Frankenstein's Monster is a platform game developed for the Atari 2600 video game console, based on Mary Shelly's Frankenstein. It was released by third-party developer Data Age in 1983. According to the game's manual, the player character has to 'make his way through the ghoulish castle of Dr. Frankenstein,' where he 'must prevent him from completing his creation.' Furthermore, the manual explains that the player must 'gather stones from the dungeon and bring them to the tower where he must build a barricade around Frankenstein's monster before he has accumulated enough energy to come alive,' which he does using the so-called 'Power Probe,' a device absorbing energy from an electrical storm.
The player must attempt to stop Frankenstein's monster from coming to life, by building walls around the monster. To do this, the player must retrieve bricks by crossing pits of acid and other obstacles. To fully imprison the monster (and thus, win the game), the player has to make a total of six trips to the lower part of the screen. With each successful trip, more obstacles are placed before the player, making the game more challenging. Contact with spiders and bats deducts points from the player's score, rather than health. When the timer runs out or the player loses three lives, the monster breaks free and will walk towards the screen, becoming larger using a scaling effect, eventually taking up the entire screen.
In multiplayer, the two players take turns and each player has their own unique timer. When one player falls into the acid pit, her timer pauses until it's her turn again and the other player's turn begins. This continues until one player loses three lives, at which point the game will be over.
This version of Frankenstein’s Monster was designed for Atari 2600, which was commercially very successful video game console of second generation produced by Atari from 1977 to 1992. It was the first console that used removable memory modules with games. At the time of its greatest fame, more than 30 million units of this console were sold for about $ 200 a piece. To date, the game library for this console contains nearly 1,000 original games. More information about the
Atari 2600 can be found here.
Recommended Game Controllers:
You can control this game easily by using the keyboard of your PC (see the table next to the game). However, for maximum gaming enjoyment, we strongly recommend using a USB joystick that you simply plug into the USB port of your computer. If you do not have a joystick, buy a suitable USB controller in Amazon or in some of your favorite online stores.
Available online emulators:
3 different online emulators are available for Frankenstein’s Monster. These emulators differ not only in the technology they use to emulate old games, but also in support of various game controllers, multiplayer mode, mobile phone touchscreen, emulation speed, absence or presence of embedded ads and in many other parameters. For
maximum gaming enjoyment, it's important to choose the right emulator, because on each PC and in different Internet browsers, the individual emulators behave differently. The basic
features of each emulator available for this game Frankenstein’s Monster are summarized in the following table: