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Food Fight - The Atari Times

Food Fight

Dodge pies, bananas, and tomatoes in this action classic
by Brian C. Rittmeyer

June 28, 2001
When I first picked up my 7800, I was eager to enjoy its superior graphics over the 2600, especially on all of my arcade favorites that I played on my 2600 that, while enjoyable, just weren't the same.

I never had a 7800 during its production run. But when I first bought my console, it came with only one cartridge, and it wasn't for one of my arcade favorites. It was a game I had never heard of called Food Fight.

Since my expectations of the console was so high, I was at first disappointed to see that Food Fight was just a single-screen game. I remember thinking, "This is something I'd expect on the 2600." Over time, I've come to appreciate and greatly enjoy this game and recommend it highly for any 7800 owner.

In the game, you control a character whose sole purpose is to go from right to left - to get to an ice cream cone before it melts. But in your way - you knew there had to be a catch - are a bunch of apparently really ticked off chefs who want to stop you. Fortunately, there's piles of food such as watermelons, bananas, pies and tomatoes scattered around the screen - given the name of the game, I'm sure you know what to do with them - throw 'em! Hit a chef and he goes running away, but he is quickly replaced by other chefs who come up through "holes," which are hazards you can fall in. Also, the chefs can pick up food and throw it at you! Touch a chef or get hit, and the chefs do a little victory dance and all the food on screen flies at you.

A feature unique to the game but common on many games today is a replay feature. It seems to be activated whenever something particularly interesting happens during a level, such as a really close call. They don't happen often, but when they do, you'll see a flashing message that says, "Let's see that again!," and it's fun to watch.

The music in the game is fitting and the number of levels appears limitless. The graphics are pretty good, but most importantly of all, the gameplay is solid. You can use a 2600 controller with this game as only one fire button is needed.

It wasn't long after picking up my 7800 I came across O'Shea and, thanks to their super low prices, put together an instant 7800 inventory of many new games. However, my used Food Fight cart, which shows a couple signs of its age, is still among my favorites.

Food Fight... Could this game have been inspired by the movie, Animal House?
Parsley is the most pathetic weapon, while bananas, pies, tomatoes, and watermelon will whack the Chefs very nicely!
Get caught, and you'll end up in a pile of food. The Chefs' revenge is a little extreme!
Food Fight
System: 7800
Publisher: Atari
Genre: Action
Graphics Score: 85%
Sound & Music Score: 90%
Gameplay Score: 90%
Control Score: %

Final Score: 90%

Reader Comments for Food Fight

The best game... by Gregory D. George on 2006-10-02 23:42:27
You look at this game and think, "Man that looks boring!" Sure, the graphics aren't all that great, but is it ever FUN! One of the 7800's best games.
agreement by Darryl B. on 2006-10-04 01:04:41
Yes, it kicks butt, and it's a pretty close port of the arcade original. It's a bit easier though.
This is a very good game! by Harry Crumb on 2008-12-07 23:05:03
You play as Charley Chuck. The 4 chef names are Angelo, Zorba, Oscar, and Jacques. The beginner skill level is too easy. I got to level 125. You can still keep playing, but the level number stays at 125. I love the instant replay music.
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