Poltergeist intro screenPoltergeist level 1
Poltergeist intro screen and level 1 game screen
Poltergeist level 2 Poltergeist level 3
Poltergeist levels 2 & 3

Poltergeist is based on the hit movie of the same name... one of the rare official movie/tv adaptations done for the Coco. There are basically three sub-games: On the first level, you have to navigate the streets, collecting objects like rope, tennis balls, etc., while dodging traffic. After you gather all of the objects, you must then get to the house where the poltergeist is... and it wanders around the whole time. You only have 30 seconds to do all of this.

On the 2nd level, you have to get to the top of the stairs, while dodging all the objects that the poltergeist has caused to move back and forth on the stairs. You also have to dodge the poltergeist itself, which will track you down, but has to pause when it collides with objects.

On the third and final level, you are in a 3D moving energy field, and you have to shoot the poltergeist so many times to destroy it. But, sometimes it is Carol Ann who appears out of the darkness instead, and if you shoot her, you lose the game. Quite a challenging game.

Of special note: There is a known bug (cheat) on the first level: If you hold down the joystick button, NO cars will come out. This makes this level a lot easier! <grin>

Title: Poltergeist

Author: ??? (SLM Entertainment and MGM Film Co.)

Publisher: Radio Shack/Tandy

Released: 1982

Requires: Color Computer 1,2,3, 16K RAM, cartridge, joystick.

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