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Hello,

 

My memory may be failing but I remember that I purchased a "coleco" game Smurf (My parents purchased it). However, thinking about this now I'm a bit confused. Was this a Coleco port by coleco that was playable in 2600 (maybe with lower quality graphics)?

 

Therefore, the game I had (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smurf:_Rescue_in_Gargamel%27s_Castle) was an atari 2600 version?

 

 

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Well, the screenshot from your link is the Colecovision version. But, there was also an Atari 2600 version. Here's a video about it:

 

 

 

Yeah, I'm sure I had the 2600... but I was so young that because it said "Coleco", for some reason, It seemed to me that was for both systems....

 

Coleco looks a lot better for the same game obviously.

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Yep, Coleco published games for the 2600 as well and the carts did say Coleco on them. This was not that bad of a port (the 2600 port that is) however. I have seen much worse on the 2600 :) That said I of course much prefer the Colecovision version which is what I grew up on. It looked just like the cartoon....at least to me in 82 :)

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The smurfs rescue game for the Atari was very well done and includes very nice visual effects. I'm wondering who was the programmer.

 

http://smurfs.wikia.com/wiki/Smurf:_Rescue_In_Gargamel's_Castle

 

 

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For the Atari 2600 version:

  • Henry Will IV (Programmer)
  • Todd Marshall (Sound)

Looks like he did Mouse Trap on Atari as well as being the genius behind WORD ZAPPER!

https://atariage.com/programmer_page.php?SystemID=2600&ProgrammerID=399

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You might find interesting Henry Will's notebooks mentioned here:

http://atariage.com/forums/topic/247186-library-of-technical-documents-jwda-henry-will-iv/

They're the files named "Wickstead notebook ..." on the download page.

Sample page:
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Note that downloads from the site seem to have some problems. You might need to retry several times.

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Just found the notebooks of Henry Will IV http://atariage.com/forums/topic/247186-library-of-technical-documents-jwda-henry-will-iv/ (locate as Wickstead Notebook)

 

His website is right there http://henrywill4.com/, sadly no mention of Atari in resume only mention of working in Wickstead, he now works at IBM.

 

So I can only say that probably Coleco didn't want to continue working with Wickstead, so Henry Will IV didn't had to make any other games.

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You might find interesting Henry Will's notebooks mentioned here:

 

http://atariage.com/forums/topic/247186-library-of-technical-documents-jwda-henry-will-iv/

 

They're the files named "Wickstead notebook ..." on the download page.

 

Sample page:

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Note that downloads from the site seem to have some problems. You might need to retry several times.

:lol: Found at same time! :) Thanks!

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