It is interesting to me how much companies will go out of their way to protect an intellectual property in certain areas. Take Sharknado for example. AtariAge forum member, “neotokeo2001” was working on a game that used the name “Sharknado” and it was “similarly” based on the movie of the same name. I say similarly because this is the Atari 2600, there is only so much that can be done to replicate anything from a movie. My point is, neotokeo had his work cut out for him if he was to even evoke similar feelings out of gamers that the movie did with viewers. NBCUniversal has sent neotokeo a cease and desist letter, forcing him to rename his game to “Twist’R-Shark.
While I understand the desire to protect your IP, sometimes it goes too far. There needs to be a certain amount of fanfare that is allowed to flourish. Some companies get it, while others don’t.
Twist’R-Shark, hell of a name to type out, is an overhead action game. The gameplay will feature both fast and slow moving targets to deal with. There is a scoring system in place so there may be a thread eventually on AtariAge for high scores.
Graphically, this is about on par with what the Atari 2600 could produce. There are plenty of enemies from hammerhead sharks to electric eels and manta rays to avoid. I say avoid because in the early game play video the weapons go right through them. This could be an early programming situation though.
There are plans to include a mini comic with each copy of Twist’R-Shark also. Pic below:
Other movie games homebrew developers have released on the Atari 2600 include:
Legends (all-encompassing horror game) covered here on RGM
Many more over on AtariAge’s forums. Head over, check them out and maybe tip us on some of the better ones.
Twist’R-Shark, while no longer called Sharknado, will be available by March 2016. Follow the latest updates on the AtariAge thread.