Crazy Climber, the “Mirror’s Edge” of the 8-bit era?

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Love the perspective on this “Crazy Climber” Atari ad. It almost makes you think you are going to play an 8-bit “Mirror’s Edge”. Totally fooled me into buying this as a kid. How could anyone resist it? The flier for the arcade version makes it look like it will be “Die-Hard” meets “Towering Inferno” on steroids.

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So what did the game actually look like?

Crazy Climber Arcade Version

Crazy Climber Arcade Version

…and you are going to love this one.

Crazy Climber for the Atari 2600

Crazy Climber for the Atari 2600

OK, so it is not exactly the 3D vomit fest that “Mirror’s Edge” is, but you have to admire the advertising people and their strategy. I did not when I bought piece of junk, but when I see it in my collection and look at these ads, I cannot help but smile at my naivete.

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5 thoughts on “Crazy Climber, the “Mirror’s Edge” of the 8-bit era?

  1. Atari has to WIN for BEST PRESENTATION. Every game’s packaging made the possibilities of the game look so appealing. Even though the graphics were awful there was always such amazingly detailed art on the box. We have the 80’s to thank for that. Nowadays it seems like companies chince out on every detail.

  2. Doug says:

    The Atari 2600 graphics version looks an awful lot like their Spider-Man game that was produced by Parker Bros.

    And, @ The Sexy Armpit – If you like the old Atari packaging, check out the DVD package for Venture Bros. season 3! :http://tinyurl.com/d4oudh

  3. Doug says:

    They had to have been. I mean, I’ve never played Crazy Climber, but they look way too similar to be a coincidence.

  4. Chris Ayers says:

    That Crazy Climber cartridge is quite rare nowadays — and quite expensive on eBay. Does anyone know if the old 2600 cartridge box art is for sale anywhere? I loved those paintings!

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