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Boggle on the Atari 2600 by David Crane

Boggle is an unreleased game for the Atari 2600 programmed by David Crane while he was still working at Atari.

General Information

Developer - David Crane

Publisher - Atari

Release - Unreleased

Platform(s) - Atari 2600

Number of Players - 1

Genre - Puzzle

In the early years of the 2600, Atari attempted to appeal to a wide range of people by creating games from many different genres. One of these genres was board games, which was fertile ground for many beginning programmers. In addition to Checkers, Backgammon, 3-D Tic Tac Toe, and Chess, it appears that Atari was also toying around with releasing a game based on the then best selling word game Boggle. Although a complex word game may have seemed beyond the 2600's abilities, programmer David Crane proved that it was indeed possible.

In Boggle, which is based on the popular word game of the same name, you must form as many words as possible from a random 4x4 grid of letters. The 2600 version of the game is for two players only, and each player can form a maximum of eight words (likely due to memory constraints of the 2600). The game appears to be fairly close to completion, although there are some glitches, such as all the letters not appearing in the grid right away when you start the game. Still, it's an interesting prototype and it's unknown why Boggle was not completed and released.

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