Shark Jaws

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Shark Jaws
Basic Information
Video Game
Horror Games
Retail Features
Play Information
Arcade Specifications
Horizontal orientation, raster (black and white) with color overlay, Standard Resolution.
8 way joystick
CanadaUnited StatesMexico North American Release Date(s)
Arcade machines
February 1975
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Shark Jaws is a 1 player arcade game by Atari, Inc. under the name of Horror Games, originally released in 1975. An unlicensed tie-in to the movie Jaws, it was created to do a game about sharks eating people.[1] Atari head Nolan Bushnell originally tried to license the Jaws name for the game, but was unable to secure a license from Universal Pictures. Deciding to go ahead with the game anyway, it was retitled Shark JAWS, with the word Shark in tiny print and JAWS in large all caps print to create greater prominence. Bushnell also created a second hidden subsidiary corporation, Horror Games - the previous being Kee Games, to help isolate Atari from possible lawsuit.[2] According to Bushnell, the game was successful enough to sell approximately two thousand units.[1]

Technology[edit | edit source]

The game is housed in a custom cabinet that includes a single joystick and start button. The cabinet bezel uses blue and green colors, and portrays sharks swimming around along with a solitary swimmer. The game PCB is composed of discrete technology, and although the game was released under Horror Games the PCB clearly states Atari.[3]

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

You are a deep-sea diver trying to catch small fish while avoiding a great white shark that is trying to eat you. Points are scored by running over the fish to catch them.[4]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Fulton, Steve (2007-11-06). The History of Atari: 1971-1977; 1975: Innovate Or Die. Gamasutra. Retrieved on 2008-01-25
  2. Bogost, Ian (2007-11-13). Film Adaptation: The First Film License. Kotaku. Retrieved on 2008-01-25
  3. Welburn, Andy. Andy's Arcade Bronzeage Info Resource. Andys-Arcade. Retrieved on 2008-01-25
  4. Shark JAWS Videogame by Atari (1975). Retrieved on 2008-01-04