K.C. Munchkin for the Odyssey2

I always thought I was too young to have had an Atari, but it turns out that this was not true. The story goes that in 1981, my dad and brother went out to buy an Atari, and, falling for a department store salesman’s convincing pitch, came home with an Odyssey2. So we were not an Atari household, but an Odyssey2 household.

All of the games were basically ripoffs of well-known Atari titles, including this one K.C. Munchkin. The original version was so similar to Pac-Man that Atari actually sued Magnavox, the producer of the Odyseey2. When the game was released changes had to me made to make it different enough from Pac-Man. And they actually went and made it a better game. It’s the same objective as Pac-Man—eat pills, avoid/eat enemies—except that the puzzles pieces aren’t stagnant. THEY MOVE. ALL THE TIME. It was great fun, and really quite challenging.

Brian Boone

From the middle of nowhere in the Pacific Northwest, I contribute to the Retroist, write for trivia publications, and blog about music in a humorous fashion. I feel about "Back to the Future" the way you feel about "Star Wars." Also, I'm married and have a child (sorry ladies, orphans).

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4 thoughts on “K.C. Munchkin for the Odyssey2

  1. Newzoo says:

    Yes! The Odyssey II! I also grew up in an Odyssey-only household until the C64 and Colecovision came along. I loved the games on the O2, and KC Munchkin was one of my faves, along with a really twisted game called Monkeyshines. The games may not look like much now, but man, were they addictive. And Odyssey even had a speech module that allowed certain games to have voice effects.

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