ok, I know this is not going to be easy, but let's give a try...
I will call this game "the jumping man"
I have a vivid memory of an intellivision game shown in an advertisement on TV, but I've never seen it in any cartridge.
I brought this memory with me for years, hoping to find information in some prototypes discover but it's time to make a desperate attempt.
the problem is in fact twofold: the game I talk about appeared on TV in '83 or '84 (I received my console at Christmas 82 so these are the only candidate years) and we talk about an advertisement on Italian TV, so it is very difficult that the same spot has been seen in other countries.
The game appeared for a few seconds in a sequence of more (known) games in an advertisement that spoke of intellivision generically. I saw this thing only twice, the advertising was then broadcasted for a very short time on TV ( I mean like 2-3 weeks and thats it).
being an advertisement of the console, and therefore of Mattel, I assume that the prototype was a in house game.
how the game appeared: on a black background there were some flying objects that moved horizontally (100% sure) and vertically (if I recall correctly), at the bottom of the screen a little man, who clearly remembered to look like the classic blue running man, with the difference, however, of being animated in a much more complex way: in fact, after a little run from left to right, he made a jump with a somersault to overcome one of these (I presume) flying bombs.
if anyone recall space hawk, I assure it was not that game: the bombs were small, the little man did not fly but ran and jumped with a somersault ... it is rather (remotely) similar to mission impossible but without platforms.
My doubt has always been that it was something created with the ecs reusing sprite of some other game, only it seems very unlikely that the mattel has hired someone to program something unpublished on the computer only to put it as an animation of 3-4 seconds within an advertisement ... no other ideas come to me.
I hope someone here has an inspiration or maybe he saw the same thing on TV in those years ...
Edited by vprette, Sat Oct 6, 2018 8:52 AM.