Even if the title screen says 1982, Food Fight was released in March 1983. It was designed for Atari by General Computing as part of a lawsuit settlement for an illegal speedup kit for "Missile Command
", in which they affixed their copyright. This was one of two games; "Quantum
" was the other. Inspired by the food fight scene in National Lampoon's Animal House.
This game has 125 recognized levels. On level 125 on the selection screen, it gives you the requisite free man with a ? above his head. While there are levels after 125, the game counter will not go that high. It should be noted that the gameplay on this high a level is very reflex/twitch oriented. Only those with ice coursing through their veins can decipher the action on the screen.
The game code shares a hidden message : HI JON.
2,051 units were produced (1951 uprights and only 100 cocktails).
Ken Okumura holds the official record for this game on 'regular' settings with 103,103,100 points.
Jon Dworkin holds the official record for this game on 'Tournament' settings with 1,234,100 points on June 3, 2001.
A Food Fight unit appears in the 1985 movie 'Real Genius'.
In 1982, Atari released a set of 12 collector pins including : "Missile Command
", "Battle Zone
", "Asteroids Deluxe
", "Space Duel
", "Dig Dug
" and "Food Fight