Ed Averett and all known KC Munchkin games!
It would be difficult to talk about Ed Averett without discussing his most famous game, K.C. Munchkin. Released in 1981 for the Odyssey2, K.C. Munchkin was the PacMan like game that was not only MUCH better than Atari's PacMan but was also released two years before Atari could put out the game. Magnavox had asked Ed to make a maze game similar to PacMan, but not so close that Magnavox would be legally liable. This was one of the first games to use the expanded 4k memory. This game turned out so good, it put Odyssey2 on the video console map. Many say the concepts in this game made K.C Munchkins better than the whole PacMan concept. In interviews, Ed has mentioned that this favorite game he programmed. Mazes that changed by moving their walls and/or walls that turned invisible while playing. The games has pills and power pills that ran away from you. There are only 12 pills (called munchies) in each maze, which begin in four groups of three but move through the maze independently and at speeds that increase as each one is eaten. The final munchie moves at the same speed as the Munchkin and must be intercepted rather than followed. The super-pills are called blinking munchies because they flash and change color. Lastly there are no memorization of patterns like pacman. None the less, Atari sued and Magnavox had to stop selling K.C. Munchkin. This was a first of a kind law-suite. In today's world, Atari would not have won. Ed followed up with the amazing game K.C. Krazy Chase in 1982. This version also used 4k memory and and had voice synth and new characters. Ed would write write a total of 3 games in the series:
Title : K.C. Munchkin Platform : Odyssey2 Game ID : AC9435 Description : How many Munchies can your Munchkin munch Year : 1981 Publisher : North America Phillips Programmer : Ed Averett 4k : Yes Voice : No Grade : -A Recommended Game video : Game play video Title : K.C. Krazy Chase Platform : Odyssey2 Game ID : AC9442 Description : Starring K.C. Munchkin! In this episode our hero confronts the dreaded tree-eating Dratapillars of Venus! Year : 1982 Publisher : North America Phillips Programmer : Ed Averett 4k : Yes Voice : Yes Grade : A Recommended Game video : Game play video Title : K.C. Returns Platform : Windows 7/8/10 Game ID : Description : If you can see it, you can solve it! Microscopic KC to repair DNA Year : 2015 Publisher : Averett and Associates LLC Programmer : Ed Averett Grade : A Recommended Game video : Game play videoThe Odyssey2 faded from market, but people were not done with K.C.. Since at least 1998, several Home-brew games have popped up. I'm not sure how many, and honestly, I'm not sure how Ed feels about these games. That said, here are 4 other inspired games I found:
A faithful remake! Title : Atari KC Munchkins Platform : Atari 7800 Game ID : Description : K.C. Munchkin clone that runs on Atari 7800 Year : 2014 Programmer : Robert DeCrescenzo Publisher : AtariAge.com Grade : A Recommended Game video :Game play video Newer Odyessy game based on Ed's work Title : J.G. Munchkin Platform : Odyssey2 Game ID : Description : K.C's foul-mouthed bother. Remake of Attack of the Time Lord Year : 1998 Publisher : William Cassidy Programmer : -VPaC (William Cassidy?) Grade : Not graded. Game video : Game play video Very loosely based Title : MyMan KC Munchkins Platform : Windows/DOS/Linux Game ID : Description : Maze game inspired by K.C Munchkins Year : Programmer : Publisher : Grade : Not graded. Title : K.C.'s Crazy Nightmare Platform : Atari 2600 Game ID : Description : K.C. has found himself trapped in a Atari 2600 system along with some enslaved O2 zombies Year : 2009 Programmer : John A. Reder Publisher : TACTICAL NEURONICS Grade : Not graded.