Hack Showcase: E.T. Fixed (Atari 2600)

Hack Showcases and RPG Hack Showcases are a series where I show off various game and rpg hacks. I try to stick with hacks that improve gameplay or add quality of life features, completely or partially change the plot and characters, along with additional content, dialogue, graphical and sound improvements. Non-rpgs I try to give a full run to, or at least enough for a solid review. Rpgs I will stick with titles that have enough changes in the beginning to show off, and when I can, show parts later in the games where more differences appear. There may be spoilers in the reviews and videos. Some of these I may stream fully in the future or play on my own. Reviews are open to later revisions due to bug and content updates or me playing them and finding anything new I wish to bring up.

E.T. Fixed was developed with the help of AtariAge users Nukey Shay, Random Terrain, KevinMos3, Iesposta, and Roadrunner to fix a number of problems for this Atari 2600 game known for its bugs. The game isn’t that bad honestly IMO, just plagued with issues. Issues fixed with this hack include the collision detection between E.T. and the wells, not losing life energy when walking or speeding around, recolorings, and more.

A new game mode was added so now there’s 4 game modes to choose from:

  1. FBI and Scientist chasing you
  2. FBI only
  3. Scientist only
  4. Easy Mode with no one after you

With most romhacks, strongly suggested to check out the readme files for advice on the changes to hacks and any gameplay tips, especially with rpgs. Readme files for rpg hacks can contain additional gameplay advice, etc, and it’s worth subscribing to hacks you like on RHDN to keep up with updates for bug fixes, additional content, etc.

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