PLATFORM: ATARI 2600
PUBLISHER: WIZARD GAMES
DEVELOPER: WIZARD GAMES
GENRE: SURVIVAL, ACTION-ADVENTURE
MODE: SINGLE PLAYER
RELEASE DATE: 1982
WALKTHROUGH PART 1
WALKTHROUGH PART 2
Play as Leatherface in this early horror game...
No real story or point in this borefest.
As for the game itself, it is the biggest snoozefest this side of the Oregon Trail. With the incomparably bad Atari 2600 graphics, Leatherface appears a tanned face blob-like creature with a "t" shaped chainsaw that sticks out of his chest, and is the same green color as his clothes. Personally, I think it looks more like a phallous, but that's just me. Makes it a hell of a lot funnier when he's chasing the victims around. The victims themselves were not based on any of the characters in the films. They just happen to have unknowingly wandered on your property. Looking like innocent little girls, you must chase the youngsters around your obstacle-ladened homestead before your chainsaw fuel runs out. When you do actually catch up to them, it's time to press the fire button and let your chainsaw do its business. The victims then look like they became inverted and quickly disappear without even a spot of blood.
Although chasing children around and grinding them into hamburger sounds easy, the game does pose a few challenges. The chainsaw runs on fuel, so you only have a limited amount of time before you run out of gas and then it's game over. Not only does the fuel constantly diminish, but your yard is covered in snags such as cow skulls, barbed wire, fences and even Franklin's wheelchair. If you get stuck on any of these items you have to chainsaw your way though, which waists fuel and shortens your life.
There is no real plot or motive in this game. It never ends unless you run out of gas. When this happens, unlike the films where Leatherface is an unstoppable killing-machine even with his hands, here he is helpless without his trusty phallic-looking saw. The screen goes black and one of those innocent little girls you were chasing sneaks up behind you and kicks your asst. What girl would have actually done that in any of the films? A forgettable ending to an even more forgettable game.
WHO WILL SURVIVE...AND WHAT WILL BE LEFT OF THEM?