazes using the keyboard.

+ Strikes an intriguing balance of simplistic gameplay and frantic multitasking that quickly becomes addictive.

+ Interesting dichotomy of feeling invincible when carrying the pick axe compared to extreme vulnerability when it breaks.

+ Avoiding boulders on two platforms by climbing halfway up a ladder widens the playfield and gives more evasive options.

- Gameplay and overarching objective isn't perhaps immediately intuitive without first reading the instruction manual.

- You only have one life per attempt and it can be demoralising to constantly be thrown back to the first stage.

- Can spend an exorbitant amount of time waiting for things to happen, and the sloppy controls will often let you down.

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