The Atari 2600 and Kickstarter are not exactly synonymous. Most people that want new Atari 2600 games probably already know about AtariAge and their store. If not, they do now. That has not stopped Bobby Alexander from hitting the popular crowdsourcing service to seek assistance in getting his new game on cartridge. Bigfoot Family is a new Atari 2600 game and interesting because it pulls from a classic title to be original.
Before I get underway here I do want to mention that Bigfoot Family was developed by Gemintronic. Jason S. the owner of Gemintronic is a member of our staff here at Retro Gaming Magazine in the capacity of writer. I am covering Bigfoot Family so there is no concern over favoritism. Okay, now that that is out of the way.
Bigfoot Family pulls from Rogue to have completely random levels. For those that do not know, Rogue is a classic game that was initially created using “ASCII” graphics- letters and numbers on your keyboard- to create the worlds. While the Atari 2600 is not exactly a powerhouse in the ASCII graphics world, Bigfoot Family does make use of colored blocks to create the game world you traverse.
The story of Bigfoot Family is one that most fathers and husbands can relate to. Bigfoot wakes up and realizes his wife and child are missing. He leaves his cave thinking they are outside gathering food or playing- nowhere to be found. This sets Bigfoot off in a rage of concern, as it would any parent and husband. There is a time limit and there are more than one enemy to be wary of in Bigfoot Family.
Bigfoot Family is currently on Kickstarter looking for a modest $800 goal. There is just under 30 days left in the funding effort. If you want to support independently developed and published games then check this one out. The price for a cart is quite reasonable. There is also a complete package which includes a poster, stickers, manual, box and cart (of course).