Adventure Easter Egg - Atari Adventure Easter Egg - the First Known Egg!

1. Get the bridge
2. Take it inside the black castle
3. Find the central room that causes the screen to flicker. You must have an object with you to see the flicker, as it takes 3 game sprites to cause flicker (you, the "dot" and the 3rd object, in this case the bridge)
4. Use the bridge to get into the secret chamber in the middle of that room
5. Inside that the secret chamber there is a "dot" -- pick it up by pressing into the lower right corner of the chamber.
6. Take the dot to the main hallway (below the golden castle)
7. Once there the dot will cause one of the hallway barriers to disappear. Note that you need to have another object in the room (key, sword, duck, etc.) to make the barrier disappear. You also usually have to have the "dot" in front of you to go through.
8. You can then enter a hidden chamber that lists a message from the programmers
9. (This game is from the 1985 era but it still contains an Easter egg)
10. There is also a secret room in the white castle that requires the use of the bridge
11. Bonus egg, you can change the "Winning music" by hitting the select lever after your drag the chalise through the yellow castle door.

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Contributed By: SK on 07-15-1999
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Special Requirements: Atari 2600
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Jboy writes:
This game accually was from '78 and is the first instance of a Easter Egg in a video game
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Jboy writes:
OK, some more info. The background behind this easter egg, was that in the early days of the 2600, Atari did not allow their programmers to take credit for their work. Warren Robinette, didn't much like that, and so he created this method to 'sign' his work, unbeknownst to his employers. It must have been something for him to hear the first reports about people finding this, as it would indicate the level that people liked his game for them to spend a lot of time figuring out what to do with the '.'.
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Clint writes:
If you guys miss your Atari so much, you can download an emulator from Atari that allows you to play the original Atari games on your PC. You can download it at the web site stella.atari.org and you can download the games from the Vault at www.classicgaming.com. Just remember that it is technically illegal to download a game file that you don't own (in the original cart format). So if you own the game but the equipment has failed, etc., then here is where you experience this easter egg and any other eggs in Atari 2600 games.
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Tony Roy writes:
There is another wall which the dot can be used to pass through. From below the white castle travel right through the dark maze and out at three rooms. The middle one has a wall that you can pass through if there are 2 objects on the screen. However, there's no secret message in this one.
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Tony Roy writes:
Here's another: Start playing a game a little, then push the Game Select switch. Now hold the joystick DOWN for a few seconds. You'll appear at the bottom and you can move around on the game select number.
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DanaMorrigan writes:
Nope--I remember that one though. This is from the Atari 2600 version. If you ever played these, take a look at the posting for Mountain King--I KNEW there was something there but I could never quite figure it out. I wish I had my old Atari stuff now....
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cat man writes:
There is an updated version called "Indenture" which has over 100 new mazes to travel. Remember "Warren Robinet"?
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Nancy writes:
Once you have the easter egg room open, if you grab the bat you can go through the name that is down the middle in the easter egg room - and end up coming out the wall in the hall near the entrance to the maze of the black castle. There is also one more secret / trick I can't remember.
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swimmerkevin writes:
Not only was this the first video game egg, it was the first egg!
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dooglehead writes:
This egg also works on the atari flashback two, but is doesn't work on the original flashback.
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Doozer writes:
Having not played to game in years I'll do my best to recall. Perhaps someone can help me but there is a spot where if you drop the bridge off at the wall and walk through you'll come out on top of the golden castle. Not much of an egg but it's interesting to know.
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stonic writes:
Re "secret" room in White castle - actually it's just another part of the maze (not a room), which you can only get to by using the bridge.
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diddly42 writes:
Sarah, the game this egg is talking about is not Colossal Cave. It's not a text adventure like that. It is a game on the ATARI 2600 (the original catridge based video game system). You use a joystick to move around from room to room collecting objects and taking them places. It is similar to Zelda on the old Nintendo system but the graphics weren't as good. You can find Atari 2600 emulators(lets you computer play 2600 games) and Adventure on the net if you know where to look(an earlier message mentioned one place).
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2600kid writes:
This was found by a 12 year old kid in Salt lake city a year after Robinett left Atari, I think.
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cyclepathic writes:
In addition to emulators, you can also get original Atari stuff on eBay dirt cheap.
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FrakAttack writes:
Atari 2600 Adventure was created in 1980 and released in '81. The Easter Egg was first talked about in video game magazines the following year. When Atari found out about the secret message, which took up a good chunk of the game code, they decided it would be too expensive to go back and remove it so they left it intact. The trick works in the emulator/rom version, but sadly the text is jumbled in the Plug and Play joystick version. The message reads "Created by Warren Robinett".
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Tsuzyoko writes:
I only have played the Atari Flashback Version. Does anyone know where to get the Flashback Two and how much it costs?
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Can somebody please tell me which version of Adventure this is (pointwise)? I would like a copy if one still exists . . .
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