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August 27, 2017 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Atari 2600 homebrew game Primate Plunge is a fast fun free fall game

Atari 2600 homebrew game Primate Plunge by Atarius Maximus
Your monkey instantly begins a free fall, leaping side to side to grab tree branches and the occasional parachute. Good fun!
I stumbled onto this Atari 2600 homebrew game, Primate Plunge, and it's simple, fast, and a lot of fun. As soon as you press the fire-button, your monkey begins a fast free fall toward a certain death. You maneuver him side-to-side, helping him grab tree branches to slow his descent.

Atari 2600 homebrew game Primate Plunge by Atarius Maximus Those branches only slow his fall for a few seconds before he's in trouble again. The more branches you grab, the higher your score rises. small trampolines appear and let your monkey bounce upward... hopefully he'll be able to grab another branch.

Your other saving element is the occasional parachute that falls from the top of the screen. Grab it and gain double points for a few seconds before you're back to grabbing tree branches.

Primate Plunge is a certain death style game in which you know the end is near, but getting a higher score before your ultimate demise is the goal. It has a "Flappy Bird" vibe with the notion that you won't last long, but it's fun to beat your last score. It's kind of addictive in that sense.

You can download Primate Plunge from this thread on AtariAge. It seems to be a 10-year-old game at this point, but I just saw a Facebook post about it today. You never know when you'll find a new game... that's only new to you :) Give it a try. I think you'll like it!

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