Play Atari’s TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE from 1983

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is a video game for the Atari 2600 based on the slasher film of the same name written by Tobe Hooper and Kim Henkel. The game released in March 1983 Wizard Video Games. 

The game was designed and programmed by VSS, a software development company started by Ed Salvo and several other ex-Games by Apollo programmers.

The player takes on the role of the movie’s chainsaw-wielding villain, Leatherface, and attempts to murder trespassers while avoiding obstacles such as fences, wheelchairs, and cow skulls. 

The player controls the murderer with the objective to chase and kill victims. Each victim slain gives the player 1,000 points. The player receives additional fuel at every 5,000 points (5 victims). A life is lost when the player’s chainsaw runs out of gasoline. Gameplay ends when the last tank of gas is consumed.

You can play the game online by clicking below:


The player controls Leatherface and his whirring chainsaw.  Computer-controlled victims flee in terror as you pursue them.  Beware of the obstacles in your way - cow skulls, fences, wheelchairs, and thickets.  At the top of the screen is the number of fuel tanks left, and a gauge indicating the amount of gas left in the chainsaw.  At the bottom of the screen is the score display.

Using your joystick, move Leatherface in the desired direction and try to overtake your victim.  When you're close enough, press the joystick button once to rev up the chainsaw and eliminate your quarry.  Caution: The chainsaw is always idling, using only small amounts of gas.  Revving the motor quickly drains your fuel.  Therefore, be sure you are in range before you press the button. Leatherface starts the game with three tanks of gas, so conserve your fuel.

BONUS: Extra fuel is awarded every 5,000 points.

Watch out for obstacles that hinder you from getting to your prey.  Cow skulls, fences, wheelchairs and thickets appear at random in your path. If you run into an obstacle, Leatherface is momentarily delayed, allowing victims to escape.  

Hint: You will find that the thickets give way to the bite of your chainsaw. But keep an eye on that fuel gauge!  

The game is over when your last tank of gas runs out, and one of the survivors returns to kick Leatherface in the pants!


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