Adventure was a maze game created for the Atari 2600 Video Game Console in 1979. It’s creator, Warren Robinett, introduced the first widely known Easter Egg to the gaming world!
Inspired by a computer text game called “Colossal Cave Adventure”, Adventure was created by Will Crowther and later modified by Don Woods.
Despite wide doubt of the games success, Adventure went on to sell a million copies, making it the 7th best selling Atari 2600 game! As Atari did not credit any of its authors for their work, Robinett included a hidden message in the game identifying himself as the creator (the first Easter Egg).
Adventure was the first adventure/action game on a video console and it was the first to allow a player to have an inventory of items which required the player to select which item to use at any given moment.
Curious where the Easter Egg is?
Inside the black castle catacombs (on difficulty level 2 or 3), embedded in the south wall of a sealed chamber (accessible only with the bridge), is an “invisible” 1-pixel object referred to as the gray dot. You must “bounce” the player’s cursor along the bottom wall to “grab” the dot. The dot is not actually invisible, but simply the same color as the wall and is easily seen when placed in a catacombs passage or over a normal wall. The dot is not attracted to the magnet, unlike most other objects in Adventure.
Bringing this dot to the east end of the corridor below the golden castle while other differently colored objects are present causes the wall object to also become ‘invisible’, allowing the player to pass into a room displaying the words “Created by Warren Robinett”.
Adventure has been ported to or re-released on several platforms, one of them is the Atari Flashback 3 which you can buy here!